There aren't a lot of times in my life where, instead of taking a spoonful of ice cream out of the gallon, I just cut the entire container open and pull out the entire chunk.
This is one of those times.
We were headed to a dinner with friends the other week and I was tasked with bringing the dessert. I thought about my options and turned to my husband, a foodie, who usually has a dozen recipes saved on his phone. "Ice cream sandwiches," he said.
OK ... it wasn't the creative idea that I was expecting. But I am more than happy to eat an ice cream sandwich. I got some cookies and ice cream and prepared to spoon out a dollop on the cookies. Not so fast, my husband said.
Instead, he tore open the ice cream containers; got out the parchment paper, a cookie sheet and rolling pin; and then started rolling out the ice cream. Then, he used a glass to cut out perfectly round ice cream circles, which he then laid on top of the cookies.
You see, he'd searched around for ways to make homemade ice cream sandwiches, and decided to try it this way.
"Why can't I just put a scoop on each cookie and press it down?" I asked.
"Because the cookies will break," he said.
He's right again.
This is a fun and kid-friendly recipe that turns out a delicious result.
Homemade ice cream sandwiches
We used two gallons of ice cream to make 12 ice cream sandwiches, using cookies from Costco which measure about six inches across. Next time, I might make my own cookies for this.
Get a cookie sheet and lay some parchment paper on top of it. The paper keeps the ice cream from sticking. Cut the ice cream out of the box and put it on the parchment paper. Put another layer of parchment paper on top.
Using a rolling pin, roll it out until it's a little less than an inch thick. Using a glass or round cookie cutter, cut out the ice cream for however many sandwiches you're making. We got about six circles from a gallon with a bit left over for another day.
Using a spatula, pick up the ice cream, lay it on one of the cookies and top it with another. Wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap and return to the freezer until you're ready to serve them.
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