Last weekend we had our good friends Cherelyn and Dave and their two kids Jake and Joey over for dinner. We had a great time as always, but got stuck on what to do for dessert. Grownup desserts that are amazing and can rock your world sometimes fall flat when put in-front of pair of pre-teen boys. Tres-Leches cake is amazing, but very different and different does not always pair well with kids. Especially when you try and explain that soaking their cake in milk for an hour makes it taste good. We talked about what to serve and tried to think of all the desserts we liked as kids. Charisse was a weird kid and liked all that fancy grown up food, but Eric was more of the Ice Cream, Cookies and Birthday Cake kind of kid. We had some ice cream in the freezer but that would be a terrible blog post:
Ice Cream: Open container. Scoop into bowl. Get brain freeze. Repeat.
Just not going to work. Cookies we could do, but we wanted to get creative and were kind of pushing the limits of what a typical kid might like in a cookie (and thats tough to do). We thought about peanut butter cookies, which is kinda fancy (Okay, its more fancy then Toll House Chocolate Chip) but still not dramatic enough for us. Then Charisse found some sprinkles in the back of the cabinet, and asked if the kids would want Ice Cream Sandwiches. Eric's exact quote was something like "The kids? Heck, I want an ice cream sandwich!" Thus, Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches. With Sprinkles. Trust us when we say its all about the sprinkles, they make the difference between a thrown together dessert, and a gourmet well planned out conclusion to a high class meal. There really is no better combination than peanut butter and chocolate, especially frozen. The whole meal, everyone kept glancing at the freezer, waiting for a chance to dig in and let the brain freeze work its magic. And it did. As soon as the sandwiches hit the plate, the kitchen (we didn't wait to sit back down) was filled with "Mmmm"s and "Oooh"s and "Augh Brain Freeze"s. And later when the kids pulled themselves away from their video games, they liked them too.
Pictures and Recipe after the break
Peanut Butter Cookies What You Will Need
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or crisco
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375*
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars, add egg and peanut butter mixing thoroughly. Add your dry ingredients and combine.
Grease a large cookie sheet and shape dough into equal sized balls. Depending on how large you want your sandwiches to be, make the balls about 1inch sized for smaller sandwiches and 2 inches for larger ones. Make sure you have an even number of cookies otherwise on of your sandwiches won't have a top!
Using a fork, flatten and make a crisscross pattern of each cookie.
Bake for about 10 minutes, larger ones might take a bit longer, and then let cool completely!
To Assemble The Sandwiches What You Will Need
1 gallon of your favorite chocolate or peanut butter chocolate ice cream (softened a bit)
Your favorite sprinkles
To assemble your sandwiches, scoop a large amount of icecream onto one cookie, top with 2nd cookie and roll edges in sprinkles. Chill for about 30 minutes and Enjoy!