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Wednesday, July 18, 2007 04:38 am

Summer’s sandwich

Make a chocolate ice cream sandwich

Untitled Document I won’t deny that Christmas held a certain cachet for me as a kid, with the oft-unbearable anticipation of Santa’s arrival and gift-delivery service, but none of it held a candle to Mother Nature’s gift of summertime, not then or now. Visions of sugarplum fairies? Not for this kid. Instead, my thoughts turned to midsummer night’s dreams and the faeries of the enchanted forest, where no one was wearing a winter coat and all things seemed possible. Mother Nature was there not just in spirit but also behind the scenes, making sure that everything went to plan, donating firefly night lights and perfuming the air with honeysuckle and jasmine. She made the grass soft and the trees shady so I could sit and plunge headfirst into a hunk of watermelon and slurp on peaches.
She made everything beautiful and bright, a parade of colors and a dance of sultry breezes and late sunsets that allowed for more time on my bicycle. Everything was like magic; we even played with our food! Who needed a fork for a hot dog off the grill or an ear of boiled corn, a BLT with a tomato the color of Mom’s lipstick — or, best of all, freezer treats in some kind of handheld package? I loved them all — Kool Pops, Fudgesicles, those Neapolitan combos on a stick, and, of course, the sandwich. When else but summer could a sandwich of ice cream be possible? How I loved the race against time imposed by the sun pouring down on my ice-cream middle, forcing me to lick around the edges to keep it from melting onto my bathing suit.

Culinary questions? Contact Kim O’Donnel at kim.odonnel@creativeloafing.com.
Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies
From The Perfect Scoop, by David Lebovitz
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
One large egg, at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Beat together butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer, or by hand, until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir dry ingredients gradually into creamed butter mixture until completely incorporated and there are no streaks of butter. Form dough into 16 1 1/2-inch rounds. On the baking sheets, flatten rounds so they’re 3 inches across, spacing them evenly. You can fit eight on a normal 11-by-17 baking sheet, with three going lengthwise down the sides and two in the center in between.
Bake for 20 minutes, rotating the baking sheets midway during baking, then remove from oven. Once cool, sandwich ice cream of your choice between two cookies, then wrap each ice-cream sandwich in plastic wrap and store in freezer. Makes 16 cookies for eight ice-cream sandwiches.
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