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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.

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