Double Chocolate Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Double Chocolate Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

 

These double chocolate ice cream cookie sandwiches have been on my to-do list forever!

I’ve seen so many mouthwatering versions on social media that I was inspired to create my own Swoon Food version, i.e. dairy, gluten/grain free, and low in sugars.

After trialling a spiced cookie version on Christmas day I decided chocolate cookies were definitely the way to go. If you’re going to do it, you might as well go the full way – right?!

I based the chocolate cookies off my Oreo cookie recipe from many moons ago. They’re a delicious, dark chocolate flavoured cookie, that stays nice and flat after baking,  so are perfect for sandwiching ice cream together.

This new version, however, is much lower in sugars and uses raw cacao powder instead of dutch process cocoa. The reason I used dutch process cocoa in the original Oreo cookie recipe was the achieve the classic, dark Oreo colour. Unfortunately,  dutch process cocoa powder loses much of it’s nutrients in the processing, so raw cacao powder is the healthier choice. To read more about why raw cacao is so good for you, check out this raw chocolate brownie mousse cake post.

Raw cacao does creates quite a rich, decadent cookie though, so if you’re making these for kiddies either sub out some of the raw cacao powder for more flour, or use regular cocoa powder instead.

 

 

There’s a trick to making ice cream cookie sandwiches that don’t immediately melt in your hand – which I learnt the hard way!

Instead of scooping ice cream straight from the tub and squishing between cookies (unless you uber messy is your thing!), the best way is to prep your ice cream ahead of time. 

All you need to do is allow a tub of ice cream to soften, spread it into a brownie pan and allow to set. When firm, cut rounds using the same cookie cutter as your cookies, sandwich the ice cream round between two cookies and return to the freezer to allow it to set. The key is to make sure the chocolate cookie is the same temperature as the ice cream so that the ice cream doesn’t melt before you get a chance to eat it!

 

 

And that’s it! Super easy.

You could, of course, get all fancy and roll the sides of the ice cream cookie sandwiches in toppings such a coconut, chocolate chips or freeze dried raspberries. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably want to eat them well before any of that!

And because these double chocolate ice cream cookie sandwiches are stored in the freezer, there’s a chance you might just forget about them. This means one day when you’re looking for a sweet treat you’ll find a happy surprise waiting for you…

Ok, who am I kidding. These are seriously good so you’re going probably going to eat them in one sitting, but they’re worth it!

 


If you make these double chocolate ice cream cookie sandwiches, let me know!

Leave a comment below, and be sure to tag your pictures #swoonfood on Instagram or facebook. Enjoy!

 

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM COOKIE SANDWICHES

Makes: Approximately 10 medium or 16 small ice cream cookie sandwiches
Prep time: 30 minutes

Chocolate Cookies

100g coconut oil, melted
120g coconut sugar
60g ground almonds/almond meal
60g buckwheat flour (or rice flour)
60g raw cacao powder (dutch cocoa powder for a milder flavour)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
pinch pink Himalayan salt
1 egg or egg substitute/flax egg 
1 Tbsp rice syrup or pure maple syrup

Ice Cream

A tub or two of your favourite ice cream (I used Duck Island’s Salted Chocolate Brownie & Little Islands Coconut Caramel – both dairy free/vegan)

 

To get the best looking ice cream sandwiches that don’t melt in your hand, you need to prep the ice cream first. Leave it out at room temperature for 20 minutes or so until soft, then spread it into a lined brownie tray. You want it to be quite thick, around 1 inch, then place in the freezer to set. Once set, use a cookie cutter to cut out rounds of ice cream, place them on a tray then back in the freezer until you’re ready to use them. The ice cream off cuts can either be refrozen and used to make more rounds, or put back in the tub for another day.

To make the cookies, place all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Make a well in the centre and add the egg, vanilla and cooled, melted coconut oil. Stir well to combine.

You’ll have quite a sticky dough so place it between two sheets of baking paper and roll it out to approximately 5mm thickness. Place in the fridge to chill 10 mins or so, until firm.

Preheat your oven to 180ºC fan bake.

