Confession: I don’t care about professional football. I used to have a big ol’ crush on Tom Brady (way back in high school), but his good looks just can’t hide his not-so-gentlemanly-ways. So once I decided that Tom and I didn’t have a future together, I pretty much stopped having any interest in professional football. That brings us to the Superbowl, the biggest celebration of professional football in existence. I very much enjoy the hoopla that is the Superbowl. The commercials, the half-time show (although I think we can all agree that those have been pretty boring since the ol’ wardrobe malfunction), the parties, and the food.
Let’s focus on the latter half of that list. Parties. Food. Community. That’s what the Superbowl is all about.
We were blessed to spend the Superbowl with our small group, a wonderful conglomeration of people who enjoy my two favorite things: good food and good community. We generally eat really well every Sunday night, but I think we outdid ourselves with this feast. Chili, homemade chicken wings, chips and salsa, veggies, loaded potato skins, and lots of cookies.
I made some killer salsa from the Pioneer Woman’s recipe, using canned tomatoes and Rotel. This is a perfect salsa to make in the winter when fresh, flavorful tomatoes are nonexistent. Beware that it makes an enormous portion, but I think an enormous amount of salsa is always appreciated.
I also made an experimental dessert inspired by something I saw on Pinterest. Isn’t everything these days based on something we saw on Pinterest? Other than the way it looks, it’s actually nothing like the Pinterest recipe, so I feel like I can take credit for inventing this deliciously decadent (but incredibly simple) dessert. It’s a chocolate cookie sandwich with strawberries and cream cheese frosting in the middle. Oh. My. Goodness. So good. And it’s so easy because you can use a package cookie mix, unless you are really against that sort of thing and insist on making a chocolate cookie from scratch. I cannot help you in that situation. I’ve never made a chocolate cookie from scratch. Shame on me.
- 1 bag chocolate cookie mix (I used Betty Crocker double chocolate chunk)
- any ingredients listed on the cookie mix instructions
- 1 package cream cheese, at room temperature (I'm partial to the ⅓ less fat variety)
- ½ cup sugar
- strawberries, thinly sliced
- Prepare and bake the cookies according to the package instructions.
- While the cookies cool, mix together the cream cheese and sugar (this will be significantly easier if you set the cream cheese out a while before and let it get to room temperature). Spread the cream cheese frosting on half of the cooled cookies. Top with strawberry slices, followed by the non-iced cookie.
See? Super easy. And kind of a perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day, considering it’s chocolate and strawberry. Or a perfect dessert for a random Monday morning, because sometimes you just need a little dessert after breakfast. Right?