Catherine and I agreed the result was pretty good. However, the original form of this dish, making use of pre-baked cookies, is an example of the classic Midcentury Modern form of cooking in which manufactured items are combined to make a simple dish with visual pizzaz. Making your own cookies removes this log from that easy category. There are other uses to which chocolate cookies and whipped cream can be made that require fewer civil engineering skills---think chocolate cookie trifle in a big mug.
a famous recipe. Because I am clueless, I didn't know abuot it until the past week. It seemed to be the perfect cookie for this effort. I sifted together the flour, cocoa, and baking soda.
I divided the dough into two. The recipe starts with a warning that the texture can vary widely but I found this batch to have a perfectly fine texture.
I decided to stack my cookies vertically; I really don't know how Mom managed to keep them standing as a horizontal log. I coated each side of each cookie with whipped cream.
Fearing a Leaning Tower of Pizza, I created two stacks.