Christmas Baking Safety

Christmas baking is something I look forward to at Christmastime. Baking is not a high-hazard practice as most cookies and cakes are cooked and definitely not acidic. Earlier this year, there was a recall of General Mills flour as some consumers had developed E. coli from consuming raw cookie dough. It is now not recommended to eat raw cookie dough. The flour in this case was contaminated with the E. Coli bacteria which is only removed by cooking. As the dough was raw, no cooking had taken place so the consumers got ill. E. coli causes kidney failure and more serious complications.

On a happier note, here is my recipe for Whole Wheat Shortbread:


1/2 cup of butter

1/2 cup of brown sugar

2 cups of whole wheat flour

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

1 tsp. of vanilla

Mix ingredients together into a dough. Roll dough on floured surface and use cookie cutter to make different shapes. Bake at 350F for 13 to 15 minutes. Shortbread can be decorated with sprinkles before baking.

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