Consumers of the World, Unite!

We all have our food preferences: sweet, salty, savory, sour, and bitter, sometimes even a combination of them. Scientists have found that our preferred diet develops from innate reasons (prenatal), and early exposure as children, to these tastes. Experts claim a craving for pickles during pregnancy, for example, could be due to the mother’s low sodium levels, and it’s common knowledge that the endorphins our brains make when eating chocolate make us feel happy.

My taste buds have always pulled me toward sweets, and there are more temptations out there than ever! A few days ago, I had the urge to make cookies for a friend who was coming for a visit. Her grandparents, like mine, came here from Italy, so I found a recipe for Sesame Cookies in my Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen cookbook. Lacking a few ingredients, I zipped to the store and grabbed them.

As I headed to the front, I walked by a cooler with refrigerated cookie dough and checked it out. My eyes popped out like a cartoon character as I spotted a “Value Size” roll of Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. It would be nice to serve two kinds of cookies, right?

Steering my cart to the registers, I glanced at the Pillsbury wrapper:

SAFE to eat RAW

Eat or Bake

Say what?!

Turns out, after some exhaustive online research, this “eat or bake” version has been in stores since 2020! Apparently, if the wheat is heated for a short time, and the eggs are pasteurized, it’s pretty safe. Don’t know about you, but I was raised in an age when eating a raw egg was asking for salmonella. Also, the wheat in cookie dough can cause E-Coli. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention warned Americans in 2018 to “Say No to Raw Dough.”

I’m glad I didn’t know about all this; it’s hard enough to resist raw dough when it’s unsafe, and you stop after a couple small blobs. This is a gamechanger, where you can offer to bring cookies somewhere, lose control, and end up with 4 or 5 tiny ones and have to blame it on the dog.

Scientists had to be involved in the “Study of Safely Eating Raw Cookie Dough” in the Pillsbury Food Laboratories. Why aren’t they working to cure heart disease and other maladies that are caused by “foods” like cookie dough? Their parents must be very proud.

How do people get all that scientific education and use it not for the good of humankind, or animals, or Planet Earth, but for people to dig an early grave with a spoon (or fingers) and a tube of Value Size Pillsbury Cookie Dough (they’re ALL safe to eat raw now, Pillsbury crowed on their website.)

On a positive note, kudos to the inventors of the Quaker Caramel Rice Cake. Granted, they’re not very tasty, but are better than nothing. If my child had invented them, I’d be braggin’ all over town.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have enough dough left for three or four cookies. They’ll be delicious with some herbal tea.


  1. Ermine…I never knew Pillsbury changed their cookie dough so it could be eaten raw!!! No kvetching about that from this quarter….hmmm….yummy!


    1. erminerose says:

      BecktheWhiner, Put it right out of your mind. My purpose was to pull the curtain back on how we’re manipulated by Corporations, not to add another unhealthy choice to your menu. Please shop wisely, Beck!


  2. Agnes says:

    UH OH, don’t even think about all this when you select your next jumbo sized container of ice cream in the dessert freezer case! Hmmm…what brand to choose??? (I’m drooling!)

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  3. Laura says:

    Your post is still making me chuckle. I did not know this new change in cookie dough. I’m going to have to go out and grab me some.

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    1. erminerose says:

      I give up, Laura. I was trying to show how sneaky Pillsbury and the other food companies are! My readers missed the point and just want to gobble the cookie dough up as fast as they can get it to into their mouths. OK, full disclosure: I did eat a good portion of the dough, and it was… WON-DER-FUL!


  4. markbialczak says:

    Yes, Ermine, the caramel does make the rice cake slightly more than eating a whisp of wind!


    1. erminerose says:

      Ha–that’s an accurate description of “eating” a rice cake, Mark! What do you think is in the “caramel flavor” (besides shellac and other chemicals)?


      1. markbialczak says:

        I think it’s the leftover pot scrapings of a small bag of Kraft caramels, Ermine.


  5. Sherrye says:

    OMG Rose, I am still LOLOLOLOLing after reading your blog!!! And YES fellow followers, coming from the friend for whom she was baking (aka moi), the Sesame Cookies out of Lydia’s cookbook were delish;););)


  6. Connie says:

    Whuuut? Who knew?? But still nothing beats a bowl if c.c ice cream!😊


    1. erminerose says:

      I’m drooling for some, Connie! Ice cream, that is–Moose Tracks for me.


  7. k2c1010 says:

    My sister was the dough “nut” of the family, so I’ll have to tell her!


  8. erminerose says:

    Yes, she can return to gobbling raw cookie dough as long as it’s Pillsbury, Karen!


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