This weekend (well actually Monday) was G's birthday! We ate, did a ton of walking around the city, went to the baseball game with some friends, and made and ate these ice cream sandwiches!
I knew I wanted to make something that wasn't chocolate, was easy to share with friends, was easy, seemed pretty foolproof, and didn't require a ton of dishes and/or time. These fit all of categories and also seemed really fun/outrageous/festive. Hooray!
(These were honestly so good that while eating the first one, I just looked at G and with my mouth filled with ice cream sandwich murmured "I made something great." He agreed.)
Funfetti Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches
Yields 18-20 sandwiches
For Funfetti Cookies:
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/3 cups flour
3-5 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles or nonpareils
1 container of birthday cake ice cream (I used Blu's Birthday Party from Blue Bunny)
1 container of rainbow Nerds candy and Fruity Pebbles cereal, or whatever you want!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter and shortening with an electric mixer. Add sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and vanilla. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk flour, salt, and baking powder to combine. With your mixer on low, add dry ingredients to the butter/egg mixer. Using a spatula, fold in sprinkles.
Drop rounded balls of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. I made mine a little larger than the original recipe to get a bigger cookie, about a tablespoon and a half large. Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms just begin to brown. Allow cookies to cool slightly on the baking sheet, about 5 minutes, and then transfer onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
Once cookies are completely cool, match cookies of the same size. Place a baking sheet so it's flat in your freezer. Using a tablespoon or soup spoon, spoon birthday cake ice cream onto one cookie and lightly press down with another cookie. I used a ball of ice cream that was larger than a golfball, but smaller than a tennis ball, but whatever works! Use the handle of a spoon (or your finger) to smooth out the ice cream between the cookies and place on the baking sheet in the freezer. After all sandwiches are created, roll the sides of each sandwich in candy or lightly smashed cereal, pressing the pieces into the ice cream. Place back in the freezer and freeze for at least an hour to completely harden.
So cute! :)