Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches

Kim Conte

Only today did I realize that  St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner. How did it sneak up on me so quickly?

You know meβ€”I like to celebrate each and every holiday with lots of dessert. Time to whip up Guinness Cupcakes (from a couple months ago) or Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches from Taste of Home.

Minty Ice Cream Shamrocks from Taste of Home

6 tablespoons butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1-1/2 teaspoons milk

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup baking cocoa

1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1-1/2 to 2 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, milk, and vanilla and mix well. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture just until blended. Divide dough into two portions; flatten. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8- to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. shamrock cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Prick with a fork if desired.

Bake at 350F for 7-10 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Spread 1/4 to 1/3 cup ice cream over the bottom of six cookies; top with remaining cookies. Wrap individually in plastic wrap; freeze. May be frozen for up to 2 months.

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