Sometimes all you need to take something from good to great is just a simple idea.
When I was growing up, back when my mom used to do most of the baking in the house. We had a pretty basic set of favorites when it came to cookies. Chocolate chip cookies were obviously the go-to, but occasionally Mom would switch out the chocolate chips with m&ms, or make her classic oatmeal cookies (never with raisins because no one in our house liked them), or her peanut butter. These were all totally separate things, and that’s just how we liked them.
It was until I started doing most of the baking that I first heard of a monster cookie and I thought it was brilliant. I mean, it’s literally the perfect combination of all the cookie flavors that my family loved in one cookie! Oatmeal peanut butter cookie dough filled with m&ms AND chocolate chips, yes!
I made them quite a few times when I first discovered them, but I think they sort of fell off my radar a little because it’s been ages since I made them last. So recently I remembered how great they are and realized that I needed to bake some for a new recipe but the question was (and it’s the question I always try to ask myself) “How can I make them different or better?” That’s when the warm weather lit a light-bulb in my head and I knew I had to include some ice cream.
Please tell me some of you have tried those giant chocolate chip cookies ice cream sandwiches that they used to sell in the Disney parks. Unfortunately, they weren’t selling them the last time my gang was there, but as a kid they were one of the highlights for me and my and sister. So much nostalgia, oh my goodness!
Well, I guess you could say those were a huge part of inspiring this recipe. To me, it’s the recipes with a bit of a story or a memory behind them that somehow taste the best, you know what I mean?
Anyway, I took that idea and added in my own little touch by using monster cookies. Not an entirely original idea, as I’m sure it’s been done before. Honestly though, in a generation with the technology to constantly share ideas, what hasn’t been? Deep fried pizza? Seen it before. Chocolate chip cookie shot glasses? Done it. Waffled brownies? Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
So what’s a girl to do? Well, just embrace the fact that sharing ideas, even old ones, is how we make the world a better place. I mean, I think ice cream and cookies are an essential piece to a perfect world, am I right????