I don't know about you, but just because a creative mom like me doesn't have time for fancy desserts, (and tries to keep food for my family on the healthy side) doesn't mean that I don't want to finish a festive (Shabbos) meal with something a little special! I am always looking for quick ways to make beautiful yet simple desserts that taste good too.
The good news, for me, is that my family is quite happy to be served non-dairy ice cream with a cookie or a few sprinkles, but when I know there will be guests I like to honor them with something a bit more. And while you may think that ice cream sandwiches are kid's food, I think you'll have to agree that the combination of the chocolate biscuit and the brown and white sprinkles makes such an elegant presentation that no one will turn this one down! I can promise you! And anyway, who doesn't enjoy feeling like a kid again, once in awhile?
chocolate tea biscuits
brown and white sprinkle mix (or coconut, mini chocolate chips etc.)
The first few times that I made these I allowed the ice cream to soften and then applied a large spoonful to each biscuit, adding another on top and then cleaning up the edges. This was a bit messy and time consuming! It recently occurred to me that the best way would be to quite simply cut the ice cream into pieces and sandwich it between two biscuits! Today I finally had the opportunity to try out my idea, and I'm really happy to report, it worked like a dream! Lucky you!
- Using a knife and a spatula, remove a block of ice cream from the container.
- Cut large slices of ice cream to a thickness of roughly 3/4" or less, and then cut these slices down to individual pieces exactly the size of your biscuits.
- Sandwich the ice cream pieces between two biscuits and freeze.
- After you have finished the whole batch, make sure the ice cream is hard before proceeding.
- Pour sprinkles into a bowl and lightly dip each side of the ice cream sandwich into the sprinkles.
- Stack in a closed container and hide in the deepest recesses of your freezer!
Of course if you're a baker, you could bake your own crispy oatmeal cookies and make sandwiches from those, (yummm) or try this idea with any variety of cookies and ice cream. Graham crackers and tofutti would be great too!
For a very festive, more child-like variation, use regular biscuits with multi-colored sprinkles. Infact, for a birthday party one could even make a tower of these sandwiches, top them with a few birthday flags (see the Birthday category of this blog) and voila! Definatly a party pleaser and oh so simple. Thats the kind of thing that makes my day! And I'm so very happy to share it with you.
Note: We ate the sandwiches in the photo for a treat after dinner. When I was putting my four year old to bed memories of their deliciousness were still floating in his head. He said " They were so yummy, Mommy, why you did it?" I'm not sure what he meant exactly, but I won't be able to resist making this treat for him again soon!