Pillsbury has exciting news for raw cookie dough lovers

You know when you're making a big batch of chocolate chip cookies and there's that last bit of dough left on the spoon? And you want to just eat it because, what's the worst thing that can happen? Well, as it turns out, when you eat raw cookie dough, which normally contains raw eggs and raw flour, you open the door to a host of unwelcome possibilities. According to Food Safety News, you could be facing E. coli, listeria, or salmonella, to name just a few. No thanks!

Luckily, Pillsbury has your back, having figured out a way to offer the best of both worlds — eat the dough or bake it. Yup, you can now lick the spoon without fearing a visit to the emergency clinic. According to a company press release received by Mashed, Pillsbury Safe to Eat Raw Cookie and Brownie Doughs are now available nationwide. But, what makes them safe, and how does the taste compare to the original?

How is Pillsbury Safe to Eat Raw Cookie and Brownie Dough safe to eat?

According to the press release, Pillsbury's recipes are exactly the same. The new Safe to Eat Raw doughs are simply made with heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs so you can safely eat them, either raw or baked, depending on your mood. The goal is to transition all of Pillsbury's refrigerated doughs to Safe to Eat Raw versions by the end of the summer, according to the company. Each package features a "safe to eat raw" seal to distinguish the product from those that are not considered safe to consume raw.

As for the taste, Pillsbury states in its FAQs that no ingredients have changed and the taste is exactly the same. The only change is the heat-treating of the flour and pasteurized eggs. Curious about how to make your own heat-treated flour? According to Today, you can microwave flour at 30-second intervals until it reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit on an instant-read thermometer (let the flour cool before adding it to any recipes). You can also buy pasteurized eggs, but according to The Spruce Eats, they may not be sold at every grocery store.