Ice Cream Sammies & Self-Sufficiency

July 2012

I’m not a person who likes to take things apart in order to understand them and then put them back together again. I’m not a fixer-upper. I would never describe myself as “handy.” However, when I have a craving for a really rich, chocolaty ice cream sandwich at the height of a summer’s heat spell, I can be quite self-sufficient, and of that, I am proud!

“Self-sufficient” is not to say I eat the entire tower o’ ice cream sammy by myself. That would just be self-destruction, at least in the temporary, oh-god-whhhhy-am-I-so-full sense of self-destruction.

Chocolate, Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Note: I used about 3/4 of this batter in a 9×13 inch glass pan, which yielded more of a brownie, from which I could cut the circles to hold the heaping scoops of organic, mint, chocolate-chip ice cream. I used the remaining batter to make a stone pan’s worth of cookies. The sizing is flexible, but keep an eye on the oven to avoid a sad, burned catastrophe.


~1/2 lb dark chocolate (El Rey Bucare Bittersweet 58% Cocoa)

2 2/3 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup pure cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) organic unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 Tablespoons bourbon

3 large eggs (local/free-range)

1 cup roasted, salted almonds, chopped
2 cups organic semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375° F.

Melt dark chocolate using a Maria bath; stir until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.

In a separat mixing bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, turbinado sugar, vanilla extract and bourbon.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Beat in melted chocolate.

Gradually beat in flour mixture.

Stir in almonds and 2 cups chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until cookies are puffed.

Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.


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