A few weeks ago, Kristi and Blaine bought a new grill. So obviously, they invited us over for dinner. It was such a good time, that the next week they invited us again (smart people, them).
The second time around, I volunteered to bring dessert (because I love to make dessert and yet, it's hard to not end up eating the whole dang thing between the two of you when you have no children).
I wanted to make something a little different and fun and also summery, and when I flipped through my Everyday Food magazines (I have gobs of them), I remembered that I'd been wanting to make these coconut ice cream sandwiches for ages. Aha! The perfect opportunity.
They were surprisingly easy to make and turned out to be delicious (Blaine especially loved them). Bart wished we'd used chocolate ice cream instead. Next time. Also, it turned out to be a really chilly day, so all my plans of having a lovely cool treat on a hot day were sort of dashed to pieces. Rude.
Coconut Ice Cream Sandwiches
(From Everyday Food Magazine)
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup flour
7 oz sweetened shredded coconut (2 2/3 cups)
2 pints ice cream (any flavor)
In your trusty kitchen aid, beat butter, sugar, and salt until smooth and then mix in flour and coconut until dough forms. Transfer to a sheet of wax paper and pat into a rectangular log (3 inches wide and six inches long). Wrap waxed paper around the log, tap the sides each lightly on the counter to make them square and straight, and freeze for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350. Remove log from freezer and cut into slices about 1/4 inch thick (should be around 24 slices, although mine came out with less than that). Arrange slices on baking sheets (give them a few cm of space each because they do spread).
Bake 10 minutes and rotate cookie sheets and cook another 10-15 minutes. Cool completely on sheets.
While cookies cool, set the ice cream out to soften a bit. When cookies are cool, spread about 3/4 inch of ice cream on a cookie and place another cookie on top (this is why they're called sandwiches! Brilliant, eh?) Freeze on a cookie sheet until firm, about 3 hours. If freezing longer than that, wrap each in a plastic.
Eat your heart out.