Ah, the age old Christmas baking question—should you is it safe eat raw cookie dough…or no? Well, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, their answer is a big fat no.

The kiddos are gathered ’round the kitchen table. The ingredients are spread out, just waiting for someone to mix them into ooey-gooey yumminess. You measure, you mix…and the kids? They’re begging to lick the spoon. With this official “bah humbug” from the CDC, what’s a parent to do?

Do you dare let them take a spoonful of uncooked dough? Even though eating raw cookie dough is kind of a childhood staple, it’s also an easy way to get sick.

According to the CDC, uncooked dough—of any kind, not just the cookie variety—can harbor bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella. You may know those bacteria from such recent recalls as “pretty much all the beef” and “stop eating romaine lettuce.” These same bacteria can hide in your raw cookie dough, as E. coli can contaminate raw flour and raw eggs can contain Salmonella.

Before you toss out all those would-be Christmas cookies, stop! Even though the uncooked dough could make your family sick, cooking them kills those pesky bacteria. Amy Frias, Community Educator at CHOC Children’s Hospital, weighs in with some helpful tips this time of year to keep your kiddos safe with all that holiday baking.

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“If you’re planning on baking with the little ones, there are some extra precautions you’ll want to take. For starters, be sure to wash hands before, during and after food preparation,” Frias shares. “You’ll also want to keep baking ingredients, especially vanilla and almond extract, out of children’s reach and do all cooking on the back burner to prevent burns.  Finally, if he child has a food allergy, you need to be proactive and plan ahead, preparing only allergen-safe baked goods.”

So go ahead and eat those holiday cookies—just make sure you wait until after they come out of the oven.

—Erica Loop

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