One thing I have always found true about expecting a baby: cravings.
In my case the longing for different foods changes as my pregnancies progress. This time around I've been through chocolate, gummy bears, cinnamon candies, and Arby's sauce, among others. Nothing too strange, like chalk or dirt, thank goodness. Well, maybe French roasted decaf coffee beans is weird - but not harmful. Lots of people eat them covered in chocolate.
So the other day I needed chocolate chip cookie dough. We had some in ice cream, but I didn't really want the ice cream part, just the dough part. What to do? I generally don't put too much worry into the occasional taste of raw cookie dough by myself or my older children when we are baking, salmonella notwithstanding. But the warnings about raw eggs always single out pregnant women and very young children, so I knew a few big spoons of the stuff wasn't going to be a good idea. In the past I have made the dough and simply left out the eggs, but the taste was never quite right.
Enter recipezaar.com and a wonderful person named Heather. Thank goodness I had a box of instant vanilla pudding waiting in the cupboard. I hope you do, too, along with the other more usual ingredients. Because if you like cookie dough you're going to want to make this.
Here is her recipe: Safe to Eat Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
I made a few modifications. The pudding I had was the larger 5.1 oz box, so I went with about half of it, which is less than the recipe calls for but worked just fine. The other half I held in reserve in case I wanted to make another batch (I did). The first batch I used two cups of white flour. The second time around I put in one cup white, one of Wheat Montana Prairie Gold. (Wheat Montana flour is the best I've ever used, seriously. I can taste the difference when I'm forced to use other brands. Guess I'm a flour snob?) Lastly, I only used one cup of chocolate chips each time. Sacrilege, I know. First batch was semi-sweet and second batch was milk chocolate. I prefer the semi-sweet. Both batches were a hit with the whole family. Good thing, or I would've been forced to eat it all myself.
And I wonder why I gain so much weight when I'm expecting??? Sigh. I am trying. Really, I am.