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Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches

For a dinner party a couple weeks ago I was asked to bring dessert.  I was in the mood for something different and thought mmmm ice cream, but I also wanted to bake… so I thought mmmmm cookies!  Put them together and you get super yummy ice cream sandwiches!

Now… there are a few different ways you could put together an ice cream sandwich.  You could:

1) Buy cookies and ice cream at the store
2) Buy ice cream at the store and make the cookies (what I did)
3) Buy cookies at the store and make the ice cream
4) Make your own ice cream and cookies

Although I have an ice cream maker, I opted to buy ice cream at the store and bake the cookies to make this dessert.  I think they turned out great!

Now, the possibilities are endless for this dessert.  You could literally make any type of cookie and use any type of ice cream! The sandwich pictured above is a chocolate chip cookie with mint chocolate chip ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.  I also made it with a vanilla bean ice cream.  Both super delicious!

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks, 1/2 pound) butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated [white] sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 cups (12-ounce package) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

1 cup chopped nuts

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Using a 1 tablespoon ice cream scoop, drop dough onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Sandwich Assembly
1) Cool cookies COMPLETELY
2) With a small ice cream scoop, scoop 1 ball of ice cream into the center of the flat side of a cookie
3) Put a second cookie flat side down on top of the ice cream.
3) On a flat surface, gently press the top cookie down until the ice cream starts to come out the sides
4) Working quickly, with a metal spatula, scrape and shape the sides of the ice cream until it’s flush with the cookie.
5) Dip in sprinkles and immediately put in the freezer.

Tips & Tricks:
1) Work quickly! Melty ice cream is VERY hard to work with!
2) DO NOT stack sandwiches in the freezer, they will smush the ice cream out of the center of the cookies.
3) If you are bringing these to a party, assemble them on site. It could even be a fun party of the evening for people to be able to assemble and choose what kind of sandwich they want!