ice cream sandwich

If there’s a week when we need comfort, this is the week. Personally, I take great comfort in baking. The whir of beaters, the cracking of eggs, the pouring of chocolate, all engross me to the point where I think of little else but the process in which I’m engaged.

I recently heard a lecture featuring a Julia Child biographer. Apparently, when guests on her program expressed anxiety about being on television, Julia would say, “Think of the food. Focus on the food.”

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cookie plate
ice cream sandwich over

For me, baking is a form of meditation. It’s methodic. It’s precise. It’s completely engrossing.

I see the act of baking as more important than the act of eating the result. Why? When you bake, you breathe. You focus. Your key ingredients are love and kindness. What could be better than that?

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many ice cream sandwiches
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The next time you need to de-stress, I highly recommend making this recipe. Watch the beaters whir. Taste the batter. Smell the aroma of the melting chocolate as the cookies as bake in the oven.

Whether you sandwich delicious ice cream between the cookies or simply eat them warm with a big glass of fresh, local milk, share them with someone you love. You’ll feel better.

In the words of Julia, “Think of the food. Focus on the food.”

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

17 1/2 tbs (250 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 c (165 g) dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 c plus 1 tbs (160 g) cane sugar
2 c (285 g) flour
1 egg
1 tsp (4 g) vanilla extract
1/2 c (50 g) good quality cocoa powder
1 tsp (5 g) baking soda
2 c (200 g) chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 355 degrees (180 c). Line baking trays with parchment or silicone baking mat and set aside.

In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Mix in the dry ingredients until just blended. Do not over-mix. Mix in the chocolate chips.

Form balls of dough (golf-ball size) and place on cookie sheet about 3 “ apart.  Press each cookie gently with the palm of your hand to flatten.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, depending upon your oven. Do not over-bake. Cool on wire rack.

Notes:

1. The dough can be rolled for into a log for “slice and bake” cookies and refrigerated for up to one week. The “slice and bake” cookies aren’t as pretty as the hand-rolled cookies but they taste delicious. Also, after 3 days in the refrigerator, the cookies will become crispier.

2. I have also made these cookies without baking soda (happy accident). These were the cookies I used for ice cream sandwiches because they were a bit chewier and flatter. To make an ice cream sandwich, make or buy your favorite ice cream and soften it slightly. Place a scoop between two cookies and press. You can also roll the edges in your favorite coating (in this case, I used vanilla ice cream and ground-up candy canes). Yes, ice cream in winter. New England is the biggest consumer of ice cream in the country.

3. Finally, if you exclude the chocolate chips, this is a great cookie to grind up and use as the base for a cookie crust in a cheesecake or ice cream cake.

Bon appétit!



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30 Comments
  1. I so needed this right now. I’ve been searching the web for escape and no one is posting! I agree. Baking is meditative for me too. I can’t wait o meditate with these cookies!

  2. I wish I had the patience and precision gene to carry out the beautiful desserts you feature on Fresh, but alas those are skills that I need to work on. I love the idea of crushing candy canes for a seasonal ice cream sandwich, very pretty. Thanks also for the post prior to this one. It gives us a tangible way to support the victims.

  3. Boy oh boy do we need comfort this week. How has it been in New England. My heart is still breaking for those poor families. This is healing to take in.

  4. Thoughts are with you all at this very difficult time, El. A beautiful post. I am hoping your President takes the step to ban those weapons! The gun buy-back here in Australia after an appalling massacre in Tasmania was a huge success.

  5. You’re spot on. When I cook I go into a trance. This week has been hell. I don’t even know how to process my emotions over the event because there are so many. I will try the cookies. I need to breathe.

  6. Beautiful. I actually made little cookies with a butter cream filling rolled in crushed candy canes one year. They were a nice change, but not keepers. I love candy cane ice cream. That would make all of the difference.
    And – no words for the rest. No words.
    XO
    v

  7. I like the idea of using vanilla ice cream and rolling it in peppermint. That way the mint does not overtake you. Have you tried to roll the sandwiches in anything else? Any recommendations?

  8. I like the idea of using vanilla ice cream and rolling it in peppermint. That way the mint does not overtake you. Have you tried to roll the sandwiches in anything else? Any recommendations?

  9. Jennifer, I suspect it’s been tough everywhere.

    Chloe, chocolate chips, cookie crumbs, flaked chocolate, any crushed candy you’d like…

    Thanks for the comments everyone.

  10. El, Merci!

    Lovely post. Lovely recipe. Your kindness to us all is very generous, even if virtually. I, thank you for that my friend. Wishing you only the very best, this holiday season and moving forward. xo

  11. I am loving your Christmas decorations – they match the Ice Cream Sandwiches, which look great.

    So true that this is most defiantly a time where we need comfort and healing. And we do it the best way we can. Hugs!

  12. My daughter who is also a young mother is having a very hard time with this tragedy. We all need to make sure our kids and grand kids know they are loved. I’m doing my part 😉 I have always found baking and cooking takes my mind off of stressful situations.

    These are so beautiful, El!

  13. You’re right about baking being relaxing. I escape to it regularly when I’m working on my thesis. I’ll be adding this to the list of recipes I want to try this year. A very beautiful post!

  14. I also find baking to be much needed therapy. The Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches are an enchanting method of therapy! A charming treat to share with share with family and friends as we cherish our time with them this holiday season.

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