Traditional Ice Cream Sandwiches
You know what's great about making your own ice cream sandwiches? You can use a cake mix and your favorite ice cream to custom make them any way you want!
Make them round, rectangular, square, or any other shape and size you want.
You can also use whatever flavor of ice cream you want.
Who says you have to stick to vanilla, neopolitan, or mint chocolate chip?
Why not try something else like raspberry, caramel, banana, or cinnamon? There are no rules. You can make them any way you want.
Maybe even fancy them up a bit by rolling the edges in something like: cookie crumbs, chocolate sprinkles, colored sprinkles, coconut, nuts, etc. The possibilities are endless.
To get you started though, I have this basic recipe in which I did use a good quality vanilla ice cream that I purchased. Vanilla ice cream and chocolate cookie - can't possibly go wrong with that. It's a classic flavor combo. However, just for fun, next time I think I'll use cheesecake ice cream.
Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies
1 box Dark Chocolate Cake Mix (dark chocolate, not Devil's Food)
1/3 cup margarine
a little bit of flour for rolling out dough
Cream together eggs and margarine, then add cake mix and beat on low speed until a chocolate dough forms. Chill in the refigerator for an hour.
Place ice cream container in refrigerator to soften while you make the cookies.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface as thin as possible (like paper). This is very difficult to do because the dough is so sticky. When I made them, the dough stuck to the counter and I had to carefully scrape them off after cutting them into shapes. You may want to try rolling them out onto an oiled cookie sheet instead. I haven't tried this yet, so I don't know how it will turn out.
Anyway, after you roll them out, use a ruler or something with a straight edge to cut them into bars. Honestly, I was lazy and used the ruler as a straight edge, but didn't really measure. Mine are not all the same size. Works fine for me though.
Next, put them onto an ungreased cookie sheet (remember to space them) and poke holes into each one with a fork.
Bake for 5-6 minutes just until set.
Cool slightly on sheet, then remove from pan to continue cooling on a rack or a piece of foil. ( I don't have a cookie rack, so I use foil.)
Making The Ice Cream Sandwiches
After the cookies have cooled completely, you can start to assemble your sandwich.
- parchment paper or plastic wrap
- softened ice cream
- a butter knife
- an ice cream scoop
Place 2 rounded scoops of ice cream on the bottom cookie. Put the top on and using the parchment paper or plastic wrap between the cookies and your hands, press them together to distribute the ice cream. Be careful not to break the cookies.
Smooth out the edges with the knife.
Wrap the ice cream sandwich in a clean piece of parchment paper or plastic (use parchment paper if you can so you don't get plastic tasting cookies) and place in the freezer until ice cream is firm again. (about 15-20 minutes?)
Repeat until you have as many sandwiches as you want.
To store them longer, fit as many as you can of the wrapped ice cream sandwiches inside a gallon sized freezer bag.Remember to work quickly and put the carton of ice cream back in the freezer periodically so it won't melt.
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