Intro: Cookies N' Ice Cream
Everybody can use some good ole ice cream cookie sandwiches. Mmmmmmm. I use to buy these bad boys a whole lot at my local deli but the prices have been jacked up pretty high so I thought I'd whip some up at home. For this project I made vanilla ice cream and used store bought jumbo cookies. However you can definitely make homemade cookies. You will need:
1 can (14 oz) of condensed sweetened milk
2 cups of heavy whipped cream
An electric hand mixer (or as I used a drill and fork/whisk)
1 table spoon vanilla extract (optional)
Your favorite ice cream stir ins (such as oreos, chocolate chips, m&m's, recesses, and so on- this is also optional)
30 jumbo cookies (30 is how many will use up all the ice cream but this is up to you of course as you may want to leave some ice cream left over, or you can add more or less ice cream to make more or less cookie sandwiches.)
Step 1: Preparing the Heavy Whipped Cream
Measure out 2 cups of heavy whipped cream and pour it into a bowl. Mix the whipped cream with your electric mixer on medium speed. If you do not have an electric mixer you may whisk by hand but I should warn you that this will take quite some time. I do not have a hand mixer so I taped a fork (I changed it to a whisk later) to a drill. You will need to mix this for quite some time, about 7 minutes, before it gets creamy. If your heavy cream is creamy and fluffy and keeps the indentations of your stirring utensil then you've got it! Do not over do the mixing or the mixture will fall apart and you will ruin the consistency.
Step 2: Adding the Condensed Milk
Ok, now that your heavy cream is the right consistency pop open your can of condensed milk and add it into the heavy cream mixture. Now you can also add 1 large table spoon of vanilla extract. Mix away on medium speed, this will take approximately 5-10 minutes. Again, your ice cream mix should be fluffy and creamy. Once your ice cream is perfecto then add in your stir ins, if you so desire, and just mix them into the ice cream. Next you can transfer your ice cream into a container that has a lid. A lid is necessary to prevent the ice cream from getting icy and to preserve its creamy goodness. Place your ice cream in the freezer for 8-12 hours.
Step 3: Making the Sandwiches
The ice cream should be firm after you take it out of the freezer- you do not want the ice cream to be too creamy or your sandwiches will fall apart. Take one cookie and place ice cream on top. The amount of ice cream you use is up to you; I used 3 tablespoons for each sandwich. Cover your ice cream cookie with another cookie and give them a gentle squeeze. You'll need to freeze these bad boys for another 6 hours. This time do not cover the cookies, you want the sandwiches to be nice and firm so that when you bite into them ice cream does not squirt out.
Step 4: Enjoy!
Now your cookies n' ice cream sandwiches are all ready. Sink your teeth into this heavenly goodness and enjoy!