yield: 9 ICE CREAM SANDWICHES prep time: 35 MINUTES cook time: 7 MINUTES INGREDIENTS: ICE CREAM 500ml (2 cups) double (heavy) cream, divided 250ml (1 cup) whole milk 55g (¼ cup) granulated sugar 100g (½ cup) light brown sugar, packed pinch salt 4 egg yolks 1 tsp vanilla extract COOKIE DOUGH 113g (½ cup) unsalted butter, softened 55g (¼ cup) granulated sugar 100g (½ cup) light brown sugar, packed ¼ tsp salt ½ tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp milk or cream 95g (¾ cup) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted 85g (½ cup) mini dark chocolate chips COOKIES 113g (½ cup) vegetable shortening, softened 250g (1¼ cups) light brown sugar, packed ½ tsp baking powder ¾ tsp salt 50g (½ cup) cocoa powder, sifted ½ tsp instant espresso powder ½ tsp vanilla extract 200g (2 cups) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted DIRECTIONS: Line a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper. ICE CREAM Pour 250ml (1 cup) of double (heavy) cream into a medium heatproof bowl and nest it inside a larger bowl of ice water; set aside. Then, in a saucepan, combine the remaining 250ml (1 cup) of double )heavy) cream, milk, sugars, and salt. Cook gently over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugars have dissolved and the mixture starts to steam. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks, then slowly whisk in some of the warm cream mixture, around ⅓ cup at a time, until about half the cream mixture has been incorporated and egg mixture is warm to the touch. Return egg mixture back into saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a wooden spoon, around 5-7 minutes, or until it reaches approx. 73-76℃ (165-170℉). Do not let the mixture boil. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into the nested bowl of cold cream, discard any remaining solids, then add the vanilla and stir until mixture is cool. Once cool, cover with plastic wrap carefully pressing it onto the surface of the cream mixture to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least hours or preferably overnight. COOKIE DOUGH Combine the butter and sugars in a bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add salt, vanilla extract, milk (or cream); mix well. Gradually add the flour and mix until incorporated, then stir in the chocolate chips. Add the chilled cream mixture to the cookie dough mixture and mix thoroughly to combine. Freeze in an ice cream maker following the manufacturers directions until soft serve consistency, then pour into the prepared baking pan and freeze until solid. COOKIE SANDWICHES Beat together the shortening and sugar for 2-3 minutes, then add baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Mix in 1 cup (100g) flour, followed by 2 tablespoons of water, and then add the remaining 1 cup flour and another 2 tablespoons of water, mixing well until no dry ingredients remain. The dough should be soft and pliable but no sticky; if necessary, add more water until dough comes together. Preheat oven to 180℃ (350℉). Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into an even ¼-inch thickness. Cut dough in 3-inch squares, then transfer to a baking sheet lined with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Use a toothpick or cake tester to pole an even pattern of holes onto each cookie’s surface (optional). Repeat rolling and cutting of dough using the scraps if necessary to create 18 cookies, then place the cookie sheets in the freezer for 10 minutes before baking. Remove and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, or until the tops are matte and cookies are just set. Do not over bake. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, refrigerate or freeze the cookies until ready to use. To assemble the sandwiches, using the foil or parchment paper, carefully lift the block of cookie dough ice cream from the baking pan and place on a cutting board. Using a large knife, cut ice cream into 9 equal squares. Place 1 piece of ice cream between 2 chilled cookies and press lightly to adhere. Freeze the sandwiches until ready to use. NOTES: Ice cream yield: 1½ quarts If you don’t fancy have time to make the ice cream, you just as easily substitute for store-bought cookie dough ice cream. Although I’d definitely say to make this cookie dough as it is out of this world good!