If given the choice, I could really eat this entire cookie by myself. But proper decorum dictates that I slice it into decent-sized wedges.
Ivorie Acosta runs a cookie business appropriately called Cookie Bar. When she started it a few years ago, she sent me some cookies to try. I thought they were too sweet, lacked a little finesse, and gently suggested that she clock in more kitchen time.
In the three years since, I’m impressed with Ivorie’s perseverance in pursuing her passion. She took a few baking courses and her cookies are all the better for it. So impressed am I with her cookie redux that I include her in my Dessert Fantasy, a selection of 10 of my new favorite desserts published in the April 2012 issue of FOOD magazine.
Ivorie has since outdone herself yet again by coming up with another cookie, a cookie that may just be the mother of them all. She calls it a Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake (price upon request). It’s an 8-inch cookie that’s baked in a cake pan, and because the batter is so thick, it puffs and collapses in upon itself. The result is a cake that’s really a cookie with a sunken middle, sugar-pocked parts of itself a framework for the fudgy layer peeking through underneath.
“Try heating a slice in the microwave for 10 seconds and serve a la mode,” Ivorie tells me. So I do. I don’t have plain vanilla so I spoon – not scoop – languid curls of the ice cream I have at home, Fog City Creamery’s Ferrero Rocher with Nutella Swirl. The cold cream is embraced, enveloped by the cookie’s warmth, and falls, as does my willpower.
When overheated, as is often my folly, the cookie tends to cave in, its surface sags, its middle becomes molten. I can see the network of fudge beneath, a clutch of chocolate in chips and chunks. Broadcasting its aroma of vanilla and sugar and chocolate – oh so much chocolate – this cookie is soft and moist and all kinds of pleasurable.
Really now, can anything be better than a chocolate chip cookie? Especially one this big.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
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