So like most great desserts, this one had inspiration, but in a pretty unusual place!
We’re an Android household. Android phones and I have an Android (Kindle Fire) tablet. Someone has an iPad, but you get the theme–we’re Google folks. So Noel was all abuzz last week because he had heard his phone–the Droid RAZR Maxx was all set to get the new Android operating system.
So the ladies of the house were talking about what to make for dessert for our big 4th of July cookout, while at the same time the guys were talking about the new OS update–Ice Cream Sandwich. And then it was like a light went off–we should make ice cream sandwiches! Big ones, filled with homemade ice cream!
So Noel hit the ice cream maker and Eileen and I hit the mixer. We kept it simple, making two batches of Philadelphia Style (no eggs) Ice Cream and two batches of Toll House Chocolate Chip cookies, sized extra large.
But we made two key alterations that made these recipes work. First off with the ice cream, we made it WAY in advance. If you’ve ever made homemade ice cream, you know that it comes out of the machine super soft. So Noel took his fresh ice cream, packed it in a plastic tub, a put it in the freezer. When he made his second batch the next day, he put that in the tub too. This gave us nice hard ice cream that was perfect for scooping on a hot day.
Second, for the cookies, I subbed out half of the all purpose flour for white whole wheat flour. This may not sound like a big deal, but in my experience, just that bit of whole wheat makes a chewier, softer cookie, which we thought would work better for sandwiching. And it did. Big time!
With a roll in patriotic sprinkles, we had a fantastic and festive 4th treat! We wowed all the neighbors–always my top goal–and had everyone asking for the recipes! A great way to wrap up a summer meal before watching fireworks around a bonfire on the beach with the Alabama Avenue crew!