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You Asked For It: The Best Ice Cream Sandwich Ever

I would love a cookie recipe to make ice cream sandwiches. Many recipes result in thin cookies that break when you assemble an ice cream sandwich.

Nancy Shivers, Tampa

Ice cream sandwiches have come a long way over the years, and I'm not sure there are any better ones than homemade. Before assembling the cookie sandwiches from the recipe sent in by Cindy Shea of Spring Hill, I had to sample one to make sure it was good before moving on. Well, they are good, and in the words of my son, "It's like a brownie with M&Ms." I assembled some sandwiches using vanilla ice cream, but your favorite will work too. This is a cookie that stands up to the gentle pressure to flatten the ice cream. I assembled many and none of the cookies broke. When scooping the batter onto the baking sheets make sure you have an even number of cookies. (Or you'll just have to eat the extra one.) I baked 18 cookies, which made nine ice cream sandwiches. Cindy's recipe says to expect about 15 ice cream sandwiches. I used a rather large scoop for the cookie dough, hence fewer cookies. The dough is very stiff, so use some elbow grease to mix in the M&Ms. Using a scoop ensures the cookies will be the same size, making uniform ice cream sandwiches. The first batch was a puffy cookie. The dough did not spread as much for the second batch. I flattened each scoop lightly. If you're not a fan of M&Ms you could omit them or substitute nuts, chocolate or white chocolate chips, Reese's Pieces or peanut butter chips. My kids suggested rolling the edges in mini chocolate chips.

Recipe request

Carol Toscano of Dunedin recently had breakfast at the Wildflower Café in Clearwater and would like the recipe for the stuffed French toast. She says it was wonderful. St. Petersburg resident Dana Gilbert-Hangartner wonders if any readers have recipes or ideas to share for dishes that can be cooked on a George Foreman indoor grill. She would welcome recipes for seafood, beef or chicken.

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The Best Ice Cream Sandwich Ever

cup butter, softened

cup firmly packed light brown sugar

cup sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ cups candy-coated chocolate pieces, such as M&M's

Ice cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat butter and sugars at medium speed with an electric mixer for 4 minutes or until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until blended.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended. Stir in candy-coated pieces just until combined. Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls onto greased aluminum foil or parchment-lined baking sheets.

Bake, in batches, at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks and let cool completely, about 15 minutes.

Place a small scoop of ice cream between 2 cookies. Press together gently; serve immediately or wrap in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and freeze until ready to serve.

Makes 18 cookies; nine ice cream sandwiches. (Smaller cookies will yield more ice cream sandwiches.)

Source: Cindy Shea of Spring Hill

You Asked For It: The Best Ice Cream Sandwich Ever 08/14/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 4:30am]

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