My husband recently bought me ice cream sandwich molds from Williams Sonoma. They are so cute. One is a star, one is a pig, and one is a cow. I like the cow best, because I can say the cow is happy because the sandwiches are vegan! Because, really, animal abuse sucks.
Here are the molds:
If you don't have ice cream sandwich molds--and who does? except me!--you can get creative with cookie cutters. You could even just cut the ends off a short (washed out!) can and use that to pack your sandwich. Just use the back of a spoon to squish the cookie down, then the ice cream, then pack the cookie on top. Maybe cut a round of waxed paper for the top and press down to even it all out. Get creative. I know you can.
Anyway, tonight we made sandwiches for the first time. I used brownies for the cookie part of the sandwich. You could use any kind of cookie you wanted, really. For the filling, we used vanilla ice cream. I was in the mood for something traditional, you know?
Our ice cream was too soft, we discovered, and the sandwiches didn't turn out as pretty as I'd hoped. But they are still tasty. And they look comforting and homemade. That counts for something, right? Here are pictures of our sandwiches:
Here's a picture of what the folks at Williams Sonoma think you can do:
I'm so excited about the prospect of more ice cream sandwiches. I've got so many ideas for cookie/filling combinations. Like...
gingerbread cookie / spiced apple ice cream
brownie / peanut butter ice cream
brownie / raspberry ice cream
brownie / mint chocolate chip ice cream
blondie / chocolate ice cream
blondie / strawberry ice cream
peanut butter cookie / chocolate ice cream
oatmeal cookie / coffee ice cream
The possibilities are endless!