Coconut & Almond Ice Cream Sandwiches
Feeling hot? Cool off with coconut ice cream sandwiched between chocolate cookies coated in chopped candied nuts or sweet coconut flakes.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 ounces milk chocolate, chopped in 1/4-inch chunks
- Vegetable oil cooking spray
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 1 cup almonds, toasted
- 2 pints coconut ice cream or sorbet
- 1 cup sweetened coconut, shredded
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 60mins
Adapted from marthastewart.com
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Heat butter and semisweet chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water until melted.
Beat sugar, eggs, vanilla, and melted-chocolate mixture with a mixer on medium speed until combined. Reduce speed to low, and gradually beat in flour mixture until just combined. Divide dough in half, and fold milk-chocolate chunks into 1 half.
Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing about 2-inches apart. Bake, rotating and tapping sheets on counter halfway through, until cookies are flat and surfaces begin to crack, 15 to 17 minutes. Transfer cookies on parchment to a wire rack, and let cool.
Raise oven temperature to 350°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Bring sugar, butter, corn syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Add almonds, and stir to coat. Spread out onto baking sheet, and bake, tossing occasionally to recoat nuts, until golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool. Finely chop nuts, and sift to discard dust.
Using a 2 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop ice cream onto half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies (group plain chocolate cookies together and milk-chocolate-chunk cookies together). Press down gently to push ice cream to edge of cookies. Place candied almonds and coconut in 2 separate bowls. Roll outside of each milk-chocolate-chunk sandwich in almonds; transfer to a baking sheet. Roll outside of each chocolate sandwich in coconut; transfer to baking sheet. Freeze until ready to serve.
Almonds can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.
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