Dairy Free Edible Cookie Dough
Edible dairy free cookie dough has become one of my favorite late night snacks or after supper (that’s dinner for all my American friends) desserts. Of course I’m a chocolate lover so I need them in my cookie dough. Chocolate chips can be dairy free if you buy the right kind. I also list some basic points to eating chocolate as a dairy free person. If you’re reading this post, I’m sure you’ve eaten raw cookie dough before. It has the wonderful flavor that raw eggs and flour seem to give it that special cookie dough taste. This recipe comes pretty close to the real thing but I’m not gonna lie to you, it does taste slightly different. I haven’t tried a recipe that tastes exactly like real cookie dough. I’ve come to the conclusion that it is the eggs that make that slight difference in taste. So I still eat raw cookie dough when I make cookies because I like to live life on the edge. Take me now salmonella!
Dairy Free Edible Cookie Dough
- ½ cup plant butter Or butter
- ¾ brown sugar
- 1-2 TBSP coconut milk or favorite dairy free coffee creamer or milk
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 ¼ cup flour
- ½ cup dairy free chocolate chips Or regular Dark chocolate chips, Enjoy life Semi Sweet Mini chocolate chips are dairy free
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer, mix the plant butter until smooth. Add the brown sugar and mix until combined. Add the coconut milk, vanilla, and salt and continue to mix. Add the flour and mix until smooth. Remove bowl from stand mixer. Add in the chocolate chips and mix by hand until combined. I like to separate into small containers and place them in the fridge for eating later.
- Note: Most edible cookie dough recipes call for heat treated flour. If you are concerned about eating raw flour there are two ways to make sure it’s safe to eat.Microwave: Place your flower in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals. Stir the flour after each 30 second interval (to make sure it doesn’t burn). Check with a thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 160-165F.Oven: Preheat your oven to 300F and Spread your flour onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Make sure to stir the flour often, about every 2-3 minutes to ensure it doesn’t burn. Once the temperature is at 160-65F remove from the oven and allow to fully cool before using in your recipe.
Heat Treating the Flour
Many recipes call for heat treated flour in edible cookie dough. I don’t heat treat my flour because, like I said before, I live life on the edge. Heat treating the flour kills pathogens, bacteria and germs that may be in the raw flour. I included two ways to accomplish this. Since it is important to make sure the flour is actually safe to eat. Microwaving seems to be the easiest option. I’ve used the oven to heat treat the flour before. It was annoying to get the flour off the cookie sheet back into a bowl.
Chocolate, Is It Dairy Free?
I believe the answer to this question is yes, and a lot of times no. Pure chocolate, meaning 100 percent cacao, usually called unsweetened baking chocolate, does not contain any dairy. Unsweetened chocolate is vegan, dairy free and allergen friendly.
I’ve read that dark chocolate, in its purest form, will contain just cocao beans and sugar. However most dark chocolate will have cocoa butter and/or cocoa liquor (contains no alcohol) added. I find comfort in the fact that both ingredients are derived from cocoa beans and contain no dairy. The sad part for me is that most popular brands tend to have dairy ingredients listed in their dark chocolate. In my label reading endeavours, I have found that the darker the chocolate is, the less likely it is to contain dairy.
Milk Chocolate and white chocolate
Milk chocolate and white chocolate almost always contain dairy. Unless they are specific vegan or dairy free chocolate, that use dairy alternatives to make the chocolate. I always make sure to read those labels carefully to avoid any dairy allergens.
Common milk Ingredients found in chocolate
Some of the most common dairy ingredients I have learned to check for are: butter oil, milk solids, milk fats, milk powder, cream, whey, lactose or other ingredients that sound milky. I’ve read, that as regulated by the FDA, dairy is not to be hidden in the list of ingredients, it needs to be clearly identifiable. I found in the food labeling guide from the FDA that, “major food allergens,… regardless of whether they are present in the food in trace amounts, must be declared.”
May Contain Milk
Another thing I have learned to be aware of is that packaging may state that a food product “may contain dairy”. Which generally means that it was produced and packaged in the same place as other products that contain dairy. And therefore I can know that they have a small risk of being contaminated. I’m not allergic to dairy and only have an intolerance to it so trace amounts are not a problem for me. Only I can know what is safe for me to eat. If I am preparing food for someone with a dairy allergy, I would make sure that the ingredients I used didn’t contain even trace amounts of dairy. Better safe than sorry right? If you are unsure of whether or not something is safe for you to eat you can always contact the manufacturer for more information on the specific product.
Chocolate chips that are safe for dairy free diets
While I’ve found that many chocolates do indeed contain milk products, there are many kinds that are dairy free. I’m sure you are glad to know, that if you do your due diligence while reading labels, chocolate is safe to consume for those of us with lactose intolerance and with dairy allergies. Which I am so thankful for because it means chocolate chip cookie dough can still be enjoyed as a snack.
There are brands like Lily’s Chocolate that sell dairy free chocolate chips. They are also gluten free and lower in sugar than lots of other brands. Lily’s does have some chocolate that doesn’t contain dairy in the ingredients list. Some of the packaging I read states, that it may contain dairy or that it was processed in the same facility as other products that contain milk. I’d be careful with that one if you’re allergic. Another brand I found is Simple Truth Organic Vegan Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips. Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips are also dairy free!
Chocolate Chip Cookie dough
Chocolate is an important part of chocolate chip cookie dough. And as a dairy free person, buying chocolate becomes a bit more tricky. I hope you can find a brand that is suitable to your taste and dietary needs. So that you can enjoy it in this treat and in all your future baking adventures.
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