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lizandkatecupdotcolorsI knew we were headed for trouble after hearing that Nestle’s refrigerated cookie dough had been recalled. Several cases of E-coli were reported, prompting store owners to pull every flavor of dough from their shelves quicker than I could say, “cookie, please?”

Then came the call from my mother, who is physically unable to offer less than three deserts at family get-togethers. One of the choices the Sunday prior had been the cookie brand in question, hot out of the oven.

My son was momentarily devastated.

“I’m I gonna get sick now? Does this mean we’ll never have chocolate chip cookies again?”cookie dough

I tried to explain we could have them whenever we chose – we just wouldn’t be able to buy that brand – at least for a while.

It’s no secret that cookie dough should not be eaten prior to baking. And the thought of eating a raw egg (a prime culprit in the illness) has absolutely no appeal as far as I’m concerned.

It’s reality though, that it’s a warning seldom heeded. At least in my house. Because eating a raw egg is simply not the same as eating raw cookie dough. Heck, we eat brownie batter, too. And if it’s really that dangerous, why can we buy cookie dough ice cream?

The more I thought about it, the hungrier I got.

Flash forward to that night, when my daughter and her friend were looking for a snack.

“Hey, Mom? Can we have some of this cookie dough?” (Luck dictated that I had a different brand of refrigerated dough on hand.)

I delved into the whole cookie dough/E-coli saga again, stressing to Hannah that it might not be the wisest snack choice she could make, closing my argument with, “if you get sick, don’t come crying to me.”

“Okay,” she said as they sat down beside me, tearing into the pre-cut squares.

“I can’t believe you’re actually going to eat that,” I said.

“Want a piece of E-coli, Mom?”


The next few minutes were quiet as the three of us indulged in our guilty pleasure. Life on the edge, to be certain. But there was no guilt to be found – only cold squares of gooey cookie dough that made taking a risk on E-coli well worth the momentary satisfaction.

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