Just when we thought we couldn’t possibly love our social-justice-slinging, anti-racist, ice-cream-scooping fake boyfriends Ben and Jerry any more, they went ahead and published the recipe for Ben & Jerry’s edible cookie dough to seal the deal. (This even beats the time they launched edible cookie dough bites.)
You’re probably like, um, isn’t all cookie dough *technically* edible lol, and while that’s not untrue, it’s also pretty risky to eat raw cookie dough willy-nilly, since it contains raw eggs and flour—a recipe for contracting salmonella and E. coli if we ever heard of one. Thankfully, the Ben & Jerry’s version has a workaround to make the dough safe to eat without baking, and it’s super easy. The recipe is eggless but it does contain flour, however, it gets heat-treated in the microwave to reach a bacteria-eliminating temperature of 165°F.
According to Ben and Jerry, you could technically bake this dough into actual chocolate-chip cookies if you wanted to…but do you really want to? We didn’t think so. Without further ado, here’s how to make the Ben & Jerry’s edible chocolate-chip cookie dough at home.
Ben & Jerry’s Edible Cookie Dough Recipe
Makes about 2 cups
1 cup all-purpose flour
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 packed cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup chocolate chips
1. Heat-Treat the Flour: Do not skip this step, untreated flour can contain contaminants and is not safe to eat. Place the flour in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high in 30-second intervals, stirring in between. Use an instant-read thermometer to ensure that the flour reaches 165°F throughout.
2. Make the Dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the cream, vanilla and salt. Mix to combine. Add the heat-treated flour and mix to incorporate. Fold in the chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Recipe adapted from Ben & Jerry’s