I’m sure most of us can say that in our lifetime we’ve eaten Pillsbury cookie dough, but have you ever stopped to look at what’s in the stuff? Hopefully with this post I can convince you to either start making your own dough, or look for natural/organic options.
Take a look at the ingredients in Pillsbury Big Deluxe Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough:
Enriched Bleached Flour: I talked about this in my processed bread post but if you haven’t read that let me fill you in a little. The word “enriched” in food should always be avoided. See how its followed by a list of vitamins? Enriched just means that so much good has been taken out that scientists in a lab have to go in and biochemically engineer our food to add a fake version of vitamins. Think about it: fruits and vegetables have tons of vitamins and minerals, but you don’t see a list of them on the package. When I buy organic carrots, the bag says “ingredients: carrots”. And bleached? Yeah, that means what it sounds like it means. Your dough has been bleached to be the color that it is. Natural dough doesn’t have to be bleached and looks fine. Doesn’t this make you wonder why they would have to bleach it to make it look attractive enough for you to want to buy?
Vegetable Oil (palm, canola, and soybean): There is a really good chance that these oils are all GMO. For more info on Genetically Modified Organisms, check out the link at the bottom of the page to the Non-GMO Project’s website.
Semisweet Chocolate Chips and Hershey’s Semi-Sweet Mini Kisses: The milkfat here is most likely not rBGH free, soy lecithin in most cases is GMO (if the food is not labeled all-natural or organic), and artificial flavor is self-explanatory.
Eggs: Probably in this case not antibiotic-free.
Artificial Flavor: This shows up three times in the ingredients list: in the chocolate chips, as vanillin in the mini kisses, and again at the bottom of the list.
Has any of that convinced you yet not to eat these? Let’s take a look at a better option. The Immaculate Baking Company makes a number of all-natural and organic pre-packaged and convenient products. They make everything from cookie dough, biscuits, scones, sweet rolls, crescent rolls, and pie crusts, in all-natural, organic and gluten-free options.
Let’s look at the ingredients in their All-Natural Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough:
Organic unbleached wheat flour, organic light brown sugar, chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla extract, ground cocoa beans), organic palm fruit oil, organic evaporated cane juice, whole eggs, chocolate chunks (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, chocolate liquor processed with alkali, soy lecithin, salt), water, sea salt, organic invert cane sugar, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder.
Doesn’t this sound like a much better option? And in my opinion, these are way more delicious, too! The times that I’ve bought them, they’ve been on sale 2/$5 and the Pillsbury cookie dough was $3.50 each. I’m starting to see Immaculate Baking products in more conventional grocery stores, but if you don’t find them, you can most likely buy them at your local health food market.