Cooking with Zain: Cookie Bowl Sundae Bar

 

Good morning friends! 

How was everyone’s holiday weekend? We had a pretty busy weekend with Trevor on call and some friends in town that we hadn’t seen in a long time. Thankfully the weather cooperated and we were able to enjoy some water activities with the kids and their buddies! 

We also cooked quite a bit over the weekend including this fun sundae bar Zain had been asking to make for weeks. I’m not sure who misses our oven more, myself or Zain? It was such a fun activity to do together in the kitchen and let him express his own ideas with! We created and baked our cookie ‘cups’ and then picked a few toppings to choose from  and finally topped everything off with our favorite, Hudsonville Ice Cream

If you are new around here, Hudsonville Ice Cream has been our family favorite for many years. We discovered the brand when we lived in Chicago and are now lucky enough to have them as a long term partner. Hudsonville Ice Cream makes more than 50 flavors available in grocery stores AND available online, and Trevor and I love to order a few new-to-us flavors when we can. They ship to the 48 states within the continental US and shipping is part of the collection price. Hudsonville is about to launch its new “build your own box” option and we stocked up on a couple flavors you can add to your custom collection, our favorites being Strawberry Cheesecake and Brownie Batter Cookie Dough!

To make the cookie cups, just roll out whatever cookie dough you prefer! We went with chocolate chip but I think sugar cookie would also be delightful. While the dough is being rolled cover the underside of your muffin tin with aluminum foil and spray with oil. After your dough is flattened, create cups over the molds and preheat your oven. Our cookies called for 425º degrees and about 12 minutes to cook! A tip I learned from my friend Amanda is to make sure not to put your cookies in till the oven until it is totally preheated. I am a very amateur baker and had never known that it will melt your dough before actually cooking it causing it to expand! The more you know 🙂

Once those cookie cups are baking, get your toppings ready! We went with sprinkles, cookie crumbles, fresh strawberries and chocolate syrup but you can pick whatever sounds good! Once they are finished cooking, remove and let cool before peeling them off! We used them as the base of our sundaes in our bowl and then added our ice cream and toppings! 

It was such a fun activity to do with Zain and the whole family enjoyed the cold treat on a hot day. My biggest advice is just to go with the flow and not worry about any of it being perfect! It’s such a fun way to spend time together and I just let Zain have his way with the cookie cups and they turned out just fine. 

Hope you all have an amazing week ahead and you can check out the Hudsonville lineup here and where to order near you! 

 

 

 

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