Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Cookie Pie!

This meandering blog post will tell you about two important creations of mine: cookie pie with cake frosting and chocolate cookie pie. Let it never be said that I am not creative.

The week of Thanksgiving, I was chatting on line with a friend of mine, and he mentioned that one of his coworkers brought in a cookie pie. I, of course, was instantly jealous, because I wanted a cookie pie of my own, which struck me as a little odd, since I don't usually like pie. But cookie pie was something I could totally get behind. Concurrent with this, I was planning my Thanksgiving meal. (I spend Thanksgiving alone and cook for myself. Don't feel bad. This is actually how I prefer it.) And I realized that finally, here was a traditional Thanksgiving dessert that I wanted to eat. So I googled the recipe and realized that a cookie pie would be very easy to make. As the recipe on Our Best Bites said, "This is about ten times easier than making chocolate chip cookies. And chocolate chip cookies aren't even hard!"

So the day before Thanksgiving, I went to the store to get all the ingredients. Sadly, I had to get a Safeway brand pie crust, because that was all they had left. But the next day I put together all my ingredients and made the above pie. I ate it with Coldstone Creamery cake batter ice cream with cookie dough mixed in. It was delicious and amazing, and I felt such a sense of accomplishment. This actually kicked off a whole excitement for baking that has lasted a couple of weeks and may continue longer. I've made a Pinterest page of things I plan to make, and I'll add more as I find more recipes. The internet is full of them!

A few weeks later, I was talking to a friend of mine about my baking, and I offered to bake him something for his birthday, since we were gaming that day. I suggested a few things, but since he was curious about cookie pie, we decided to go with that. But because I'm me, I couldn't just make it the way it was. I had to make it more exciting and challenging! (Actually, as I write this, I realize that this does not describe me at all in many aspects of my life. So I really have no idea where this motivation came from.) Regardless, I decided to see if I could make my own pie crust. I got discouraged at first, because all the recipes required a food processor. But then a friend of mine told me I could just use a pastry cutter, and I found this recipe for which that worked. I followed it to the best of my ability, but I needed more water than they said and got frustrated and put in a bit too much water. And the dough ended up with some huge butter clumps. But it looked and tasted like pie crust, so it worked.

I had another thought one day between my cookie pie makings: that the recipe would taste even better with cake frosting on top. I mean, as it stood, it was a combination of a cookie and a pie, which was amazing. But add frosting, and it's cookie and pie and cake. And not only that, but the different flavors would remain distinct. (Not to put down the awesomeness of slutty brownies in any way, but I always found that the different layers kind of merged together.) So the same friend who told me to use a pastry cutter for my pie crust linked me to this frosting, which is basically what all frosting dreams of being. 

Since the pie crust recipe made two crusts, I decided to do a test run at work. Unfortunately, the same day, someone else brought in birthday cupcakes, and a third person sent chocolate from Germany. But! A few people did eat my pie, and they confirmed that it was sufficiently good to give someone for his birthday. So I made the second pie. Unfortunately, I was unable to put the super good frosting on it, because I had put it in the refrigerator overnight, and it had gotten too hard to use. I didn't have time to let it melt, but I fortunately had some store-bought frosting that would do in a pinch. The pie went over very well, though it was gooier than it had come out before. Which, you know, wasn't really a problem at all.

I needed a dessert for myself for Christmas Eve dinner, and I didn't want to go into something complicated, because I was already making a roast (which came out quite well. I'm hoping it's just delicious pink-y roast and not tapeworm-y roast, but I'm pretty sure it's okay), and I had some store-bought pie crusts I needed to use  This combined with another idea of mine. A coworker had said she preferred oatmeal raisin cookies to chocolate chip cookies, so I wondered whether I could make oatmeal raisin pie. It turns out I can, but I didn't want to do that, because I don't love raisins in cookies. But I got the idea I could make any kind of cookie pie.... like CHOCOLATE cookie pie. 

I couldn't find a recipe for this, so I looked at some recipes for chocolate cookies. They seemed to be pretty similar to chocolate chip cookies, just with cocoa powder added, so I decided to add 1/4 cup of cocoa to the filling batter and see what happened. The result was kind of amazing, even with an inferior store-bought pie crust. I added the rest of my homemade frosting to the top, and even I was in sugar heaven. I strongly recommend.

Okay, by next week I plan to move onto baking something new. But for now, Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays to all!

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