Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Gingered carrot cookie dough in cream cheese ice cream

This week's recipe was chosen by Natalia of Gatti Fili e Farini. She's got the recipe--go say hello! I had never noticed the recipe in the book, but it sounded intriguing. Even more intriguing, because I was away on a business trip and had to wait awhile before I got home to look at the recipe. I love carrots and coconut in any form, so I knew I was going to love these. I don't like raisins, though, so I left those out, and replaced the pecans with cashews. The only thing I was worried about was the possible homeliness of these cookies. There was no picture, and they didn't sound pretty. I don't know what's wrong with me, but I don't like an ugly cookie. I just have to doctor it up somehow, as I did with the Dulce de leche duos from last year. I thought about a cream cheese filling, but word on the TWD discussion board said they were a bit lumpy for that. So, I thought about making a cream cheese ice cream and putting the crumbled cookies in that. Then I tasted the cookie dough...
Do you ever eat the raw cookie dough? Do you ever like it even more than the baked cookies? Yes and yes for me. I always try everything I bake before I cook it, and I usually prefer it to the baked version. Or maybe it's that I feel slightly nauseous by the time things come out of the oven. I've always been like this, and I can remember eating huge gobs of whatever my mother was making while her back was turned. I don't just mean desserts: bread dough and raw ground beef were things I couldn't keep my grubby little fingers off. I also ate raw potatoes and turnips and bacon out of the package if nobody was looking. Despite my mother's dire warnings, I never got sick. I know some who won't eat batter because of the raw eggs, but salmonella is rarely if ever in the news here. Is it possible to build up a tolerance to it? Living in Japan was fabulous for the abundance of raw food. Sushi, of course, but raw beef dipped in raw egg yolk? I'm there. Chicken sashimi? It was pretty good too. Now that I've grossed you all out, let's talk about these delicious cookies, shall we?

I made this cream cheese ice cream from Epicurious, adding some vanilla. It basically tastes like frozen cream cheese icing, which is a very good thing, I think. I put small blobs of the cookie dough in after I had churned it, meaning after 4 searches of my storage area, and a very long wait till the canister was sufficiently frozen. Then I had to wait again for it to firm up. This is a yummy and easy ice cream, and I think you could taste the carrot and spices, along with the coconut more in the dough than in the baked cookies. YUM!

I did bake some of the dough, and these were very yummy cookies, especially hot out of the oven. I wonder what they'd be like with zucchini, since I am drowning in the stuff. More on that in my next post. 




22 comments:

twitcher said...

That looks like a chewey cookie. Was it? Do let me know how the zucchini ones turn out. I'll bet those're good too.
j

Natalie said...

mary, you have the most adorable blog name! i love it. i thought about making ice cream, too, but i didn't have enough eggs!

Di said...

What a great idea! I agree--I can usually taste spices more in cookie dough than in baked cookies. David Lebovitz has a really tasty Cheesecake Ice Cream in The Perfect Scoop that I bet would also be great for this. Mmm.

Leslie said...

What a great take on this recipe!!! I was quite ambivalent about it (I just couldn't wrap my head around it) but the cookies were delicious. Cream cheese ice cream would be the perfect vehicle for a little cookie dough (and I also taste test the cookie dough).

Flourchild said...

You should SO makie them with zucc. in them..Im sure they will be great. I love the icecream and the cookies!

Valerie said...

Mary, you evil genius! I ♥ cookie dough too and this looks/sounds too good. Beautiful pictures! And no rhubarb in sight. :D

Sweet and Savory said...

I love the idea of the zucchini. It should be good although the carrots probably add more flavor than zucchini. If you make these, please do share.

Judy said...

Looks like you've invented a new version of cookies & cream ice cream. Do you think it will be a best seller? Your cookies turned out nicely.

Nicole said...

I don't think that your cookies are ugly! Good idea to put them in ice cream, but it takes me so long to make ice cream that I only make it when I must.

Katrina said...

You win for most creativity and deliciousness!
Huge cookie dough fan here. As well as ice cream!

natalia said...

Ciao Mary ! What a wonderful idea ! Thanks for joining me this week ! I love your photos !

Karen said...

I remember a friend of my moms eating raw hamburger all the time when I was growing up. Can't say I ever had a desire to try that but cookie dough doesn't stand a chance of surviving.Your ice cream looks delicious! :)

Amber Marie said...

I always like the dough better than the baked cookies! Always. Same for cakes and brownies and pretty much any dessert. I'm a fan of raw veggies too, even the ones that aren't normally eaten raw.

Mimi said...

Mary you are so creative. What a yummy way to enjoy these cookies. I also enjoy my cookies raw.
Mimi

Becky said...

what a creative approach. I loved these cookies.

Jaime said...

wow your cookies are beautifully golden and orange!! i love the ice cream idea too :)

Carol Peterman said...

I love this dough raw too, and I bet it was fantastic in the ice cream. Great idea!

Cakelaw said...

Cream cheese icecream? YUM!!! Brilliant and inspired idea to put th cookie dough in cream cheese icecream.

Jill said...

YES to raw cookie dough! This ice cream with cookies looks absolutely fabulous. I've never heard of cream cheese ice cream but I'm craving it now.

Liz said...

This post had me going every which way--I was totally with you on the raw dough (and the salmonella skepticism) but you sort of lost me with the raw ground beef. Oh well! At least we can agree that this dough in cream cheese ice cream is fabulous! Awesome idea. And I totally think these would work with zucchini. What about adding chocolate chips and orange zest to the zucchini ones?

Laurie @simplyscratch said...

Yum! Mary this looks so delicous! So creative! I love that bowl your using too!

Nickki said...

What a clever idea to turn this recipe into ice cream! I think you've hit on a brand new flavour combination here...you should contact Ben & Jerry's! Looks delicious