• Cookie Butter Pudding Pie

    How to make Cookie Butter Pudding Pie

    Yield: 8 servings

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook: 22 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the crust:

    24 (1 7-ounce box) Speculoos cookies
    1 tablespoon light brown sugar
    7 tablespoons (99 grams) unsalted butter, melted

    For the cookie butter pudding:

    1 tablespoon (1 envelope) unflavored gelatin
    1/3 cup boiling water
    2/3 cup (132 grams) granulated sugar
    1/3 cup (33 grams) unsweetened cocoa
    1/4 cup (28 grams) cornstarch
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    3 cups milk
    3/4 cup (230 grams) cookie butter
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    For topping:

    Cookie butter, melted
    Crumbled Speculoos cookies

    Directions

    Make the crust:

    Preheat the oven to 350°F.

    In the bowl of a food processor pulse the Speculoos cookies and sugar until finely ground. Add the butter and pulse until moistened. Use the bottom of a measuring cup, glass, or ramekin to press the crust mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake until fragrant and golden brown, about 12 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

    Make the pudding:

    Put the gelatin in a small bowl, add the boiling water and stir until dissolved. Set aside.
    In a medium saucepan whisk the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. Gradually add the milk, whisking until smooth. Set over medium heat and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil, about 10 minutes.

    Remove from the heat. Add in the cookie butter and stir until melted. Stir in the vanilla and reserved gelatin mixture. Pour the pudding into the pie crust. Chill the pie in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or preferably overnight, until well chilled and set.

    Drizzle with melted cookie butter. Garnish with the Speculoos cookie crumbles. Slice and serve!

  • Neapolitan Ice Cream Sandwiches

    How to make Neapolitan Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Yield: About 12 sandwiches, depending on their size

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook: 20 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the Strawberry Ice Cream:

    1 pound (453 grams) fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
    4 ounces (113 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
    1/2 cup (113 grams) sour cream
    1/2 cup (113 grams) whole milk
    1/2 cup (113 grams) heavy cream
    2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    2 tablespoons corn syrup
    3/4 cup (149 grams) granulated sugar
    1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    For the cookies:

    1 1/2 sticks (170 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1 1/2 cups (297 grams) granulated sugar
    2 large eggs
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    1 tablespoon milk, plus 2 teaspoons, divided
    2 1/2 cups (319 grams) all-purpose flour
    2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
    1/4 cup (25 grams) unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

    Directions

    Make the strawberry ice cream:

    In the bowl of a blender or food processor, puree all the ice cream ingredients until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and press plastic wrap against the surface. Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or until chilled. Mixture can be stored for up to 1 day.

    Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. Remove to an airtight container and freeze for at least 3 hours, or until firmed.

    Make the cookies:

    In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth and well combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Add the vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon milk. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt.

    Remove half the dough and place in a separate bowl. Each half of dough should weigh about 430 grams. Add the cocoa powder and remaining 2 teaspoons milk to half the dough and mix until combined.

    Place one half of the soft dough in between two large pieces of parchment paper or plastic wrap on a work surface. Roll the dough out to a 1/4-inch thickness, using the parchment paper to prevent sticking. Repeat with the remaining half. Place each sheet of dough in the freezer until firm, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

    Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Use a cookie cutter to cut out circles from the dough and place on prepared baking sheets, spreading at least a 1/2 inch apart.

    Chill the baking sheets in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or until the dough circles are firm.

    Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F.

    Remove the baking sheets from the refrigerator and prick the cookies all over with the probe of an instant-read thermometer or the blunt end of a skewer or chopstick. Bake the vanilla cookies first, for 9 to 10 minutes, or until the cookies are set. Then bake the chocolate cookies. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers in the freezer for up to 1 month.

    Assemble the sandwiches:

    Remove the ice cream from the freezer and assemble ice cream sandwiches. Freeze the sandwiches until firm, at least 1 hour, before serving.

    Sandwiches can be individually wrapped in plastic and stored in the freezer for up to 1 week. Let sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

  • Homemade Milano Cookies

    How to make Homemade Milano Cookies

    Yield: 12 sandwich cookies

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook: 15 minutes

    I’ve included the ingredients and steps to make Mint Chocolate Milanos, if you desire. Feel free to omit that part if you’d prefer just chocolate.

