Thursday, July 26, 2012

Crazy for Cookie Dough

I love books, but I don't like to spend money on them when I can get them for free at the library.  I have always been a regular library goer and don't understand why everyone isn't.  They have some good stuff in that  place!  Of course I do not like how my tax dollars are being spent on filling the place up with more and more DVDs.  It's a little off track for me.... How is that supporting literacy? But don't get me started.

Anyway, I was deep in the shelves of the cookbook section looking for some of the newer released books I have seen on the blogs when I came across this :

It was the beginning of a multi-day cookie dough bender.  I couldn't get enough of it and made three recipes in three days.  

I started with the cookie dough donuts.  I am a big fan of donuts, but have never made them before.  I am not crazy about having to use all that oil to fry them so I was happy to these donuts were baked.

The cookie dough for all the recipes is eggless so it is safe to eat raw. They tasted best right out of the oven and had my fill after eating two.

The unglazed donut holes were good too, they tasted like yeast rolls and I ate a few of them too. I love bread and fresh baked bread is even harder to resist.

Next, I started on the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough ice cream.  The ice cream base needs to sit overnight so I had to get that going first.   Instead of traditional cookie dough I went with peanut butter because is goes perfectly with chocolate.  The recipe makes A LOT of cookie dough.  This is how much I had to mix into the ice cream even after trying a few hunks.

Homemade ice cream rules and this was excellent!  I like it best when it is in its soft serve consistency right out of the ice cream maker. The only thing I would change next time is to not use all the cookie dough.  I can't believe I'm saying this, but you can have too much in the ice cream and the flavors aren't balanced.

After donuts and ice cream I moved onto cake-Brown Sugar Cookie Dough Layer Cake.  It is a three layer cake with ganache and cookie dough separating the layers of cake.  This is one of my new favorite cakes and I will be making it again. I changed the frosting on my cake to a traditional buttercream.  The one in the book is made with brown sugar and I thought there was enough of that flavor in the cake and cookie dough.  

Brown Sugar Cookie Dough Layer Cake
For Cake
3 cups cake flour
1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened and cut into pieces
1 1/4 cups whole milk, divided
2 eggs
6 egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla 

For Cookie Dough
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup whole milk or cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

For Ganache
3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream

For Frosting
8 tablespoons butter, softened
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Prepare three 9 inch round cake pans and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl combine cake flour, baking powder, sugars and salt,  Add butter and 1 cup of milk.  Mix on low until evenly moistened, increase speed to medium high and beat for 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy. 

In a small bowl whisk the remaining 1/4 cup milk with whole eggs, egg whites and vanilla.  Add to flour mixture a little at a time mixing well between each addition. Divide batter evenly among three pans.

Bake 22-25 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Transfer to a cooling rack. 

Begin making the cookie dough by beating butter and sugars on medium speed for 2-3 minutes. Beat in milk and vanilla.  Add flour and salt until combined and stir in chocolate chips.  Set aside.

To prepare the ganache, place chopped chocolate in heat proof bowl. In small saucepan, heat cream over low heat until it simmers. Pour hot cream over chocolate and let sit for about 30 seconds.  Stir until chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Cool to room temperature. 

For frosting, blend butter in mixing bowl on low speed until fluffy.  Add powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk and vanilla. Blend on low until sugar is incorporated.  Increase to medium speed and beat until light and fluffy.  Blend in up to 1 tablespoon milk if frosting is too stiff.

To assemble the cake she recommends leveling each layer prior to stacking.  (I did not and my cake did crack a little)  On each layer spread one-half of cookie dough and top it with one-half of ganache. Cover entire cake with butter cream frosting.

Adapted from The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook.

This officially ended my cookie dough craving, at least temporarily.  I loved this cookbook and would consider buying it. There were more recipes I wanted to try, but for another time.


  1. Wow, and I am such a cookie and cake sucker. You made me very very hungry now. Maybe I'll bake a cake this weekend...yes I bake quite well :)

  2. oh, my. I am totally in trouble now that I read this!

  3. Oh boy - we made that cake and will make it agin in August - YUMMY!!!


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