Beat the heat with ice cream sandwiches

The classic combination of oatmeal cookies and milk together at last in a cool summer treat.

The classic combination of oatmeal cookies and milk together at last in a cool summer treat. These ice-cream sandwiches start with oatmeal cookies speckled with flecks of chocolate. Nestled between them is purchased vanilla ice cream (for ease) that gets dressed up with bits of toffee.

Of course, these ice-cream sandwiches also are easily adapted to whatever flavours you’re hankering for.

Toffee Cookie

Ice-Cream Sandwiches

Start to finish: 2 hours (15 minutes active)

Cookies

150 ml (2/3 cup) all-purpose flour

2 ml (1/2 tsp) baking soda

1 ml (1/4 tsp) cinnamon

1 ml (1/4 tsp) salt

125 ml (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened

75 ml (1/3 cup) packed dark brown sugar

75 ml (1/3 cup) granulated sugar

1 egg

10 ml (2 tsp) vanilla extract

375 ml (1 1/2 cups) rolled oats

125 ml (1/2 cup) finely chopped chocolate, bitter or semi-sweet

Ice Cream

500 ml (2 cups) vanilla ice cream

250 ml (1 cup) crushed toffee bits (found in the baking aisle)

To make cookies, heat oven to 180 C (350 F).

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well.

Stir in flour mixture and beat until just combined. Stir in oats and chocolate. Divide dough into 24 tablespoon-size balls and arrange on 2 ungreased baking sheets, leaving about 7.5 cm (3 inches) of space between them. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Transfer cookies to a rack and let cool completely.

Soften ice cream until it can be stirred but is not melted. The easiest way to do this is to transfer ice cream to a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 10-second intervals until it reaches the desired consistency. Add toffee bits and mix well.

While ice cream is soft, scoop a bit onto the bottom of a cooled cookie, then top with another cookie. Freeze until ice cream is solid. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.

Makes 12 sandwiches

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