It's Almost It - Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ever had Its-It ice cream sandwiches? They are a San Francisco original and so delicious!




I love them so much that I had to try making them at home. This recipe is my attempt. I happen to think they turned out good. However, I used chocolate chips in my cookies instead of raisins.

What's cool about making your own, is that you can vary the sizes and coat them with as much or as little chocolate as you want.

See what I mean?



Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

2 sticks of softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream together butter and sugars. Beat eggs and vanilla. Add to butter and sugar.

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and cinnamon and add to wet ingredients. Stir in oatmeal then chocolate chips.

Roll dough into 2" balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten the cookies slightly and evenly.

*To make smaller cookies, just make the balls with less dough.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Let cool.






Making The Ice Cream Sandwiches



After the cookies have cooled completely, you can start to assemble your sandwich.

You'll Need:

  • waxed paper

  • softened vanilla ice cream (take out of freezer 10 min. ahead)

  • a butter knife

  • an ice cream scoop

Place 1 rounded scoop of vanilla ice cream on the bottom cookie. Put the top on and using the waxed paper between the cookies and your hands, press them together to distribute the ice cream. Smooth out the edges with the knife.

Wrap the ice cream sandwich in a clean piece of waxed paper and place in the freezer until ice cream is firm again. (about 15 minutes) Repeat until you have as many sandwiches as you want.


Remember to work quickly and put the carton of ice cream back in the freezer periodically so it won't melt.






Coating With Chocolate



You'll Need:


  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 2 tsp vegetable shortening

  • a small glass bowl

  • wooden spoon and pastry brush

  • plastic wrap and gallon size freezer bag


In the microwave, melt chocolate and shortening in the bowl on high for 1 minute. Stir. If needed, microwave on high for 15 seconds and stir again. Stir after each 15 second interval, heating and stirring until chocolate is melted and smooth.

Work with one sandwich at a time. Take one out of the freezer, unwrap and set it back on the wax paper.

Dip the pastry brush in chocolate and carefully paint the chocolate onto the top cookie and sides. Put back in the freezer until chocolate hardens. Repeat with other sandwiches.

When they are set, coat the bottom one at a time, and return to freezer. When chocolate is set, wrap each sandwich in waxed paper or plastic wrap and store in a gallon size freezer bag. Put back into the freezer or eat immediately.




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