“Admit it, cookie dough is usually better than the actual cookies.” ~ Unknown
So, my husband might be an alien. The quote above is practically a law of the universe, like thermodynamics and general relativity, but when I told him I was making cookie dough ice cream bars he looked at me and said, “Why would you want to do THAT?”
See? Alien. I’m going to look in the barn for pieces of his crashed spaceship when he goes to sleep tonight.
Everyone knows that the best part of making cookies is sneaking a little of the dough before it gets popped into the oven. Inspired by that moment of joy from childhood, this egg-free recipe pairs browned butter cookie dough with the creamy goodness of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches (Grain-Free)
- 3 ½ cups almond flour (where to buy almond flour)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (honey can be substituted if it is very mild in flavor – where to buy maple syrup, where to buy honey)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla (where to buy vanilla, how to make vanilla extract)
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips (I like this brand)
- 7 tablespoons pastured butter
- ½ tsp unrefined sea salt (where to buy sea salt)
- 1 ½ cups homemade vanilla ice cream
1. Cut butter into four equal chunks and place in a light colored, shallow pan. Heat pan over medium high heat and stir butter until it is light brown and smells a little like hazelnuts. It’s important to watch it closely or it will burn, but browning the butter is what makes the dough so delicious. See this tutorial if you’re not quite sure what to look for. Allow butter to cool before moving on to the next step or your chocolate chips may melt a little. You can put it in the fridge if you’re in a hurry.
2. Add almond flour, honey/maple syrup, vanilla, browned butter and sea salt to a food processor and mix thoroughly. If you don’t have a food processor, add all dry ingredients to a bowl and mix, then add wet ingredient and mix again. I prefer the food processor because the dough is a little more smooth.
3. Stir chocolate chips into the dough. This step takes a little elbow grease.
4. On a cookie sheet lined with lightly oil waxed paper, press dough flat into two separate, equal-sized rectangles. Place cookie sheet in the freezer and allow to harden for at least 5 hours. If you can’t fit the cookie sheet in the freezer, you can just lay cookie dough layers on the flattest surface you can find in the freezer. It doesn’t matter if it’s perfectly flat, because the dough will be moldable when it’s ready for use. (Kind of like modeling clay)
5. Remove cookie layers from the freezer and spread ice cream over the top of one of the pieces of cookie dough.
6. Place second sheet of cookie dough on top to form a sandwich, then press down firmly to evenly distribute the ice cream.
7. Place cookie dough/ice cream slab in the freezer to firm up, then dip a knife in hot water and cut into bars. Wrap individually in waxed or parchment paper to store in the freezer if desired. Enjoy!