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Boozy ice cream cookie sandwiches

Chrissy Dupé

Are they rum and raisin? Brandy? Amaretto? I hear you ask. Errrm no actually, I was just drunk when I made them.

It was one of those Saturdays that started off productively. Folding towels, sweeping the floor, arranging the cushions (then re-arranging them cause someone put their bum on them and squashed them into the back of the couch again).

I had family coming to stay, so I wanted to get the house looking lovely for the delicious dinner feast I had planned.

They arrived in the afternoon and we started the festivities by nibbling on a tasty antipasto board and opening the first in a procession of delicious bottles of red.

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After some chitchat, some insanely good French soft blue cheese, paté and olives (oh yes, and more wine), I got into the kitchen and got going on making the main course: crispy skin salmon, smashed potatoes, and sautéed broccolini with garlic and slivered almonds.

We braced ourselves for the feasting, charged our glasses and stuffed ourselves silly. But wait, there’s more (wine!). And oh yes, wasn’t I going to make dessert or something?

Operating a deep fryer after a bottle of red wine is perfectly safe, right??

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After miraculously not burning the house down or suffering second degree burns to the face (don’t try this at home), we gorged ourselves on some deliciously light and fluffy ricotta doughnut balls drizzled with salted caramel sauce (yes, I put it on everything), and it was definitely time for bed.

Oh, except then I remembered I had forgotten to churn the sour cream ice cream that I’d made earlier in the day when I was being productive. And what would we do if there were NO ICE CREAM COOKIE SANDWICHES tomorrow??? Honestly, I’m fading away to a shadow.

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Ironically, considering that staying up to make them in part contributed to my having a hangover, these delicious treats are an excellent cure for one.

The sour cream gives the ice cream a lovely zingyness (is that a word?), and when it’s snuggled in between two chewy, sticky caramel pretzel cookies, well… let’s just say I may have had more than two and gone directly back to bed.

Now, if you’re going to buy the cookies rather than bake them (no judgement here. I was barely in any shape to even make toast), then I think they need to be nice, chewy ones or they’re likely to just crumble, explode in your face and the whole thing will end up in your lap. Whatever you’re into though…

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Boozy ice cream cookie sandwiches

Prep time: 15 mins
Freezing time: 6+ hours
Equipment: Ice cream maker and a cookie cutter or similar

Ingredients

200g sour cream
200g creme fraiche
1 cup full cream milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup thickened cream
3/4 cup caster sugar
20 medium-large chewy cookies – home-baked or store bought. I used caramel & pretzel

Instructions

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until all the sugar has dissolved.

Pour the mixture into an airtight container and refrigerate for around at least an hour.

Once mixture is chilled, churn it in an ice cream maker. Lightly grease an airtight container and line it with grease-proof paper, making sure there’s enough coming up the sides to pull the ice cream block out once it’s frozen.

Pour the ice cream mixture into the container and freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.

Once frozen, remove container from freezer and carefully remove the ice cream by gently easing it out using the edges of the grease-proof paper to pull it up. Place on a flat surface.

Working quickly using a cookie cutter or plating ring that’s slightly smaller than the size of your cookies, gently cut circles out of the ice cream block (it helps if you put a kitchen towel over the top of the ring your using so you don’t hurt your hand!).

Place the ice cream discs between two cookies and serve immediately!

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Chrissy Dupé

Chrissy is a lover of lists and a self-confessed control freak. Her mission is to help other women with a strong need to be in control learn how to harness the power of their inner control freak and use it for good. Having lived through the devastation that being control freak without focus brings, and going out the other side stronger, Chrissy developed a series of hands-on, zero 'fluff' programs to help women control their freak, instead of letting it run them into the ground. Her philosophy is based on the little-known fact that control freaks are actually born for greatness... and that without them, the world would fall into disorganised chaos. You can find out more at www.controlyourfreak.com. More about the Author