There is a wonderful restaurant located in Carbondale, Colorado called White House Pizza that happens to be my family’s favorite place to dine. It’s a simple place with great atmosphere, great pizza, pasta and the like and they even have gluten-free menu options that are quite tasty! In this quaint little pizza joint they also serve one of the best desserts I’ve ever had – the Hot Chocolate Chipper! Unfortunately this menu item is not gluten-free (yet – although I will be speaking to them about that) and I am thankful that I had the opportunity to try it before I started the gluten-free diet because it is soooo good and if I hadn’t tried it I might have not thought to re-create this treat to be gluten-free.
The concept is so simple, I’m actually surprised that I hadn’t thought of doing this before. Basically the dish consists of a large chocolate chip cookie baked until just cooked, but still extra soft – almost just past the cookie dough stage. The cookie is served hot and topped with a big dollop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce. What could be better?
Now as many of you know, we at Glutenfreeda, happen to also manufacture the world’s best gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough (in my humble opinion), so I thought why not try it out and see if I could create a gluten-free Hot Chocolate Chipper that is equally as good as what is served at White House Pizza. The answer turns out to be an overwhelming “yes” according to my non-gluten-free family. I prepared the dessert and served it up to my family and no word was spoken until every last drop was licked off the dish! Even though this sounds more like a kids dessert, trust me, it can be easily passed off as a decedent dessert fit for company. This is now my new quick and easy standby dessert for when I entertain because it doesn’t require hardly any ingredients, virtually no prep time and takes about 15 minutes to complete.
To prepare this dish, I used small individual gratin dishes which worked perfectly because the cookie bakes right in the dish and is also served in the dish for a nice visual presentation. You can find these in virtually all kitchen stores or even places like Target.
And now for the recipe….since I know you are all itching to try this!
Hot Chocolate Chipper
(makes 2 servings)
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Place 2 dough balls each, about 1/2 inch apart, in 2 ungreased individual gratin dishes. Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Remove each dish from the oven and gently spread the cookie dough so that it covers the bottom of the gratin dish. Return the gratin dishes to the oven and continue to bake for about 5-6 minutes or until the cookie is just cooked through (no longer looks like raw cookie dough, but still is very soft). Remove from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes. Top each dish with one big scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle with chocolate sauce and top with whipped cream.
Note: This is a very rich dessert so if you want to save the calories and still enjoy – you easily could share one dish between 2 people.
- Chef Jessica