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I am not sure where you are living but here in New York, we have been having high 80s to low 90s for temperatures. This is when these Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches will be a delight to all that eat them. They are not only delicious but fun too. They are great for a summer’s day or a birthday party celebration.
What Cookie Recipe Should I Use?
The cookie recipe I used was from this recipe, but I will repeat it here for you below. If you want to have a variety you can also make plain chocolate chip cookies. Honestly it is all up to you.
Where Did the Idea of an Ice Cream Sandwich Come From?
From the book, Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making by Jeri Quinzio, the ice cream sandwich was created in 1899 by an unknown pushcart peddler in the Bowery neighborhood of New York City. These sandwiches were made of vanilla ice cream pressed between two thin graham wafers.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cups M&M’s
- 1/2 cup miniature M&M’s
- Any ice cream but we chose vanilla
You will also need:
- Baking sheets
- Large mixing bowl
- Hand or stand mixer
- Ice cream scoop
- Parchment paper
- Ziplock bags
1. Preheat your oven to 350° and line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large mixing bowl, use a hand or stand mixer to mix together the brown sugar, sugar, and butter.
3. Mix in 2 eggs.
4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking soda and slowly mix it into your wet ingredients.
5. Fold in the regular M&M’s.
6. Scoop out your cookie dough into golf ball-sized scoop, roll into small balls, and place on your baking pan.
7. Bake for 10 minutes and freeze for about an hour.
8. Add a scoop of ice cream to the bottom center of one cookie and press the bottom of another cookie onto the ice cream.
9. Smooth out the sides of the ice cream or roll the sides in miniature M&M’s and wrap and store in an air tighter freezer bag.
Additional time is for the cookies in the freezer before putting the ice cream between them.
You can use any flavor ice cream you would like.
What You Might Not Know About Ice Cream Sandwiches
August 2 is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, and this year marks the delicious treat’s 121st birthday. What makes an ice cream sandwich? Here in America, it’s typically ice cream put between two chocolate wafer-like pieces with holes punched in them, but you can use any type of cookies, and a number of other treats as the “bread” of the sandwich.
The Food Network says the earliest ice cream sandwich recipe was made with two slices of sponge cake and not biscuits.
Ice cream sandwiches started out as a cheap treat, but were sold on the streets to the working-class individuals. Down the road fancy restaurants started serving them on a plate with a fork and knife. They were known to say they were better than the ones sold on the streets.
The first ice cream cookie sandwiches were born and sold in San Francisco in 1928. They took two oatmeal cookies and put ice cream in between them. They then dipped them into chocolate and a new kind of ice cream sandwich cookie was created.
As time went on, different places started rolling them in chocolate jimmies, crushed nuts and/or candies. The possibilities are quite endless.