I teased you guys with this picture on Facebook and Instagram and few days ago. I'm just now finally getting to posting the recipe. Trust me... it was worth the wait!
Dave and I recently went to Asheville on our "eat vacation". One of the best things we ate were these ice cream sandwiches from the street cart called Sunshine Sammies. If you are in Asheville, you need to RUN to this place!
Ever since we got back, I have had ice cream sandwiches on the brain. I really want to try and create a soft chewy cookie like the ones we had eaten in Asheville.
I came across a recipe by Alton Brown for chewy chocolate chip cookies. After watching the video, I learned there are three key ingredients to making a cookie chewy: dark brown sugar, egg yolk and bread flour (extra gluten).
These ice cream sandwiches turned put perfect. The cookie is soft, chewy and dense but not overly rich.
Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
Yield 15 LARGE ice cream sandwiches
Adapted from Alton Brown's chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe
16 ounces unsalted butter
4 1/2 c. bread flour (I used King Arthur)
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa (I used Valhorna Cocoa powder)
1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 1/2 c. dark brown sugar (the darker the sugar the chewier the cookie)
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 ounces of whole milk
3 tsp vanilla extract
1 Gallon of Ice Cream (2 typical containers- any flavor)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt the butter and set aside to cool.
Mix flour, salt, soda, and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl.
Add butter to stand mixer and add granulated and brown sugar. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Whisk eggs, yolks, milk, and vanilla- I just did this in a large glass measuring cup.
Add egg mixture to the butter mixture slowly beating on low speed, until throughly combined.
Gradually add flour mixture to the butter/egg mixture on low speed. You will need to scrap the sides and bottom frequently.
Line two very shallow 9"x13" pans (I actually used disposable pans from the grocery store) with parchment paper- this is key to getting the cookie off the pan without breaking.
Scrape half the dough in to each pan. It is very thick batter so spread the batter out to the edges and as evenly as you can get it.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Check doneness by using a fork or toothpick. Since it's a shallow pan they baked quickly.
Then let cool completely. You do not want your ice cream to melt!
Once cooled, scoop ice cream on to one layer. I used two different flavors for variety. Just be aware of how you cut them otherwise you will have some that are a mix of two flavors. Which is good too!
You also want to make sure you have ice cream all the way to the edge otherwise the sandwiches on the edge will not have enough ice cream.
I used chocolate and vanilla. You could use anything that goes with chocolate- salted caramel, mint, strawberry, etc. Or you could make your own ice cream! Just remember the quality of ice cream will affect the quality of your ice cream sandwich!
Once you have all the ice cream scooped out on to the one layer then you can use a piece of wax paper or parchment paer to smooth out the ice cream. Then you want to put the top layer on. This is why you want to use parchment paper. I actually lifted the layer and flip it over back on to the pan so that the "pretty side" was on the top of the ice cream sandwich.
Once you put the top layer on- be careful to not break the cookie layer but press GENTLY on it. Then freeze for at least two hours (I did mine over night).
Then it's time to cut them and wrap them!
I used a sharp serated knife. They are easier to cut when they have melted a little bit but you don't want them to melt too much otherwise it just makes a mess! You can stick part of them back in the freezer as you work.
Cut into desired size squares and wrap with wax paper and store in a freezer ziploc bag in the freezer. I noticed after three days the cookie is not as soft but still delicious!
ENJOY! If you make these yummy ice cream sandwiches, please come back and post a comment below and let me know what flavor combination you made and how much you enjoyed them!