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Dō cookie dough cafe opens with safe-to-eat treats in NYC

Like most bakers, Kristen Tomlan loves cookies — but often encountered a little problem while baking them.

“Half the time I would make them, the cookies wouldn’t even make it to the oven,” Tomlan said in a phone interview.

Now Tomlan is the owner of Dō, a brand-new shop in Greenwich Village, selling cookie dough you can eat like a scoop of ice cream. The idea came to her, she said, when she and some girlfriends visited a cookie shop on a vacation and, instead of cookies, opted to buy a tub of the shop’s cookie dough that they ate in their car.

“Why can’t you walk into a place and get just plain cookie dough?” Tomlan asked — without having to eat it in secret, of course.

So she developed her own recipe that would be both safe to eat and ready-to-bake — using pasteurized eggs and heat-treated flour to set aside any worries about contamination in those typically raw ingredients.

Sure, you can bake the dough, but the shop is really set up more like an ice cream parlor, catering to those who want to dive in raw.

“That was the idea, that you could enjoy it like you'd enjoy ice cream — straight from the container,” she said. “It’s really celebrating cookie dough.”

The shop, on 550 LaGuardia Place, also offers gluten free and vegan options, as well as ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes and other treats. Here’s a look at what’s available.

Ice cream sandwiches

What's better than a cookie ice cream sandwich?
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What's better than a cookie ice cream sandwich? A cookie ice cream sandwich made with cookie dough instead.

Cookie dough cones

Get yourself a scoop of cookie dough heaped
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Get yourself a scoop of cookie dough heaped into a cone, just like ice cream -- only better.

There are plenty of flavors

Visitors Wednesday were able to try a variety
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Visitors Wednesday were able to try a variety of bites. Cookie dough will be available in a variety of flavors -- from classic chocolate chip to s'mores and peanut butter snickerdoodle.

There were big crowds

Patrons lined up to get a taste of
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Patrons lined up to get a taste of the dough on the shop's first day in business.

It's like an ice cream parlor

Customers select their flavors much like you might
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Customers select their flavors much like you might at an ice cream shop -- with tubs behind a glass pane to be served by the scoop, along with toppings.

Expect it to light up your Instagram

The store was a popular place for selfies.
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The store was a popular place for selfies.

There are other confections, too

The shop, located at 550 LaGuardia Place, will
Photo Credit: Christa Lopez

The shop, located at 550 LaGuardia Place, will also offer coffee, cookie cakes, actual baked cookies, milkshakes, sundaes, fudge and more.

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