Yesterday was my 3rd wedding anniversary, and to celebrate I made an extra special dessert that my husband and I fell in love with while on honeymoon at Disneyland. During our time there we took a break to explore the other areas in Disneyland and went off in search of some food. We ended up at an ESPN Zone sports cafe (we'd never been in one, as they don't have them in Canada). I can't remember what we got for lunch, but I sure do remember what we had for dessert. In fact, I haven't stopped thinking about that dessert for the past 3 years, so finally decided the buy the necessary equipment to make my own mini versions of it.
The dessert I'm talking about is simply called the Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae. It's actually a warm and gooey chocolate chip cookie that's been freshly baked in a cast iron skillet. Just after it's taken out of the oven, and while it's still piping hot, a few scoops of ice cream are added on top along with whipped cream and chocolate sauce to create the ultimate sundae.
The combination of a warm chocolate chip cookie along with the slightly melted ice cream and chocolate sauce makes this sundae one of the most delicious and decadent things I've ever had. So when I came across these mini cast iron pans at TK Maxx, I just had to get them as I knew they'd be the perfect size to replicate a single serving of ESPN's Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae. Plus they're just so darn cute! I'm also slightly obsessed with anything mini, so I just couldn't resist.
To make these yummy little sundaes you can either use mini cast iron skillets like I did, or use a slightly larger one (like the size you'd use for a fried egg) and share it with someone else - or if you're feeling particularly sinful - just eat it all yourself! I promise I won't tell!
Making these chocolate chip cookie sundaes couldn't be easier. All you'll need is some chocolate chip cookie dough - I used the same Jacques Torres cookie dough I used for the cookies I made here. Take enough cookie dough for a single cookie (or double if you're using a larger skillet), place it in the center of your cast iron skillet and cook it at 350ºF (175ºC) for about 8-10 mins (or 13-15 mins if using a larger skillet).
When the cookie is done baking the edges should be golden brown, but the center should still be nice and gooey. Let the cookie cool slightly - only a minute or two so your ice cream doesn't totally melt into a liquid pool. After the minute or so, simply drop a scoop of ice cream on top of the warm cookie, and top with chocolate sauce and/or whipped cream, caramel sauce, sprinkles, nuts etc. It's up to you, just use whatever you like.
That's really all there is to it! Make sure you place the pan on a heat prof surface like a pot holder, wooden cutting board or plate so you don't burn yourself, and eat immediately. I found that baking the cookies in the cast iron skillets resulted in them having a delicious chewy caramelized edges. SO GOOD!!! Sooo good!!
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