Do you have a sweet tooth? I’ve got the perfect treat for you that’s a healthier twist on an American classic – the chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich! This recipe makes mini chocolate chip cookie cups that are the perfect size for a mini scoop of “nice” cream. Get the recipe below!
Ice cream sandwiches are one of my top comfort foods in the dessert category. Why? Well, because it combines two of my favorite classics into one: the chocolate chip cookie and ice cream.
For this month’s recipe redux, we were given the challenge of creating healthy small bite desserts in honor of their 6th birthday. I have a major sweet tooth, so this was right up my alley!
Mini chocolate chip cookie cups were the first thing that came to mind. I have no idea why since I am a self-proclaimed non-baker and have never excelled in this area (even when following recipes exactly as they are written!).
But, those who know me know that once I have something in my mind, I have to see it through. Some might call this stubbornness! I was determined to make these cookie cups work, but with healthier ingredients.
So, I pulled out my coconut oil, coconut sugar, gluten-free flours, vanilla extract and chocolate chips and got to work. The first batch was an epic fail – I had used mashed banana to sweeten the cookies and too much oil. The “finished” product ended up being way too mushy and the cups didn’t hold their shape.
The second time around was a huge success. I nixed the bananas and cut down on the amount of oil and THEY WERE PERFECT. The key to making the mini cups is to have a shot glass in hand when they are pulled out of the oven to press into the cookies to form their cup-like shape.
But it’s not an ice cream sandwich without ice cream, right? Nice cream to the rescue! I decided to make mine peanut butter flavored, but you could go with classic vanilla (with a hint of banana flavor) if you like. The key to making it firm enough to scoop is to blend it up and then transfer it to the freezer for a bit.
These mini chocolate chip cookie cups would be a fabulous treat for a party, since you can make them ahead of time, assemble and freeze until you’re ready to serve! I’m thinking oatmeal raisin cups with cinnamon nice cream may have to be on the testing menu next… hmmmm.
And don’t forget, if you make these Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups (or any other recipes), let me know! Leave a comment below or snap a pic on Instagram and tag it with @fitlivingeats and #fitlivingeats. I love seeing and sharing your recipe creations!
What is your favorite classic dessert combo?
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