Remove the sheet of dough from the fridge and peel off the top paper. Use a cookie cutter to cut out circles and place them on a lined baking sheet. If the cut cookies start to get too soft place them in the fridge to firm up again before baking.

Bake the cookies in the centre of the oven for 8 minutes, or until cookies are just firm to touch. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the tray before transferring to a sealed container if you doh’t plan to use them straight away.

To assemble the cookie sandwiches:

Remove the ice cream round from the freezer and sandwich a chocolate cookie on either side. Place the ice cream cookie sandwiches back on the tray and into the freezer to set again. When the cookies are chilled they’re ready to be served.

 

 

 

Oreo Cookies

Oreo Cookies

 

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The inspiration for this homemade “Oreo” cookie recipe came after a version appeared on the counter of our local coffee shop. Nick bought one for himself and I ended up eating most of it because they tasted so damn amazing!! Unfortunately for me, however, they were full of butter and wheat flour which was not so amazing.

These cookies were so good they made me want to create a dairy and gluten free version so that next time Nick bought one I wouldn’t be tempted, with the knowledge I had en even better version at home.

So after a little trial and error, I give you my version of homemade “Oreo” cookies! These are made with coconut oil instead of butter and a combination of brown rice flour and cornflour instead of wheat flour. Despite these adaptations, these “Oreo” cookies taste so good that I don’t think anyone would be able to tell. The vanilla creme filling especially tastes exactly like the originals yet is so much better for you as it only contains 4 ingredients!

The secret to the lovely dark chocolate cookie colour is to use good quality Dutch process cocoa powder. The other secret to these “Oreo” cookies is the addition of a little salt. Enjoy x

 

When you give these delicious cookies a try and I would love to hear your thoughts!

Did you like the recipe? Do you think they taste like the originals?

Tell me in the comments section down below!

 

 

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Oreo Cookies

Makes: Approximately 15 large cookies or 25 small
Prep time: 40 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes

230g coconut oil, softened
360g raw sugar (or coconut sugar works well too)
1 tsp vanilla powder or essence
1/4 tsp himalayan pink salt
2 eggs
100g brown rice flour
100g cornflour
140g dutch cocoa

Place the softened coconut oil and sugar in a bowl and beat until pale and creamy. If using a stand mixer use the paddle attachment for this. The mixture won’t look exactly the same as when you cream butter and sugar but it will be similar. Add the vanilla and salt, then the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until well combined. Lastly add the flours and cocoa powder and carefully mix on low with the paddle attachment (or by hand) until the mixture comes together. It will form quite a sticky dough. Divide the mixture into two and roll each half between two sheets of baking paper to about 5mm thick. Place the sheets of cookie dough into the fridge to firm up (approximately 30 minutes).

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Once the dough is firm remove from the fridge, peel back the top sheet of paper and cut out cookies using a cookie cutter of your choice. I used a quite large 8cm circle for the cookies in the photos, but a 5cm cutter would work well too. Use a palette knife or thin fish slice to carefully lift the cut cookies off the rolling paper and place on lined baking trays. Re-roll any leftovers and continue to cut out cookies until all the dough is used up. If the dough starts to get warm return to the fridge before baking to avoid the cookies losing their shape.

Place the cookies in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until the tops are firm. Cool the cookies on their trays for about 10minutes (to avoid breaking the cookies), then transfer to a wire rack.

Vanilla Creme Filling

150g coconut oil, softened
300g icing sugar
1/2 vanilla pod or 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
pinch himalayan pink salt

Place all the ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium with a paddle attachment. If using a hand held mixer, beat the softened coconut oil, vanilla and salt first and then carefully mix in the icing sugar to avoid it flying everywhere. Once the ingredients are all combined turn the speed up to high and whip the creme filling until smooth and creamy.

To assemble the cookies:

Line up cookies in matching sizes. If you have a piping bag use a wide, plain nozzle to pipe a circle of the creme filling onto the underneath side of one cookie, quite near the edge, and top with it’s matching half. Alternatively use a knife to spread the creme onto the cookies as close to the edge as possible and then place the matching cookie on top and give it a gentle squeeze.

Store these cookies in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

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