Ice Cream Sundae Cookies
Sunday night always comes too fast. Or, I just wait until the last minute to write these posts each week. I waited out the 12-mile backup going off Cape today at home, so I left later tonight and didn’t make it back to the city until about 8. So I’m finally sitting on the couch ready to write this. I took Friday off last week to make a 3-day weekend down the Cape and I think I have officially become an old person. I had dropped my car off to get serviced and my mom asked me if I wanted to go to the mall but I told her I just wanted to “browse Home Depot for a bit.” Yes. Those words, came out of my mouth. I think Bloomingdales just keeled over, died and went out of business. Sorry Bloomingdales, but I now measure all of the shoes and accessories I want to buy from you in terms of projects for my house. $250 Tory Burch flats? Sure, get those… or buy all of the supplies to do a backsplash in the kitchen. What has happened to me?
Anyways, I always enjoy a weekend back home down the Cape to recharge myself. I was looking for cookie inspiration this weekend and of course found it in one of my favorite Harwichport hot-spots — Sundae School. If you go here any night during the summer you would think they were giving money away for free or that they lace the ice cream with crack cocaine it is so amazingly good. I usually stick with my go-to of Cookie Dough in a cone, but sometimes they have flavors like Pirate’s Booty or Shark Tooth or Bass River Mud. My favorite part of an ice cream cone is the last bite, where some of the cookie dough and melted ice cream and chocolate chips are stuck in the bottom of the sugar cone. And that my friends, is what this cookie tastes like. Pure summertime childhood happiness in a cookie. I saw this recipe on Pinterest and adapted it a little because we all know that I can’t actually follow someone else’s recipe without adding my own Salted Cookie touch.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 2/3 cups flour
- 3 cups coarsely crushed waffle cones, or Butter Crisp Cookies
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 1 cup M&Ms
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup semi sweet chips for drizzle
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the wet mixture and mix until incorporated.
Step 2: Add in white chocolate chips, M&Ms and 1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips. Just mix it enough until they are distributed but you’re not pulverizing the M&Ms.
Step 3: Crush up about 3 cups of waffle cone pieces. I think this was about 7 waffle cones for me, but I probably snacked on some along the way. Add the waffle cones into the batter and fold in until they are evenly distributed. My mixer was pretty full at this point so I had to finish folding the batter by hand.
Step 4: Scoop even-size balls of dough onto a parchment or sil-pat lined baking sheet. Press down lightly with your fingertips. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden on the edges.
Step 5: While the cookies are on a cooling rack, melt about 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave (stirring every 15 seconds). Then carefully (don’t burn yourself here) pour the chocolate into a large zip-loc bag. Squeeze the chocolate into the bottom to make a piping bag, and cut the tip off so that you can drizzle the chocolate. Drizzle the chocolate lightly across the cookies and then let them cool so the chocolate hardens.
Boom, that’s the money shot right there.
Oh yeah. Nailed it. This is summer in a cookie. The original recipe said “chocolate optional” and my mom was trying to talk me out of adding the drizzle at the end, but in my mind chocolate optional is more of an oxymoron than jumbo shrimp. In no circumstance is chocolate optional in my book, and I think it really brought the cookie flavor together. I bet I could make an amped up version of these with some dried cherries and sprinkles. Yum.
When my number one taste tester Skip (aka Dad) took a bite of these he said “This is my favorite cookie you have ever baked.” What I heard was “You are my favorite child ever.” Same thing right? I did challenge Skip though because he said the orange creamsicle cookies last year were his favorite ever, but he said these ones may even top the orange ones. Thats some high praise from one of my toughest critics.
Taking Friday off was a great decision because instead of staring at google maps trying to pick what the best time to leave the city was and missing dinner, I spent my Friday night sitting on the back porch drinking some Albarino with this view. Its nights like this that make me question why I can’t just make cookies all day and drink wine with this sunset view all night?
My favorite (and only, and younger) sister’s birthday is this week. So I spent a good amount of time today browsing through all of the photo albums in my parent’s house to scan a few of the quality ones that I will be posting this week in honor of my little sissy’s 25th. On that note, I will leave you with these two gems. Please note the awesome matching OshKoshBGosh outfits, my stellar home-cut bangs, and just the overall facial expressions that we still make to this day. Work that turleneck girl. Work it.
“What do you mean I’m going to be 25 one day?!?”