Monday, May 14, 2012

Ice Cream Sandwiches for a Birthday


I am swooning in sun drenched Seattle!  The rhododendrons are bursting with blossoms, the birds are chirping and the air is warm – in fact, I can say it was even hot over the weekend.  This all made for a marvelous Mother’s Day.  Unfortunately, I was feeling crummy with a cold (where did this come from in May?) but my family pampered me well, beginning with a mimosa in bed, giving me some much needed vitamin C.  My sniffles did not deter me from having a peaceful, relaxing day, though, which I spent dozing and reading in the sun ... and contemplating birthday sweets.


A festive air begins this week as we celebrate Isaac’s birthday.  Isaac brings joy and laughter to us each day, and I am incredibly proud to be his mama.  For a number of years, he has requested strawberry birthday cake, which I’m delighted to bake and is in the oven as I write.  This year, in addition to strawberry cake, we also made ice cream sandwiches.  You can never have too many birthday treats, right?

The stirrings of summer must have prompted thoughts of ice cream.  And, when I reflect on how quickly time passes (Isaac is turning 15), I am feeling nostalgic for childhood favorites.


A thin, cake-like cookie is filled with your choice of ice cream. Isaac chose two flavors - mint chip and coffee.  Let me tell you, these ice cream sandwiches are sublime!  The cookie is rich and chocolatey (especially with some added espresso powder) and licking the ice cream from the edges before biting into one is deeply satisfying.  They are perfect to make ahead and keep stashed in the freezer, which I plan to do all summer long!

Happy Birthday, Isaac!


The recipe I used is created by the wonderful Abby Dodge at Fine Cooking and can be seen here.

16 comments:

  1. Nice! Thank you for sharing it.

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  2. Hannah, what a fun way to celebrate your son! I have wanted to make ice cream sandwiches for a long time. Thanks for scouting up a great recipe for us! Enjoy the sun:)

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    1. Thanks, Karen! The sun is still shining and I'm quite happy. Enjoy the ice cream sandwiches!

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  3. What a special treat - and you have a 15 year old.....wow.

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    1. We enjoyed every delicious bite, KB - can't wait to make them again. Yes, a 15 year old! And now my older son is turning 17 next month. Talk about time passing... I'm savoring every moment.

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  4. These look amazing!!! Definitely going to bookmark that recipe. I love ice cream sandwiches! Enjoy :-)

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    1. Thank you, Katherine! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

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  5. I've been looking for a soft ice cream sandwich cookie recipe! Thanks!

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    1. My pleasure, Brooke - your kids will love them.

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  6. You can never go wrong with ice cream sandwiches! These look awesome. Im sure your son loved them alongside his strawberry cake! Happy Birthday to him!!

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    1. Thank you, Beth! These were a terrific birthday treat, and Isaac enjoyed them immensely (as did the rest of us!).

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  7. These look delicious Hannah, reminds me to make another batch of ice cream....summer, winter whenever I love ice cream.

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    1. I agree, Mairi - ice cream is marvelous year round.

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  8. These look so outstanding.

    Hasn't the weather just been the BEST lately...well, minus the rain today of course, but my yard could actually use it!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, loving all the sunshine we've had, so I can't complain about the rain today. Let's just hope the sun returns soon!

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