Ice Cream Sandwiches

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ice cream sandwiches
I scream, you scream….

The cat’s out of the bag! And the ice cream sandwich is in the bag!

Do you know where that saying comes from? Well, we just coined it. No, not the part about the cat, the part about the ice cream sandwich. Everyone knows about the cat in the bag, which could be a pig in a poke. Really, look it up. You probably have access to the Internet, which is full of facts and information, some of which is even true.

Anyway, our secret has been to make up some ice cream sandwiches. Everyone loves ice cream sandwiches, especially with that soft-chewy cookie outside that tastes a bit like chocolate, and the smooth ice cream inside that melts and drips on your shirt, making you look like something that might belong in a bag, or a poke.

This is so basic: essentially, put ice cream between cookies, but we will point out that you need about 4 dozen 2-inch cookies (1 batch of the brownie roll-outs) and a quart of scratched ice cream. You can use yesterday’s recipe, or you can be a purist and use vanilla ice cream. If you don’t have an ice cream churn, consider making semifreddo: no churning needed. The only secret is to pack the ice cream into a 9×13 inch baking pan lined with plastic wrap before freezing.

Makes 24 sandwiches.

stacks of cookies
You can make your cookies in any shape you choose; we went with 2-inch rounds.
ice cream sheet
When we packed the ice cream, we made a sheet by packing it into a plastic-lined baking sheet, then wrapped it all in plastic before freezing completely.
freezing cookies
It was quite warm when we were making our ice cream sandwiches, so we froze the cookies before assembling.
cutting ice cream
Use the same cutter that you used for the cookies to cut out the ice cream.
ice cream sandwiches
Assemble as you go, and get (most of) them back in the freezer so they won’t melt.
ice cream sandwiches
We found these cute little bags on the Internet. It’s not required, but just a little something to make them even nicer.

Nice. We were surprised at how easy these were. Oh sure, it was a bit messy assembling the sandwiches, but, if you have to lick your fingers afterwards, you’ll survive. The roll-out cookies are easy and fast, so we were able to do those in about an hour (we’d made the dough the day prior), and cutting the ice cream, while messy, made our sandwiches look somewhat professional. It would have been better if the ice cream had frozen solid (with all that cream, it doesn’t really freeze like a brick), then we would have dipped the cutter into hot water to make cleaner cuts. We doubt that anyone will send one back for having a ragged ice cream edge, so five stars.

 

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