Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

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Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
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This recipe involves two steps -- mixing the cookie dough and filling the baked cookies with ice cream. The results are worth the effort: The finished product looks like store-bought ice cream sandwiches but tastes even better!

What you'll need

  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Half-gallon carton vanilla ice cream

How to make it

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, cream the margarine and brown sugar (using margarine instead of butter and brown sugar instead of granulated sugar produces a chewy, soft cookie). Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla extract.

  2. In a separate bowl, stir the cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add to the margarine mixture. Beat until well combined. Gather the dough into a ball and chill for at least 1 hour.

  3. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thick. Use a ruler and a sharp knife to cut out rectangular pieces. (We made large cookies, about 2 1/4 by 5 inches, but you can make them smaller.)

  4. Transfer the cookie rectangles with a spatula to an ungreased baking pan. Ask your child to use the tines of a fork to make patterns on the cookies.

  5. Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool on a cooling rack.

  6. Meanwhile, cut rectangular blocks from the ice cream. To do this, peel back the half-gallon carton from the ice cream, and cut 1/2-inch-thick slabs that are roughly the dimensions of your baked cookies. Return the blocks to the freezer.

  7. Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches Step 7

    Once the cookies have thoroughly cooled, place one ice cream block between two cookies. Trim the sides with a knife, wrap the sandwich in foil, and freeze for several hours. Repeat until you have used all the cookies and ice cream. Makes enough dough for 6 large sandwiches.

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