We make a lot of cookies at my house! And try as I might sometimes I just make too many. But I hate to waste perfectly good cookies, so I have some ideas for what to do with those leftover cookies that you might find helpful. Enjoy!
Fun Desserts You Can Make With Leftover Cookie
Making Cookie Sandwiches
One of the best ways to make use out of leftover cookies is to turn them into cookie sandwiches. The filling of the sandwich can either be frosting, ice cream, or even cream cheese depending on what you are in the mood for. Once you put the filling of the sandwich on the bottom of one cookie, you can place another on top of it to create a simple but effective combination of sweets. This method also helps to get rid of two cookies at a time, allowing you to go through the cookies a bit more quickly than you otherwise would, though one thing to be mindful of is making sure that the ice cream doesn’t melt into the cookies, which would make them mushy.
Making Pie Crusts
While you may not think about it all that much, there are plenty of foods that can be turned into pie crusts. In fact, if a food can be reduced to a crumb or flour-like state, then theoretically it can be used to make a pie crust, although there are some foods that will clearly work better for this than others, both in terms of taste and texture. A very common alternative pie crust that people go with are either graham cracker crusts or cookie crusts. Cookie crusts, depending on the size of the pie, can make use of a lot of cookies as you grind them down into a crumbled, finer version of the original cookie. Depending on the flavor of the cookie, it can even add some more flair to the pie than it otherwise would have.
Using Them as Toppings
In a similar vein of thought as using graham crackers crumbled for pie crusts, they can also be used as toppings on cakes, ice cream, parfaits, yogurt, and other foods, so why not cookies? As long as you can break the cookies down into small enough pieces, you can use them much in the same fashion as you would use graham crackers. The efficacy of this also depends on the type of cookies you have, as some cookies do not make for as good of a topping when they are crumbled compared to other foods. Typically, the crispier and crunchier the cookie is, the better topping it will be when it is broken down into much smaller pieces.
Cooking Them Into Other Baked Goods
Grinding Them Into Cookie Butter
As mentioned earlier, if something can be ground down enough, it can be effectively used as a flour, such as with pie crusts. The same concept applies to the idea of making cookie butter. Just as all nuts can be ground down and turned into a variation of peanut butter, you can do the same with cookies. There are a few extra steps involved to turn the ground-up cookies into something that resembles peanut butter, but the unique taste is something that makes it well worth the effort that you put in. You will want to use a food processor or another appliance that can break down the cookies enough, as they need to be incredibly fine for the cookie butter to feel like a spread.
From here, you simply add heavy cream, brown sugar, and melted butter to give it the texture that it needs and then it can be applied to just about any food that would use peanut butter. What makes it even better is that because you have to grind down the cookies to be so small, it ends up using a lot of cookies to make a relatively small amount of cookie butter, making this a good option if you find that you have more leftovers than you know what to do with.
Mixing Them Into Ice Cream
One of the best ways to get rid of leftover cookies is to mix them right into ice cream. Not only does this make the ice cream taste better, but it also makes use of a lot more cookies than you normally would have, which cuts down on the amount that you have to throw away or store for later. There are many types of ice cream that can be used for this, both in terms of flavors and textures. The best kinds of ice cream for this use are ones that have a lot of mix-ins, the more pieces of cookies you can add in the better.
Turning Them Into Brownies
If you’re in the mood for something different than just plain cookies, but don’t want to use them in an ice cream, then you can turn them into brownies instead. Again, this depends on how finely you grind down the cookies. If you use a strong food processor and enough cookie crumbs to cover the bottom of a pan that you want to bake it in, then these can be turned into brownies with ease. Just add your prepared brownie batter on top and bake.
When you have to clean up from an event that was centered around a lot of cookies, or if you just have too many left over from an afternoon snack session, these are just some of the ways that you can make use of them before they go bad and end up having to be thrown away. They all require the use of a food processor or another appliance that can grind down the cookies enough so that they can be used in place of flour when preparing things like pie crust or brownies.