Oh my goodness, sorry I have been MIA all week. Because I have to work all weekend for a big event at work, I've been playing at being a stay at home mom all week. I have to tell you that I really loved it. Lucas and I had lazy mornings, great adventures and we got lots of chores and errands done. I made a healthy dinner every night. It really was great. It did put a kink in my blogging, though. Sorry!
Last weekend we were invited to a couple of neighborhood parties for Memorial Day weekend. The one on Saturday was a crab feast and I didn't know what side I could take to go with crabs so decided on taking a dessert instead. In about an hour I whipped up these even-more-delicious-than-they-look (and they sure do look delicious, don't they?) homemade ice cream sandwiches. They were a huge hit!
I decided I'd feature them as my Favorite Things Friday so you, too, can be a rock star at your next picnic!
This past weekend, I used my new favorite cookie recipe, Low Fat but Delicious Oatmeal Cookies by Super Healthy Kids. (When I make these for regular cookie eating and not ice cream sandwiches, I add all kinds of goodies like dried cranberries and/or dried blueberries and/or slivered almonds. Yum!!) You can use practically any cookie recipe for the base, though. Chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies would be delicious, too.
If, like me, you are making these all at once and at the last minute, put your cookies in the freezer for a few minutes after they cool a bit out of the oven. You want to make sure they are completely cooled down or the ice cream will melt all over you!
Okay, so make your cookies and cool them completely. Next, prepare your baggies or wraps. I used aluminum foil and so prepared a stack of 12 strips just a bit wider than the cookie. Next, get out your ice cream. You need to work fast here. Place one cookie down on the foil, scoop a bit of ice cream (you really don't need too much!) and top with a cookie. Wrap tightly and begin the process again. After you've made about 4 or 5, put them in the freezer. If your ice cream starts to melt, you may need to put it back in the freezer and take a 10-15 minute break before starting another batch. They key is to work quickly and be ready to take a break if/when the ice cream begins to melt. If you try to scoop melting ice cream onto the cookies the top cookie will slide off and, well, trust me, it is just a big huge mess. Better to just take a break at that point!
I hope this explanation didn't scare you off. It really is incredibly easy to make these awesome homemade ice cream sandwiches and everyone will be totally impressed!