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Monday, April 18, 2011

Cookie Dough Egg Rolls

I know, I’ve been missing a few posts recently. It’s been a busy time here in the Wilde household and lab. Deadlines abound at work this month and I’ve been spending weekends in the city, thereby cutting down on my cooking time. Don’t worry, I’ve brought you something extra special today. Thanks for waiting!

I have so many great memories from my five years in Madison and so many places that I miss. I wish that I could head to the terrace after work to enjoy a brat. The Dunkin Donuts are barely donuts in comparison to the heavenly pieces of deliciousness you can get at Greenbush Bakery. Connecticut pizza can’t hold a candle to the Southwest pizza at Glass Nickel. And no other restaurants dessert menu has the creative crazy choices as Bluephies.

What's hiding in there?  What's with the ice cream?
I was originally introduced to Bluephies at the Taste of Madison. It was my first summer in the city and also my first summer away from home. Boyfriend was visiting for the week and we went to the Capitol square for the annual Taste of Madison. The plan was to hunt around the vendors and find some great new places to eat around town. With over 80 local restaurants represented, we had many options for eating. What we weren’t counting on, were the bees.

Yep, bees. Lots of them. Madison, Wisconsin is lousy with bees. Something about the perfect combination of water, heat and flowers? Maybe, I actually just made that up. All I know is there were a ridiculous number of bees at the Taste of Madison. And do you know who has an irrational fear of bees? Boyfriend. He’s not deathly allergic or anything, he just had a traumatic bee episode as a child. Now he runs around erratically when there are bees in the air. There were lots of bees at the Taste, so there was lots of running.

Once we discerned that the bees liked to congregate around the trash bins we were okay. Just avoid the trash and we’ll be mostly bee free. Thankfully we figured this out, otherwise boyfriend might have sprinted right past the Bluephies tent. I might have never known the amazingness of their chocolate chip cookie dough egg roll.

It's filled with gooey, melty cookie dough!
Yup, you heard me right. Cookie Dough Egg Roll. It is seriously the most delicious and simple dessert I have ever had. You take some cookie dough, roll it up in an egg roll wrapper and fry it to crispness. Then add some ice cream for good measure, maybe some chocolate sauce too. If you are ever in Madison, be sure to stop by Bluephies for dessert. Their lunch and dinner menus are also pretty amazing. Most of you will never get the chance to visit Bluephies, but here’s your chance to enjoy their signature dish.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Egg Roll

This is apparently Bluephies top selling dessert. They sell over 10,000 of these bad boys every year at the Taste of Madison. From having eaten it on several occasions, I can totally understand why. The outside is crunchy and warm while the inside is creamy and smooth. It’s not even that much work and I hate frying things. This was a quick prep and a quick fry. Mix, wrap, fry, delicious.

4 tbsp butter
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp water
½ tsp vanilla
½ tsp salt
9 tbsp flour
¼ cup chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate chips)
12 egg roll wrappers
Vegetable oil for frying

In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy. Add water, vanilla and salt, beat until combined. Add flour 1 tbsp at a time and mix to combine. Stir in chocolate chips.

Follow the pictures to prepare your egg rolls. You’ll want about 1 ½ tbsp of cookie dough for each egg roll.

1. Egg roll wrapper!

2. Add 1 1/2 tbsp cookie dough

3. Shape dough into a log

4. Roll toward the center

5. Fold over the sides

6. Wet the top edges with water

7. Roll roll roll
8. Ta-da!
Place egg rolls in the freezer for at least 3 hours. You want them totally frozen before frying.

Heat three inches of vegetable oil to 350 °F. Carefully drop frozen egg rolls into the oil, frying about 3 at a time. Cook for 2 minutes then remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve with ice cream!
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