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Lemon and English Lavender Ice Cream Sandwiches

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The only thing better than a cookie is two cookies.  And the only better than two cookies is when they are sandwiched together with ice cream in the center.  Wouldn’t you agree?   Besides the fact that ice cream sandwiches are purely indulgent, August 2nd was National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!  To be honest, I don’t know much about it, but if it didn’t exist and even if I were pulling your leg… would it really matter?  I mean what’s the worse thing that could happen?  You make delicious ice cream sandwiches and you and your friends and family get to eat them?  Shew, sounds tragic. hahaLemon-and-English-Lavendar-Ice-Cream-12

I am sorry to report that I don’t have an exact quantity of how many ice cream sandwiches that this recipe will make. You see I got carried away playing around with my food.  I wasn’t happy enough with making chocolate waffle cookies, I used the same batter and make waffle cones and bowls as well.  So if you end up with more cookie dough or extra ice cream, just let me know and I will take it off your hands. :)

You can follow my directions for sizing, shapes, thicknesses, etc. or you can get creative.  If you have a favorite cookie cutter you’d like to use for these sandwiches, definitely use it.  You will be cutting the cookies and the ice cream with it.  Like most everything done in your own kitchen, the beauty of these being homemade is that you can customize them however you’d like.  If you are at all nervous about exploring right off the bat, I recommend following my directions to a “T” so you know what to expect and then you will begin to feel more comfortable with unleashing your inner artist.

waffle-cookies7If you want that rustic look to your ice cream sandwiches, you could simply slap a scoop of ice cream in between two cookies, eat it up and call it good.  And if I were to be eating these all by myself, sitting behind the couch on the floor, thats what I’d do… but then again I share everything I make, not only with my husband but anyone who comes to visit.  And when it comes to presenting raw, gluten-free, dairy-free foods to the typical SAD eater, I want it to be a not only a delicious but a beautiful experience.

Ingredients:

Decorations:

Preparation:

Prepare the ice cream and cookies as indicated in their recipes, except for a few changes.

Ice cream:

  1. Follow the directions on how to make the ice cream, following it all the way up to the point of how to store it.  Then come back here.
  2. Line the bottom baking pan with parchment paper, allowing it to overhang on two sides (it will act as a sling for the ice cream).  Spread the softened ice cream into the pan, smooth the top and freeze for about one hour or until completely frozen.  Aim for about 1/2 – 1 ” thick ice cream layer.

Waffle Cookies:

  1. Create the cookies and dehydrate them as instructed.  Allow them to cool to room air before decorating.
  2. Dollop a teaspoon of melted chocolate on top of the cookie or dip one-half of it into the chocolate.  If dipping, scrape the excess chocolate off from the bottom of the cookie along the edge of the bowl that holds the chocolate so that it can fall back into the chocolate.
  3. Place on wax paper.  Sprinkle the decorations on top and allow the chocolate to set up.  Remember – you want an equal number of tops and bottoms to form the sandwiches.

Assembly: 

  1. Have  plastic wrap and freezer-proof containers ready to go.
  2. Line up all the bottom cookies in front of you with the decorated tops off to the side.
  3. Remove the ice cream from the freezer and run a knife along the exposed sides of the pan to loosen the ice cream.  Holding onto the wax or parchment paper, lift ice cream out of the pan and onto the work surface.  Use the same mold that you used to make the cookie cut outs and cut out circles of ice cream.
  4. Place the ice cream disc on the bottom cookies.  If at any point your ice cream begins to soften, just slide it back into the freezer for a bit and it will become easy to work with again.  Things could get sticky!
  5. Place the top decorated cookie on top of the ice cream and gently press down.
  6. Wrap each ice cream sandwich in plastic and place in the freezer-proof container.
  7. Freeze until just before serving.

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Prepare the cookie tops.  Decorate however you see fit.
Be sure to have a plain bottom paired with each top,
to ensure that your ice cream sandwiches don’t go top or bottomless!

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Or go rustic…

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3 thoughts on “Lemon and English Lavender Ice Cream Sandwiches

  1. Elzbieta says:

    Sue,

    Where can I find ice cream disc and what is the yellow string on the cookie?

  2. Elzbieta says:

    Duh me, found it! Thanks

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