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Revelations From A Creek Bed In Rural Alabama

Since we last talked, I was peer pressured into hiking with friends.  An hour into the hike–while they were cheerfully scrambling up rocks and I was crouching in a creek bed sucking on an organic lentil chip that tasted like a paper towel–I realized something alarming: now that the weather is warmer, this is going to happen all the time.  People will coax me outside, hand me a weird energy snack, and tell me to enjoy myself in The Great Outdoors.

I don’t hate The Great Outdoors, but I wish it were labeled better.  You know how ski slopes are either “green circles” or “blue squares” or “double black diamonds,” so you know if they’re easy or hard?  Well, I wish the people who labeled those would label the hikes near me.  As it is now, every third tree is painted with a random shape or spirit animal.  It’s very confusing.  Dozens of Alabamians get lost in the woods each year because one hiking partner thought they were following “the trail with the squiggly triangles” and the other thought they were following “the trail with the equals sign that looks like a hippopotamus.”
chipwich 1So I got to thinking: the least I can do for you is label my recipes properly, right?

Here goes:

I’m giving a GREEN CIRCLE (easy) to the Magic Sauce that Jenny and Tina posted in the comments last time around.  (I put a halved onion, 6 Tbsp. butter, 1/2 tsp. packed brown sugar and 2 28-oz. cans of whole, peeled tomatoes in a pot and simmered for 30 minutes or so.  It made an amazing tomato sauce.)

Another GREEN CIRCLE goes to the root beer pulled pork recipe Bunky recommended.  (Great.  For the most tender results, you could swap a Boston Butt in for the pork tenderloin.)

I haven’t made my way through every recipe that you guys posted in the comments last time but I will.  And thank you.

chipwich 3I’m giving these chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches a GREEN CIRCLE, too.  They have a couple steps but they’re not hard.

  1. First you make a sheet of chocolate chip cookies using mini chocolate chips.  Then you use a biscuit cutter or something to cut circles out.
  2. Then you soften some ice cream and spread an inch or two of it into a tray and freeze it again.  That way you can cut identical shapes of ice cream out.
  3. You put the ice cream between two cookie cut-outs and press mini chips on the outside.  And you’re done.

chipwich 4

And BOY ARE THEY GOOD.  They’re the closest thing I’ve ever had to a Chipwich®.  When you bake the cookies into one big sheet, the cookie part of each sandwich is soft and chewy, not hard and crunchy on the edges like it would be if you used actual drop cookies.

Feast yourselves, my friends!

Eggton’s Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches
by eggton (methods and write-up are mine, but the cookie ingredients are from Nestlé)

Ingredients

2 12-oz. bags mini chocolate chips

2 1/4 c. flour

1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened to room temperature

3/4 c. sugar

3/4 c. (packed) brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

vanilla ice cream

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, put the butter and the sugars.  Mix on low speed until fluffy.  Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until fully combined.

In a separate small bowl, put the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and salt) and stir a few times.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in three additions, mixing well after each.

Stir 1 12-oz. package (2 c.) of chips into the dough by hand.

Line a 9 x 13″ baking dish (not a baking sheet) with parchment paper (or grease it well) and spread the dough into the pan in as even a layer as possible.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until browned on top and then remove it from the oven and let it cool.

While the sheet cookie is baking, thaw the ice cream a little so that you can manipulate it easily with a spoon.  Glop some ice cream into a couple pie tins or a freezer-proof dish and smooth it out so that you have a 1 1/2 to 2 inch layer of ice cream.  Put the dishes in the freezer and leave them there until the ice cream firms up again (30 minutes to an hour).

Find a baking sheet or a couple freezer-proof plates that fit in your freezer because you need something to store the finished ice cream sandwiches on.  Pour 1/2 c. of the remaining chocolate chips into a small bowl.

When the sheet cookie is cool, cut squares or circles out of it with a biscuit or cookie cutter.  Carefully cut each cookie in half horizontally.  Remove the ice cream from the freezer and cut identical shapes out of the ice cream.  Carefully place a piece of ice cream between the halves of each cookie, forming a sandwich.  Using your fingers, gently attach chocolate chips to the strip of ice cream in each sandwich.  As you finish each sandwich, immediately transfer it to your baking sheet or plates in the freezer so that it doesn’t melt.   You can eat them right then or freeze them for an hour or more before eating.  When they’re thoroughly frozen, transfer them to a plastic bag or freezer-safe container so that they’re not lying open in the freezer overnight.

thunder in derby hatThunder doesn’t sleep when it comes to style, but she is fond of a nap.

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27 Comments Post a comment
  1. Margaret #

    I couldn’t agree more on the trail markers…and the yummy looking cookies!

    May 17, 2013
    • Right? We even saw DUCT TAPE wrapped around a couple trees. We were like “what on Earth is this supposed to signify?! Do we need to follow that? Crap, are we lost already?!” Yeesh.

