Thursday, July 28, 2011

~One Smart Cookie~

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  • Prep Time 30 minutes

  • Total Time 6 hours

  • Yield Makes 8

  • Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chip Cookie Base (refrigerated) plus 16 cookies (2 1/4 inches in diameter) Chocolate Chip Cookie Base
    • 1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (3/4 cups)


    1. Break cookie dough into chunks; stir into ice cream. Freeze until firm, about 3 1/2 hours.
    2. Bring cream to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Pour over chocolate in a bowl. Let stand for 1 minute. Whisk until smooth. Let stand, whisking often, until thick and spreadable, about 25 minutes.
    3. Spread 2 teaspoons ganache onto 8 cookies. Scoop 1/4 cup ice cream onto remaining cookies. Sandwich cookies together. Freeze on a baking sheet for 30 minutes.

    Cook's Note

    Ice cream sandwiches can be frozen overnight. Food Safety Note: The egg in the cookie dough is not cooked.

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    Cookies!  Yay!  Add a little ice cream to these cookies and they are elevated into the quintessential summer dessert, the famous ice cream sandwich.  Nothing beats a homemade ice cream sandwich! Once these were served the room became freakishly quiet.  It was quiet because everyone was in their own world as they began to frantically lick their ice cream in an attempt to ward off "dripage"-or to devour them faster, who knows?  These ice cream sandwiches are the perfect treat for the family to gather around and melt over. 

    Photo Gallery

    Let the cookie making begin!  Show me whatcha got, kid.
    Oh, come on...what do you mean you don't like these cool hats?
    Here are the ingredients for the chocolate chip cookies.  Jordan did a great job with the setup.
    Gabriel heard us having fun in the kitchen.  He just had to get out of his bed to check out was was happening.  Actually, anything cooking, simmering sauteing,etc. will catch his nose instantly and he has to try it. 
    Jordan carefully pours the dry ingredients into the mixer.
    Gabriel wanted to get involved so Jordan helped his brother reach the mixer.  After making the cookies we went to bed and worked on the ice cream filling in the morning.
    -The next morning-    I opted for dairy-free ice cream.  This ice cream is really, really, REALLY good!  If you haven't tried this do give it a try.  Yum!
    Ahhhhh!  Jordan noticed a spider the size of a quarter on our wall.  He told me to kill it but I insisted on relocating this mini tarantula to our patio instead.
    Shown below is the making of the ganache. 
    Here are some of the chocolate chip cookies that will become our ice cream sandwiches.
    This is the pint of coconut ice cream that has the cookie dough mixed in. 
    Okay, I should have waited the 3 1/2 hours for the ice cream to "rest" in the freezer but the kids (and me included) couldn't wait to delay the gratification.  They melted quickly as a result, but who cares? They were so good!
    Pure silence with an occasional giggle. It's a good thing! 
    Jordan liked it but was quickly on a sugar-overload.
    Sarah was all smiles.
    And Gabriel was in heaven.  Hello?  Gabriel?  Can you hear me???  Nope, he's in his own little world on a planet that's covered in chocolate.

    ~Just Dessert~

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