Sunday, May 3, 2009

How to Make a Cookie Monster

Every year for my dad's birthday instead of making him a cake, I make him a cookie monster. I learned how to do make this while I was living in Thailand from my supervisor. He did his in a cast iron skillet but mine was looking kind of rusty so I used a pie pan. If you've ever had one of those hot cookies served in a skillet at a restaurant with stuff piled on top...well this is the same thing.

First, comes the cookie dough. I make mine from scratch but you could get away with using storebought. Press it into a pie pan or cast iron skillet and bake at 350 for about 20-25 min. We don't like crispy cookies in our family so I settle on this time limit to still have the slightly underdone effect.

Next, you want to add scoops of vanilla ice cream or the flavor of your choice while the cookie is still hot. You have to get the hot-cold contrast in order for it to have maximum flavor.

Spray whipped cream on top. Go ahead. Don't be scared. Pile it on.
Chocolate syrup! Yum!! Drizzle that stuff on.
We always add pecans in our family. Everyone is a nut lover.
Finally, you add cherries! I don't eat these but they add color. And taste for those of you that like them. Isn't it pretty!
Then you show it to the birthday boy to see what he thinks about it.
Since Thailand, being an Asian country, is very community-oriented no one gets their own dessert here. You all share. Grab a spoon!
1, 2, 3..GO!
And the joy of it, after the 30 seconds it took for 6 people to devour it, is that you only ate with a spoon while you were fighting other people's hands so calories consumed are MINIMAL.

P.S. Thanks go to my sister for being the hand model/assembler demonstrator.

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