Summer is upon us and if you’re like us, you maybe enjoying ice cream a little more these days. One of my son’s favorite treats is ice cream so when we received a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker we were so excited to give it a try! I also decided to make one of my favorite cookie recipes, white chocolate – butterscotch. Pair those with some old homemade ice cream and you’ve got a delicious summer treat – white chocolate butterscotch ice cream sandwiches!
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I made the cookies and the ice cream the evening before. The cookie recipes is one of my absolutely favorites. It’s been adapted from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook. It’s one of my go-to cookbooks. It has a lot of traditional recipes, but all of which are very versatile. I have swapped out ingredients with some healthy options in order to make it a little more healthy for my family but I have included the original ingredient called for.
White Chocolate-Butterscotch Cookies
page 76 from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook
- 1 3/4 C freshly milled flour or all-purpose flour ( I use the Wondermill Grain Mill for filling grains.)
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/2 t salt
- 2 T unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 C vegetable shortening, room temperature ( I just use plain, room temp. butter in place of shortening.)
- 1 1/4 C packed Sucanat or dark-brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 T pure vanilla extract
- 8 oz quality white chocolate, chopped into 1/4″ pieces (You can also use white chocolate chips.)
- Preheat oven to 350°, with racks in the upper and lower thirds. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, shortening and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in the egg and the vanilla until combined. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in two batches, beating just until combined. Stir in the white chocolate.
- Drop 2 tablespoons of dough at a time about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until lightly golden brown around the edges, about 15 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheets for 2 minutes, the transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Cookies can be kept in an airtight container at room temp for up to four days.
For the ice cream I had planned on just making a homemade vanilla recipe but thought it would be fun to try the strawberry starter from Williams Sonoma. I’m so glad we did because it was absolutely delicious! What’s great about the starter is that is doesn’t contain any food coloring, artificial flavorings or preservatives! We couldn’t believe how easy it was to use and how well it turned out. I’m sold for sure! We did end up making a vanilla ice cream recipe from Cuisinart and it turned out great as well.
You place the suggested amount of starter in with your half n half and whisk. You then add your heavy cream and mix well. Turn your Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker on and pour the mix in. You leave it in the ice cream maker for about 15-20 minutes. Yes, only 20 minutes! It’s extremely quick and painless to make. We like a thicker ice cream, so I left it in for about 20 minutes and then placed it in a bread pan and let it set a little more in the freezer for an hour or two.
It turned out perfect and oh so yummy!
Let the ice cream sit on your counter for a couple minutes until it’s soft enough to make your sandwiches. Take one scoop and place between two cookies. There ya have it!
We also decided to add some fun sprinkles to the vanilla ice cream. Of course, those were Charlie’s favorite!
We store our sandwiches in a lined bread pan with foil over the top. They don’t stick around more than a couple days at our house.
We have a had a blast this month with the ice cream maker. I remember when I was younger using a crank ice cream maker and adding in tons of salt. Not anymore! Not to mention, clean up is a breeze. If you have a favorite cookie or ice cream recipe I’d love to know what it is. I’ve also included some yummy ice cream recipes before from a couple of my favorite blogs. I see a lot of ice cream sandwiches in our future this summer and would love to try out your recipes!
Have a wonderful rest of the week everyone!