Eating raw cookie dough may bring back memories of licking the wooden spoon when you were a kid to mind.
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And while that creamy sweet taste is definitely like no other, if eaten in large quantities, uncooked ingredients in raw cookie dough can have harmful implications, according to Kelsey Lorencz, RDN. "Unpasteurized eggs inside traditional cookie dough that haven't been cooked could carry salmonella, which can cause serious side effects like cramps, diarrhea, fever and vomiting."
But, if you still love that flavorful and creamy texture that only cookie dough provides, rest assured that you can still satisfy your sweet tooth thanks to edible, ready-to-eat cookie dough products.
Not only do they treat your taste buds to the mouth-watering flavors you love, but they skip ingredients found in traditional cookie dough, allowing you to enjoy it right off the spoon just like you did during the good old days. Check out some of our top picks below.
How We Chose
To decide on the best edible cookie dough products on the market, we consulted five dietitians and made choices based on the following criteria:
- Ingredient quality
- Sugar content
- Added nutrients
"If you love licking the spoon or bowl of cake batter, but want a more nutritious option, Sweet Loren's fun-sized edible cookie dough cups are definitely a great option," Elysia Cartlidge, RD, says.
"This cookie dough is made from only wholesome, plant-based and allergen-friendly ingredients, and it's completely free of raw eggs or flour. Even the vibrant sprinkle coloring is derived from real vegetables, so you can dig right in and experience the delicious and nostalgic taste of cookie dough, with some added benefits too."
Buy it: Sweetlorens.com; Price: $45 for six tubs
"I really like the Edoughble cookie dough because it is full of chocolate and its texture is silky smooth," says Kim Melton, RD.
"Edoughable makes their product with high-quality ingredients and with no raw eggs, raw flour or preservatives. They use Madagascar vanilla, which makes the flavor much closer to what I make in my kitchen. To me, it tastes the most like old-fashioned cookie dough my grandma used to make."
Buy it: Edoughable.com; Price; $39 for a pack of two
"This edible cookie dough is a pretty good choice for those observing a keto diet," says Jinan Banna, PhD, RD. In a serving of this delicious dough, you'll get 12 grams of fat and just 7 grams of carbs.
"The ingredients are organic, and it provides quite a bit of fiber and protein. It also provides some vitamins and minerals and is relatively low in sugar," Banna says.
Buy it: Bhufoods.com Price: $29.99 for two jars
"Ben and Jerry's sells cookie dough bites (like the cookie dough ice cream minus the ice cream) in a bag, which is very convenient," says Chris Henigan, RD, LDN. "The bag has three servings, so even the whole bag won't do too much damage. Plus, it's easier to portion out a handful of bites rather than measuring out two tablespoons of dough."
Buy it: Walmart.com; Price: $4.48
"One of my top picks from a nutritional standpoint would be Cappello's Edible Cookie Dough," Cartlidge says.
"It is lower in sugar than traditional cookie dough, while also being a source of fiber and healthy fats. The dough is primarily made from almond flour, semi-sweet chocolate morsels and maple syrup, so the ingredients are minimally processed, while still maintaining that delicious cookie dough taste. Not to mention, it's ideal for those with specific dietary requirements because it also happens to be gluten-free, vegan and paleo."
Buy it: Capellos.com; Price: $13
"Deux Enhanced cookie dough comes in cute little portion-controlled jars, and is as just as fun to eat as it looks," Cartlidge says. "Additionally, this edible cookie dough is made with oats, almond butter and flaxseed, and has been enhanced with functional ingredients like zinc, vitamin C, elderberry and maca for one powerful treat."
Buy it: Eatdeaux.com; Price: $15 per jar
"If you're looking to enjoy edible cookie dough on the go, these Whoa Dough bars are a great option. They're made with wholesome ingredients like oat flour, chickpea flour and soluble tapioca fiber," Cartlidge says.
"With 150 calories, 3 to 5 grams of fiber and 4 to 5 grams of protein per serving, these bars are the perfect satisfying and portion-controlled way to get your cookie dough fix. As a bonus, they come in lots of fun flavors — Sugar Cookie, Brownie Batter, Peanut Butter and more — and have less than 10 grams of sugar per serving."
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $24.99 for 10 bars
"These cookie dough balls are a great snack, considering two balls provide 12 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber," Henigan says. "It's also a nice bonus that these have no sugar added and are completely plant-based."
The protein in this cookie dough comes from pea protein, which is a nutritious way to get your daily dose.
Buy it: Plantsonfire.com; Price: $15 for a pack of four
Look Out for Added Sugar
To choose an edible cookie dough, start by looking for one that has minimally processed ingredients and is lower in added sugar, suggests Cartlidge. "Even the so-called 'healthy' cookie doughs can become less nutritious if they're full of added sugar, including sugar from 'natural sources' such as coconut sugar and maple syrup."
Watch Out for Saturated Fat and Sodium
Also worth being mindful of is the saturated fat in edible cookie dough, which can quickly add up if the product has a lot of butter or coconut oil. "You'll also want to keep sodium levels in check, so look for an edible cookie dough that has 5 percent daily value or less per serving of sodium on the nutrition label," she explains.
Cartlidge says you should always look for a cookie dough product that has ingredients that are safe to eat raw. “It should consist of a heat-treated flour or flour that can safely be eaten raw such as almond flour, pasteurized eggs, or no eggs at all,” she says.
Watch for Portion Sizes
Above all, be mindful of portion sizes, as "it can be easy to overdo it if you're not paying close attention to how much you're eating," Cartlidge adds. "Many of these edible cookie doughs can be high in calories, so your best bet is always to measure out a small portion."