If you ask ten ice cream fans what their favorite ice cream goodie is, you’d get at least eight different answers. Chocolate chips, caramel swirl, peanut butter — there really are no wrong answers. But if you asked 100 fans the same question, one inclusion would rise to the top as the most popular addition. Of course, we’re talking about cookie dough.
How good is cookie dough in ice cream? It’s so good, you get a little excited when you take a spoonful of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and you get three or more cookie dough pieces in a single bite. (Admit it, you do!) It’s so good, some fans save all of the cookie dough in their bowl and eat the morsels at the end. Sort of like eating the cupcake and saving the best part — the icing — for last.
As awesome as cookie dough in ice cream is, it got us thinking: Can you use the delicious nuggets in Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough to make actual cookies? What would happen if you just popped the dough balls in the oven for a few minutes?
We needed answers and we needed them fast, so we grabbed a few containers of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and made a bee-line for the Turkey Hill kitchen to find out.
For our experiment, we used two containers of ice cream, but we only gathered the cookie dough pieces from one of them. The other container was used for snacking while we conducted our experiment…because all that baking can make you hungry!
Removing the cookie dough pieces from the ice cream wasn’t too difficult. We started by letting the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream soften on the counter for 15 or 20 minutes (while we ate some ice cream, of course). Then we carefully scooped out each of the cookie dough pieces and gave them a quick rinse to remove any ice cream.
After we had all of the cookie dough pieces, we placed them on a baking sheet and popped them into a 350-degree oven for about five minutes. While we waited, we ate some more ice cream.
After what seemed like the longest five minutes in history, the tiny cookies were ready. The cookie dough balls flattened into miniature chocolate chip cookies, with the chocolate clearly visible in each one. They smelled like cookies and looked like cookies, but did they taste like cookies?
Like we said, the cookies were small (about the size of a quarter, as you can see from the penny above). They were also very crispy. More like chocolate chip cookie chips than the soft, chewy cookies we had envisioned. They were, however, soft and warm immediately after they came out of the oven and hardened only after cooling on the countertop, which is a pretty standard result for freshly-baked cookies.
As for the taste, they actually tasted pretty good! If we were to do this experiment again (or if you do it at home), we might combine all of the dough into one large ball to see if it produces the softer cookie we were hoping for.
In the end, it was a fun experiment, but we all agreed that the cookie dough pieces were tasty when baked, but even tastier in ice cream!