Ever wish there was an eatery that served uncooked cookie dough? DŌ Cookie Dough Confections in downtown Manhattan (certified kosher by Rabbi Aaron Mehlman) is that place! But isn’t uncooked cookie dough bad for you? According to the eatery’s website, “For products that typically contain eggs, we use a pasteurized egg product, which means there is NO chance of salmonella… You can enjoy all DŌ products unbaked.” DŌ sells many of its products online, but also has a storefront in Greenwich Village.
When my sister and I got to DŌ’s block, we saw DŌ on one side of the street with no visible line, and a decently long line on the other side of the street. It turned out that DŌ staff line people up away from the store, giving menus and entry tickets to those who reach the front of the queue. To be honest, getting the ticket after a boring 20-minute wait was among the happiest moments of my summer. (Be forewarned: DŌ’s website says that people can expect to wait in line for anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours. I wouldn’t say DŌ is worth a three-hour wait.)
Once it’s time to order, there’s a dizzying array of options. DŌ offers 13 different dough flavors, some of which have gluten-free and/or vegan variants. You can get up to three scoops of dough in a cup or a cone. (However, the kosher teuda of the store says the cones are not covered under the supervision.) There’s a decent selection of other cookie dough and baked cookie concoctions, including some with ice cream. I ordered two scoops of dough in a cup; one scoop was “salty and sweet” (sugar cookie dough, salted caramel, dark chocolate chips), while the other was “cake batter” (a thick cake batter dough, chocolate chips, sprinkles). The scoops were quite generous—one scoop would have been more than enough for me to stomach! The pricing is reasonable for something this unique; you’ll pay $4 for one scoop, $7 for two or $9 for three scoops.
So how did this cookie dough actually taste? Deliciously yet sickeningly sweet, as I expected. The “salty and sweet” flavor tasted saltier than I expected, while the cake batter flavor didn’t taste much of cake, hewing closer to the taste of sugar cookies. Yet the overwhelming cookie sweetness of the dough meshed well with the chocolate and sugar flavors from the mixed-in toppings, and the viscosity of the dough made every bite fulfilling and flavorful. In fact, I found the treat to be so heavy that after a handful of bites I couldn’t eat another bite—and there was still a ton left, thanks to the generous scoops. At least the dough can be refrigerated and saved for up to three weeks, as per the website.
Could I eat this every day? Absolutely not. Is DŌ worth the trip? If you’re already in the city and are looking for something sweet, unique and kosher, absolutely.
DŌ Cookie Dough Confections is located at 550 LaGuardia Place in New York City. Open all week except for Monday. The store is certified kosher by the National Kosher Supervision, Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman.
By Oren Oppenheim