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bearsmom is asking: (2 answers)
I left my cookie dough out overnight and baked it this morning. Now I am worried that the cookies might not be safe to eat because of the egg in the dough. Does anyone know if baking the dough makes it safe? Thanks so much!

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Last updated: Dec. 13, 2012 6:47 pm
Posted: Dec. 13, 2012 12:16 pm
Answered by: PAMELA D. aPROpos of nothing
Dec. 13, 2012 12:30 pm
I think you should toss your cookies or you might end up tossing your cookies.;)
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Dec. 13, 2012 1:12 pm
why would this be unsafe? I know snopes will say it is not recommended, but eggs do not always need to be refrigerated. Many Europeans do not keep eggs cold, cool, yes but not cold. Unless your kitchen temp is very high, I do not see why this is bad. But toss them if it makes you uncomfortable. Power of suggestion can be persuasive.
Dec. 13, 2012 3:24 pm
I'm with you RNG. I would not hesitate to go ahead and bake these.
Dec. 13, 2012 3:50 pm
I would toss. Eggs are NOT safe to consume if left at room temp for too long. You can't compare what is done in other countries since they have different ways of handling some foods. Eggs once refrigerated need to be kept refrigerated to be safe to eat. Temps between 40-140 is the danger zone what bacteria can grow and make food unsafe to consume. ... more details here. ...
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Dec. 13, 2012 4:31 pm
:) Goodfood, I know you and I must agree to disagree on this topic, Perhaps once refrigerated it is best to keep chilled, but you bake-when a recipe asks for room temp eggs, like a good meringue, how long would be considered safe out of the fridge to bring to room temp? I really do not expect you to offer an actual time, more of a question with opinionated answers. Also, when an egg is laid, it is warmer than our body temp, many chicken farms only collect eggs 1 or 2 times/day. These eggs sit at room temp or close to it, until they are picked up by semi trucks several times/week. We have a huge chicken farmer, a couple miles away. I have gone to help him on occasion. His eggs are contracted out, semi truck picks up twice per week. He is under gov't regulations and must meet many requirements. The egg scare really has taken a toll on people.
Answered by: bearsmom
Dec. 13, 2012 4:29 pm
Thanks so much for all the good advice.
Dec. 13, 2012 5:42 pm
Following safe food handling recommendations as listed by the FDA is common sense and good advice to follow and has nothing to do with scaring people. While you can do whatever you like, it is a terrible idea to suggest people ignore these recommendations. Eating something made from raw eggs that sat overnight at room temp can make someone very ill.
Dec. 13, 2012 6:10 pm
My concern about this is when eggs are cracked open and out a long time.
Dec. 13, 2012 6:39 pm
I would bake the cookies and eat them.
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Dec. 13, 2012 6:47 pm
chuckling, yes and lack of common sense and lack of accepting responsibility for actions often lead to unnecessary law suits which forced the FDA to come up with such high standards. The amount of wasted food is unbelievable, that may explain why a family in the US can throw away more food in a year, than my family will eat in a month.
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