These homemade ice cream sandwiches can be made the day before a gathering and they make the most impressive, yet simple, delightfulistic summer treat.
Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or, better yet, the scrape out the insides of one vanilla bean)
- Approx. 5-6 pounds ice cubes, for chilling during churning
- 2 cups Ice cream salt, for chilling during churning
Put all ingredients into ice cream canister and stir well. Place the blade in and lid on canister tightly so that no ice cream salts get inside.
Finish putting ice cream maker together completely. Plug in the machine to make sure everything is set up correctly. If successful, unplug the motor for now and go to the next step.
Place ice all around the bottom of the canister. Carefully pour a layer of ice cream salt over the ice. Continue these layers until you reach the top of the canister. Attach motor again and plug ice cream maker and allow it to churn until it stops (or almost stops) on its own. This will take about 20-40 minutes.
After the vanilla ice cream is done churning, quickly place into an air-tight container and store in freezer overnight so it can harden.
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Preheat oven to 350F.
- 1 cup butter
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
Cream butter, oil, and sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix in remaining ingredients until well-combined dough.
Use a regular size (about 1/3 cup) ice cream scoop to create cookies. Make sure to level each scoop then place on a half-sheet baking pan lined with parchment paper. You can fit six to a tray. Bake each tray for about 9 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool completely before filling with ice cream. If making cookies the night before serving, they can just be covered with a towel until you are ready to assemble.
Assembling the Ice Cream Sandwiches
The next day, place one cookie upside down and top with one scoop of ice cream. Place second cookie right side up on top of the ice cream scoop. Place in a baggy and immediately freeze again until ready to serve. Continue until all cookies are put together.
If you like, you can coat edges of ice cream with sprinkles or chopped nuts for your splurging pleasure. After all, it’s your sammich. You can splurge if you want to.