the ingredient: a little chocolate

bittersweet chocolate slab

Do you remember the ice cream sandwich cookies I had at a restaurant recently? My friend Steph was the one with the good sense to order it and we were so impressed that the cookie used was the brown sheet cake cookie–as it should be. When she celebrated her birthday this past weekend, we made a chocolate cake and also dug up this recipe so that we could make our own ice cream sandwiches too. 100% worth the effort. But I was more impressed with this slab of chocolate that Steph brought from the market for us to work with than the desserts themselves.

It seemed so important and more beautiful than the finished treats. And being dark and bitter, I appreciated it more than when it got all gooey and made friends with tons of sugar. I lost some of you right there, didn’t I, friends?