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Pillsbury's New Cookie Dough and Brownie Batter Are Safe to Eat Raw

We all know it's better that way anyways.

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Growing up, I ignored my mother's incessant warnings that licking the mixer clean of cookie dough would give me salmonella. And while, despite my own reckless abandon, I avoided contracting any food borne illness, that's not to say the baking habit isn't dangerous. It is, according to the CDC

But now, Pillsbury is launching an entire line of cookie dough and brownie batter that's actually safe to eat. They're not only edible raw, but can be used for baking too. The company uses heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs so that it's safe for consumption however you want it.

"It's the same cookie dough you've always loved, but now we have refined our process and ingredients so it's safe to eat the dough before baking," the company wrote on its website. "The dough will still bake up the same as our classic cookie dough. So now you can enjoy our cookie dough products before and after baking!"

But how do these products compare to "edible cookie dough" versions? According to the site, the latter is "formulated exclusively for snacking and cannot be baked." That's not the case for these. 

"We don’t think you should have to choose between enjoying the taste of raw cookie dough and the taste of fresh-baked cookies. Our product is unique because it’s a single product that can be enjoyed both ways (raw and baked)." 

Here's the real kicker: Pillsbury is working to transition all of its flavors so they're "safe to eat raw" by the end of summer 2020. And while we don't have a definitive list yet of which items are available that way, the packages will be labeled accordingly. 

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Megan Schaltegger is a staff writer at Thrillist.