Every year I think I’m going to have more chilling-out time during the summer…. and every year I’m wrong. But the truth is (and always has been and probably always will be) is that this is self-imposed. The busy-ness, the over-scheduling—that’s all me, and apparently, it’s built in, and pretty deeply rooted in there. When I found out what FOMO meant, I was all, “YES! Oh my goodness that’s what I have.” I had no idea it had a name.
Summer is probably my favorite meal planning moment of the year, because oh my god, what choices we have. If anything I have trouble getting a lid on the number of side dishes I tack onto a menu because look at all of those tomatoes! And summer squashes! And lettuces! And, and and.
Years ago I read something that I don’t know if I believe to be fully true, but it has certainly stuck with me. And that thing was that people tend to remember the appetizers and the desserts of a meal the most. So if you’re knocking yourself out with a leg of lamb, that might fade into the old brain bank background, while the pie your friend brought might be the indelible food memory of the day. Do you believe this? I think the answer is—as it often is—it depends.
Listen, if someone is handing me a lobster roll for dinner, I don’t really care what come before or after. But this concept has definitely stuck in my mind, and while I am the appetizer queen, dessert is usually my last thought. I love desserts, both making them and eating them, but not as much as I like to think about and eat savory foods. All of this is to say that if you want to make sure your grand finale is memorable and you just can’t sift through a list of possibilities there are three words to remember: Ice Cream Sandwiches.
Crowd pleaser. Show stopper. And so so easy. And you can buy cookies, or make them. And you can use whatever flavor of cookies, and whatever flavor of ice cream speaks to you, and mix and match to your heart’s content. And if you want to be the best host in the world, have some ice cream sandwiches made with gluten free cookies, and gluten free ice cram.
Pamela’s gluten free cookies come in all sorts of flavors, and make absolutely terrific ice cream sandwiches. And then when that gluten-free friend say, “oh shoot, I wish I could have one of those…” you’ll say, “You CAN!” and he or she will hug you very tightly.
I am very happy to have partnered with Pamela’s , and have a robust stash of their wonderful gluten free cookies at the ready so that everyone who swings by will be able to have something sweet and festive. They have a whole bunch of flavors in their cookie line— Chunky Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chunk, Ginger, Butter Shortbread…..all truly delicious, and with pleasing textures.
Pamela’s has been crafting delicious, high quality gluten-free and non-GMO foods for thirty years. Find the cookies in your local market, or order them online.
Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe: Possibly the most fun and crowd-pleasing dessert ever, and ridiculously easy to make.Tweet This
How to Make Ice Cream Sandwiches
- 8 cookies of your choice about 3-inches in diameter
- 1 pint ice cream of your choice
- Sprinkles or jimmies, according to my husband or crushed candies (optional)
- Remove the ice cream from the freezer for about 15 minute to soften slightly.
- Place 4 cookies on the counter, flat side up. Scoop 1/2 cup ice cream onto the center of each cookie. Place the remaining four cookies on top of the ice cream, flat side down. Press gently to squish the ice cream out so that it reaches the edges of the cookies, and use a knife to smooth the sides of the ice cream.
- If desired, place the crushed candies or sprinkles on a plate, using one for each type of item, or ombining them if you like. roll the sides of the ice cream sandwich over the candies or sprinkles so that they adhere to the sides of the ice cream sandwiches. Place the ice cream sandwiches on a plate and put them in the freezer to firm up a bit, about 15 minutes. If you want to make them a few days ahead of time, cover the plate with plastic wrap, and remove them from the freezer about 10 to 15 minutes before you want to serve them. If it's hot, serve them pretty quickly!
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