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.
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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