There’s something decidedly nostalgic -- and irresistible -- about eating raw cookie dough. It’s soft, it’s just sweet enough, you get to lick it off of the mixer beaters… and, well, it just might kill you. Or at the very least, make you very sick, according to a new warning from federal health officials.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning to baking enthusiasts everywhere: Please “steer clear” of raw cookie dough and batter. The agency warns that -- and this may shock you -- consuming yet unbaked treats can make you gravely ill. Talk about a buzzkill.
In its statement, which we almost feel obliged to tell you is called “Say No to Raw Dough!,” the CDC asked home cooks to “steer clear of this temptation -- eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be cooked, such as dough or batter, can make you sick. Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts of play clay, too.”
Confused about that last bit? Allow us to explain. According to the CDC, potentially salmonella-inducing raw eggs aren’t the only threat to your immune system lurking within your uncooked desserts (and play clay, evidently). It’s actually the raw flour that may do you in.
The powdery baking agent apparently sometimes harbors E. coli, which is what makes it so dangerous. The CDC suggests you don’t consume, or even handle, doughs containing raw flour. Who knew baking and crafting were such risky hobbies?
“Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts,” the CDC cautioned.
Twitter users aren’t taking kindly to the CDC’s recent anti-raw dough message. Many noted they’d been eating the stuff for years without getting sick, while some simply say it’s worth it.