Edible Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe (Safe to Eat!)

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Isn’t edible sugar cookie dough the greatest thing ever? With no raw eggs and no raw flour, it’s totally safe to eat and it’s a delightful treat any time! Every sweet tooth loves this edible sugar cookie dough recipe! They are always the first thing to go when I put them out at a party!

Sugar cookie dough bites rolled in sanding sugar and sprinkles in a green plate from above

I have a confession to make. I have been eating regular cookie dough for years. And it was bad (i.e. not safe to eat) cookie dough, definitely not the super safe kind like this recipe is. The kind with raw eggs and raw flour. And that was not a good idea, at all! BUT, I’ve seen the light and discovered how to make a safe, edible cookie dough recipe! And there is no going back, that’s for sure! It’s so good, and I should probably not admit that it’s one of my favorite snacks! So, put your baking sheet away, and let’s get to work on my delightful homemade cookie dough recipe that’s safe to eat! This recipe is safe for everyone, including pregnant women, and will satisfy your cookie dough cravings!

Why I Love This Recipe

My least favorite part about making cookies is… baking the cookies. I don’t enjoy going through the actual process of baking cookie dough and baking treats. I’m impatient and want to move on to the next thing. So truly, edible cookie dough is just the greatest invention of all time for me! I can make a new batch every few days and change up the flavors and mix-ins! It’s the perfect middle ground for me! It’s safe to eat (I’m not claiming it’s healthy!) and it’s a delicious treat! And it’s quick to make! Making a whole batch of edible cookie dough might take 15 minutes. Sign me up for that quick treat!

Ingredients for edible sugar cookie dough bites including flour, sprinkles, vanilla, butter and sugar

Ingredients

Since I’m not going to bake this dough, I do like to use quality ingredients. Since these raw ingredients won’t be baked, the taste will really show through in the raw dough.

  • all-purpose flour (you are going to end up with this flour being heat-treated flour)
  • unsalted butter (real butter, here!)
  • granulated white sugar
  • vanilla extract (real vanilla extract!)
  • salt
  • whole milk

Mixing Instructions

Step 1

All-purpose flour on a baking sheet getting ready to be baked in the oven to heat treat the flour.

First, we need to heat treat the flour. Preheat your oven to 350*. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the flour evenly across the baking sheet. You have to bake the flour to be sure you get rid of any harmful bacteria that can be lingering in the flour.

Step 2

Let the flour bake for 5-7 minutes. You don’t want the flour to turn brown, so do keep an eye on it! Let the flour cool completely before continuing with the recipe.

Step 3

Hand mixer whisks in a bowl of butter and sugar that have been combined

In a large mixing bowl (or use your stand mixer!) stir together the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Once combined, feel free to cream it with the mixer. It would take 3ish minutes to get it light and fluffy with the hand mixer.

Step 4

Flour added into butter and sugar that's already creamed together with a hand mixer in the bowl

Add in the vanilla extract, the heat-treated flour, salt, and 2 tablespoons of the milk. Mix (on a low speed) until the dough comes together. Don’t worry if it’s a little bit crumbly. If it’s WAY too crumbly, add in another 1-2 tablespoons of milk until you get your desired consistency.

Step 5

Bowl of combined and mixed edible sugar cookie dough

If you want to mix anything into the cookie dough, now is the time! I don’t usually put anything in the dough. I opt for rolling the dough balls into sprinkles if I want to add anything.

Step 6

Bowl with sanding sugar and white snowflake sprinkles

The best way to keep your dough bites close to a uniform size is to use a cookie scoop to get the same amount of dough in each bite. (If you want little bites you can use a mini ice cream scoop!) Scoop out the dough and roll the dough into balls, any size of your choosing. I keep mine to an inch or smaller, as these are pretty rich! You don’t need much at a time! Feel free to roll the dough in sprinkles! ( I like sanding sugar or rainbow sprinkles!) That’s my favorite way to serve this entire recipe!

Sugar cookie dough bites rolled in sanding sugar and sprinkles in a green plate

Note from the Cook

Several recipes I’ve found along the way for edible cookie dough have that “different” taste. That edible cookie dough taste. It’s a chemical-y taste. This recipe does not! This tastes just like sugar cookie dough to me! And I do love the taste of raw cookie dough.

Recommended Equipment

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  • Oven Mitts – This is a heavy and hot dish! Make sure you have good oven mitts to protect your hands!
  • Baking Sheets – These Nordic Ware natural aluminum commercial baker’s half sheets are my absolute favorite baking sheets I’ve ever owned in my cooking days! They are super heavy-duty, have a great rim around them, and they stay in great shape no matter what you cook on them. And they clean up incredibly easily as well!
  • Parchment Paper Sheets – This is parchment paper that’s already cut for you! And it is the size of a half-baking sheet pan, which is absolutely perfect!
  • Mixing Bowls – These nesting mixing bowls are fabulous. They store easily and the lids come in so, so handy! I adore them and I love the colors!
  • Spatula Set – This is the greatest set ever. Not only does it have several handy spatulas, it has a few tiny ones too, to help you get every single scrape out of jars and containers!
  • Glass Mixing Bowls – This is a nesting set of glass bowls. I find I can’t have enough glass bowls in my kitchen!
  • Electric Hand Mixer – I love my Cuisinart hand mixer. I use it all the time. The best thing is the handy case it comes with to keep all the parts and pieces together!
  • Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer – I have used this machine for 15 years. It’s never once failed me and it looks like it’s still brand new. It is worth every single penny I paid for it!

