Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!
What better way to ring in the New Year than with cookies, ice cream, and candy—all in one bite!!!!
If you are looking for something fun to do with your kids during the last few days of school vacation, you may want to give this a whirl. Ice cream burgers are simple, fun, delicious, and allow for creativity. There are so many options–the combination possibilities* are endless!
Step One: Make cookies. Any kind you like. I stuck with classic chocolate chip, however, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter chip; even sugar cookies would all work well. (Also, this a great way to revitalize left over holiday cookies!)
Step Two: Choose your ice cream. (Or even better–MAKE your ice cream!) I went with cookies and cream, but simple vanilla, mint chocolate chip, strawberry–any flavor would be just fine.
Step Three: Choose your toppings. This is the kids’ favorite part! Set out several bowls containing an array of “dipping” options. Mini chocolate chips, jimmies, sprinkles, mini M&Ms, coarse sugar, chopped up candy bars, nuts…let your imagination run wild.
Step Four: Have fun!!! Getting your cookies to be perfectly round can be a challenge but that shouldn’t inhibit the fun. Encourage the kids to use their imaginations and make interesting combinations.
Nestle Toll House Cookie Chipwich:
(Yields about 5 dozen cookies = about 30 chipwiches)
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks butter (1 cup), softened
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 3/4 cups (11.5 oz bag) milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add flour mixture to wet mixture until combined. Carefully stir in chocolate chips.
Scoop one tablespoon of cookie dough and quickly make a ball with it by rolling in the palms of your hands. (It is important to do this quickly so you don’t melt the butter.) Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Rolling the dough into equal size balls allows all of the cookies to be the same shape in size. This is important for making chipwiches because you want both sides of the sandwich to be the same shape and size.
Bake 9-11 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks.
Once completely cool, take one cookie and use a small spoon to scoop ice cream onto it. Press another cookie on top. Then the fun begins! Roll the chipwich in the candy topping(s) of your choice. The more toppings you have available, the more fun!
To store, either wrap tightly with plastic wrap or place in sandwich bags and freeze.
*Some combination ideas:
- sugar cookies, vanilla bean ice cream, rolled in sugar crystals
- oatmeal raisin cookies, cinnamon ice cream, rolled in chopped walnuts
- chocolate chunk cookies, mint chocolate chip ice cream, rolled in mini-chocolate chips
- peanut butter cookies, chocolate ice cream, rolled in chopped peanuts
- orange white chip cookies, orange sherbet, rolled in coconut
Have a fun, happy, and healthy 2009!!!