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{Pin Test} Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowls

Are you a lover of ice cream? Are you a lover of chocolate chip cookies? Have you pinned these cookie bowls on Pinterest? These cookie bowls reminded me of a  Pazookie from BJ’s only they seemed so much better. I NEVER would have thought to turn my muffin pan upside down to make cookies. I love having one kitchen product that can be used for multiple uses. My muffin pan is quickly becoming one of these items – muffins, cupcakes, individual macaroni cups, individual meatloaves, and now cookie cups?! For the love of all things sweet! Muffins pans are the greatest invention ever! When Wilton created a muffin pan I bet they didn’t think it would be so versatile.

I read through the instructions as well as the comments. Many people asked if you had to use a homemade dough or if pre-made would work. I decided I’d test both ways. Read below to see the results. I made these cookie bowls and knew I’d be using them for ice cream. These would also be great with pudding, cool whip or homemade whipped cream and strawberry on top. They’d also make adorable cheesecake cups. Another thing – these freeze well! Now that’s the kind of freezer cooking I enjoy. :)

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Here is Colleen’s cookie recipe 

  • 1/4 cup butter flavored shortening (no substitutions)
  • 1/4 cup butter (room temperature)(no substitutions)
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

I’m a one bowl kind of girl, so I beat the shortening, butter and sugars in a large bowl. Then I added the egg and vanilla and mixed until it was all incorporated. Instead of dirtying up another bowl I just added the flour and baking powder gradually and mixed as I went. Finally, I stirred in the mini chocolate chips. As stated by Coleen’s recipe DO NOT replace the butter for shortening/Crisco.

Chill the dough for at least an hour. Preheat your oven to 375. Turn your muffin pan upside down and cover every other one with foil. If you put a bowl on each muffin section they’ll all get stuck together while baking. I”m totally fine with one giant cookie, but since we’re going for individual bowls it makes sense to do every other one.

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Once my dough was chilled I just grabbed a good amount of dough and flattened it on my cutting board. Once it looked like the right size I laid it on top of the greased foil. If it wasn’t big enough I just added to it and pieced the dough together.
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Bake 10-12 minutes or until light brown. Remove from oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes before removing from the pan. After 10 minutes, gently lift them off of the pan Do not remove the foil until the cookie bowl is competely cool. Fill right before serving.
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 Look at this glorious cookie bowl. For picture purposes, I think vanilla ice cream would’ve made these look better, but whatever. It didn’t keep me from chowing down! We like a good French Silk, so that’s what I used. Oh, did you notice the Magic Shell drizzled on top? I’ll be sharing that secret at a later date. Stay tuned….for now, grab a spoon and help me eat this. Nom nom nom. 
Here’s the finished product. I went crazy with the pics. I apologize. cookie bowl, cookie cup, cookies, icecream, ice cream, pazookie, delicious, dessert, pin test, pin winNow that you’ve read this are you thinking “can I use pre-made cookie dough? Well, the answer is yes AND no. The reason why the recipe above says don’t substitute butter for Crisco is because an all butter recipe will cause the cookie to spread too much creating a mess. Mama doesn’t like messes, BUT for you guys I will test out a good ole cookie dough log bowl. There was a time when I was trying to recreate a friends top secret chocolate chip cookie. As I was researching I learned that Crisco melts at a higher temperature than butter. This is why a regular cookie recipe (no Crisco) spreads so much. Which is why pre-made dough will not work either.  If shortening is less fat than butter and you get a fluffier cookie, why don’t more recipes call for it? It’s a mystery. I think it just sounds gross when you say a recipe has Crisco or shortening in it.
I used a classic dough log and muffin pan. I also used foil, but wanted to try the cupcake liner as well. Someone suggested it in the comments of the original pin. They said they used a paper muffin liner and supposedly it worked beautifully.
cookie bowl, cookie cup, cookies, icecream, ice cream, pazookie, delicious, dessert, pin test, pin winThe result? A mess. A really yummy mess, but definitely a mess. cookie bowl, cookie cup, cookies, icecream, ice cream, pazookie, delicious, dessert, pin test, pin win

How much did I like this recipe? I actually had fun making these.  And because these were so delicious and turned out we had a yummy dessert and a happy hubby.

Did anything unexpected happen? With the original pin/recipe the only thing I warn you of is that the foil can get stuck in the little crevices of the baked cookie. It wasn’t a big deal, you just need to be careful when removing the foil. In the second part of the pin test with the dough log, I did not like using the cupcake liner. They were much harder to peel because the cookie adheres to the ridges of the liner. If your foil is big enough you at least have a starting point for peeling. With the cupcake liner you don’t. Also, in the second part the cookies spread a lot. This was expected, but I will say the cookie bowls still would work. They’re not nearly as pretty, but they still tasted good and there is still the bowl to scoop food into.

Overall Rating from 1-5: 4.5 This doesn’t have to do with the recipe, but I do think I will serve Vanilla Bean in the next batch of bowls that I make. The chocolate kind of overpowered the chocolate chip cookie. Overall, I was very satisfied with this. It was fun and I will definitely make them again. I kind of can’t wait to make these for BG when she has sleepovers someday. I think a group of little girls would love to create their own ice cream sundaes in these!

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  1. Angie says

    I followed the recipe to a T, I used 1/4 cup of butter flavor Crisco sticks & 1/4 cup of real butter stick. I used the special Reynolds Non stick foil & still my cookie cups slid down the sides. Any help would greatly be appreciated. I’m trying to perfect these by Sat for my daughters bday party.

  2. Steph says

    After attempting to make cookie bowls out of premade cookie dough, I searched the internet for tips on how to make them without it turning into one giant cookie mess. I followed this recipe exactly, with the only exception of using foil cupcake cups instead of foil. It turned out great! Thank you so much for sharing! Oh and I was able to make 9 bowls with this recipe.


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