Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

It's officially the first day of summer and we have a perfect 75 degrees here with a beautiful clear blue sky:)

On Father's day my husband barbecued some steaks, and with it we had a green salad, potato salad, beans and garlic bread.  Pretty yummy, but the best was yet to come...dessert!
I decided to make ice cream sandwiches using two types of cookies to sandwich the vanilla bean ice cream. My husband's favorite cookie is ginger, so it was the perfect opportunity to use "The Best Ginger Cookies Ever" recipe from one of my newer  cookbook purcahses,  Sugar Baby by Gesine Bullock-Prado (to avoid slaughtering the correct pronunciation of her first name, click here).

My cookies did not turn out as beautifully as Gesine's, but actually their outcome( a bit on the flat side) worked out well for ice cream sandwiches, and their taste was delicious! Jim loved them! I saved some of the cookies to use as the crust for a future treat:)

I also made some oatmeal raisin cookies,  but will spotlight the ginger cookies for now.

The Best Ginger Cookies Ever
(From the book, Sugar Baby by Gesine Bullock-Prado)


2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cups molasses
2 eggs
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 cup chopped crystallized ginger (I only had 1/2 cup on hand)
1 cup sanding sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and molasses until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, incorporating well after each addition.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. With the mixer on low speed, gently add the flour mixture until just incorporated. Be very careful not to overmix. Fold in the crystallized ginger and chill the dough, covered, for a few hours or overnight. ( I chilled the dough overnight.)
  3. Using a large cookie scoop, scoop the cookies and dip them in sanding sugar so that they are completely coated. Place the cookies on a parchment-lined sheet pan, spacing them 2 inches apart to allow for spreading.  (Stoneware baking sheets were used~no parchment needed).
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes. The cookies will crack a bit but should still be soft in the middle. Place on wire racks to cool. Makes about 30 cookies.  (My oven took about 18 minutes.)
This treat is a good way to celebrate summer, especially with the ginger cookies~chewy, flavorful and yummy!

P.S. The cute little ice cream sandwich bags are from Sweet Art Factory.

Enjoy your summer!

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  1. I use to love the frozen chocolate chip cookie treat with the ice cream in the middle. I think they were called Big Otis.

  2. Questi poi sono irresistibili Sue e anche qui finalmente è arrivato il caldo ;) quindi sono dei biscottini perfetti!

  3. cute! i want to bite it.. Sue, is it hard to assembly an ice cream cookie sandwiches? i wonder if the ice cream has to be sitted in a room temperature for a while or you can assemble it directly from the freezer?

  4. Mmmmm those look so creamy and yummy. I am so jealous it is cold here and I am wishing it was summer here so I could eat a batch of drippy melty icecream cookies.

  5. I couldn't think of a better way to top off what sounded like a great dinner on a beautiful day! They look wonderful and the ginger cookies must have know that they were going to needed to make the perfect ice cream sandwich, that's why they kept themselves nice and flat :) Looking forward to the next treat you make with them.

  6. It has been raining all bloody week over here...even now...still raining...oh man...that's just too much.
    Those cute sandwich cookies would definitely brighten up any gloomy day!

  7. These are so so cute!! The sprinkles on the side just take the cute factor to the next level. And I love the ice cream sandwich bags! We are finally getting warmer weather, these would be perfect for 4th of july!

  8. Have a great Summer, Sue! I am sure Summer will inspire you to post many delicious fruit desserts, can't wait :-)

    Meanwhile, these ginger cookies just fit the vanilla ice cream so well, look so wonderful and yummy...

  9. You Father's day sounds yummy Sue! What a sweet way to end the meal. I need to make some ice cream sandwiches now. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Enjoy your beautiful weather.

  10. Sue - your ice cream sandwiches look so pretty and delicious! What a great summer recipe. The ginger cookies sound fab too!


    Posting as anonymous b/c Blogger won't let me comment...Grrr...

  11. Your ice-cream sandwiches look so pretty! I love ginger cookies and can't wait to try this recipe sometime! :)

  12. What a sweet treat to make for your hubby :) They look delicious and your pictures are beautiful.

  13. Ginger cookies are some of my favs and wow you made them even better with ice cream!

  14. I love ice cream sandwiches and these look amazing!! The little bags are so adorable too. I love how you did the sprinkles and choc. chips around the edges.

  15. These look great, I like them like this with a thin cookie..YUM! :D

  16. Too cute... my girlies love ice cream sandwiches! I'm going to have to try your cookie recipe!

  17. Another great recipe from you! Totally love this idea, who would not love an ice cream cookie sandwich..??!!

  18. Sue, these look so yummy. I do love a good ginger cookie -- I have been using a Betty Crocker recipe for years. There are a few places in Utah that serve ice cream cookie sandwiches -- yum! I have been toying with making some for an upcoming Activity Days Mother-Daughter party -- like an ice cream bar but with cookies. Your pics as usual are so pretty. Joni

  19. My son and his friends will love these cookies sandwiches! This is such a great summer treat!

  20. Ginger and vanilla bean sound like a perfect combination for an ice cream sandwich. What a nice way to celebrate summer!

  21. Yes, please. I could eat these for breakfast!

  22. Sue these look wonderful! We love ice cream sandwiches! Who wouldn't? Ice cream? Cookies? A marriage made in heaven!

  23. These look brilliant, ice-cream sandwiches are so cute. x

  24. Can I come over to your house pweeeeeze!