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Freeze week: Ice Cream Sandwiches

I remem­ber when Scar­lett was just a baby, maybe 8 months or so, and she had her first taste of ice cream. My mother gave it to her when I wasn't look­ing. I was so upset.

It makes me laugh now because I'm such an enabler when it comes to ice cream. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because before Scar­lett came along I never ate the stuff or maybe it's because ice cream is so inex­plic­a­bly tied to being a kid. What­ever the rea­son I'm always game to grab a cone. I'm sure, one day, when Scar­lett is sit­ting in her group ther­apy ses­sion for addic­tion she'll have that "aha moment." She'll real­ize all her issues with the sum­mer dessert stem from her preschool years when her mother allowed her too much of the good thing. I mean, it's always the mother's fault any way, so why not go down in a frozen flurry of the stuff.

I decided that it would be fun to try mak­ing our own ice cream sand­wiches. I found an awe­some recipe on this gor­geous blog called Not So Hum­ble Pie. Her ver­sions were so unbe­lie­ve­ably beautiful–all wrapped in parch­ment and per­fectly sliced. Mine, not so much. How­ever, I didn't care. I planned on eat­ing them in what­ever con­di­tion I could get them into my mouth. And, as far as I could tell, Scarlett's only con­cern was the color of her sprinkles.

Home­made Ice Cream Sandwiches

1 1/2 sticks but­ter, at room tem­per­a­ture
1 cup gran­u­lated organic sugar
2/3 cup extra dark Dutch processed cocoa, sifted
1 large egg
1 1/2 tea­spoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup whole wheat pas­try flour

extra flour and cocoa for dusting

Method

In a stand mixer with the pad­dle attach­ment, cream but­ter and sugar on medium-high speed for sev­eral min­utes until light and fluffy.

Add the cocoa pow­der, mix­ing on low speed, scrap­ing the sides. Then add the vanilla and the egg and blend on medium speed until thor­oughly combined.

Add the flour on low speed, mix­ing until uni­form and comes together like dough.

Remove the dough from the mixer and wrap with Saran wrap. Place in the refrig­er­a­tor until firm (at least 4 hours or overnight).

When ready to pre­pare cook­ies, pre heat oven to 350.

Remove dough from the refrig­er­a­tor and allow to stand at room temperature.

In a small mix­ing bowl, mix together flour and cocoa for dust­ing your cut­ting board and rolling pin.

Roll out chilled dough to about 1/8'' thick­ness and cut out shapes. Arrange cutouts on parch­ment paper or sil­pats on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 min­utes, untilt he sur­face is no longer glossy. Allow to cool com­pletely on wire racks. The will harden. Once cool, place the cook­ies in a ziplock bag and freeze until you're ready to use.

I used store bought ice cream. Although you could make your own. I removed the ice cream from the tub and then sliced it into 1 or 1 inch thick slices. I put each slice into a glass bak­ing dish and place back in the freezer for a few min­utes so it could harden. I removed the ice cream cook­ies from the freezer. Then I took the bak­ing dish from the freezer and using my cookie cut­ter, cut the shapes out of the slice. I placed the ice cream cut out onto a cookie and then topped with another cookie. I placed the sand­wich back into the refrig­er­a­tor. Keep frozen until ready to eat.

The ice cream can be tricky to work with, but don't fuss. You can roll the sand­wiches in nuts, mini choco­late chips or sprin­kles if you're wor­ried the edges look messy.

We had as much fun mak­ing these as we did eat­ing them. Scar­lett used some god awful cot­ton candy ice cream in her sand­wiches. While I went with the tra­di­tion vanilla. The cook­ies were so deli­cious I could have eaten them on their own. How­ever, that would have been dumb.What kind of per­son omits the ice cream?

  

5 Comments

  1. Those cook­ies are just beautiful!

  2. lynne says:

    Yum! I have some home­made caramel ice cream that needs to be sand­wiched between some cookies!

  3. Those look deli­cious! I love that you used whole wheat flour :) I think I'm going to give these a try soon, they would be per­fect with the hot weather we've been having.

  4. […] Home­made Ice Cream Sand­wiches won’t come together in 30 sec­onds (the cook­ies take time and prep) but the pay­off is big. We mean lit­er­ally. You can make those damn cook­ies as huge as you want. Plus they taste awesome! […]

  5. maureen says:

    My grand­chil­dren love this recipe.
    Love your website.

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