The other day I couldn’t stop thinking about these chocolate cookies my Mom used to make when I was a kid. They were very simple to make and so very yummy to eat. She often used them to make homemade ice cream sandwiches and we absolutely loved them in the summertime. With summer drawing quickly to a close (something I am not happy about, by the way) I figured I better give them a try before my window of opportunity ended for the year.
I looked through my recipe box of old and nearly forgotten recipes until I found the one I was looking for. Immediately I knew I wanted to make some changes, like using butter instead of margarine and decreasing the ridiculously large amount of sugar. But these weren’t major changes and the end result was very similar to my memory. And completely delicious.
These aren’t very complex cookies and are exactly what you’d expect. If you like chocolate and cookies, you’re going to love these. They were delicious, and even more delicious with some vanilla ice cream sandwiched in the middle. If you have any more barbecues or family gatherings left this season, I highly recommend this simple, yet impressive dessert.
Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Makes 2 dozen cookies, and 12 ice cream sandwiches
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Additional sugar, as needed
Ice cream flavor of choice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl occasionally. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Add the vanilla.
In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add to the wet mixture until just combined.
Scoop by the tablespoon onto the sheet pan. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes. Since they’re such a dark cookie it’s hard to see exactly when they’re done without burning them. It’s best to just stick to the time, and you should have perfectly soft, yet chewy, cookies every time.
Cool the cookies completely. While they’re cooling, it helps to set the ice cream out at room temperature for about 10 minutes to soften. To make the ice cream sandwiches, place a scoop of ice cream on a cookie, place another on top and press together. Chill in the freezer for at least an hour.
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