“What would you do…?” For a Klondike Bar, to buy and eat it – both – are plausible answers. As for me, I’d get inspired and make my own – only proportionally mountainous! Requiring no arduous trek, venturing unexplored territory – in baking – is simply too irresistible to ignore. In response to the delectably infamous ice cream cookie sandwich, why not add a ‘well-rounded’ hit to an existing ‘discography’ – cookie repertoire – with the creation of my very own ice-box-worthy treat?
Since I can, I will – end of story! The concept first started upon a midsummer’s craved dream. Taking a cookie ‘n’ cream sandwich to higher elevations, my interpretation – like the original – still embodies crumbed goodness and frozen dairy contents. For an even better spin-off, I present an overhaul of chocolaty bliss – the Big Stack Cookie Monster Sandwich.
Just imagine: triple decker, mammoth-size homemade chocolate chip cookies – times three – embedded with a trifecta of palatably dense vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream. Inexcusably decadent, this oversized ‘wide load’ knows no limits. And to a sweet tooth’s delight, this colossal frozen dessert’s exterior is further enrobed with all that appeases one’s taste – dark chocolate shavings, chopped toasted almonds, and rainbow sprinkles.
Wasting no time, then, the order of priority follows in three steps: bake, make and decorate – Scout’s honour! First thing’s first, take your preferred cookie dough recipe – any kind – and whip up three batches. A childhood favourite – for most – I use Martha Stewart’s reliable “Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.” While this speckled dough is normally arranged by the tablespoon, hand-held treats are not what I’m after – essentially, “Go big or go home!” This time, I prepare and refrigerate three separate batches of big and beautiful. Time-elapsed, the chilled ‘discs’ are easier to handle with which I evenly spread out onto a parchment-lined pizza dish; and when bake-ready, the trays are placed into a preheated oven. Word of caution: this cookie dough will rise and expand, so avoid thin crust styled ‘pies’ as they will burn; definitely not – for this hefty layered confection – a “good thing.” Advisory noted, attentive watch yields triple a dreamy outcome – three ‘fortunate’ cookies – that evidently, is revealing of a crisp circumference and a chewy middle center. Almost famous, cooling ‘hot stuff’ is a must prior to assemblage of a three-tier towered masterpiece.
Melting over double chocolate and mint chip, instead? Aside from obvious compatible ‘couplings,’ anyone can actualize their own match-made pairing of tempting cookie and ice cream flavours. Options abound, just think fast and brainstorm your way to a successful baking session. Once complete, finish stacking those sugared ‘plates’ with your choice of frozen dairy or alternative filling, and – for fun – a final touch of textured ‘extras.’ Hands down, this rocky road novelty is not only sky-high, but a sandwich that measures up in pure taste and sliced portability. And while best enjoyed immediately, you can always tightly seal this ‘deal’ – quantified quality dessert – with plastic wrap, and save it in the freezer. Bottom line: a Klondike-esque sugar rush validates that dreams, however sizeable, can be realized.
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