homemade ice cream sandwiches
I haven't made these before but I really wanted to make a bite size snack that I could keep in my freezer to snack on for Thanksgiving. And really, who doesn't love ice cream sandwiches?? I remember when we would get these when we were kids and how delicious they were. A few months ago I was visiting in Fort Mill, SC where my brother bought his new house and I saw some of those sandwiches that you can buy from the grocery store in his freezer and it just seemed like the very best idea ever! There's just something about them that just hits the spot. I always wanted to make them from scratch so that I could put together the flavors that I like.
I made my favorite, easy cardamom vanilla ice cream yesterday. The recipe can be found HERE. Pairing it with these chocolate cookies just makes it that much better. I then made them more of a bite size (2 to 3 bites) so that you can get a fix anytime that you want. Doesn't get much better than that for a morning to night holiday like Thanksgiving! These would also be great if you have a house full of kids running around...when you need them to stop running around and sit down for a bit of a treat, these would be perfect. The best part is that these can be made well in advance and kept in the freezer for a long time. Also, you can fill them with any ice cream flavor that you want and you don't even have to make your own...you can fill them with your favorite store bought ice cream too.
This recipe for the cookies makes a lot of little cookies - I used a 2" cookie cutter for mine and they made about 13 cookies sandwiches or 26 actual cookies. You can also easily double this to make more if you choose to make them bigger. But just look how cute these little ones look!
Mine look super clean and neat because I actually froze my ice cream on some parchment paper in a sheet tray and froze it that way so that I could use the same cookie cutter to cut out the same sized rounds for the filling. You definitely don't have to do that...just use a small scoop and put it in the middle of the two cookies and squeeze down. Just as yummy!
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup regular unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
Confectioner's sugar for rolling
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until well combined.
Remove the bowl from the stand mixer, and sift directly into the bowl the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.
Put the bowl back in the mixer and mix on low just until a dough forms. Be careful not to over mix.
Remove dough from the mixer and press the dough into a 1/2 inch thick round on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the dough in the refrigerator for one hour.
Once chilled, remove dough from cookie sheet and form into a ball.
Dust work surface and rolling pin with confectioner's sugar and roll the dough into ¼ inch thickness. Cut out your cookies with a cookie cutter of your choice. You will need to keep rolling the dough after each round to get as many cookies as you can. Once all the cookies are cut out, place them back on the parchment paper about 1 inch apart. You will need more than one parchment paper and can stack them on top of each other to return to the refrigerator until ready to cook.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Once the oven has preheated, remove the cookies and put them on cookie trays. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. The tops of cookies should be set, but still soft to the touch.
Remove from the oven and cool cookies on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Freeze cookies for 30 minutes minimum before assembling ice cream sandwiches. Fill with an ice cream of your choice and enjoy!
Those are a lot lol. I think I may have to give some of these away otherwise I probably will eat them all! You can freeze them for awhile or just make them into sandwiches when you want them as the cookies will keep separately as well. That way you can play with all the flavor combinations - next time I think I will try a mint chip ice cream or even a nutella swirl ice cream. Yum!