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Ice Cream Sandwiches

Recipe #1 (good, and so easy!)

1 cake mix (I used Devil’s Food with pudding in the mix)
½ cup oil
2 eggs

Mix, and add your own special touches. Try 1 cup of chocolate or peanut butter chips, or a cup of pecans- or some of each!

Drop by rounded tablespoons on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press mound down a bit to encourage the nice round shape you want. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

Gently slide off cookie sheet and cool, then freeze.
To assemble, soften ice cream a bit, fill sandwiches and return to freezer to firm up again.

* Notes:
- You can buy cookies or graham crackers sturdy enough to create your ice cream sandwich buffet. Try the Voortman cookie kiosk or your grocer’s bakery and let the kids pick their favorite flavor cookies… or cookie combo!
- Use coffee flavored ice cream (Edy’s Espresso Chip) on chocolate wafers - for a grown up treat.

Recipe #2 (fudgie, rich chocolate)
* Chocolate-Pecan Ice Cream Sandwiches from Good Housekeeping June 2005

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), cut up
1 bag (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
2 cups pecans, chopped
1 cup all-purpose flour (I used 1 ¼ cups flour)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 pints favorite ice cream

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease large cookie sheet. Place 2 jelly-roll pans or cookie sheets in freezer to use later for ice cream.

2. In microwave-safe large bowl, combine butter, chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk. Cook in microwave oven on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave 30 to 60 seconds longer and stir again until chocolate and butter are completely melted.

3. Into chocolate mixture in bowl, stir pecans, flour, and vanilla until combined. Drop dough by rounded measuring tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto greased cookie sheet. With fingers, press each mound into 2-inch round.

4. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes or until firm when lightly pressed. Cool on cookie sheet on wire rack 2 minutes. With metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough. Store cookies between layers of waxed paper in tightly covered container at room temperature until ready to use or up to 2 weeks, or freeze up to 3 months.

5. Meanwhile, scoop ice cream by rounded 2 tablespoons into 24 mounds onto cold jelly-roll pans; flatten each mound into 2-inch round. Freeze ice cream rounds until firm, at least 1 hour. If not using right away, store ice cream rounds in freezer-safe container with waxed paper between layers, up to 1 week.

6. Just before serving, assemble ice cream rounds and cookies into 24 sandwiches.

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