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Cookie bowls are a tricky, but sweet, delicious dessert

Cookie bowls can be made with your favorite type of cookie and filled with the ice cream of your choice.

Cookie bowls can be made with your favorite type of cookie and filled with the ice cream of your choice.

It is said that the third time is the charm. I concur. Because it took me three times to get this recipe right. But that is OK, it makes for a great story.

Cookie bowls -- this week's featured recipe, is basically a chocolate chip cookie shaped into a bowl.

What do you fill this this cookie bowl with? Ice cream, of course.

I've seen cookie bowls for years all over the Internet and just like most of your recipes in your own recipe box, you can make this sweet dessert however you like it ... you just have to get the hang of making the actual bowl. And making the bowl is where my problems began.

To get the bowl shape you take cookie dough and spread it over a bowl cavity of an upside down muffin pan. I thought, how hard could that be?

I made sure my pan was clean, dried and then I sprayed the bottom of the pan to ensure I left no cookie crumbs behind. I spread what I thought was the appropriate amount of cookie dough over two of the bowl cavities, set the timer and happily awaited a perfect golden brown cookie bowl.

What I didn't account for was the cookie dough that spread down the sides of the cavities would spread to the rest of the pan as well. I also didn't account for the spreading dough being a deep golden brown (almost burnt) and lastly, I didn't account for the ordeal of trying to figure out how to get the cookie off of the cavity.

OK, no problem. Take two. So this time I used wax paper, thinking that would help get the cookie off of the cavity and I also used less cookie dough.

This time I still had used too much cookie dough and my bowls looked more like my third grade clay project. You get the picture.

Take three. Here is a brilliant idea, when using a cupcake pan, may it be upside down, use cupcake liners. Yes, the third time is the charm.

So now that you've heard my cookie bowls story, I would like to know if your experience went better than mine. Email me at julie.wells@rockdalecitizen.com.