      May 17, 2013
  2. Making these tonight for my son’s birthday tomorrow. You just made my hunt for a dessert for him Green Circle easy!

    May 17, 2013
    • Sharon, that’s so exciting to hear! Thanks for telling me. I hope you like them. I enjoy them best when they’ve solidified in the freezer a little at the end, but I’ve gotten impatient for them and eaten them straight away, too. Both ways hit the spot. Happy birthday to your son (and happy belated Mothers’ Day to you, too.)

      May 17, 2013
      • They were amazing! I looked like a superstar…and thanks for visiting the blog.:) Gave you full credit in my post: http://goo.gl/4AqA1

        May 21, 2013
  3. Sue Ellen Fitzgerald #

    hiking in Alabama is not fun for me either….muggy, buggy,and bumpy trails. Equals..bites, burns and sore ankles. I’ll have your ‘ice cream chocolate chip cookies’ while sitting under a umbrella waiting for the hikers to return…..

    May 17, 2013
    • stephbo93 #

      Preach on, sister!

      May 18, 2013
  4. Oh, these ice cream sandwiches are alluring! Very nice!

    May 17, 2013
  5. Thunder is STYLING – love it:) I so want one of those treats – tempting me with those photos – ha! Happy Weekend

    May 17, 2013
  6. OMG I can’t tell you how much I want these right now!! Beautiful 🙂

    May 17, 2013
  7. Those cookies look worth hiking a couple miles for (but I think that’s far enough 😊). I bet they’re fun to make! It comes as no surprise that Thunder is a fashionista; she always rocks her look.

    May 17, 2013
  8. I must say, these do look significantly more appealing than a lentil chip. Though, their backpack toting potential seems lacking. Mostly because I’d be eating them long before they made it into the backpack…

    May 17, 2013
  9. jenny_o #

    These look heavenly. I’m not sure I’d get past the massive sheet of chocolate chip cookie part. I do love the soft chewy part of a cookie. These would be so good for a hot day. Or, hey, a cold day, or any day, really.

    Wow – Thunder must have been in a really deep sleep for you to get the hat in place and take a photo!

    May 18, 2013
  10. I am at two with nature.

    Hey, you know what would make nature better? Those ice cream sandwiches up there.

    May 18, 2013
  11. Thunder is channeling Frank Sinatra. Better book a gig in Vegas.

    May 18, 2013
  12. Sarah #

    Those look wonderful! I used to get chipwiches all the time!

    May 18, 2013
  13. Maagggiiiccc Saaaauuuce

    May 18, 2013
  14. Those ice cream sandwiches look adorable and delicious!

    I looove that basic tomato sauce too. It’s also really good with olive oil instead of butter (though I don’t know why anyone would find that necessary, but I sometimes make it that way when I’m planning to serve it on top of polenta– that way I get to add extra butter to the polenta instead!).

    May 18, 2013
  15. Kim from The Hungry Goddess shared your blog with me, and I am so glad she did! I look forward to reading your posts, you have already made me giggle:-) Your ice cream sandwiches look so delicious! Take care, Terra

    May 18, 2013
  16. Yum! & your pics are amazing…I especially love your dog 🙂

    May 19, 2013
  17. Okay, now I want to make the Magic Sauce AND these ice cream cookies! It’s not even lunchtime and I’m hungry already. I should know better than to look at this blog in the morning!

    May 20, 2013
  18. That looks amazing!

    May 20, 2013
  19. Amy #

    You should totally write a cookbook with your ski-system for telling how hard it is! I love that idea. These really look like chipwiches. Wow…memories. I used to get those from the bookstore after school. So glad you’re coming out of your cooking rut 🙂

    May 20, 2013
  20. I’m a sucker for a cookie sandwich and these look amazing! Never thought to manipulate the ice cream like that before, either. I love your ski system idea for recipes as well – genius!

    May 21, 2013
  21. That’s going above and beyond for us! I’m just about to browse the appetizer section for something to take to the ladies’ salo(o)n I endure. I mean attend. I meant to say attend.

    May 23, 2013
  22. oh god: just reading the story about hiking made me hyperventilate. Although i am a great city walker, and could probably “hike” for days on a treadmill or say, my neighborhood sidewalk, actual hiking is decidedly NOT for me. I sort of wish it was for me, but i don’t know. i waffle.

    did you just introduce a new labeling system for food blogs just then? i love you.

    May 24, 2013
  23. Years ago (too many), I found a local brand of cookies similar to these in Rhode Island. I loved them! Of course, they are now either out of business of don’t see out of RI. I miss them. These sound really close – and relatively easy. I’m giving them a try! I’ll let you know if they bring me back to my days in RI, walking on the beach and stuffing my face with ice cream cookie sandwiches…

    May 30, 2013

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