It's that time of year to celebrate the Weatherman. We're a little late this week with all the snow and ice, but Blue Bell Ice Cream wants to show a little appreciation for what Jude Redfield and the WDRB team of meteorologists do each day to help us all prepare for our day. Steve Sisk and Chris Heiby are sharing an ice cream recipe they call "I Love Chocolate Snow Capped Cookie."
For the record, February 5 is National Weatherperson's Day. It commemorates the birth of John Jeffries in 1744. Jeffries, one of America's first weather observers, began taking daily weather observations in Boston in 1774 and he took the first balloon observation in 1784. This is a day to recognize the men and women who collectively provide Americans with the best weather, water, and climate forecasts and warning services of any nation.
I ♥ Chocolate Snow Capped Cookie
18 oz. chocolate or chocolate chip cookie dough (from your favorite recipe or from a package of cookie mix)
½ - 1 c. chocolate fudge sauce
1½ qt. Blue Bell I ♥ Chocolate Ice Cream, slightly softened
Chocolate dessert topping
Shaved white chocolate
Press cookie dough onto bottom of greased 12-inch pizza pan. Bake as directed on package or recipe; cool. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer and unwrap. Spread crust with chocolate fudge sauce and refreeze for 15 minutes; top gently with small scoops of ice cream. Spread ice cream to cover crust. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze 1 to 24 hours. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving. Unwrap and drizzle decoratively with chocolate topping. Sprinkle with white chocolate shavings. Cut into wedges to serve. Make 12 - 16 servings.
NOTE: For Valentine's Day, shape the cookie dough into a heart by drawing a heart on parchment paper (make it similar in size of your pizza pan); place the parchment paper on your pizza pan or cookie sheet and press the dough into the outline of the heart. Bake as directed. Let the cookie cool 5 to 10 minutes on the parchment paper. Gently loosen cookie from paper using a large spatula. Set paper and cookie on cooling rack to cool completely. Gently and carefully slide cookie off of paper and onto serving platter. Wrap and freeze for 30 minutes as instructed above. Continue with above instructions. Instead of chocolate shavings, top each serving with an unwrapped chocolate kiss or heart-shaped chocolate candy (optional).