Heat treating flour makes it safe to use in any recipe–including no-bake desserts! Learn how to bake raw flour with this easy method.
If you love grabbing bites of your cookie dough be sure to use heat treated flour! Whether you’re making Monster Cookie Dough Truffles or Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough, heat treat the flour for delicious, safe no bake treats!
Why would you heat treat flour?
Raw flour is considered unsafe to eat due to the presence of potentially harmful microbes.
According to the FDA, the grains from which flour is ground are grown in fields that may be exposed to harmful bacteria like salmonella and E.coli.
Heating flour to at least 160 degrees kills off any nasty bacteria that might be lurking in your flour bag.
In most desserts, the dangerous microbes get killed during the baking process. But if you’ve ever found yourself nibbling raw cookie dough, you know that plenty of our favorite treats never see the inside of the oven door.
How to Bake Flour
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread a thing layer of flour on the cookies sheet (or the exact amount you need for your recipe).
- Bake flour for about 5 minutes and use a food thermometer to check the temperature. It should read 160 degrees. If it’s not quite hot enough yet, give it another minute and check again.
- Use a wire whisk to break up any clumps of flour on the baking sheet.
- Cool flour completely before using, about 30 minutes!
Ways to Use Baked Flour
- Peanut Butter Cookie dough balls
- Edible cookie dough dip
- Cookie Dough Truffles
- Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars
Tips and Tricks
- This method can be used for bleached or unbleached all-purpose flour.
- You can heat treat the flour ahead of time and store in airtight container unti ready to use.
- Once your flour is heat treated you can use it in any no-bake recipe that calls for flour!
- If you’re using dry cake mix in a recipe (like this Funfetti Dip), you can heat treat the cake mix JUST like you would flour!
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