Now that the holidays are over, you almost certainly have a ton of extra cookies laying around, and perhaps a variety of them.
If you are sick of eating them plain, do not even think about throwing your leftover cookies away. There is an array of delicious recipes that you can use these sweet baked treats in, and there are many ways that you can quickly and easily enhance your leftover cookies.
Read on to find out how you can use up those extra cookies.
Simple Methods for Using Your Cookies
If you do not feel like spending a whole lot of time on a recipe to use your leftover cookies in, there are several ways you can enhance them very quickly and easily. The following ideas only require a few ingredients, and they can take your leftover cookies further than you ever dreamed.
1 – Cookie Crumb Crust
One very easy and delicious way to utilize your leftover cookies is by crushing them up into crumbs and using them as a crust for a pie or cheesecake.
The only ingredients you need for this recipe are your cookies and some butter. To crush up your cookies, you can use a food processor, or you can put them into a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to break them up.
Once you have gotten your cookies crushed into fine crumbs, simply melt some butter over the stovetop or in your microwave, and mix the crumbs with it. Finally, coat your pie sheet or baking dish with the cookie crumb crust, making sure to also get the sides.
2 – Cookie Milkshake
Grab yourself some of your favorite ice cream, a few milkshake toppings — such as whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and a cherry — and break those leftover cookies into smaller pieces.
You can also crush your cookies into crumbs prior to adding them to your ice cream. How big your cookie pieces are is really up to you, though the smaller they are, the easier it will be to mix them in with the ice cream.
You can combine the ice cream and cookies with a spoon, or you can put them in a blender for a few seconds. After the cookies are mixed in with the ice cream, you can top it off with your preferred ingredients.
3 – Ice Cream Sandwich
Not only can you make a milkshake with your leftover cookies, but you can also create an ice cream sandwich.
This is incredibly easy to do since it only involves using two leftover cookies and a scoop of ice cream, though you can also add stuff to the sandwich if you would like, such as whipped cream. Another option is dipping your ice cream sandwich in milk chocolate.
Simply take two cookies, put a scoop of whatever ice cream flavor you prefer on top of one of the cookies, and press the second cookie on top of the scoop of ice cream.
4 – Crumbled Cookie for Your Mug
This is the simplest way to use your leftover cookies. All you need to do is crush them up using a food processor or by hand with a rolling pin.
Once your cookies are finely crushed, you can get the rim of a mug a little damp using the liquid that will be inside of it, and sprinkle your cookie crumbs onto the rim. Next, fill the mug with milk, hot chocolate, or any other beverage that would go well with cookies.
5 – Banana Pudding
Although this recipe probably works best with leftover sugar cookies, you can use any cookie you would like.
Whip up some vanilla pudding using a box of instant mix pudding. Once it has been made and then chilled, layer a bowl or glass dish with the vanilla pudding, add your cookies on top of it, and then put down a layer of bananas that you have cut up into roughly coin-sized pieces.
Repeat the layering process until the dish or bowl is filled.
Longer Recipes to Use Your Cookies
If you feel like putting a little more effort into creating something with your leftover cookies, you can try one of the three recipes below. Naturally, they are all delicious since cookies are involved.
Let’s start with a decadent cookie trifle.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Trifle
For this yummy trifle featuring your leftover cookies, you will need the following ingredients:
- 3 cups cookie crumbs
- 3 cups whipped cream
- 2 packages dark chocolate prepared pudding
- ¾ cup chopped walnuts
First, you need to crush up your cookies using a food processor or a rolling pin. How fine you make your crumbs is up to your personal preference.
After this initial step, you will put a third of the cookie crumbs into the dish you are using for the trifle, and then add a third of the chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and chopped walnuts. Repeat this process three times to fill the dish.
You can add anything to the top that sounds delicious to you, such as additional cookie crumbs, chocolate chips, or chocolate syrup.
Finally, cover the dish up and put it in the fridge overnight, or for about four hours, before you enjoy it.
Cookie Cheesecake Bars
If you love cheesecake, you will enjoy it even more if you get your leftover cookies involved. These cookie cheesecake bars are wonderful at fulfilling both cravings at once.
Here is what you will need:
- 2 cups cookie crumbs
- 1¼ cups crushed graham crackers
- ⅓ cup melted butter
- ½ cup cream cheese
- ¼ cup plain yogurt
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
First, you will need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and add baking paper to a cooking sheet. Next, crush up your cookies by hand with a rolling pin or by using a food processor.
After your cookies are crushed, mash a half cup of them with the butter and crushed graham crackers, and press it onto your sheet to use as the base.
Next, blend the cream cheese, egg, vanilla extract, yogurt, and sugar together, and then pour it over your base. After your oven is preheated, pop the sheet into it for about 15 minutes.
Take out the sheet, sprinkle the remaining cookie crumbs onto the desert, and place it back into the oven for an additional 20 to 25 minutes. It should slightly move when you shake the sheet.
For the tastiest cookie cheesecake bars, let them sit in your fridge overnight before you try them.
This final recipe is a newfound favorite, and it is called cookie butter. If that doesn’t sound like some tasty butter, then what does?
Here is what you will need:
- 2 cups crushed cookies
- ¼ cup whole milk or heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter
- 1 tablespoon brown or white sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
This is incredibly easy to make. Simply crush up your cookies into fine crumbs in a food processor, and then add all of the ingredients shown above before using the food processor again for two more minutes to combine it all together.
You can slowly add in the milk or heavy cream to get it as thin or thick as you prefer. Now, spread it on anything you wish.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Film/Video/Media Studies, as well as an associates degree in Communications. I began producing videos and musical recordings nearly 15 years ago. I am a guitarist and bassist in Southwest MI and have been in a few different bands since 2009, and in 2012 I began building custom guitars and basses in my home workshop as well. When I’m home, I love spending time with my three pets (a dog, cat, and snake) and gardening in my backyard.