HAPPY BIRTHDAY AARON!
Today is my team mate and co-worker's birthday. He LOVES anything with chocolate cookies. Crunchy chocolate cookies to be exact. There were several cookie-cake options that came to mind- like a giant cookie (on a pizza pan) but that's an easy answer!! Another co-worker of mine, Molli had suggested stacking the cookies to create a box like-cake-shape with the cookies. What a unique idea!! And the best part was that it was assembled in about 30 minutes! By far, the quickest assembly yet! (The fondant bow took a few days of prep- but easy!)
To create the cookie cake, I purchased two bags of Chocolate Chip Cookies - Crunchy cookies (I sorta believe that the crunchy ones have a little more stability than chewy). I also purchased store bought chocolate frosting. For your first row, be sure to put icing on the bottom of the cookie so it stabilizes the base- it won't slide or move in the tray. Frost the top of each cookie prior to stacking them on top of each other, row by row. I used about 1/2 tablespoon worth of frosting on each and applied pressure when stacking to make sure they were stable. You can make these a few hours before presenting; I made it the day before and the cookies were stuck together like glue! As an after thought, I probably should have put a little frosting in between each neighboring cookie to ensure each column wouldn't tip over, but it didn't!
On to the fondant bow...
This is my FIRST experience with fondant of any kind... It's taken me a long time to grow balls for this project- and I have NO idea why I found it SO intimidating!?! It was so pliable and play-dough-like that it was actually FUN to play with!!