I needed to bring dessert over  to my SIL the other night and decided to liven up some cookies by making ice cream sandwiches. I was a bit lazy and although normally would choose to make homemade cookies with Real ingredients, I did not have the time nor energy. So I cut corners by buying premade cookie dough and store bought ice cream.

The cookies I bought were Pillsbury Simply Cookies and Haagen Dazs Ice Cream. If you follow this blog, you will know how I was swayed into buying those particular brands. If not click here and here.

But on to the cookies. I baked the cookies - easy enough.

For the ice cream I knew that in order to spread it on the cookies I would need to keep it out to let it thaw a bit. Well I let the ice cream sit out for way too long. It needed to be soft, but ended up very runny. You can see the ice cream spilling off the sides.

Nevertheless once the cookies cooled (I had to put them in the freezer because of poor time management) I spread the ice cream on the cookies.

Then I put them in the freezer to freeze up, wrapped them in plastic, and they were ready to go.

Now here in the Northeast it is officially fall and although ice cream has no seasons, the consumption will probably decrease over the next few months. But for those who live in warmer climates, a la SoCal, ice cream is more of a year round treat. This really was an easy dessert to do that seemed much more fancy than it was. I think it impressed my family. Until they read this and realize that it really was not much work at all.
I posted about how I was tricked into buying Haagen Dazs Five ice cream thinking it was a better product. Besides the ice cream, another product I grabbed off the shelf was Pillsbury Simply Cookies. I was making "homemade" ice cream sandwiches and in order to cut corners decided not to make cookies from scratch.

I am a sucker for the word Simple. Simple is such a great word. When you hear simple you think less processed, easy, traditional, understandable; at least I do. And I will be persuaded to buy food items with the word simple/simply on the package maybe even more than I am swayed by organic.

So I bought the Simply Cookies again without looking at ingredients. But of course I cannot resist looking for long. So when I got home I had to take a look. Here are a list of ingredients in the peanut butter flavored Simply cookies:

Brown sugar, enriched wheat flour bleached, vegetable oil (palm and canola), Peanut Butter (peanuts, dextrose, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, salt), Water. Contains 2% or less of: Eggs, Baking Powder (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate), Salt, Skim milk, Vanilla Extract.

Overall, not the worst ingredient list I have seen. Although it could be better. The number of ingredients is not terrible, but I am sure that the source of those ingredients are not ideal. The flour is bleached, the eggs are probably pasteurized from chickens growing in not the greatest conditions, the peanut butter has trans fat.

And how easy would have been for me to make cookies from scratch? It would have been...simple.


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