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Monday, July 4, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

In my mind ice cream and summer go hand in hand.  As a kid you could always find me and my friends bolting out of my pool at lightning speed trying our best to chase down the ice cream truck before it got too far away.

Speaking of which, was ours the only town where the ice cream truck literally drove at 70mph and whose driver's life goal was to stop for as little of children as possible?

...That was just us?...

 Oh well.

Anyway, even though nowadays you can't find me chasing down the ice cream truck with a dollar in my hand, sitting outside by the pool with some ice cream in my hand is still one of my favorite places to be.

And these ice cream sandwiches are so amazing that they literally put all other ice cream sandwiches to shame.  AND they are so easy that you can be enjoying them in no time.

So basically you have no reason not to make them.  You're obligated now.  You've come this far.

To pull off the ultimate ice cream sandwiches this is all you need.  That.Is.It.

Now I know there are some ingredient purists out there who are looking at me like I'm crazy.  "She used store bought peanut butter cookies?! And didn't churn out her own ice cream??"

In response all I have to say is, I'm all about from-scratch baking, but when the occasion calls for it you just have to go with simple easy ingredients and relax and enjoy the ride.

And while you're out there, ingredient purists, harvesting your own cocoa beans for homemade chocolate, I'm already sipping a beer by the pool eating one of these.  

I'm the first to tell you when homemade ingredients are best.  And here, keep it simple, keep it easy, keep it real.  It's summer, a time for kicking back and going with the flow.  So take my word on this one and go with store bought in this scenario.

I promise they will still blow you away.

This was the moment.  The moment when I knew I was onto something unquestionably good.

These are literally some of the best things I have made all summer.  You can whip them up in a cinch and anyone you gift with one will be floored.  You'll be the hero of any Fourth of July barbeque. 

So make them today.  I promise you won't be disappointed.  

Happy Fourth! :)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches
Servings: 12

2 boxes (12 cookies each) soft bakery peanut butter cookies
1 carton chocolate peanut butter ice cream
1 jar natural creamy peanut butter
6-8 oz milk chocolate chips

Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.  Place 12 cookies face up on baking sheet.  Taking one cookie at a time, scoop 1 scoop of ice cream onto each cookie.  Immediately spread with a liberal dollop of natural peanut butter and top with second cookie, pressing down slightly.  Place in freezer for 30 min-1 hr.  Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every 10-20 seconds until smooth.  Take sandwiches out of freezer and drizzle all with melted chocolate.  Replace in freezer for an additional 30 min and enjoy.  Keep in freezer until ready to be eaten.

Recipe adapted from: Bon Appetite Desserts

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