    Ingredients

    1 stick (133 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
    2/3 cup (132 grams) granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 large egg
    1 1/4 cups (159 grams) all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon fine salt
    4 ounces (133 grams) semisweet chocolate chips

    Mint Layer (optional)

    3/4 cup (94 grams) confectioners’ sugar
    1/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract, optional

    Directions

    In a medium bowl, using an electric mixture, beat the butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg and beat to combine. With mixer on low, gradually add the flour and salt and beat until just combined.

    Transfer dough to a quart-size zip-top bag; with scissors, snip a 3/4-inch hole in one corner (or use a pastry bag with a plain tip). Pipe about 24 cookies, 1/2 inch apart, onto two parchment-lined baking sheets. Chill until firm, 30 minutes.

    Preheat the oven to 325°F. Bake until cookies are light golden at edges, about 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer to wire racks and let cool.

    Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth. If desired, in another bowl whisk together confectioners’ sugar, peppermint extract and 3 to 4 teaspoons of water.

    With a small offset spatula, spread the melted chocolate on flat side of half the cookies and mint glaze on the other half (if using). Sandwich cookie halves together. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container up to 5 days.

  • Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles

    How to make Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles

    Yield: about 20 cookies

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook: 12 minutes

    Ingredients

    2 cups (254 grams) all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon cream of tartar
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 stick (114 grams) unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
    1/2 cup (134 grams) smooth peanut butter
    3/4 cup (148 grams) granulated sugar, divided
    1/4 cup (50 grams) packed dark brown sugar
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

    In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.

    In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, peanut butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and the brown sugar on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. On low speed, gradually add the flour mixture and beat until incorporated.

    Place the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar with the cinnamon in a shallow dish. Using a medium, spring-loaded cookie scoop, shape the dough into 1 1/2 tablespoon rounds then roll in sugar to coat evenly. Place the dough balls on the prepared baking sheets and flatten with the bottom of a measuring cup or glass.

    Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are set and begin to brown. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Deep Fried Cookie Dough

    How to make Deep Fried Cookie Dough

    Yield: about 24 cookie dough balls

    Prep Time: 20 minutes

    Cook: 15 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the cookie dough:

    1 stick (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1/2 cup (100 grams) packed brown sugar
    2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    1 egg, at room temperature
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 1/4 cups (159 grams) all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup (170 grams) semisweet chocolate chips

    For frying:

    1 1/4 cups (159 grams) all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (255 grams) milk
    2 teaspoon vegetable oil
    1 quart oil, for frying

    Melted chocolate, for drizzling
    Powdered sugar, for dusting

    Directions

    Make the cookie dough:

    In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until very well combined. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. On low speed gradually add the flour and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips.

    Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, at least one hour or up to 2 days if placed in an airtight container.

    Prepare the dough for frying:

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add the milk and vegetable oil, and whisk until the batter is smooth and free of lumps.

    In a medium heavy pot, heat 2 inches of oil until it reaches 360°F. Take a chilled ball of cookie dough and dip it in the batter, turning it over with your hands until it’s completely covered. Let excess batter drip back into the bowl, then gently drop it into the oil. Fry up to 4 or 5 balls at a time.

    Fry the balls for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side, or until they’re puffed and a dark golden brown on all sides. Remove them from the oil using a frying skimmer and place them on a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain. Repeat with the rest of the cookie dough balls and batter. Maintain the temperature of the oil between 360 to 370°F.

    Drizzle the balls with melted chocolate and a dusting of powdered sugar before serving warm. These are best served the day they’re fried, but can be kept warm in a 175°F oven until ready to serve.

