We've all seen these. In fact, we've seen these on our blog before, but we have had quite a few submissions of this project since then...so I bring you (imagine fanfare music and cymbals) Cookie Bowl Mayhem, part 2.
The Original Pin
This has been pinned by so many people with the caption "Mold cookie dough to up-side-down muffin tin and, Viola! Cookie bowls!"
Well...captions on Pinterest pins don't always tell the whole story behind a pin (which they shouldn't...that's what the awesome link of the picture is for) and so people follow the caption rather than clicking through to the link and this is what they end up with:
|"I posted this on my FB last night after my attempt to cook this. A friend told me about your site and said I should share this. So here it is ;) it was still YUMMY!" -Steven and Alison|
|"My friend Maureen and I attempted to make these awesome looking Cookie Bowls by spreading cookie dough over the flip side of a muffin pan (here is the link http://coleensrecipes.|
|"My gf and I attempted at making these "easy to make" cookie bowls.....well you can see how it turned out haha." -Jason|
Not what they were after at all. Do you remember from last time what the issue was?
The type of dough. Too many people see the original pin assume you can just plop any chocolate chip cookie dough on the pan and have those beautiful cookie bowl ice cream cups. Well....not quite. You need to have a stiff dough. Regular chocolate chip cookie dough will NOT work as it spreads way too much while cooking. A great dough to use for this is sugar cookie dough. If you follow the link to the original site they have a dough recipe right there for you. What throws people off though is that it is a sugar cookie recipe...not a chocolate chip cookie recipe, and they see chocolate chip cookie bowls.
For these to work you MUST have a stiff dough, a dough you can roll out and cut with a cookie cutter. Regular Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is just too sticky for that. But if you want chocolate chip cookie bowls what do you do? There is a modified recipe here: http://coleensrecipes.blogspot.com/2012/05/cookie-bowls.html, or you can do what I do and just add chocolate chips to the sugar cookie dough! It works great. I know because I've tried it a few times now. Here's what I do:
- I mix up the dough from the original site (not my favorite sugar cookie recipe, but it's the recipe that works the best with this I've found), following all the directions. Don't just throw in all the ingredients at once...add them as the directions say. You will end up with a better result if you follow the directions. I made it the first time and just added everything all at once and missed the "Add flour mixture to butter mixture, 1 cup at a time" part and threw in all the flour and there was too much...only I didn't have any more eggs to help add moisture so I ended up adding more butter and some mayo to help get the consistency right.
- Roll the dough out. I put between 1/4 and 1/2 a cup of flour on the counter (or table) and then roll the dough out.
- You need to roll the dough out to about 1/8". I never have a ruler handy, so I use my finger as a measuring device...this is about how thick I roll it out.
- Next I pull out my chocolate chips. I never think to buy mini ones, which would work better for this, so I have to modify my full size chips.
- I use my ulu knife (just because it's easy...but any knife will work) to chop up the chips into smaller pieces.
- Next I sprinkle the chopped bits onto the rolled dough, and then I roll the rolling pin over the dough once to press the chips into the dough. I then use a jar lid to cut out my circle.
- Spray your muffin pan with cooking spray (mine's just about empty...so it doesn't mist anymore, rather is spits it out instead...as you can see in the picture below) and then drape your dough over the muffin tin, placing the top of the dough (the side you pressed the chocolate into) face down on the pan. I don't ever press the dough to the pan, it forms just fine as it cooks.
|Ignore the loveliness that is my Pam spit upon pan...I need a new can of Pam. And...I'm not one to throw away a pan that still cooks fine, even if it is stained and not brand new looking (which grosses people out as I've learned from some ever so pleasant comments...I think they missed my misconceptions post, oh well...I can safely say I probably won't ever have to cook for them).|
- And then bake until done! I got excited about the cookie bowl and pulled it out and ate it...realizing as I was swallowing the last tasty morsel that I didn't take a picture. But...it looked like the last picture I posted up (only with smaller chocolate chunks)...so here's what your finished bowl will generally look like:
So it really does work...you just have to use the right dough. I have never tried using the store bought sugar cookie dough...it seems like it'd be too sticky, but maybe not. Anyone tried that?