Mmmmmmm, Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches. I've always LOVED these things but when I read the ingredients list on the packaging I can't help but say "ugh!" So of course I tried making my own and I'm quite happy with the way they turned out. I'll even be so bold as to say that these taste EVEN BETTER than the ones I've bought from the store!!
I have to warn you though... if you make these just as I did, it can and will take 2+ days to make if you include the homemade ice cream part. But if you just don't have that kinda time or you want them sooner, you can always take a short cut by buying store-bought ice cream, which can be quite yummy, too!
It certainly helped that the hubby had just made a batch of homemade vanilla ice cream using his go-to recipe: Ice Cream Geek's Ben and Jerry's Sweet Cream Base. He's made it to rave reviews a countless number of times. People have even told him that he should open up his own ice cream shop. haha! I later told him not to quit his day job, not because it wasn't delicious, but because we'd never be able to break even! Now I know why those fancy ice cream stores charge like $5 a cone! :)
Next, I went online in search of a nice, chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe because nothing would be worse then going to take a big bite of that ice cream cookie only to have all the ice cream squish out the sides. I ran across this one in my search: Allrecipes' Best Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie. Sounded pretty good and Allrecipes rarely steers me wrong, so Little Sis and I gave it a whirl:
And this is how they turned out. Perfect!! I used chopped up dark chocolate chips in my batch, hence the speckled chocolate look. Also be sure to follow the directions and use MELTED butter and just the egg YOLK.
These were pretty darned good by themselves, but when put together with the homemade ice cream... they are just out of this world! :) Only thing to note is to make sure the cookies are completely cooled before putting the sandwiches together. In fact, I put the cookies in the freezer for about 30 mins make sure the cookies didn't melt the ice cream. Kinda defeats the purpose of my chewy chocolate chip cookies, no? No! :)
This picture kinda falls in between some of the pix in the collage above, but I kinda liked the birds' eye view, so I'm adding it separately. :)
From here, dip them in sprinkles, MINI chocolate chip (I'm not a fan of having to chew through big chunks of frozen chocolate chips) or leave them as is. But before you dig in, I highly recommend letting this sit over night or even a whole day in the freezer to let the ice cream further soften the cookie. If you try to eat one right away, guess what? The ice cream will be smushed out from between the cookies and that just makes me cranky! :) But if you have the time and patience, they will be as soft as the ones you buy but waaaaaaaaaay more delish - and wholesome, too. :) And I never have to worry about trace peanuts or tree nuts so they're safe for my sweeties, too! YAY!
Poor Little Sis couldn't quite enjoy these with her loose tooth, so she just opted for the plain cookie instead. Big Sis really liked them and wanted to eat the whole thing but I only let her eat half, but the biggest fan of all was Daddy who just couldn't believe how yummy these were and ate the whole giant thing in about 3 mins flat. :)
If you liked this, here's another dessert you might wanna check out: :)
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