Storage

Store these cookie dough balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. These should not be kept at room temperature, they must be refrigerated.

Sugar cookie dough bites rolled in sanding sugar and sprinkles in a green plate

Serving Ideas

These are wonderful rolled into balls of dough and served as treats! This dough is also so delicious chopped up into pieces and mixed into ice cream!

Suggested Add-Ins

You could add in whatever you like to this dough, it’s just the basic ingredients. I’m a purist on sugar cookie dough, so I generally don’t add anything except maybe some sprinkles on the outside. But, if you wanted to add in some treats, I’d suggest some of the following:

  • white chocolate chips
  • mini marshmallows
  • cinnamon graham crackers
  • nuts

Want to absolutely take these cookie dough bites over the top? Dip them in melted chocolate! OMG, so good! You could substitute the white sugar for brown sugar. So, so good! Add some cream cheese to the dough. Or maple syrup! Peanut butter! Peanut butter chips! Almond butter! The sky is the limit here! 

Freezer

I’m often asked if you can freeze edible cookie dough. And the answer is, you sure can! I like to flash freeze it on a cookie sheet for a few hours, that way when you put the dough balls in the freezer bag they won’t stick together. And then you can just pull out what you want or need and let it thaw for a few hours in the fridge, or for 45ish minutes on the kitchen counter. I love to freeze the dough, that way I’m not in a rush to eat it all before it goes bad!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General Questions:

How long does edible cookie dough last?

It will last for about 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Or up to 4 months in the freezer.

Couldn’t I just use store-bought cookie dough?

You definitely could. And let me tell you, there are a ton of edible cookie dough products now! There are edible cookie dough bites in the freezer section of our grocery store. And some in the cookie dough refrigerated section, too. There’s peanut butter dough, sugar cookie dough, and even chocolate chip cookie dough. Heck, in our town we even have a cookie dough cafe. And it’s a delight, let me tell you! So, you aren’t stuck with homemade recipes anymore, that’s for sure!

What would happen if you baked this dough?

It’s not got eggs or any kind of baking soda or baking powder, so you’re going to get one flat cookie if you bake the recipe as is! And it would be pretty dense like a shortbread type of consistency. But it could be done if you really wanted to bake it!

Substitution Questions

What if you prefer edible chocolate chip cookie dough?

There are a ton of recipes for that! Including this ONE. But the best one I’ve ever found so far? It’s the Nestle Toll House Edible Cookie Dough. You just can’t beat it. It’s SO good. And it’s SO easy! Those mini chocolate chips are so dang delicious!

Can you make this recipe vegan?

You definitely could! Just substitute the milk for vegan milk and the butter for vegan butter!

Can you make this recipe gluten-free?

Absolutely! My son has Celiac disease, so we make a lot of things gluten-free at our house! Just substitute the flour in the recipe. You could use almond flour, or if you can find it, gluten-free oat flour would be delicious too.

Sugar cookie dough bites rolled in sanding sugar and sprinkles in a green plate

Wrap-Up – Edible Sugar Cookie Dough

I think we’ve established that I flipping love cookie dough. Sugar cookie dough to be exact! And this recipe for edible sugar cookie dough is one of my absolute favorite treats! I love to have them on hand in the fridge or freezer to have as a quick treat when I need a little pick-me-up snack! These little dough bites are also super popular at parties, especially holiday parties! A lot of people don’t realize there is a safe way to eat cookie dough and they are always super excited when they discover this treat!! I can’t wait to hear what you think about this recipe! Until then, just keep shuffling!

Sugar cookie dough bites rolled in sanding sugar and sprinkles in a green plate

Edible Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe (Safe to Eat!)

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Isn't edible sugar cookie dough the greatest thing ever? With no raw eggs and no raw flour, it's totally safe to eat and it's a delightful treat any time! Every sweet tooth loves this edible sugar cookie dough recipe!
Prep Time:25 minutes
Cook Time:7 minutes
Total Time:32 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 electric hand mixer

Ingredients

  • ½ cup salted butter
  • cup granulated sugar
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons milk I like whole milk here
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat your oven to 350*
  • 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the flour evenly across the baking sheet. You have to bake the flour to be sure you get rid of any harmful bacteria that can be lingering in the flour.
  • 3. Let the flour bake for 5-7 minutes. You don't want the flour to turn brown, so do keep an eye on it! Let the flour cool completely before continuing with the recipe.
  • 4. In a large mixing bowl (or use your stand mixer!) stir together the butter and sugar until it's light and fluffy. Once combined, feel free to cream it with the mixer. It would take 3ish minutes to get it light and fluffy with the hand mixer.
  • 5. Add in the vanilla extract, the heat-treated flour, salt and 2 tablespoons of the milk. Mix (on a low speed) until the dough comes together. Don't worry if it's a little bit crumbly. If it's WAY too crumbly, add in another 1-2 tablespoons of milk until you get your desired consistency.
  • 6. If you want to mix anything into the cookie dough, now is the time! I don't usually put anything in the dough. I opt for rolling the dough balls into sprinkles if I want to add anything.
  • 7. The best way to keep your dough bites close to a uniform size is to use a cookie scoop to get the same amount of dough in each bite.
  • 8. I like to roll them in festive sprinkles once I have them in nice, round, ball shapes!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookie dough, easy dessert, Edible Cookie Dough, Edible Sugar Cookie Dough, Quick dessert
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 151kcal
Author: supermomshufflescooking@gmail.com
Cost: 7

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