How to Make Safe, Edible Cookie Dough

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Life is tough for cookie dough lovers. No matter how many times the CDC reminds you that cookies in their unbaked form are unsafe to eat, the right mixture of butter, sugar, raw eggs, and flour never stops being a tempting treat. But you don't need to wait in line at a trendy cookie dough cafe to get your fix without the health risks. It's easy to make edible cookie dough at home—and it's just as satisfying as the other stuff.

The Seattle Times recently shared Olivia Hops's recipe for safe-to-eat chocolate chip cookie dough from her book, The Edible Cookie Dough Cookbook, which was published earlier this year. It includes many of the same ingredients you'd expect to find in regular cookie batter, like butter, sugar, flour, vanilla, chocolate chips, and salt. Eggs (and the Salmonella they potentially carry in their raw state) are the only major exclusion.

Hops has made one more noticeable tweak to the recipe: She calls for all-purpose flour that's been heat-treated, which means it has been heated to at least 160°F in the microwave. Even if dough doesn't use raw eggs, it can still be dangerous to eat if it contains raw flour. Most flour isn't treated to kill germs before it's packaged and sent to the supermarket, so it may be harboring E. coli.

After treating your flour, proceed with the recipe as you would if you were baking regular cookies. Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, then mix in the vanilla until combined. Whisk the remaining dry ingredients in a medium bowl and then keep adding a little bit to the wet mixture, mixing on low as you go. Incorporate the chocolate chips by hand before digging in.

"Feel free to switch the type of chocolate chips you add or even to add multiple types of chips," suggests Hops. Click here for the full recipe.

[h/t The Seattle Times]

Move Over, Gritty: Whizzy the Geno's Cheesesteak Is Philadelphia's Newest Mascot

Meet Whizzy: The new mascot at Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia.
Meet Whizzy: The new mascot at Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia.

When you think of the characters that represent Philadelphia, you might picture Gritty, the Phillie Phanatic, or a Benjamin Franklin impersonator looting a Wawa after the Super Bowl. Now, there's a new mascot presiding over the city of brotherly love. As The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, Geno's Steaks is now home to Whizzy—a giant, anthropomorphic cheesesteak with a perpetual smile.

Geno's, known for its cheesesteaks and glowing neon facade, is a Philly institution. The restaurant's new mascot is the product of more than eight months of redesigns. His name, an homage to Geno's classic steak sandwich with Cheez Whiz, also went through a several iterations, including "Whiz Head," before the name Whizzy became official.

Geno's Steaks unveiled Whizzy to the world on Monday, October 21. The costumed character has all the elements of a Geno's cheesesteak, with a body consisting a long roll stuffed with cheese, onions, and thinly sliced rib-eye. But unlike the fare you'd normally fine at Geno's, this cheesesteak also has limbs and a face—and barely fits inside the kitchen.

The mascot's debut kicked off Geno's "week of giving." On Tuesday, Whizzy and Geno's owner Geno Vento will deliver a $1500 check to Easterseals, a nonprofit dedicated to children and adults with disabilities, and on Thursday, they will give a check in the same amount to the Engine 10 fire station in South Philly. Geno's will also hand out free coupons and cheesesteaks in honor of the week.

Pat's King of Steaks, Geno's competitor across the street, tells The Inquirer they have no plans to come up with a rival mascot as of yet.

[h/t The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Starbucks Has a New Phantom Frappuccino That’s All Black and Covered With Slime

Starbucks EMEA
Starbucks EMEA

Starbucks is about to release a beverage that looks suspiciously like something Hocus Pocus’s Sanderson sisters might brew in their human-sized cauldron.

If the Tie-Dye Frappuccino was Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, the Phantom Frappuccino is absolutely the Wicked Witch of the West. It’s a sinister-looking mixture of black sludge and green slime, and it seems about as edible as an oil spill.

However, if you’re familiar with the Broadway musical Wicked, you know that Oz's famous villain was tragically misunderstood based partially on her off-putting appearance—so, too, is the Phantom Frappuccino. According to Delish, it’s actually refreshingly fruity, and vegan to boot. The drink contains coconut milk, mango, pineapple essence, crème Frappuccino syrup, and charcoal powder, and the slime is a combination of lime juice, lemon juice, more charcoal powder, and spirulina extract (which is green).

It’s a welcome break for anybody who started sipping pumpkin spice lattes way back in August and is already experiencing burnout. Unfortunately for Americans, this ghoulish drink is only available in Europe; Starbucks is launching it on October 26 for five days only.

An impulse jaunt across the pond for the sole purpose of getting your hands on a delightfully evil-looking Frappuccino might not be the best financial decision, but you can always concoct your own at home—activated charcoal is used in everything from toothpaste to skincare products, and you can buy a whole pound of the powder on Amazon for just $12.

[h/t Delish]

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