Blog Cool Treats
Since 1984, July has been National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday in July is National Ice Cream Day. (July is also the official month for baked beans, horseradish, and the Tour de France, but I'd rather celebrate ice cream.) I don't believe there's a bad way to eat ice cream, but an ice cream sandwich is one of the nicest, and it's easy to make your own.
Bake a batch of cookies, cut in a simple shape (our ice cream cone cutter is perfect for this; other good shapes include a seashell, heart, or sunflower). Don't overbake the cookies; you don't want them to be too brittle. Soften some cream very slightly (scoop it into the bowl of a standing mixer or a large bowl and stir so it softens evenly). Spread a couple of spoonfuls on the underside of one cookie, top with a second cookie, and press lightly. Place the cookie sandwiches on a tray and freeze them until firm, then eat or wrap until needed. If you like, you can bake the cookies ahead of time, then wrap and freeze them so they're at the ready when the ice-cream sandwich mood strikes you.
Store-bought ice cream works perfectly fine (as long as it's not too "airy"), but homemade makes them more special. And if you want to gild the lily a bit, you can melt some chocolate and drizzle it over the sandwiches before freezing them.
Of course you could just eat a bowl of ice cream with a cookie on the side, but there's something about being able to hold the ice cream in your hand and get a little crunch along with each bite of frozen creaminess that makes eating an ice cream sandwich a real treat.
Here are some of my favorite cookie and ice cream flavor combinations:
– Chocolate cookies with chocolate, peppermint, or coffee ice cream
– Lemon cookies with blueberry, strawberry, or black raspberry ice cream
– Vanilla cookies with maple walnut or butter pecan ice cream
– Almond cookies with peach ice cream
Can you think of any more—what are your favorites?