Yesterday we had my in-laws over to our apartment for an informal barbecue. My mother-in-law asked if I wanted her to bring a dessert or if I had it covered. I didn't have too much I had to get done this last weekend, so I figured this could be an opportunity for me to make something new. To the Pinterest boards!
I stumbled across this dessert that I had pinned quite a while ago and decided that this was the one to make. I mean, come on! It's like the Turducken of desserts! Its a cake on top of a cookie and all in a pie crust. Drool....However, while I did have time to put something basic together, I didn't have time to make all three things from scratch. And I decided that I didn't really want to make anything from scratch. Call me lazy, but now I will provide you with the cheater's way to make this dessert! And it is ridiculously easy.
First, the ingredients. You will need a pre-made pie crust, a roll of cookie dough, a box cake mix & ingredients to make the cake, a can of frosting, and something to cook it all in. I actually do not own a pie plate (I know!), so I bought a disposable pie tin, which was a little smaller than I wanted, but it got the job done.
First, take your pie plate, unroll one of the pie crusts and put it in there! This seems a little obvious, but I guess you never know! :)
Now that your base is prepared, open up that cookie dough! Plop a decent amount in there and use a spoon to push it flat. In the original recipe, she said to put about an inch of dough in, but since my pie tin was small, I probably put between a half-inch and three-quarters of an inch in there and it worked just fine. :)
Already looks good, right? Also, you will probably have a little bit left over to snack on later, which is never a bad thing, of course. Now is a good time to preheat the oven to around 350°. While the oven is preheating, prepare your cake batter per the instructions on the box (or I suppose, however you prefer).
I tried to make the crust look pretty, but it was so much bigger than the tin that it fell flat. Plus most of it fell off during the baking process. Oops. Anyway, now stick it in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. After that, check it every 5-8 minutes until the cake is done. Mine was probably in the oven a total of 50 minutes or so, but I open the oven a lot so things take longer. :/
During this time, I also decided to try another trick I saw on Pinterest regarding the frosting. They said to whip a can of frosting to make more of it. I thought it might also give it a less dense taste, which I prefer. So I gave it a shot. Here is the before picture......
And here is the after......
I'm not sure if it actually expanded or if the mixer just moved it in such a way as to make it look like it expanded. But I had enough to frost the cookie cake pie and the extra 9 cupcakes with a little bit left over. So it didn't hurt anything, but I'm not sure how much it actually did.
Anyway, after quite a bit more waiting, the cake should be done! Take it out and let it cool completely before you frost it (duh). Here is what mine looked like when it came out of the oven.
Not the prettiest, but a little frosting helps. :)
And there you have it! The cookie cake pie. And let me tell you, it is delicious! My husband wasn't a huge fan of the pie crust, but that is mainly because he doesn't like pie. I may try a variation on this and just do a cookie cake in a 9 x 13. And hopefully next time I will be able to make everything by scratch rather than do it the cheater's way! :) Also, think of the possibilities! Peanut butter cookie and chocolate cake, sugar cookie and confetti cake, maybe even snicker doodle and some sort of spice cake? Who knows!
If you try this, let me know how it turns out and what combination you used! I'm excited to hear about it!