With dinner done on this cool summer night, I planned for a sweet treat of chocolate chunk cookie ice cream sandwiches.
Ice cream sandwiches are handheld desserts consisting of a slice of usually vanilla ice cream, with a small layer of a soft cake-like chocolate pastry or cookie on the top and bottom.
The ice cream sandwich was probably invented in the summer of 1900 on the Lower East Side of New York City. The Washington Post contains this store from the New York Tribune: “The ice cream sandwich man, who sells quarter-inch layers of alleged ice cream between tiny slabs of water wafers, did a big business during the hot spell and his field of operation was within the district inhabited by the Russians, and his pushcart was elaborately decorated with signs in Hebrew characters. He made the sandwiches quickly in a tin mold, and was kept so busy that he could not make change, but insisted on receiving the actual price for each ice cream sandwich – 1 cent.”
Here is the chocolate chunk cookie recipe I made, which was then filled with ice cream & frozen for chocolate cookie ice cream sandwiches:
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups chocolate chunk chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a bowl, stir together flour, salt, and baking soda.
In another large bowl. stir together butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla and cocoa.
Gradually stir flour mixture into butter mixture.
Mix until combined.
Stir in chocolate chunk chips until they are evenly distributed.
Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets (or parchment paper lined sheet).
Bake about 10 minutes.
Cool on a baking rack.
For ice cream sandwiches:
Place a dollop of your preferred ice cream flavor between 2 cookies.
Press cookies firmly together to create a sandwich.
Work quickly and place sandwiches in a freezer safe container.
Freeze sandwiches to firm up ice cream.