How to Make Baked Flour

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Learn how to make baked flour to use in all of your favorite edible cookie dough recipes! Cooking flour is the safest way to use it in recipes like edible chocolate chip cookie dough. It’s easy to do and only takes about five minutes!

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If you’ve ever made edible raw cookie dough, you might already know that you shouldn’t use eggs, but did you know you shouldn’t use raw flour either? Luckily, there’s an easy way to bake flour, so it’s safe to use in all of your favorite edible raw dough recipes. I’m showing you how to do it!

Why Do You Bake Flour?

Readers have asked me, is it safe to eat flour raw? The simple answer is no. The process of making flour does not kill bacteria. Usually, this is not a problem because flour in recipes is cooked, whether in cakes, cookies, breading, etc. The heat kills the bacteria, so there isn’t a worry.

The problem is consuming it raw like in cookie doughs or batters. I’ll be honest, for a long time, I never thought about it – I was more worried about raw eggs, but raw flour can harbor the same kinds of bacteria, and so it needs to be cooked.

Luckily, it’s super easy to cook flour, so it’s safe to use in edible cookie dough recipes, which are one of my favorite things! It takes all the worry away from using raw flour and only takes about five minutes. 

All purpose flour in the bag sitting next to a bowl full of flour

What Do You Need to Bake Flour?

An oven and a cookie sheet – that’s it! No fancy equipment is needed. It’s so easy there’s no reason not to do it – having the peace of mind that your edible raw dough is safe is worth the extra five minutes it takes to cook the flour first.

How Do You Bake Flour?

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Spread the amount of flour you need for your recipe on a cookie sheet.

3. Once the oven is heated, bake the flour for five minutes.

4. Cool it on the sheet before adding it to your recipe. 

Tip: You can bake flour ahead of time. Once it’s cooled, store it in an airtight container so you can use it later.

When you bake flour, the oven’s heat kills the bacteria – it’s a fast process and works! For chocolate chip cookie dough fans, it’s a game-changer – it makes the treat edible and safe.

Now that you know how to cook flour, you need to make some edible raw dough treats to celebrate! Baking flour is a great kitchen hack that is so simple – it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Flour in a large clear mixing bowl

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How to Bake Flour

If you’re worried about making edible cookie dough with raw flour then use baked flour! Learn how to bake flour so it’s heat safe and ready to use in your raw edible recipes. It’s easy to do and just takes 5 minutes!
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Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 16 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 cup (124g) all-purpose flour (or any amount)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread flour on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake flour for 5 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet.
  • Use in desired recipe or store in a canister for future use.

Recipe Notes

Make extra and store in an airtight container, just like you would normal flour.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baked flour
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Baked Flour is the key to a safe edible cookie dough. It kills all the bacteria and only takes 5 minutes!

Last Updated on March 6, 2021

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  1. Thanks for this good tip. My question is: can you do the same thing with raw cake mix or raw brownie mix?

  2. Thanks so much for this important information!
    I have made this recipe before and I have never even thought about how using raw flour could make me sick so I appreciate you posting this.