We may never know how much of the cookie dough in people’s kitchens — whether they mixed it themselves or bought it ready made — makes it into the oven. Raw cookie dough is one of those things everyone knows they shouldn’t eat, but most people will eat at least once in awhile. Especially while we’re baking for National Cookie Day, or other cookie-friendly holidays like, oh, Christmas. And, after all, the raw egg is only ingredient in cookie dough that we shouldn’t be eating as is. (If your dough contains raw egg, that is — my other recipe this week is a cookie that doesn’t.) Well, okay, it’s also a little strange to eat raw flour, though not harmful.
A couple of months ago, on the back of the statement from our vegetable delivery people, I found a recipe for raw cookie dough bites. I’d link to the recipe if I could find it on their site, but anyway, here’s a similar one. Apparently it’s become quite a trend to give in to the craving for raw cookie dough by making a salmonella-free, flour-free substitute. And yes, eating raw oatmeal is a little strange too, but at least oatmeal is whole grain.
The (organic) vegetable people’s recipe called for natural peanut butter, coconut oil, flax seeds (strangely enough, I had some, left over from a homemade facial scrub), chia, and other very healthy stuff. You can certainly go that way with this recipe, even down to using natural peanut butter and vegan chocolate (or carob) chips. If you do, a little salt might be needed — regular peanut butter has enough of its own. But the recipe’s just as good with ordinary, not especially healthy ingredients too.
For National Cookie Day, these would make a somewhat different, unexpected snack that still fits in with the theme of the holiday. You may get a few of your guests confessing to a craving for raw cookie dough, and you can send them home with a better idea.
Editor’s Note: Also check out our sister site, Holidays Helper, for great ideas on how to celebrate National Cookie Day.
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup instant rolled oats
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- In a medium bowl, spread out the peanut butter to make it easier to stir in the other ingredients.
- Add honey and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
- Add oats and mix to make a uniform dough.
- Carefully add the chocolate chips till just mixed.
- Chill at least one hour.
- Roll teaspoonsful into bite-sized balls. Refrigerate.