When we are out in San Diego, we always go to our favorite ice cream shop, the Moo Time Creamery. They make delicious ice cream, but what my girls love the best about the place is their "vanilla" ice cream - it just happens to be a gorgeous shade of aqua blue! So, it got me to thinking...every summer I make my own ice cream sandwiches - they're fun, easy to make and everyone loves them, but they are a bit boring. Even though I usually vary the ice cream flavors or the type of cookie I use, they generally end up looking about the same. But this year, I thought I'd shake things up a bit and "color" my own ice cream! How fun is that!
-Vanilla ice cream (good quality)
-Liquid food coloring
-Large cookies (I used sugar cookies from a local bakery)
-Sprinkles, colored sugar, chocolate chips, etc... for decoration (optional)
Begin by briefly setting your ice cream out on the counter and allowing it to melt slightly - just enough so that it is easy to stir. I wanted a bunch of different colors, so I divided mine up into several bowls and added a drop or two of food coloring to each.
Working quickly, place a scoop of ice cream on top of one cookie, being careful to leave some room around the edge. Top with a second cookie. Next, press down lightly on the top cookie until the ice cream gets close to the edge of the cookie - be careful not to squish it too much or it will spill over the edges and you'll have a big mess. If you want to smooth your sides, you can do so with a butter knife dipped in hot water.
At this point, you may want to put your sandwiches in the freezer for just a few minutes to set up. Then, roll the edges of the ice cream sandwiches in multi-colored sprinkles, candies, chocolate chips, etc...
The color and design combinations are endless...