So I’ve been teaching Sunday School for the past two years now. But this is Sunday School like you’ve never seen it. I have the coolest classroom – it’s a little cafe with a real kitchen area. We teach Bible stories and use hands-on cooking projects to cement the lesson in the kids’ minds and hearts (and stomachs!) This week we’ve been getting ready for a big Open House to show off all the neat classrooms and creative lessons being used to teach Jesus’ Love to these sweet kids. I’m going to do a cooking demo for the Open House – I’m making Mud Cookies. We used this recipe when we taught about the Miracles of Jesus. In chapter 9 of the New Testament book of John it tells how Jesus made mud with some dirt and saliva, and rubbed it over the eyes of a man who had been born blind. He then sent the man to wash it off in one of the city fountains. When the man washed off the mud he could see!
Our cookies start out looking like a bowl of lumpy mud. In fact they look pretty gross – you mix cocoa powder with egg whites which looks an awful lot like dirt and spit. But soon after stirring and stirring the batter gets shiny, then you drop spoonfuls onto a parchment paper and bake them. What you get are the most deep, dark chocolate cookies you can imagine! My classroom recipe only makes 10 cookies because our little oven only holds that many, but you can easily double the recipe to make a bigger batch. And you will definitely want to do that because we discovered that these cookies make the perfect sandwich for homemade vanilla ice cream! Oh. My. Goodness. My son made the vanilla ice cream today from the Well Fed Family free ice cream ebook (have you gotten yours yet? sign up for the newsletter using the link on the right side of this website and we’ll send it to you for free!), we used these cookies to make ice cream sandwiches for dessert tonight. Perfect! They are just the right texture, just like those soft cookies that come with the eskimo pies from the ice cream truck. And oh so chocolatey! What a perfect way to use up the egg whites leftover from making the ice cream!
Mud Cookies and Ice Cream Sandwiches
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup egg whites (about 3)
1/2 cup organic sugar or honey
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
Mix everything together in a medium bowl. Use the honey if you don’t mind having a chewier cookie, the sugar will make it a little firmer but less nutritious. However these are dessert – so don’t feel like using honey means you can eat the whole batch yourself ;) Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes until they are dry on top to the touch but still springy. Cool on the baking sheet for a minute or two and then use a metal spatula to remove to a cooling rack. Use two cookies, flat sides together, with two tablespoonfuls of ice cream to make the sandwiches. Eat immediately or wrap in wax paper to freeze for later.
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ⅓ cup egg whites (about 3)
- ½ cup organic sugar or honey
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- vanilla ice cream, homemade or good quality store bought
- Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Stir all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl.
- Use a heaping tablespoon of batter for each cookie spooned onto the parchment, leaving some space between the cookies.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until the top is dry but still springy.
- Allow to cool on the parchment for a few minutes before using a metal spatula to remove to a cooling rack.
- To make sandwiches place one cookie flat side up on a plate.
- Spoon 2 Tablespoons of softened ice cream onto the cookie and top with the flat side of a second cookie.
- Press slightly to spread filling to the edges.
- Eat immediately, or if desired, wrap in wax paper and freeze to eat later.
I can definitely see these with variations. Maybe sub peppermint extract for the vanilla for mint chocolate mud cookies. Or use any of the other ice cream flavors in our free ice cream ebook, wow, how about peanut butter ice cream with these chocolate cookies! Leave a comment and let us hear your great flavor ideas! Pin for later or share on Facebook using the links above the blog.
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