Friday, March 2, 2012

Sweet & Salty Ice Cream Sandwiches

                Well I never really thought a chocolate chip cookie could get any better. But you know what? It most definitely can! The recipe below explains how you can take an already good treat to a whole new level.
                And to be honest, this recipe came about only because I had this sad-looking package of cookies in my cabinet for way too long. Yes, I could have just dipped them in milk and called it a day. But no, that isn’t like me…..I had to do something better with them. Well, what makes chocolate treats even better? …..Duh, more chocolate of course! And to that, I figured it couldn’t hurt to include some peanuts or ice cream either! So that’s how these frozen delights came to be! And you know what, that package with still some plain cookies left, looks a whole lot happierJ Enjoy……

Sweet & Salty Cream Sandwiches
Servings: 6
OBJ: TCW be able to use up the Chips Ahoy Cookies in her cabinet by combining them with dipping chocolate, peanuts and ice cream to make frozen treats!

1, 7 ounce container Baker’s Dipping Chocolate
¾ C cocktail peanuts with sea salt (salted)
12 Chips Ahoy Original cookies (or any brand of your preference)
1.5 C vanilla ice cream
Special item: parchment paper

1. Lay out a large sheet of parchment paper
2. Place peanuts in a plastic bag or food processor and crush well, place crushed peanuts in a shallow bowl
3. Melt chocolate according to package directions
4. Working with 1 cookie at a time, dip entire cookie into chocolate, shake/drip off excess, then press 1 side of cookie into crushed peanuts, place peanut-side down onto parchment to dry/set
5. Repeat step 4 with remaining 11 cookies
6. Let dipped and peanut-crusted cookies set for 15-20 minutes...
7. Take out a freezer-ready container
8.  Place about 3 TBS of ice cream on the PEANUT-SIDE of 1 cookie, place another cookie on top- PEANUT-SIDE down again (basically, you want the peanut side of cookies to be touching the ice cream), place in container
9. Repeat step 8 with remaining cookies and ice cream
10. Seal container and place in freezer for at least 1 hour before serving

**FYI- Matt and I both differed on how to enjoy these treats.....I preferred to eat it as a sandwich while he seemed to enjoy it taken apart.....I guess it's up to you, but either way I think you'll be happy!**

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