Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Nothing quite stirs up the nostalgia of childhood summers like that first chilly bite into a sweet, ice cream cookie sandwich. I can remember running down the street after the ice cream truck to claim the delicious prize of creamy vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chewy chocolate chip cookies. But though the ice cream truck’s version was always delicious…it didn’t hold a candle to the chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches that my Grandparents often bought my cousins, brother and I every Tuesday afternoon at the country club pool after our weekly golf lessons. In retrospect, the packaged ice cream sandwiches we were privied to at the country club were most likely the exact same ones offered by the ice cream man.Yet there was something special about biting into those frosty desserts together, each attempting to catch every drizzle of ice cream before it melted down our tiny tanned arms. That was what summer was to us growing up. Summer meant piling into the back of my Grandpa’s car, singing made up songs along the way, and really looking forward to the ice cream after the golf lessons rather than the lessons themselves. I’m not sure if it was much of a secret that none of us really loved golf all that much. But a whole day of the 5 of us together, swimming, making up games & songs, and running around the course catching frogs was something each of us looked forward to every week.

 

Oddly enough, my first job out of college was at another country club, and I found myself spending my summer days running around a golf course once again. Yet this time, I was managing the junior golf events rather than partaking in them. All my coworkers dreaded the day the kids took over the club each week due to the utter chaos it often brought. I dreaded it for a different reason. Seeing all the little golfers made me ache for that time in my life. When I got to see my cousins and brother nonstop every week and both my Grandparents were safely buckled in the front seat of the car. And I still miss it. But I realize now, we have new memories, and new traditions to look forward to. We’ve all grown up and our discussions of frog catching and ice cream have been quietly replaced by discussions about our jobs, our friends, and our “grown up” lives. Yet some of our childhood activities have found a way into these “grown up” lives of ours… We still sing songs together, seeing as Meghan has the ability to rap like T Pain quite well. And we still make up ridiculous games…like our most recent family party drinking game based upon our family member’s signature traits. So despite the fact that the days of junior golf have slowly faded into memories, I know we have many, many more memories to make.

Ingredients: Cookie Recipe Adapted from Sugar Plum Blog; Makes 20 small cookies, or 10 ice cream sandwiches

  • 1 stick butter, divided
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Filling:
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream (or ice cream flavor of your choice)
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Preparation:

  1. Place 4 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat; Stirring occasionally until butter begins to bubble and brown (about 3 minutes); set aside
  2. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking soda & salt together
  3. Work remaining 4 tablespoons butter into flour mixture with your hands or a pastry blender until mixture resembles pea sized lumps
  4. In another large bowl, place sugars & melted browned butter and beat with an electric mixer until well combined
  5. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined
  6. Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat until soft dough forms
  7. Stir in chocolate chips
  8. Scoop dough by the tablespoon onto a greased cookie sheet and refrigerate overnight
  9. Bake cookies at 375 for 10 minutes
  10. After cookies have cooled completely, scoop a tablespoon of ice cream onto a cookie and place another cookie on top
  11. Roll cookie sandwich in mini chocolate chips, and repeat with remaining cookies
  12. Freeze all cookie sandwiches at least 30 minutes before serving

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