Comedian Eddie Izzard has a routine where he talks about how wonderful it was to lick the bowl and beaters after his ‘mum’ had made a cake. He calls the batter ‘heavenly’ and the baked cake just ‘eh’. I agree with him completely! There are some things which are just better if they are eaten unbaked! As I laughed at his observation, I thought about all of the things I like better before they are put in the oven.
Cookie dough – I’m not talking that stuff you buy wrapped in plastic from the grocery store. I’m talking fresh cookie dough – mixed up at home and eaten right out of the bowl – with the very spoon used for mixing! Some heavenly examples –
- Chocolate chip – creamy and sweet with that bite of chocolate – melts in your mouth and leaves that sugary taste on your tongue waiting for the next bite.
- Peanut butter – definitely like the dough MUCH better than the actual cookies. What’s not to like? Peanut butter mixed with sugar and butter – which takes away the ability of peanut butter to stick to the roof your mouth and lets it dissolve in your mouth like a sweet peanut butter sandwich without the bread and the stickiness.
- Oatmeal and raisin. I know this one sounds a little weird – but when you bake those oatmeal cookies they leave their sugar on the cookie sheet and in the oven. Want a good way to make your children eat some oatmeal – just mix up the cookie dough and they will love you forever. The only thing better than raisins in the dough would be butterscotch chips!
- Snickerdoodles. Yeh – you don’t get all of the wonderful spices put on the cookie before it is baked – but what you do get is dough which is silky, sweet and buttery – sheer delight!
- Chocolate crinkles – need I say more? They are pure chocolate and the dough tastes like a vat of fudge! Yum!
- Sugar Cookies – these are the one cookie that I like just as well baked as unbaked – but that is only because I put a lot of frosting on the baked cookie! Again – they are so much more sugary before they are baked – and the creaminess of the dough only makes it that much better.
Cake batter and brownie batter – any flavor is simply awesome! Just as Eddie says – there is something about that wonderful concoction sticking to your lips, teeth and tongue and sliding down your throat that gives you a sensation of taste that ‘heavenly’. Baking ruins this wonderful texture and gives you a sponge on which becomes a conveyance for vast quantities of frosting – much like sugar cookies. Brownies have a grittiness because of the sugar that makes the batter stick to your teeth just a little longer and adds to the pleasure.
Don’t listen to those people who say – “Don’t eat that raw batter. You will get worms!” If that’s what it takes to enjoy these wonderful taste sensations – then so be it! However, I have been eating raw cookie dough for 50 years and never had a worm – and I don’t know anyone who has gotten worms this way – and I can’t find anything in medical literature to support this. I think this was made up by people who wanted the cake or cookie to actually make it to the oven – probably because they needed something on which to put frosting!