Frozen ice cream cookie sandwiches in the summertime (or anytime!) can't be beat. There's just something magical about grabbing an ice cream sandwich and heading out to the backyard to gobble it up. However, most store-bought options are anything but magical, packed with artificial colors, flavors, and other ingredients that we can't even pronounce -- as you can see, store-bought sweet processed treats leave a lot to be desired. Not to mention most of the packaging isn't even recyclable. Instead, you can make your own organic homemade ice cream sandwiches using whole ingredients that will have your child sweet treat dreaming all summer long, read on to learn how.
What you will need for the Lemon Ice Cream:
- 3 large organic free-range eggs
- 2 cups organic heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoons grated lemon zest
- 1 cup organic sugar
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
Step 1: Heat the Custard
In a medium saucepan combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, eggs, vanilla and 1 cup of heavy whipping cream. Cook over medium-high heat and stir constantly until it comes to a simmer.
Step 2: Strain the Custard
Step 3: Finish the Custard
Add the remaining cup of heavy whipping cream and pour into a shallow dish (about 1 inch thick), cover with wax paper and freeze.
What you will need For the Sugar Cookies (Sandwiches)
- 1 lb organic unsalted butter
- 3 cups organic sugar
- 2 large organic free-range eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 5 cups organic flour
Step 1: Mix it Up
In your electric mixer add the butter and sugar and beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla and salt, then mix again until well combined. With the mixer on low-speed add the flour in small batches.
Step 2: Chill
Divide the dough into two large balls, place in bowls and cover with a towel. Then, refrigerator for a couple of hours.
Step 3: Bake
Preheat your oven to 350º. (We used convection) Roll out the dough into small palm-size balls and press them flat onto a cookie sheet, bake for 14 minutes.
Step 4: Cut out the Cookies
Using a large round cookie cutter or a drinking cup, cut the cookies into perfect circles while they are still warm from the oven.
How to Assemble the Ice Cream Sandwiches
Step 1: Cut the Ice Cream Rounds
Using the cookie cutter or drinking cup and cut circles out of the frozen lemon ice cream.
Step 2: Remove the Ice Cream Rounds
Using a butter knife, carefully remove the cut ice cream rounds from the dish.
Step 3: Stack
Sandwich an ice cream round in between two sugar cookies and gently push together.
Step 4: Wrap them Up
Use wax paper to carefully wrap each of the ice cream sandwiches, store in the freezer until ready to serve.
Step 5: Smile and Enjoy
Your children will delight in devouring homemade organic ice cream sandwiches that they helped to make. These are great for hot summer days, and perfect for surprising guests that visit your home.