Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sweet and Salty Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

4 large chocolate chip peanut butter cookies
1 1/4 cups softened ice cream
1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts
2 tbls chocolate chips

Split the softened ice cream between two of the cookies. Top with the other two cookies. Press together gently so they hold and a little ice cream comes out the sides. Roll them sideways in the chopped nuts and chips. Place in the freezer for at least an hour to harden.

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So here is what I kept hinting at in the peanut butter cookie post. These things were wicked good. I love ice cream sandwiches made with cookies, so making my own was a natural step. This is actually what the original cookie recipe is for, it's "I" in the Alpha Bakery, for ice cream sandwich. It has the cookie recipe and the way to make ice cream sandwiches out of them. But it has you dip half of the sandwich in a weird shortening based ganache kind of thing that I didn't really want anything to do with. So I took a page from the Chipwich book and rolled it in nuts and chocolate instead. I like the contrast of the salty peanuts and sweet ice cream, but if you aren't into sweet and salty you could always use unsalted nuts or just chocolate chips. Here's what you do.

First you need to prep your nuts. I have this awesome mini food processor that attaches to my wand mixer. It's a great little attachment. Please ignore my kung fu grip claw hand. I put some nuts in there, put the top on, attached the mixer base and whirred it around a bit. Got chopped nuts. You could also just use a knife or regular food processor if you wanted. Then I just put a line of that on a paper plate with some chocolate chips. Now take some softened ice cream, soft enough to spread, and plop it onto a cookie. This is why those cookies were so big, regular cookie sized ice cream sandwiches would have been pretty weak. Top it with another cookie and give it a gentle squeeze. You don't want a lot of ice cream coming out, but you do want a little to peek over the edges. That's how you get the stuff to stick. Now roll it in nuts and chocolate. I wound up pushing some of the nut/chocolate mix on by hand, just to make sure I had a good coating. Then back in the freezer to harden up. And that's it kids, homemade ice cream sandwiches. Good frigging times. It's a good one to get kids involved in. If they aren't wicked excited about making their own ice cream sandwiches, prick them with a needle and make sure they bleed. They're probably robots.*

*Disclaimer: Don't really prick your kids with needles. The authorities frown on that. They might be robots too...

25 comments:

Vicki said...

I am so going to make this, but add chopped up bacon candy to the nuts.

tamilyn said...

I have never tried this. Sometimes when I make 'homemade' treats they are used to getting in a box from the store-it doesn't go over too well. BUT-I have to bring dessert to a gathering, so this might be a good thing. It is close enough that they wouldn't melt before getting them into their freezer.

I like to poke the kids with needles......kidding, kidding. I prefer the corn cob holders.....

5 Star Foodie said...

Yum! those do look good! Love the peanut and chocolate flavor together!

Dawn said...

oh boy someone is celebrating summer early this year!
awesome!

DDpie said...

Two? Seriously Bob? You only MADE TWO OF THEM? I think I'd have to have, like, at least half a dozen (just for myself). And I'm affraid I'd poke my kids with a needle if they even got CLOSE to them hehehehehe.

duodishes.com said...

More than the pb and choc combo, we love the sweet/salty together. The peanuts with the ice cream is great. Really...how did you only make 2?

Reeni♥ said...

They look so yummy! I was just watching Giada make some of these, but yours look better!!

noble pig said...

OMG you are kitchen genius and my hero!

Brilliant!

Bob said...

Vicki: Oh wow, that would be amazing.

tamilyn: Yeah, kids can be a pain in the butt like that. My mom made us real mac and cheese once and we wouldn't touch it till she put yellow food coloring in it to make it look like the stuff from the box. ;)

5 Star Foodie: Thanks!

Dawn: Thanks! Heh, I just got a craving, so I had to make them. Hope I'm not pregnant...

DDpie: Yep, only two. But in my defense, they were huge. It took my girlfriend three sittings to eat all of hers. :)

Duo: Sweet and salty is a good time.

Reeni: Thanks! I don't think I've made something that looks better than TV food before. ;)

noble pig: Heh, thanks! :D

Karen said...

Wow, these looks really, really yummy. I like the addition of the salted nuts, too... great idea.

aleta said...

Is this the alpha bakery book that is made by a flour company? I can't remember which one, but we sent away for it with one proof of purchase and $2 when I was a kid . . . and to my knowledge, my mom still has it . . .

Donna-FFW said...

Hi Bob! Thanks for stopping by my bolog.. so nice to meet you. I am subscribing to your feed. I love this place. You have awesome stuff!! I culd really spend some time going through all this goodness and I fully intend to. I love these sandwiches, LOVE!! They look awesome!

Culinary Alchemist said...

OMG!!! Sinful... LUV it!!!

Pierce said...

This rocks. I just added you to my blogroll. Mmmmmmm..Love the needle commnt :)

ChefBliss.com said...

This looks so delicious!! I love peanuts and chocolate together and you have done them true justice!

Bob said...

Karen: Thanks!

aleta: Yep, it's Gold Medal flour. It's a nice little book.

Donna: Hi! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Culinary Alchemist: Thanks, that's the goal. ;)

Pierce: Thanks! It's important to know whose a robot and who isn't. It's also important to be ready for the inevitable zombie attacks. Heh.

ChefBliss: Thanks!

Not Another Omnivore said...

What an awesome food creation! That would be so much fun to make with friends!

NAOmni

ARLENE said...

OMG, I so want one of those!!!

unconfidentialcook said...

Chocolate, peanuts--my fave combo. I'd probably use chocolate-peanut butter ice cream! Can't have too much of a good thing.

Nurit said...

This looks so darn good. I wanted to eat it right out of your hand :)

Stacey Snacks said...

You should sell these!
I'll take a dozen please!

McTasty said...

These look amazing!

Tangled Noodle said...

I need to bake some cookies RIGHT NOW! Where the heck is that ice cream . . . ?!

Spryte said...

OMG!!! YUM!!!!!

Elle said...

Damn! You make me so hungry. Love these!

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