My unofficial Valentine “sweet week” continues today with a fun throw back style treat: Ice Cream Sandwiches. These are pretty in pink and all dressed up for the holiday. I remember growing up I used to love an ice cream sandwich, especially the one called “the big wheel.” Do you remember those? What’s not to love about ice cream, cookies, and sprinkles? It’s a trifecta of dessert deliciousness.
We have a giant snow storm that is supposed to hit tomorrow (they are calling for 18 – 30 inches of snow, which for Virginia is a lot) and I did my grocery shopping early in the week to avoid the mad rush as the storm grew closer. While grabbing a few items from the refrigerated section my eyes happen to glance over and see a darling pack of ready to bake heart shaped cookies! Best of all they have two colors, plain and pink! Now that’s what I call a storm necessity!
Seriously though, I knew right away that my daughter and I would have so much fun with these, and since they are ready to bake I knew they’d be a perfect activity to do after work/school when time is tight but we still want to do something “fun” together. To make, we simply placed them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and baked them for 9 minutes. While the cookies are cooling on a rack, I pulled out the ice cream so it could begin to soften just a little bit.
One thing I like about baking cookies on parchment paper is that when you pull them out of the oven you can slide the paper right onto the cooling rack and you don’t have to fiddle with the cookies yet. Sometimes when I am eager to get the cookies off the baking sheet, I will try to gently slide the spatula under the cookie, but it can grab and scrunch up the hot treat. Have you had that happen? By leaving it on the paper to cool it all works out nicely and the paper cools almost immediately on the rack so it’s a win-win.
Once the cookies have cooled and the ice cream is a little bit soft (but not too soft) turn one cookie over (so the “right” side is face down) and place a small scoop of ice cream onto your cookie. Then top with a second cookie, right side up. For a little extra flourish I poured a few sprinkles onto a plate and dipped the sides of the cookie into. So simple and yet it looks so whimsical and charming.
Serve these immediately since the ice cream will keep on melting. Fortunately, even the melted ice cream is tasty for dipping the cookie into, so nothing is lost here.
I hope you are enjoying these simple dessert ideas that I’m sharing this week. So far we’ve had White Chocolate & Strawberry Crescent rolls, No-bake Strawberry Shortcake, and today’s Heart Ice Cream Sandwiches. I plan to share another dessert tomorrow so I hope you’ll stop back in. I’m praying we won’t loose power, but I’ll try to get my post done early so it can go up no matter what the weather decides to do here and you can keep enjoying these simple confections. Stay warm and safe my friends, and as always…