What better way to serve ice-cream and chocolate sauce than in freshly baked cookie cups, eh? I don’t know where I conjured up this idea from in my mind but when my family recently popped round for an impromptu meal, the cookie cups were something I really wanted to try out. I knew I had ice-cream in the freezer but wanted to serve it in a more exciting way than just in a bowl with some sprinkles. So I dug out my trusty chocolate chip cookie recipe (eggless, which is great for allergy sufferers) and set to work creating some yummy ‘bowls’ in which to serve my vanilla ice cream. Ingredients (makes 4 large cookie cups or 12 small cookies): 175g plain flour, 75g butter, 50g light brown sugar, 150g chocolate chips, 3 tablespoons golden syrup, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, 1 pinch of salt. Oven pre-heated to 190 degrees.Step 1 – Mix the flour and butter with your fingertips to create a breadcrumb-like texture. Mix in a pinch of salt along the bicarb and baking powder.Step 2 – Pour in the chocolate, sugar and golden syrup.
Step 3 – Stir with a knife and bring together to form a dough – it’s very sticky!Step 4 – Divide the dough into large balls and press out into a flat disc.Step 5 – Bake on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper for 15 minutes or until golden.Step 6 – While they’re still warm (taking care not to burn yourself) press the cookie flat.Step 7 – Lift the cookie, parchment paper and all, and carefully press it into a large cup.Step 8 – Allow to cool inside the cup and lift out when the cookie has hardened.Step 9 – Fill with vanilla ice cream, drizzle with chocolate sauce and throw on a handful of sweets, nuts or sprinkles. What do you think of this easy-yet-impressive way to serve ice-cream to your guests? The cookies tasted really good, and the vanilla ice cream helped to balance out the extreme sweetness of the cookies. Let me know if you try out the recipe and I’d love to hear if you have any tips for making cookie cups in a different way! Please leave me a comment below or tag me in your baking photos on Instagram @cassiefairy. I’m hoping to share my recipe today with the Bumpkin Betty Baking Club as part of the ‘free from’ baking theme, hope they like it!