Summer Fun: Make Ice Cream Sandwiches – Recipe: Chocolate Fudge Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

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As I was looking through our Summer Fun List on Sunday, determining what all I wanted to do with the littles this week, I realized that we had not made ice cream sandwiches yet. I am not sure how I could have missed anything food-related, but I was certain that I would remedy that as soon as possible.

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Monday afternoon I went to work creating what I hoped would be a delicious dessert for our family.

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The pictures do not do this fantastic, kid-friendly dessert justice at all.  I was in a bit of a hurry to get them put together so that they would be ready after dinner, so I did not take the time to roll them in cute little sprinkles or anything.

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But, I am here to tell you that looks can be so deceiving.

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Because, these ice cream sandwiches were really delicious.

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The chocolate fudge cookie combined with the homemade vanilla ice cream created a perfect summer treat.

Chocolate Fudge Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Chocolate Fudge Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Ingredients

Vanilla Ice Cream

1 pint whipping cream

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup sugar

1 can sweetened, condensed milk

3 eggs

1 cup whole milk

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

2/3 cups granulated sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

5 tablespoons butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

7 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

    Preparing the Vanilla Ice Cream
  1. Blend together the whipping cream, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and eggs.
  2. Pour it into the container of your ice cream freezer.
  3. Add 1-2 cups whole milk to finish filling the freezer (adjust according to the size of your freezer).
  4. Freeze according to the manufacturer instructions. Mine usually takes about 30-45 minutes.
  5. Remove from container and store in the freezer until ready to use.
  6. Preparing the Chocolate Fudge Cookies
  7. Preheat oven to 350.
  8. Prepare baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  9. Combine butter, sugar, and brown sugar.
  10. Add egg and vanilla, and mix until combined.
  11. In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, and salt.
  12. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture until just combined.
  13. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out a ball of chocolate fudge dough.
  14. Place on the cookie sheet, and then flatten with the palm of your hand.
  15. Repeat with the remaining dough, which should make about 12-14 cookies.
  16. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  17. Remove from oven, and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before moving to a wire rack.
  18. Cool completely before creating the ice cream sandwiches.
  19. Preparing the Ice Cream Sandwiches
  20. Flip over one cookie so that the flat side is on top.
  21. Take a small scoop of slightly softened ice cream, and place it on top of the cookie.
  22. Top the ice cream with the flat bottom of another cookie.
  23. Slightly press everything together.
  24. Repeat to make a total of 6-7 ice cream sandwiches.
  25. Place in the freezer until ready to enjoy.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/07/24/summer-fun-make-ice-cream-sandwiches-recipe-chocolate-fudge-cookie-ice-cream-sandwich/

Happy Birthday, Cooking for My Kids!!

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Today is a special day.

And, as is the case with all special days, we celebrated.

One year ago today, I started this blog.  I honestly did not have a single clue what I was doing, and I never thought that it would be read by anyone other than family and friends.  I just wanted a place to write down our recipes, our story, our family journey.  I wanted a place to store the memories.

We were starting the gluten/dairy/peanut free journey with Ethan, and I had feelings of fear and hesitation until Sean told me one day, “Natalie, this might be your best moment.  It might be what you were called to do.” This is an excerpt from my first blog post.

I sit here wondering where to begin.  How do I describe our story, our family, in a single blog entry?  I can’t.  I remember playing Life as a kid, wanting the husband, the house, and the kids.  It always felt so good in the game…but not half as good as the reality.  Being a mom is not what makes me special; being the mom to my kids is what makes me special.  I have hesitated to start a blog for fear of failure, fear of not living up to expectations, and fear of not always knowing the rules.  I so want to describe everything in such a way that everyone will know how beautiful this journey has been/is for me, for us.  But, then I realized, this is life.  This is our life.  And, there are no rules in the real game of life.

I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every moment of sharing our story, testing out recipes, trying recipes that other bloggers have already created and tested, and virtually meeting some amazingly sweet people along the way.

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Thank you for an incredible year.  Thank you for being here for us when Ethan had his ulcers, when we finally received his childhood apraxia of speech diagnosis, when we celebrated the big things and the small things, and when we just shared our family moments.

I have said several times that I wish I had started this little blog many, many years ago.  But, I didn’t.  I started it a year ago for a very special reason.  I needed a blank canvas to share. I needed to let go of the fear of failure and take a leap of faith.  I needed to share our journey because I wanted other people to experience the magic, the unicorns, and the rainbows.

Every good celebration needs a fantastic dessert.  A quick glance at my options, landed me over at Picky Palate.  I knew that her Bakery Style Cookies would be just what we needed to celebrate a special day.  Celebrate our day, celebrate the weekend, celebrate summer, celebrate Friday….just find a reason to celebrate.  And, if you need cookies to make the celebration just perfect, click here for the fantastic recipe.

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Happy Birthday, Cooking for My Kids!  You have been such a fun 4th baby!

Happiness Is…Recipe: Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Cookies

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Happiness is summer break.  I love the freedom, the fun, and the absolute joy of it all.  I am holding on very tight to every single second of it.

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Happiness is truly enjoying my family.  I have loved having such an intentional summer, filled with baking, swimming, fishing, trips to the park, movies, and fun.

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Happiness is celebrations, both big and small.  One of the things that I love about celebrations is the extra time that I get to spend with my family.  The other thing that I love is planning the perfect, fun, celebratory menu, making sure that there is a little bit of something for everyone.

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Happiness is watching Ethan’s language unfold.  The steps are small, sometimes even smaller than baby steps. But, when we step back and reflect on where he was and where he is now, we can definitely see that some of the steps were bigger than we thought.

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Happiness is walking with my big sister.  We try to walk three miles each morning.  I enjoy getting up early to start my day with some exercise, and I love the chats that we have while we are walking.

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Happiness is cookies.  I have mentioned before that we are making different cookies each week of summer break. I typically make them mid-week, but this week, I was craving cookies on Sunday.  Specifically, I was craving chocolate and peanut butter cookies.  I started thinking about how I could stuff peanut butter filling inside of my chocolate fudge cookies.  I finally decided to make my peanut butter cookie dough and stuff that inside. Sean declared them the best cookies that I have ever made.  They were delicious.  If you like chocolate and peanut butter, these cookies will make you very happy.

Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

For the Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Chocolate Fudge Cookies

2/3 cups granulated sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

5 tablespoons butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

7 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

    Preparing the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
  1. Combine butter, sugar, and brown sugar.
  2. Add egg and vanilla, and mix until combined.
  3. Scoop in peanut butter, and continue to mix.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture until just combined.
  6. Preparing the Chocolate Fudge Cookie Dough
  7. Combine butter, sugar, and brown sugar.
  8. Add egg and vanilla, and mix until combined.
  9. In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, and salt.
  10. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture until just combined.
  11. Preparing the Cookies
  12. Preheat oven to 350.
  13. Prepare baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  14. Roll about 1 tablespoon of the peanut butter cookie dough into a ball.
  15. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out a ball of chocolate fudge dough.
  16. Press a hole into the center of the chocolate fudge dough, and add the peanut butter dough to it.
  17. Form a ball of chocolate fudge dough around the peanut butter cookie dough.
  18. Repeat until you have enough cookies to fit on your baking sheet.
  19. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  20. Remove from oven, and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before moving to a wire rack.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/07/13/happiness-is-recipe-chocolate-fudge-peanut-butter-cookies/

Have a happy weekend!