Skinny Girl Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
So sorry I have been slightly MIA this week. Needless to say, it has been crazy....which is something I will delve into in great detail soon enough, but for now I'm keeping it hush, hush.
This post will be short and sweet (pun totally intended). I just had to share it because it is simply amazing!
We had a fun bonfire at our house last night and, of course, you cannot have a bonfire without s'mores! But do you know what else goes great with a toasty night time fire? A cold dessert!
During my son's nap the other day I was watching one of my favorite cooking shows, The Pioneer Woman, and she made the classic Grasshopper Pie. Is there anything better than mint chip and chocolate?
Ever since that episode I have been craving that delicious minty goodness something fierce and, of course, inspiration struck when I was in aisle 2 at Walmart. You know, the one with all the ice cream.
I usually avoid that aisle like the plague. I am not a huge ice cream fan, but it just seems any time I venture down that row I all of a sudden develop the most outrageous sweet tooth. However, to my most unexpected (and completely welcome) surprise--Walmart now carries Halo Top Ice Cream.
If you have been in a coma for the past year, or perhaps living under a rock, you may be unaware of the absolute miracle that is Halo Top Ice Cream. Let me fill you in. They are entire pints--yes, PINTS-- of ice cream that run between 240 and 360 calories a piece. A piece!!! And they are tasty to boot. That is bananas y'all.
So I grabbed my favorite Mint Chip (240 calories) and headed to get the rest of my ingredients. I was going to make my own Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches.
Because I am a chocolate fiend I knew the only cookies I would dare make these with would be Double (at least) Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Fortunately, these Perfect Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies from Texanerin Baking are perfect! Plus, I had the cutest little sous chef helping me out, so it was a fun time all around.
I apologize, I did not snap a lot of photos of the process of making these. Not only do you have to be very quick when spooning out ice cream onto cookies, but having a toddler anywhere near copious amounts of sugar pretty much guarantees that things will be chaotic.
Here is how it is done:
1. Bake your chocolate cookies as per instructions. You can make from scratch or mix. Allow to cool on a cooling wrack for at least 30 minutes. You want them cool and hard enough to not fall apart.
2. A couple of minutes before you begin assembling the sweets, sit your ice cream out on the counter to allow it to slightly soften. I warn you, this does get a bit messy if you are not quick enough, but it is infinitely better than breaking all of your cookies trying to smooth out rock solid ice cream.
3. Take about 3 tablespoons (more or less depending on the size of your cookie) of ice cream and spread over the flat side of a cookie. Top with another cookie and immediately transfer back to the freezer.
That's it! It is really that simple. And don't they just look amazing?!
Note: Though I made mine as mint chocolate (AKA grasshopper) sandwiches, you can do this with any flavor of cookie or ice cream you please.