  • Cream Cheese Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

    How to make Cream Cheese Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

    Yield: 22 cookies

    Prep Time: 40 minutes

    Cook: 30 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the Cream Cheese Filling:
    6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
    3 tablespoons granulated sugar
    3/4 teaspoon vanilla
    For the Cookie Dough:
    1 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup (4 ounces) butter, room temperature
    1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for rolling the dough
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 egg + 1 egg yolk
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla

    Directions

    For the Cream Cheese Filling:
    With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Cover and and place in the fridge for at least an hour.
    For the Cookie Dough:

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

    In a mixing bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

    In the bowl of a standing electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla. Add in the flour mixture a little at a time and mix until combined.

    Place about 1/4 cup sugar in a bowl; set aside.

    Use a size #40 cookie scoop (1 1/2 tablespoons) to portion out the dough. Use you hands to form the ball of dough into a flat round circle.

    Place a teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture in the center of each circle and then fold up the dough around, sealing the cream cheese in.

    Roll the dough into a ball and then roll it in the bowl of sugar. Place on a cookie sheet and repeat with the remaining dough.

    Space the balls of dough 2 inches apart (I put 8 on a standard cookie sheet). Use the bottom of a glass or a measuring cup to gently press down on each ball of dough to slightly flatten.

    Bake for 9-11 minutes or until cracks begin to form on top. Let cook on pan for 2 minutes and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Brown Butter Dulce de Leche Cookie Cups

    How to make Brown Butter Dulce de Leche Cookie Cups

    Yield: 48 mini cookie cups

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook: 25 minutes

    Find prepared Dulce de Leche in the Latin section of most grocery stores.

    Ingredients

    1 1/2 cups (6.6 ounces) all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 cups (6.6 ounces) bread flour
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon fine sea salt
    2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    2 large eggs, plus 1 egg yolk at room temperature
    1 13.4-ounce can prepared Dulce de Leche
    Flaked sea salt, for finishing

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray two 24 mini-muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.

    In a medium bowl combine the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

    In a small saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter. Swirling the pan occasionally, continue to cook the butter. It should become foamy with audible cracking and popping noises. Once the crackling stops, continue to swirl the pan until the butter develops a nutty aroma and brown bits start to form at the bottom. Once the bits are amber in color, about 2 to 3 minutes after the popping stops, remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl.

    While the butter is still hot, stir in the granulated sugar and brown sugar. Let cool before adding in the vanilla and the eggs and yolk, one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined.

    Press a 1-tablespoon sized ball of dough into each muffin cup. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and using the end of a wooden spoon, make 1-inch wide indentations into the center of each cookie.

    Spoon a teaspoon of dulce de leche into each indentation. Sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool completely before serving.

  • diy Cookie Butter

    How to make diy Cookie Butter

    Yield: about 14 ounces

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook: 0 minutes

    Grind cookies in a food processor or high powered blender until very fine ground. Remove any fillings (such as Oreo crème) before processing.

    Ingredients

    Method 1:

    2 cups (8 ounces) cookie crumbs
    2 tablespoons granulated or brown sugar
    1/3 cup heavy cream, plus more if desired
    1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

    Method 2:

    2 cups (8 ounces) cookie crumbs
    4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
    1/4 cup evaporated milk
    Cookie filling (such as Oreo crème), if any

    Directions

    Method 1

    Stir together the cookie crumbs, sugar, cream, and butter until well combined. This can be done in the bowl of your food processor or blender. Add more cream for a thinner, more pourable or dippable consistency.

    FOR CRUNCHY BUTTER: At this time feel free to add in larger chunks of cookie crumbs for a crunchier texture.

    At this point you can remove the cookie butter to a mason jar and store in the fridge for up to 14 days. Let sit at room temperature until softened.

    Method 2

    Place the cookie crumbs in a large heat-safe bowl.

    In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, condensed milk, evaporated milk, and cookie filling, if any. Cook until melted. Remove from heat and pour about 1/2 cup into the cookie crumbs. Stir with a rubber spatula. Continue adding the liquid mixture very gradually to the cookie crumbs just until it is wet enough to hold its shape.

    At this point you can remove the cookie butter to a mason jar and store in the fridge for up to 14 days. Let sit at room temperature until softened.

  • Chocolate Coconut Cookies

    How to make Chocolate Coconut Cookies

    Yield: 24 cookies

    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Cook: 10 minutes