Using Cookie Dough For Other Delicious Purposes

The cookie dough mix was just sitting there in the pantry, staring at me every time I opened the door. There was a matching tub of frosting in there, too, which made the situation even worse.

But who wants to make boring cookies? Anyone could do that. Instead, I made tiny cookie cups and filled them with frosting. Doesn't that sound more scrumptious than flat, simple cookies? Trust me, they were amazing.

To make cookie cups, press a ball of cookie dough into each part of a muffin tin to make little bowls. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, about 11-12 minutes. Lightly press the middle of each bowl to create a hollow for whatever goodness you plan on, then let them cool completely before removing them from the muffin tin.

So what else can you do with a batch of cookie dough? I'm so glad you asked.

Add cookie dough to your favorite ice cream treats. Roll tiny balls and freeze them on a baking sheet. Pop them off and use them as topping for sundaes or stir them into softened ice cream.

Bake up small cookies, spread them with frosting and make homemade sandwich cookies. Play around with different chips and a variety of frostings.

Swirl cookie dough into brownie mike for the perfect brookies. Check on them frequently so they don't get overbaked.

Press the cookie dough into a pie pan for a clever crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-16 minutes, until just light brown.

Layer crumbled-up cookies with pudding and whipped topping for a beautiful trifle. Top with coordinating chips and drizzle.

Press a ball of cookie dough into each part of a muffin tin to make little bowls. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. Lightly press the middle of each bowl to create a hollow for whatever goodness you plan on, then let them cool completely before removing them from the muffin tin.

Make a crust for fruit pizza. Press cookie dough into a greased pizza pan and bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow it to cool completely before topping it with whipped cream cheese frosting and sliced fruit.

What's your favorite cookie-not-a-cookie recipe?

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