From the Archives: July Sandwich o' the Month! I Scream, You Scream... - Published July 29, 2015
We all scream for ice cream sandwiches! July's Sandwich of the Month is Ice Cream Sandwiches, because it's HOT out! Of course you can make ice cream sandwiches without a recipe, all you need are cookies and ice cream. But we are going to share a cookie recipe you can use that will BLOW YOUR MINDS!
You can use any kind of cookie you want, and the flavor of the cookie will probably help you decide on ice cream flavors and other add-ons. For our cookie, we decided to use our awesome Grandma Gert's famous chocolate chip cookie recipe, because it's THE BEST. To make the cookie more versatile, we left the chocolate chips out so the cookie is kind of like a sugar cookie but with more brown sugar flavor. (Recipe at the end of the post.)
Next, choose your ice cream. We happened to be at our parents' house so we just raided their freezer. They had some vanilla frozen custard, berry gelato, tiramisu gelato, sugar free "Moose Tracks" for dad, and some ancient Pralines and Cream that was so freezer-burned that my mom had to hack away about half of it to find an edible section. We also had some little extras to roll the sandwiches in: chocolate chunks, candy-coated sunflower seeds (from Trader Joe's), blueberries, crushed up cinnamon-sugar cookies, and crushed chocolate-almond bark.
So, to make your sandwiches, just grab two cookies and choose your ice cream. Scoop the ice cream onto one cookie - use as much as you want! You are limited only by how wide you can open your trap to eat the sandwich.
Top with the other cookie and press so that the ice cream flattens out a bit.
If you want to add any extra treats, either roll the sides in the toppings or press them into the sides.
If you're not going to eat your sandwich right away, put it in the freezer. Otherwise, put it in your mouth! You will not regret it! (If you're using a softer ice cream, you may need to put it in the freezer anyway.)
Without further ado, here's the recipe for the BEST COOKIES EVER.
Grandma Gert's Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter (at room temperature)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda (Grandma says make sure it's EXACTLY 1 teaspoon!)
1 teaspoon salt
For chocolate chip cookies:
12 ounce bag chocolate chips (I like to use Trader Joe's chocolate chunks - not only are the delicious but they are cheap!)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (Optional, and not necessary in my opinion! I sometimes like to add extra chocolate chips to make up for no walnuts.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer, beat together butter and both sugars. Beat for awhile, making sure that everything’s mixed together. Add oil and continue to beat. Add egg and vanilla, beating all the time and making sure that the sides are scraped occasionally.
In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the batter, scraping the sides occasionally. Mix thoroughly until all dry ingredients are incorporated into the batter. The dough should be slightly stiff but still creamy. Add the chocolate chips and walnuts if you are using them.
Drop by tablespoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheets and bake until brown (10-12 minutes). If using both racks in oven, switch the cookie sheets halfway during baking. I recommend using a medium sized ice-cream scoop to scoop the dough to keep your cookies uniformly-shaped and round.
There you have it! A favorite family recipe! These cookies also freeze really well and they actually taste really good cold.
Hope you stay cool this summer and enjoy some tasty ice cream sandwiches!
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