Ever since my childhood, there has been one black and white cookie consistently present in my life: the Oreo. Its cream-filled center and crunchy chocolate cookies are indescribably enticing. I never could, and still cannot, eat just one.
Is it the plethora of ways to consume an Oreo that makes it so exciting? You can screw off the top cookie and enjoy two delicious halves. Perhaps you save the cream-covered cookie for last, or maybe you can’t wait that long. You can lick off the cream before eating the cookies plain. Some people like to peel off that sweet cream and stack it layer upon layer so you have a quadruple-stuffed Oreo. Or you can always go the classic route of dunking the cookies in milk until they reach the point of melt-in-your-mouth perfection.
Or maybe you’re too impatient for any of that, maybe you just like to stuff ‘em in your mouth, as many as you can handle at once.
You see, eggnog and Christmas cookies as separate entities are delicious enough as is. I’ve often debated with myself over whether cookies or eggnog was the ultimate Christmas food. They are both so heavenly, perfectly embodying the holidays with their seasonal flavors. Since both treats are so widely enjoyed at Christmas time (especially by myself), I realized that it only made sense to enjoy them together.
Like many of my best inventions, the idea for this recipe hit me like a ton of bricks. I had some leftover sugar cookies and ginger snaps, as well as a carton of ‘nog in the fridge. As I was pondering what to do with my leftover treats, the gears in my head began to turn and that dusty old light bulb above my head flickered on.
There are some methods of cooking that are so simple and make so much sense that we overlook them. I once saw a man on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives put an entire apple pie into a gelato base, blend it all up, and make Apple Pie Gelato out of it. Yes, the whole freakin’ pie. It sounds over the top, but really, if you want to make something taste like Apple Pie, why wouldn’t you just add Apple Pie?
That same concept applies to this incredible milkshake. If you want a milkshake to taste like toasted marshmallows, you don’t add artificial flavorings or even plain marshmallows; you put whole toasted marshmallows into the milkshake mix with all of their charred goodness. The results are everything you could ever dream of: luscious, liquified toasted marshmallows with an added creamysmoothness from the ice cream. It’s amazing how much that charred marshmallow taste shines through. And with every sweetly nostalgic sip, you might just taste a hint of summer campfire on the back of your tongue.