Tuesday, August 28, 2012

ice cream sandwiches !

I've said it once and I'll say it again because I think we've earned it over here at Recitherapy... looks like we are AHEAD OF THE FOODIE TREND yet again! :D A few weeks ago, our little husband-wife crew all went out for $5 Bourbon & Burger night at the Holland House. After spending all of ten bucks, we decided to keep the night rolling in the cheap direction and make dessert at home. 

What did Williams-Sonoma's "Tasting Table" suggest making in these last summer weeks for dessert? Ice cream sliders...

 What did we make for dessert?

Ice cream sandwiches. ;) Take that, Tasting Table! Who wants bread with your ice cream when you can have cookies instead?! (kidding, it's a really inspiring site, actually)

Start by making a half batch of Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies. I don't care what any snobby food blogger says, these cookies are my "go-to" and I'll never change that. Two things I highly suggest doing before you pop them in the oven:

  1. dip the bottom of a glass in some flour and pat the top of each cookie to make it a little more "flat, squared...?" It helps with the sandwiching.
  2. sprinkle the tops with sea salt. it'll help break up some of the overwhelming sweetness of these babies. also it looks pretty, and isn't that half the point? ;)

As soon as they're done baking, let them rest for 5 minutes and then transfer them to the freezer while you serve your dessert drinks. We want them to harden up a little on the outside. (don't worry, they'll stay soft on the inside. they'll only be in the freezer for about 15 minutes.)

Next, sandwich away! We used my cookie scoop to make the perfect ice cream scoop for each sandwich but, cutting squares is also very effective, especially if your ice cream is super hard. You'll want your ice cream to be pretty hard so it doesn't melt right away when you bite into the sandwich.
These are inexpensive, quick, easy and so cute! Also, one serving is quite enough for everybody, which keeps your work as a host silly simple! No forks or spoons required, just a lot of wet napkins!

I know you're all having your last few cookouts before the air gets crisp, so try these babies out and let me know what you think! We've made them at least four times since these photos, so I have a feeling you'll enjoy them, too. ;)

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