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Do you eat the raw dough?

So you're making cookies, cake, etc. Do you taste your raw dough or do you refrain?

(I taste it, though I'm not one of those people who think the dough is better than the baked product. I just like to make sure it tastes the way I want it to before it goes in the oven, though admittedly this is hard to do with cakes. So I guess I taste the cake dough just because it's there.)

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  1. Yes, yes I do, and for the same reason as you; even yeasted dough, after once forgetting to add salt to an olive-rosemary loaf and having to start over. I taste cake batter too, just a finger tip full.

    1. Yes. I read somewhere that 1/80,000 is eggs is contaminated with salmonella. I don't eat the raw egg when I know there's a salmonella outbreak.

      1. I licked the spoon when I was 5 years old and I lick the spoon still.

        1. I did a little "quality control" and tasted some cookie dough just a few minutes ago but it doesn't have eggs in it. I would have even if it did, though.

            1. Sorry, I'm one of those people. I LOVE raw doughs and batters, and I sometimes think they taste better unbaked. I love the flavor, so yummy things like cookie doughs and cake batters will often find their way into me unbaked while I'm cooking. But I also love the mouthfeel, so I'll even nibble on the blander doughs like yeasted bread, pie crust, pizza dough, biscuit dough, etc.

              I was ecstatic to find a cake batter flavored ice cream. And I will often make a fake "cookie dough" to eat raw for a snack, omitting things like eggs and leavening, but experimenting with different versions of the fat (butters and oils), flour (white, wheat, besan, etc.), sugars (granulated, powdered, brown, molasses, etc.) and extras (peanut butter, oatmeal, spices, flavor extracts, etc.) to see what all I can come up with.

              1. I am a little different, I guess. When I use canned bicuits or rolls I love to take a big pinch of one and eat it before it is cooked. Its not yummy cookie dough or anything..but for some reason, I like the taste!

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                1. re: Robinez

                  I also like to eat all manner of raw dough that isn't sweet. Gimme raw pie crust dough, bread dough, biscuit dough, dumpling dough. I don't know why I like it, but I do.

                2. people make cookie dough and brownie batter and then actually BAKE it??

                  most of mine never makes it to the oven.

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                  1. re: mattstolz

                    Funny, thanks. Seriously, I can see that happening.

                    1. re: mattstolz

                      when I was living at home, I'd have to double the chocolate-chip cookie recipe just to salvage enough to make actual cookies. My dad is a shameless dough snark.

                      Pie crust trimmings never make it to the garbage - my kid eats them. (Sometimes I manage to get them into the oven with a little cinnamon sugar, which he also loves, but usually he swipes the trimmings before I can do this)

                      Noodle dough is a family favorite, too -- my dad tells a story of having swiped a big handful of noodle dough (I'm descended from champion noodle makers!) as a kid, then laying down behind the big wood stove in his mom's kitchen to have a nap (he said he and my uncle used to fight over who got to snooze back there in that cozy little corner)...all that dough began to rise in his belly, leaving him with a heavy-duty tummy ache...but it never stopped him from eating raw noodle dough (only from sleeping behind the stove, which doesn't sound all that hard to avoid....)

                      I eat raw doughs and batters, too...I agree with the others that it will alert you to something you might have missed...and it tastes good.

                    2. If people didn't eat raw cookie dough, Ben & Jerry's may have never made it out of Vermont.

                      1. when i was a kid, occasionally i would make rice krispy treats when i got home from school, with no intention of letting them set. butter+marshmallows+krispies+bowl+spoon. done.

                        brownie batter? doesn't the bowl have to get "pre-cleaned" before it goes in the dishwasher... or to the dishwashing person...?

                        when i was in high school, my best friend always bought a tube of cookie dough if we were hanging out at someone's house. he would generally eat the whole thing over the evening/night. i was known to take a couple of pinches as well.

                        1. I love to sample my raw doughs. Sometimes too much.

                          If you're baking Gluten Free, and the base of your GF flour is made of bean flour (Bob's Redmill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour is mainly made of garbanzo bean flour) DO NOT EAT IT. Horrible horrible raw dried bean flavour, YUCK.

                          It doesn't matter what you put in there, it tastes like raw dried garbanzo. Chocolate doesn't help. Almond flavour doesn't help. Awful.

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                          1. re: J.Dish

                            i feel the same about my dough any time i use buckwheat!

                          2. I eat more raw cookie dough than baked cookies and cake for that matter. And I am well:) I think it is a small calculated risk. Not all eggs are contaminated with salmonella. It is pretty rare.

                            1. Love raw cookie dough... any kind will do. I also lick cake and brownie batter spoons without a second thought.

                              1. Yuck - no. I don't get the whole cookie dough ice cream thing. It's my husband's favorite, though. So his ice cream is always safe from me!

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                                1. re: Whinerdiner

                                  I don't like cookie dough ice cream either. I vastly prefer my own home-made cookie dough, without ice cream. However, I like the baked cookies even better!

                                2. Oh yeah, been doing it since I was a kid. Cookie dough, cake batter, brownie batter should all be sampled by the cook, and anyone else who happens to be in the kitchen.

                                  1. I laughed out loud when I saw this. My daughter is in the kitchen right now mixing up a batch of raw cookie dough for us to eat. Some might even get baked.

                                    I frequently buy eggs from local farms I trust, and even when I don't, I've never been sick from them.

                                      1. Yes. Don't tell my mother.