While bigger is rarely better when it comes to food, I think that in this instance, it actually is. The ratio of cookie to ice cream seems to be better balanced then the small cookie sandwiches, the cookies are thick and chewy with just a bit of crisp, and you get to choose your own ice cream flavor for the filling...all big improvements over the store bought conventional ice cream cookie sandwiches.
I'm using a slightly modified Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe that's been optimized for structural reinforcement for the giant top and bottom cookies, and mint chocolate chip ice cream for the filling. Use whatever type of ice cream you like of course and make this cake a hit at your next party!
Step 1: Ingredients
In order to have enough cookie dough to make two of these behemoths, you've got to multiple the normal recipe by 1.5.
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup quick cook oats
- 1.5 teaspoon baking soda
- 1.5 teaspoon salt
- 1.5 cup (3 sticks) butter, softened
- 1 1/8 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/8 cup packed brown sugar
- 1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
Step 2: Combine ingredients
Step 3: Mix thoroughly
Step 4: Make two giant cookies
Step 5: Bake at 350F
Bake the two cookies for approximately 20 minutes or, until the edges of the cookie are turning golden brown.
Rotate the cookie sheets between the upper and lower racks a few times over the cook time so they both get even browning.
Step 6: Chill and then carefully remove from pans
When you remove the cookies from the oven you'll probably notice that the center of the cookies will still be relatively molten. Don't worry, this is par for the course when baking gigantic cookies. Putting it in the fridge will take care of the molten bits. The fat will solidify, and when you take it out, it will be right as rain.
After chilling is complete and the cookies have firmed up, carefully remove the cookies from the cookie sheets with a spatula, trying not to cause any cracks or breakage.
Step 7: Spread on the ice cream
I took a serrated edge knife and literally cut the rectangular ice cream container down the middle the long ways. This gave me two nice size ice cream patties to spread onto the cookies, rather than having to scoop out all of the ice cream with a spoon.
Use a rubber tipped spatula to spread the ice cream evenly around the cookie - work fast - the clock's ticking, the ice cream is melting, and things are just getting hotter each day due to global warming!
Step 8: Finish and serve
*Note the regular ice cream cookie sandwiches in the background of the picture below - they're actually made with some pretty big cookies, but they look tiny compared to the whopper in the foreground. Now that's a giant ice cream sandwich!