Some days, you need to have a party. Just a small party, nothing extravagant.
And all you need is cookie dough and ice cream.
On Friendship Day, I had a small get together at my house, and because it had to be special in a quick way, the first thought I had was, “I’ll make a cake? No, not a cake. Something lighter, and still delicious. And easy to make.”
So this cookie pizza and ice cream sandwich combo happened.
To create your own party:
1/ Dropcloth to add party vibes
2/ A table (I actually used an outdoors picnic table that pretty much stays indoors all the time now, haha)
3/ Chocolate Cookie Pizza with Fruit ‘n’ Nut garnish
4/ Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches (I used fig ice cream because it’s delicious and it went well with the fruit ‘n’ nut theme)
5/ Cool Mint Lime Water
6/ Flowers to add a pop of colour to the table. Who needs an excuse to buy flowers anyway?
The main dish of the day was the cookie pizza. I had no idea how it was going to turn out, but I just hoped for the best and kept going..and I’m happy to say it was just amazing. It was just the right amount of crumbly texture, had that wonderful buttery taste and it was an indulgent dish with the ganache and fruit and nut garnish on it! I’m thankful it turned out as beautifully as it did. And you might be wondering, why the fruit ‘n’ garnish? Well, because I love fruit and nut with chocolate. And because it made the whole dish seem healthier, doesn’t it? I liked the wholesome look of it as compared to coating it with candy, haha!
Cookie Pizza with Fruit ‘n’ Nut Garnish
For the cookie pizza base:
1 and a half cups of all purpose flour / wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of butter
1/2 cup of granulated white sugar
1/2 cup of dark brown granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of Milk
For the chocolate ganache:
1 cooking milk chocolate bar (in chunks)(250 g)
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1/4 cup butter
almonds, cashews, raisins (and whatever else you want)
Cookie Pizza Base:
1. Preheat oven to 180 C.
2. Sift the flour through a sieve. Then add baking soda, butter, white sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Add the milk last. Mix to get a nice and supple cookie batter.
3. Using your hands, pat a nice pizza shaped circle base and set it on the baking tray. Make round balls and flatten slightly to get smaller cookies. Add this to the tray, as well.
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cookies turn golden brown.
Chocolate ganache topping:
1. Melt the chocolate bar on the stove, and in the process, slowly add heavy cream and whisk.
2. Add butter and mix well until you get a nice, clear chocolate mix. Take off stove and let it cool.
3. Pop the ganache (after it’s cooled down from the stove) in the fridge to chill for atleast 3 hours or overnight. (I let it cool overnight.)
Now comes the fun part!
Assembling the cookie pizza:
1. Spread the ganache on the large cookie base you baked earlier.
2. Garnish with dried fruits and nuts: I used sliced cashews (I sliced them in half), almonds (sliced/unsliced-I used a combination of both) and raisins.
Your cookie pizza with fruit ‘n’ nut garnish is ready!
Let’s talk about the second dish of the day..
For the ice cream cookie sandwich:
1. Add a scoop of ice cream on a cookie. Top with another cookie to create a sandwich.
2. Drizzle some of the ganache made earlier on it, and add chopped nuts.
best, Aaria 🙂