Monday, August 13, 2012

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Today, we have a guest foodie!! My own 7 year old daughter, Maisie. She really is such a good little helper in the kitchen. She is an adventurous eater and we love trying new things together. A few months ago, she got a new cookbook called "the kid's cookbook" by Williams-Sonoma. She made these Ice Cream Sandwiches all by herself - and was so proud. She even came up with the idea of adding sprinkles to the outside of the sammie.

Here she goes: These are good and messy too! I used mint chocolate chip ice cream for the filling - one of my favorites. Give these a try - your kids will love them.

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
1 t butter
3/4 c butter
3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 c sugar
3 eggs
2 t vanilla extract
1 1/2 c flour
pinch of salt
1 qt ice cream - your choice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13" pan with aluminum foil. Lightly grease with butter.

Put the 3/4 butter into a large saucepan and set it over medium heat. Stir with a whisk just until the butter is melted. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add cocoa powder. Whisk until the mixture is smooth and no lumps remain. Add the sugar and continue whisking until well blended. Let the mixture cool for about 2 minutes.

Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until well blended. Add the flour and salt. Using a rubber spatula, stir until the batter is blended. Scrape down the sides of the saucepan as needed.

Scrape the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread evenly. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

*Using the ends of the foil, lift the brownie from the pan and set it on the cutting board. Cut the brownie in half lengthwise. Carefully loosen both halves from the foil. Using the spatula, spread the softened ice cream evenly over one half of the brownie into a layer about 1 inch thick. Top with the other half of the brownie and press down gently. Wrap in the foil. Freeze until hard, about 6 hours.

Peel away the foil and cut into 8 - 10 sandwiches. Serve immediately. You can also wrap the sandwiches in plastic wrap and store them in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

*Instead of doing it that way, my Mom cut the brownie in half lengthwise for me. Then we used cookie cutters to give our brownies fun shapes (the one pictured is a circle). Then scooped ice cream on one side and topped with the other side. Then we added sprinkles around the side:)

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