Do you know someone crazy for icecream? A large ice cream sandwich cake is the perfect dessert to celebrate them. I made mine in the letter O, for our youngest daughter Olivia who would eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch and tea if she could. She's not a huge fan of cake so an ice cream cake is a perfect substitute for a traditional birthday cake for her. This one wasn't for her birthday though, just a great excuse for me to try out our cookie cake templates to make an ice cream sandwich.
INGREDIENTS REQUIRED TO MAKE MY MINT CHOC ICE CREAM SANDWICH:
125 grams unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup (110 grams) caster (superfine) sugar
First, you will need to grab your cookie cake template to suit the occasion. We have a great range of print at home cookie cake templates here.
Make your cookie dough. I made chocolate cookie dough for my ice cream sandwich.
CHOCOLATE COOKIE RECIPE
Download the printable recipe here.
After the cookie dough is made roll it out on a silicone baking mat or parchment (baking) paper, so you don't have to transfer the large cookie shapes later, to approximately 5mm thick and spread it far enough to cut out the large cookie shapes later. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up the dough to make cutting out easier.
Place your cookie cake template carefully on top of the rolled out dough and cut out the shape using your plastic cookie cutter tool or a blunt butter knife. Take your time and keep the blade as upright as you can so that the edge of the cookie is cut straight. After cutting around the outer edge and inner edge (if you want the inside removed also for some shapes) carefully lift off the cookie dough away from the cutout shape.
Many of the commercially available cookie sandwiches have little holes on top of them. To add this effect I used a fork on the top cookie layer. This is optional and won't affect the baking it all. It's just for looks.
Slide the baking mats with the cookies on top onto a cookie sheet or baking tray and put the cookie cutouts back into the fridge to chill while the oven heats up or at least 15 minutes. This will help the cookie to keep its shape when baked.
Let your large cookies cool completely before attempting to decorate your ice cream sandwich. I usually make them the day before I need them.
To decorate the top of the cookie sandwich melt your dark chocolate in the microwave at 50% power and then drizzle it onto the cookie. I put my melted chocolate into a sandwich bag and snipped the corner off to make a very small opening and then drizzled it onto the cookie.
Smash up your chocolate bar and sprinkle this onto the melted chocolate. I smashed mine with a rolling pin, inside a sandwich bag.
Ice cream melts of course, so to prevent it melting while assembling the finished sandwich I made little scoops of ice cream and popped them in a freezer container and into the freezer until I was ready to assemble, and allowed some time for the chocolate to set on the top layer cookie.
Once the chocolate has set you can assemble! You can either assemble right before serving or assemble and then freeze it all together which makes it really easy to cut and you can prepare it well ahead of your event.
Place your ice cream scoops on the bottom cookie layer as close together as you can. I had to cut some of mine in half to fit them on the inside of my letter O. Because I froze them again after scooping they were really solid and easy to cut and work with.
Place your decorated cookie on top and your ice cream sandwich is ready!
It's up to you if you serve it now or freeze it for later. Leftovers can be frozen for another day also.
What other flavour combinations would you like to try in your ice cream sandwich? Chocolate honeycomb, stawberries and cream, chocolate orange, rocky road - the options are endless! There are so many gourmet ice cream options out there to try.
I'd love to see photos of your ice cream sandwich creation.
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