First of all, THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH (!!) for all your support and sweet comments regarding my first book signing! I will be doing a little book tour this fall and am working now to finalize the schedule before I share all the deets with y’all. I can’t wait to meet many of you then! Lots of big hugs will ensue.
But now….can we talk about that holiday happening next week? You know, the one where we all grill out, drink party drinks and watch the sky explode with sparkly fireworks? Ah yes, 4th of July is exactly one week from today and I highly recommend you make these mint chip ice cream sandwiches for dessert.
They are pretty easy to make if you plan ahead (which is why I am giving all you party planners this recipe seven days in advance). You can really make these ice cream sandwiches three days before the party and keep ’em in the freezer, preferably hidden from both yourself and your loved ones. Preferably behind the frozen spinach and peas. Preferably hidden by someone you care about, who cares about you, who does not like ice cream.
I don’t know a person like that though, do you?
The cookie is just a simple chocolate cookie, the same cookie, in fact, that I used when I made chocolate covered mint oreos a few years ago. Because of that, these taste like ice cream stuffed oreos instead of traditional ice cream sandwiches. But is there anything wrong with that?! I think not.
You don’t need a fancy ice cream sandwich cookie cutter either! Oh no, you don’t. I just used the bottom of a box of pancake mix. It worked like a dream.
Then…..you know the drill! Fill with lots of ice cream. I used mint chocolate chip since it’s my favorite but, really, you can use whatever your little heart desires.
Do you know how hard it is to photograph ice cream at 9:30 in the morning and stuff your face? I don’t. Because I did. Stuff my face, that is. A lil’ morning ice cream never hurt anyone!
Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches
makes about 8 ice cream sandwiches (recipe can be doubled for a crowd!)
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
mint chocolate chip ice cream (or ice cream flavor of choice)
Cream together the butter and sugar until combined. Add egg and continue beating until smooth.
In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk well and then add to the wet ingredients, mixing until a soft dough forms.
Wrap dough up in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
When you’re ready, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Remove dough from fridge and roll out on a floured surface to 1/4″ thick. Using the bottom of a cereal box (or an actual rectangular cookie cutter), carefully cut out rectangles of dough. Place on a silpat or parchment paper-lined sheet tray and prick all over with a fork. Bake for 9 minutes then immediately transfer to a plate to cool.
Cool cookies completely before prepping ice cream sandwiches. You may make your cookies two days ahead of time and keep covered in plastic wrap at room temperature until ready to fill.
Let your ice cream soften a bit before filling sandwiches. You can do this as neatly or as messily as you like. Then, place ice cream sandwiches in the freezer for an hour to harden completely.
3 hours (includes time to chill, cool and harden in freezer)