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Valentines Day dessert – vanilla ice cream chocolate chip cookie tarts with chocolate sauce

Apologies for the wordy title but … I had no idea what to call these saucy little tarts (ooh missus!).

I’m a sucker for this type of hedonistic dessert – there’s something fundamentally appealing about the combination of fudgy cookies, cold, creamy ice cream with chocolate sauce and not minding getting chocolate all over your face while you’re eating it.  It’s perfect for a romantic dessert (blokes love cookies, ice cream and chocolate sauce.  They do, go on ask them.  Actually girls do too, for that matter).

I was going to make a traditional chocolate sauce using cream and chocolate but then came across this wonderful recipe by David Lebovitz which is easy, low fat and lasts a good while in the fridge.  However don’t let those mere practical considerations sway you; this gorgeous, deeply dark chocolate sauce becomes thicker and even more decadent after standing for a couple of hours and trust me, doesn’t taste low fat in the slightest (always a good thing!); in fact I kept walking by the pan in the kitchen and couldn’t resist a spoonful.  Once you make this, it will be the only chocolate sauce recipe you’ll ever need, and lifted my dessert idea from something nice but fairly ordinary to special.

You could make your own chocolate chip cookie dough.  I didn’t.  To be perfectly honest, if I’m making cookie dough from scratch, I’m making cookies to eat on their own, not to squish in a tin to bake, then plonk ice cream and chocolate sauce on top of, but that’s just me.  I mean the cookies are important, don’t get me wrong, but they don’t need to be homemade.

I hope you all have a lovely Valentines Day ♥


200g raw chocolate chip cookie dough (for Australians, I used Aunty Kath’s)
4 large scoops vanilla bean ice cream or any other flavour you’re partial to
Chocolate sauce

Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.  Grease 4 x 8cm tart tins with removable bases.  Press around 50g of cookie dough into the base and up the sides of each tin evenly.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden and just baked – I prefer them still chewy, leave them a bit longer if you prefer them crisper.  Leave to cool in tins for 8 minutes then, using a butter knife, gently separate the tart from the side of each tin, move the base upwards, and use an egg flip or the butter knife to slide under the cookie base and remove carefully onto cooling rack to cool completely.

Place scoop of ice cream in each tart base and pour over chocolate sauce.  Serve immediately.  If not sooner.

Serves: 4

Note: for the chocolate sauce I used organic rice malt syrup and raw sugar as sweeteners

    6 Responses leave one →
    1. February 13, 2012

      They look fab and how did you do the moving picture. It’s alchemy!! That’s what it is! I was so distracted I could barely read the recipe. Now I am going to have to go back and look at the recipe again!

      • February 13, 2012

        Hi Jacqueline 😀

        I used continuous shooting mode and the tripod with my camera while the sauce was poured over, then used for the gif – it’s easy!

    2. February 14, 2012

      Yum, these look absolutely amazing!

      Happy Sweets Week.

    3. February 14, 2012

      This treat will make Valentine’s celebration lovelier…Thanks for posting a really festive choco dessert!

    4. February 15, 2012

      Wow, Emma! You are seriously convincing me to make this amazing cookie tart, filled with vanilla ice cream, and oh, my, oh, my…chocolate sauce drizzled on top, an dripping over! That has to be my biggest “weakness” that I just can’t say NO to. Love the action photo…very clever, indeed. Superb presentation, and photos, as well:DDD

      Happy Valentine’s Day, my dear friend!

    5. February 18, 2012

      That dessert looks heavenly, I like every single component, yum!

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