Me: If you could eat one crazy combination ice cream sandwich what would it be?
Andrew: Ice cream sandwich? Uh, buttered popcorn ice cream with gingerbread cookies.
Me: Wow. That sounds awesome. Doing it. Can you do gingerbread in the summer!? Is that allowed?
Andrew: Yes. No rules.
... and so I did it. Buttered popcorn ice cream sandwiched in between soft gingersnap cookies, and I'm so stinking excited to tell you guys about them.
So maybe it's an Asian thing, maybe it's just our thing, but growing up mom and dad didn't really do dessert time in the most conventional way. Instead of a slice of pie or cake or cookies at the dinner table for dessert, mom would wash and cut up or peel fruit and we'd sit around the family room table, eating fruit, reading books or playing on our phones. If it was Thursday, we'd watch Survivor on CBS and get super invested in who was going to get voted off the island. In the winter we'd get oranges, spring and summer would bring in grapes and cherries, and apples were our staple for all the other days in between. And there's six of us in the family total, so we went through a lot of fruit.
But then there were days where we would get to switch it up. Our favorite non-fruit desserts were apple turnovers, and ice cream. Oh man to this day it's my favorite sweet in the whole wide world. I used to be a mint chocolate chip gal, then moved on to more "grown up" tastes like coffee and pistachio, and now I'm just pretty much in love with any flavor of ice cream. If it's sweet, cold, and creamy, I'll most likely eat it. Ice cream has a lot of additional memories tied to it. I celebrated every birthday growing up with an ice cream cake. When we would go out to California and visit the beach, we would beg our dad to take us to Baskin Robbins, and we'd eat the ice cream in the shop with our dirty sandy feet. Even now we convince dad that we should get ice cream in huge waffle cones when we're visiting California. Ice cream is a happy food.
I've wanted to make an ice cream sandwich since seeing these bacon and sweet corn ice cream sandwiches from a joint post I read from Molly and Cynthia. And then I wanted to make a crazy combination after seeing this amazing deliciousness from Michelle. I love how inspirational food blogs are, don't you?! There's always something new to try. Everyone is so creative and almost every day I get excited about multiple recipes I come across on the webs.
There were definitely a couple of doubts though before making these, like "I don't have an ice cream maker!" and "What the heck do I do to make a buttered popcorn flavor?" Luckily I found this great idea of no churn ice cream floating around Pinterest, and after reading a few posts about it, I decided to just go for it. To flavor the ice cream I just added some white chocolate, butter, and salt to the condensed milk, and threw in a few handfuls of microwaved all butter popcorn just for the heck of it. The result was a slightly salty but still creamy and sweet ice cream that definitely gave me a buttered popcorn taste. Success! I then sandwiched the ice cream in between two extremely soft gingersnap cookies, underbaking the cookies slightly as Molly and Cynthia instructed. After making the sandwiches, I just stuck them back in the freezer to firm up again, and proceeded to wait impatiently for the next hour until I could try them. I was thrilled when I took my first bite. The gingersnaps were a perfect sweet to go along with the ice cream. The best kind of sammich.
This is dangerous. I am now equipped with the power to make ice cream. Since these sandwiches, I've been already brainstorming other sweet combinations for summertime and beyond. The list is getting ridiculous. Friends, you have been warned. I foresee many an ice cream sammie in your future. Muahahaha.
I still have a few of these in the freezer, if you want one text me because as much as I would like to eat them all, my butt would not appreciate it.
Happy Friday friends!
Gingersnaps and buttered popcorn ice cream sandwiches
For the buttered popcorn no churn ice cream
2 cups heavy cream, cold
1 (15 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
Popped butter popcorn
1/4 cup white chocolate chips, melted
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
For the soft gingersnaps
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup margarine, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup molasses
White sugar, for rolling
For the ice cream
Pour condensed milk into a large bowl and add the white chocolate, salt, and buttered popcorn. Mix until combined.
Whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Then fold the whipped cream into the sweetened condensed milk mixture until combined.
Pour the mixture into a 9 x 5 x 3 in loaf pan, cover with aluminum foil and freeze for at least 6 hours.
For the gingersnaps
In a large bowl mix the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat the margarine and sugar together until fluffy. Add the egg and beat until combined. Add the water and molasses, then stir until incorporated.
Add the flour mixture to the molasses mixture until well combined. Place dough in the fridge for at l hour (this is optional, but the dough is quite sticky and it helped me for the next part)
Preheat oven to 350 F
Pour some sugar into a bowl. Take out the dough, and roll into golf ball sized balls and then plop them into the sugar and make sure the sugar coats all the dough. Place on a baking sheet.
Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, and it's better to be on the underbaked side.
For the sandwiches
Take the cookies out of the oven and place them in the freezer for 10 minutes so that they harden up a little for the cookies.
Using two cookies that are around the same size, place ice cream on one of the flat sides of the cookies and then use the other cookie to lightly smush the ice cream to make a sandwich. Place in the freezer - you don't want the ice cream to get too melty but if it does, just stick it in the freezer!
Wrap up the sandwiches individually, and enjoy!