Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches

The weather is snowy and 18 degrees so I decided to make ice cream sandwiches. Yes, I am that kid that wanted ice cream in the middle of winter. Also, I had a super cool 3D printed Mickey Mouse cookie cutter that needed some action! Some of the most simple, grab-and-go park treats are Mickey Ice Cream Bars and Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches. They are classic childhood treats made to carry between Space Mountain and the Jungle Cruise. Creamy, chocolatey, and mickey-shaped there are ready for Instagram limelight at a moments notice. What gives the ice cream sandwich the one-up is the chewy cookie pieces and cookies and cream ice cream. I will pick cookies and cream ice cream in my sandwich over #plainjane vanilla anytime. Putting together yummy ice cream sandwiches in my own kitchen was so fun and easy.


The key to an amazing ice cream sandwich has to start with the sandwich believe it or not. Don't let it be hard though, otherwise the ice cream will squish out everywhere! Everyone wants a soft, chewy cookie that doesn't stick to your teeth. Cut out cookies are perfect for this application. They bake up relatively flat and can be customized for flavor, shape, and design! I was on the hunt for Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy impression cookie cutters for this project. I found them on Etsy but decided to save them for later due to the sizeable investment. Instead I went with a 4 ich custom, 3D printed cookie cutter from ClarkWoodenOriginals. I encountered a few hiccups with the ears but after some soothing words from my hubby each Mickey cookie made it from counter to pan.

After your cookie situation is baking, ice cream becomes essential. I went true to the park original with cookies and cream but you can use whatever you want... As the holiday season approaches gingerbread cookies with an eggnog ice cream center is a variety someone should pay me for #copyright. To get the Mickey shape right you have a couple options. Using a 8x8 or 9x13 inch pan, spread the ice cream in a layer 1-1.5 inches deep and re-freeze until completely solid. Press your cookie cutter into the ice cream to get an outline and cut out with a knife #perfectionist. Lift out and lay onto one cookie. Sandwich with another Mickey and you're ready to go! Otherwise, you can dab ice cream onto one cookie, smoosh with a second, and smooth out the sides #ta-da. Either way is delicious.

When making cookies don't forget chilling the dough for 30 minutes will make it easier to roll and cut out cleanly. If you're making chocolate cookies you can dust your work surface, dough, and rolling pin with cocoa powder to preserve the chocolately-goodness. If ice cream is melty, wrap the sandwich in plastic or parchment and freeze until easy to handle. Don't be afraid to try your own variations. Ice cream sandwiches can come in any variety you can dream of and will be scrumptious every time.

Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 gallon of cookies and cream ice cream

Directions

  1. Soften ice cream, scoop into 8x8 or 9x13 inch baking dish and spread with spatula until level, freeze completely about 2 hours.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  3. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; cover. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly dusted surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with Mickey-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on parchment lined baking sheets.
  5. Bake 8-12 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  6. Remove ice cream from freezer, lightly press cookie cutter into ice cream to make an outline. Use a knife to cut around the outline and gently lift out, placing on face down cookie.
  7. Top with a second cookie. Enjoy! 

This recipe can be converted to woopie pies or sprinkled with pixie dust using chocolate dip and sprinkles!  It also a great chocolate cut out recipe that works for any shape cookie... My mom has always made soft, sturdy cream cheese cutout cookies at Christmas and a chocolate version will definitely be the base of my next trial with Disney shaped cut-out cookies.

What character are you using for your ice cream sandwiches? What flavor combination would you choose? Comment below!

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