Ice Cream Sandwiches made with buttery and delicious Chocolate Sugar Cookies and vanilla ice cream…
When we were in Walt Disney World recently, I had to opportunity to shop in Downtown Disney for an afternoon. Downtown Disney is a shopper’s wonderland for adults and children alike. While there, I visited the enormous World of Disney Store. Inside, there’s a wonderful cooking section with all kinds of cooking gadgets and thousands of items I didn’t realize I needed until I saw them.
I came across this Mickey Mouse Sandwich Cutter that I knew would be perfect to use as a cookie cutter or to cut Rice Krispies Treats in the shape of Mickey Mouse.
Today, I decided to make Chocolate Sugar Cookies and use my new cookie cutter to create Mickey cookies.
Then, I thought about the Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches we enjoy when we visit Walt Disney World. So, I made Cookies and Cream Ice Cream and created a Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich. I don’t know about you, but in the summer I crave ice cream and these grab and go ice cream sandwiches are a perfect treat to grab straight from the freezer on a hot day.
The Mickey cutter makes the ice cream sandwiches fun, but you could easily use any cookie cutter to cut the cookies out or simply use the rim of a round drinking glass to shape the cookies into a circle.
These cookies are rich and sweet and filled with buttery goodness. They have a slight crisp to them which makes them perfect to sandwich vanilla ice cream.
About the ice cream…
This recipe for vanilla ice cream is an easy one. I find that other flavors can be added easily to it, such as cookie pieces and chocolate.
I used a vanilla ice cream recipe from the Cuisinart recipe section of the ice cream manual. I only changed it a bit by adding a little chopped chocolate and cookie bits. I remember as a kid, my mom would make ice cream for us using salt and a lot of crushed ice. Lots of work but so good. For this recipe, I used our Cuisinart ice cream maker that I’ve had for a few years so it’s much easier and the ice cream turns out perfect every time.
CHOCOLATE SUGAR COOKIES
2 sticks (1/2 pound) butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In the stand of a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar for a good 5 minutes. Add the eggs and the vanilla and mix well.
Using another large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa together.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Add just a little bit at a time and mix well after each addition.
This will make quite a bit of dough, so I recommend dividing the dough in half. Place each half of the cookie dough between two pieces of parchment paper. Use a roller to roll out the cookie dough so that it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Stack the parchment pieces flat in the refrigerator and allow to cool and get slightly firm for about 20 minutes.
Remove one sheet at a time from the refrigerator. Take off the top layer of parchment paper. Now you are ready to cut out your cookies using your cookie cutter.
Transfer the cookies to a baking sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes. You can sprinkle a little sugar on top of each cookie if you’d like before baking them.
Rotate the sheet halfway through the baking time to ensure the cookies are evenly cooked.
EASY COOKIES AND CREAM ICE CREAM (Recipe Adapted from Cuisinart)
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/8 cups granulated sugar
3 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla
1/4 cup chopped chocolate pieces
1/4 cup crushed cookie pieces
In a medium bowl, stir the cream, milk, sugar and vanilla together until well blended. Pour mixture into the already frozen ice cream bowl. Turn on the machine and let it mix until thickened, about 20 to 25 minutes.
Add in the shaved or chopped chocolate and cookie pieces in the last 5 minutes of the mixing time.
Turn off the machine and allow the ice cream to thicken more in the freezer for an hour.
To Assemble the Ice Cream Sandwiches
Place one of the cookies down on a piece of plastic wrap. (I do this because it’s easier to wrap them to store in freezer)
Place a small scoop of ice cream on top of the cookie.
Cover the ice cream with the second cookie.
Wrap and store in the freezer or enjoy immediately.
TIP: I would definitely recommend allowing the ice cream to firm up before making the ice cream sandwiches. If the ice cream isn’t firm, the cookies will shrink down in the freezer.