When baking growing up, we would dip a finger into the batter, think of it as a treat to lick the bowl or spatula, and never think twice about it. Half the reason to bake cookies in the first place was to eat the raw dough. When it became a minor public health crisis to sample batter containing raw eggs (thanks to concern about salmonella poisoning), we ignored the warnings and kept on licking the bowl. (In our defense, in all those years, no one we knew ever got sick!)

Enter vegan cookie dough, gives us guilt-free permission to taste the dough without any fears or ramifications. The Beet and the sake of eating plant-based or vegan, these doughs add the benefit of enjoying a favorite treat without animal or dairy products in the mix.

We tried Capello’s first, which was cutely packaged in a dough log, ready to slice and place on the cookie sheet for baking. We then tried Eat Pastry, in a red plastic tub-shaped something like a margarine container, not quite as cute, but easy to scoop out and ultimately—delightfully legit.

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There is no such thing as bad cookie dough, but in our super un-scientific taste test, Eat Pastry won by a mile. The comments were along the lines of “this is so real I wouldn’t know the difference!” and “I think I need to try it just one more time.”

Capello’s got high marks for the vegan dark chocolate chips, and the sturdier consistency, which held up to our taster’s desire to pick at it in small nuggets. But they all mentioned that it had a strong coconut taste and was very salty, both of which netted out as negatives in the end.

Overall Winner:

1. Eat Pastry

"This cookie dough tastes so real I wouldn’t know the difference, "said one tester, and added:  "I think I need to try it just one more time." The EatPastry was a clear winner but the only critique was it was slightly too smooth and not stiff enough. With 4 grams of Sat Fat and 1 gram of protein per cookie, and 60 calories each, have two.

2. Sweet Loren’s

The best gluten-free and vegan edible cookie dough we found. The ingredients in this cookie dough are clean, simple and sustainably sourced. Sweet Loren's can be found in two flavors: chocolate chunk and birthday cake. The Chocolate Chunk will make your gluten-free cookie lovers happy but others may think it doesn't resemble real cookie dough. However, the dough does taste healthier than the real thing.

3. Cappello's

We gave the Cappello’s a 2.5 out of 5 beets because the lingering aftertaste of coconut felt a little too strong after a third nibble. But no one complained too much about having to do this taste test and in either case, any cookie monsters in your life will love it.