Wind up the final quarter of the Super Bowl game Feb. 5 with homemade ice-cream sandwiches.
Not too rich and not too fussy, this classic dessert direct from your freezer is easy to slice at the last minute to bring on extra cheers from your home stadium.
A day or two before the big game, your school-age kids can have a part in measuring, whisking, beating and spreading out the chocolate cookie dough on a jellyroll pan.
After it has baked and cooled, pick your favorite ice-cream flavor or one with a color that represents your team. Then, assemble and freeze.
MINI ICE-CREAM SANDWICHES
Makes 40 servings.
1-1/3 cups unbleached, all-purposed flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup milk
1-1/2 quarts ice cream
To prepare oven, pan: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut parchment paper to generously fit rimmed 11-by-17-inch jellyroll pan.
To make cookies: In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa. Set aside. Using mixer, beat butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Beat in vanilla. Add one-fourth of flour mixture. Stir until just combined. Add half of milk. Stir until combined. Continue to add flour mixture and milk alternately.
To bake cookies: Spoon thick cookie dough onto prepared pan. Spread as evenly as possible to all edges. Bake for 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool.
To assemble: Loosen cookie. Invert onto cutting board. Peel away parchment. Cut cookie in half horizontally and vertically to form 4 rectangles. Let ice cream sit at room temperature until it's easy to cut and spread. Working quickly, slice and spread it evenly over 2 rectangles. (Note: You may want to have use different flavor on each one.) Top ice cream with remaining 2 rectangles. Wrap both large ice-cream sandwiches with plastic wrap. Freeze.
To serve: Remove plastic. Using sharp knife, cut into 1-by-2-inch servings.
Variation: Think pink and make a batch with strawberry ice cream for Valentine's Day.
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