If You Have This Nestlé Cookie Dough at Home, Do Not Bake or Eat It, FDA Warns

Breaking out the family cookbook to whip up a batch of your favorite cookies can…

Breaking out the family cookbook to whip up a batch of your favorite cookies can be a fun weekend project. However, there are also those days when you’re short on time but you’re fixated on having a sweet treat fresh from the oven. Pre-made cookie dough provides the easiest shortcut to the satisfaction that only a warm, just-baked dessert can bring. But you may want to take a minute before you start pre-heating your appliance after the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned customers not to bake or eat a specific type of Nestlé cookie dough right now. Read on to see which kitchen hack could pose a serious safety risk.

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Having pre-made or ready-to-go sweets around can be an easy way to fulfill cravings when they strike. But just like any other food product, they can sometimes be subject to recall when safety issues arise.

One recent example includes Enjoy Life Natural Brands LLC, which announced on June 30 that it was voluntarily recalling 13 baked snack products from its lineup. The move affected items such as different styles of soft-baked cookies, chewy bars, “breakfast ovals,” and brownie bites, which were sold at major supermarkets and Walmart. The company pulled the items from shelves after an internal review found that the baked goods could potentially contain hard plastic pieces.

Weeks later, on July 20, the company expanded its recall to include Soft-Baked Snickerdoodles it produces for Trader Joe’s. Enjoy Life Natural Brands again warned that the treats could contain “hard plastic pieces” and urged anyone who may have purchased the items to throw them away or return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund.

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And on Oct. 7, the FDA announced that Flowers Foods, Inc. had issued a recall for a number of its beloved Tastykake and Mrs. Freshley’s glazed pies sold across North America. In this case, the company said the items were made with an ingredient that could contain soy—a known food allergen—that’s not listed on the product’s label. Now, one popular homemade hack dessert is also facing a recall of its own.

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On Oct. 13, Nestlé USA announced it had issued a voluntary recall on its Nestlé Toll House Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough with Fudge Filling ready-to-bake products. The company says the affected items were produced between June and September of 2022 and distributed across the continental United States and Puerto Rico, including to Publix stores.

The recall notice specifies that no other Nestlé Toll House products are affected by the move, including other Toll House Stuffed Cookie Dough or Nestlé Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products.

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Nestlé USA says it issued the cookie dough recall “out of an abundance of caution” because the items may contain “white plastic pieces.” The company was made aware of the issue when a “small number” of customers reached out to complain.

“We are working with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on this voluntary recall and will cooperate with them fully,” the company wrote in the recall notice. “The quality, safety, and integrity of our products remain our number one priority. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this action represents to both our consumers and retail customers.”

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According to the FDA’s notice, even though some customers have reported finding plastic in the items, there have been no related illnesses or injuries to date. However, the company says that anyone who purchased the affected Nestlé Toll House Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough items should not bake or eat the product. Instead, they should return the items to the store where they were purchased for a replacement or a full refund.

Customers with questions or concerns can also reach out to Nestlé USA directly by calling the hotline listed on the FDA’s notice.