Sunday, September 17, 2006

Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches!

While there are many excellent pre-made vegan ice cream sandwiches on the market (I'm thinking of Soy Delicious here), how much fun would it be to make your own? Too much fun!

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:


Yeah. Right.

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!

16 comments:

  1. stick 'em back in the freezer for a little bit before unpacking and eating.

    they look tasty anyway. :-)

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  2. Yeah, I think I'll have to do that next time. Or just start with colder ice cream. It'd been sitting on the counter while I dealt with the brownies.

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  3. Anonymous9:18 AM

    I just found your blog! It is perhaps the most fantastic thing existing on the internet! :)

    Homemadge vegan ice cream with recipes and drool worth pics. It does not get any better!

    Nikki

    http://iloveheeze.blogspot.com

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  4. Damn blogger. I just typed a huge comment and it ate it. Ugh!

    Anyway, I'm so glad I found your blog. I'm already in LOVE and can't wait to spend more time browsing. I just made vegan basil ice cream which was really quite good. You can check out my blog for photo & recipe. http://vivaciousvegan.blogspot.com

    The cookie cutters are adorable but if someone bought these and they're not a vegan it's kind of creepy.

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  5. Anonymous10:29 AM

    I have been experimenting with making my own vegan ice cream for a while and am happy to find your blog with new recipes to try. One question: How do you get it to be creamy and scoopable right out of the freezer? Whenever I make it, it gets really hard and icy when frozen. :(

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  6. Anonymous11:28 AM

    Crystal from Vivacious Vegan told me to RUN over to your website. I am so glad I did! Words cannot express how much I love ice cream and I think it is super-awesome that you have an ice cream blog (vegan of course). I love all these ideas and I can't wait to see what else you make.

    Thank you for creating this amazing blog! ~Leslie~

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  7. RE: Jennifer's question about making ice cream soft out of the freezer.

    Usually my ice cream is kind of hard right out of the freezer, but I just zap in the microwave for 10 seconds to warm it up.

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  8. Anonymous5:56 PM

    I'm glad I found your blog... My mouth is sooo watering right now--I haven't had an ice cream sandwich, or even a brownie for that matter, in ages, and I think I gained weight just looking at your photos! I love the cute little molds!

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  9. oh goodness....those molds are very cute and the ones you made look *perfect*!

    the idea of the gingerbread cookie/spiced apple ice cream has my mouth watering.

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  10. WOW! Can these pics look any yummier?? I WANT ICECREAM NOW! :D

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  11. "Yeah, right" is right. Yours look much more realistic v. those perfect models below that only Martha could make.

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  12. Aw, shucks! Thanks for the nice words, Brad!

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  13. Anonymous9:51 AM

    Your blog is awesome! I love your photographs. This and cupcakes are very dangerous to my diet. :)
    Cherie

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  14. hello from italy, where can I buy those lovely ice cream sandwich molds?
    I am dieing to make lovely vegan icecreams....

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  15. I have those molds too! they're great. You can get them to look like the Williams Sonoma sandwiches if you freeze them in the molds. I've had success with that. THey're fun.

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  16. Ha, why do the people who make things always show you these super perfect looking finished products?

    Not once have I ever got something looking like it does in the picture. :-|

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