Cookie dough is highly unlikely to be poisonous. If it is not showing mold, and smells good, you can certainly bake it. Dough can even ferment some and it might be even better!
So, in all likelihood, you will probably find yourself asking: Can you eat expired cookie dough? To be safe, you should not consume cookie dough that is past its expiration date, but you can consume it up to 1-2 months past its best-by date, if stored properly.
If you store it in your fridge, you can usually expect this cookie dough to last about 1 to 2 weeks past the “best by” date. In your freezer, frozen raw cookie dough can actually last 9 to 12 months, giving you plenty of time to use it before it goes bad.
As cookie dough begins to go bad the edges will begin to turn a darker color than the interior as oxidation occurs. The taste will be off if the cookie dough is left too long. Spoiled cookie dough may also give off a rancid odor and become moldy if left too long.
Most cookie dough can be refrigerated, well-wrapped, for three to five days before baking. If you want to make it farther in advance, freeze the dough.
Pillsbury dough can be used up to 2 weeks after the expiration date. Like all fresh or frozen produce, Pillsbury dough will eventually go bad, or at the very least not taste its best when eaten.
“If you do eat a food past the expiration date [and the food] is spoiled, you could develop symptoms of food poisoning,” said registered dietitian nutritionist Summer Yule, MS. The symptoms of foodborne illness can include fever, chills, stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
Keep this chocolate chip cookie dough refrigerated until the use by date on the package or freeze before the use by date on the package for up to 2 months until ready to enjoy.
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And for how long? Yes! Our Toll House Edible Cookie Dough can be frozen for up to 6 months.
How long does dough stay good in the fridge?
A dough will last approximately three days in the refrigerator; however, it is best to use it within 48 hours. This is the best way to refrigerate your dough. After the dough is kneaded, place in a lightly oiled, large mixing bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator.
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When cookies or chips get old, the stale taste is quite obvious. But as long as it doesn’t smell funky (the oils in the cookie may go bad over a long period of time) and it doesn’t crumble apart in your hand, then it’s okay to eat.
Can I use dough that was left out overnight?
If left overnight, dough rises so high forcing it will likely collapse on the weight of itself, making the dough deflate. For best results always keep dough in the refrigerator when leaving to rise overnight.
“When your dough is refrigerated, the butter hardens. So when you bake them, they spread less and hold their shape better,” adds Epperson. “Which means a better likelihood of a soft, chewy cookie in the center.” So chilling the dough before baking means fluffier cookies with better consistency.
Leftover cookie dough is the perfect addition to that pint of ice cream sitting in your freezer.
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Chilling cookie dough is an essential part of most cookie recipes. Besides, it’s always good to just have cookie dough in the fridge ready to go. But how long can you leave this deliciousness in the fridge? Generally speaking, cookie dough is good for about two to four days in the fridge.