Summer came and hit us all in the head this weekend – I must say, there wasn’t much of a Junuary this year, which is a good thing, and a bad thing. Of course we had our share of rainy days, but nothing like our normal kick-off to summer vacation. I am sitting here typing at almost 8pm, sweating bullets in my non-air conditioned home, where the temperature on the thermostat is reading 83 degrees (and that is on the main floor, it is hotter upstairs). Ok, yes, I am officially a wimp. After almost 18 years in Seattle – I have forgotten what it is like to live with hot weather. The funny thing is each summer when we travel back-east for the summer grandparent tour – if it is not in the 90s, I am disappointed. But I am usually on vacation at that time, and most places have AC…unlike here.
Last night my husband and I had a date night – it was the first in many weeks, and we were really looking forward to it. We decided to try a new place – a new restaurant opened by a Chef/Restaurateur that we really love – it got a lot of local hype, and the space and menu looked amazing. The space was even more beautiful in person, really high ceilings, more of a modern rustic feel, and extremely bright – but when we got there our table wasn’t ready so we decided to sit at the bar. This was actually the highlight of our meal. The bartender did a really nice job with the drinks – the bar was not extensive, which again proves, you don’t need a lot to make really good drinks. The problem was the bar stools were too low – and the counter came up to my upper chest. I felt like a kid. If it wasn’t for that, we probably would have just eaten at the bar (which is definitely something we love to do), but I didn’t think I could comfortably eat my meal – so we waited for our table to be ready. 45 minutes after our reservation, they finally sat us. If we were not paying for a babysitter, it probably would have been fine – but the one drink they took off the bill, didn’t really make it even.
The biggest disappointment was the food – although it tasted good, it was not noteworthy – I would rather eat my husband’s chicken on the egg any day of the week – and the pork he had was fine, but nothing to write home about. Even though we had 2 appetizers and 2 main courses, we were still hungry at the end of the meal. At that point we were both sweating – there was no air-conditioning (which is not uncommon), and the delay in getting our table and the slow service afterwards just made things a bit worse. There was no way we were waiting for dessert – especially when the 3 choices didn’t really appeal to us.
So, what is the best dessert for a hot summer’s night – what would have actually gotten me to sit there longer and endure the heat and slow service? Definitely these ice-cream sandwiches from Bon Appetit. We changed the recipe slightly to appeal to our cinnamon loving tastes – and all I can say is WOW. The cookies are on the softer side, so they are perfect for ice-cream sandwiches, and that coffee ice-cream with that chocolate and cinnamon cookie, it is exactly what this summer weather needs. Who needs air-conditioning when you can cool off with a summer treat like these.
- 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate 60%–72% cacao), chopped
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 quart coffee ice cream
Arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 325°. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl; set over a medium saucepan of simmering water. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
Combine almonds, flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse until almonds are finely ground. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl until pale and fluffy, 3–4 minutes. Add chocolate mixture in 3 additions, mixing well between additions. With motor running, gradually add dry ingredients; mix well. Scoop out a rounded tablespoonful of dough. Use another spoon to help push dough onto a prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough to make 27 more portions, dividing between sheets and spacing dough 1-inch apart.
Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until tops begin to crack and cookies are set, 12–14 minutes (don’t overcook; cookies will firm up as they cool). Transfer cookies to wire racks and let cool completely.
DO AHEAD: Cookies can be made 3 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.
Place a large scoop of ice cream on flat side of 1 cookie. Top with another cookie, flat side down; press down lightly. Freeze on a baking sheet while preparing remaining sandwiches. Repeat with remaining cookies and ice cream.
DO AHEAD: Ice cream sandwiches can be made 30 minutes ahead. Keep frozen until ready to serve.
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17 thoughts on “Chocolate, Cinnamon, and Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches”
This looks like it might be right up my alley! I’m trying to cut back on my ice-cream consumption for swimsuit season, but I can’t resist this! I’ll have to try this recipe soon. What a delightful sandwich!! YUM!
Thanks Maya – I know what you mean…but these are too good to pass up. I need to get to the pool right about now!!
This is amazing:) I love it!
Thanks very much!!
These look decadent and delicious!
Those look mouth-watering!
Seriously–this heat is rough with no A/C! But those ice cream sandwiches would do the trick. I LOVE coffee flavored ice cream paired with chocolate. :)
Thanks Liz!! I hope you are ok dealing with the heat, especially that precious baby of yours!
Doesn’t it drive you nuts when you’re so excited for a date and the restaurant experience is less than what you were hoping for?! We had that same experience this weekend for lunch. Ah well, time away with the hubby is time away with the hubby. Stay cool – it looks like these ice cream sandwiches will help. I think we’ve had your Junuary this year. ;)
Sorry about that, I know how hard it is when the kids think it should be summer, and it is not…at least my kids are used to it.
I’ve never had a coffee ice cream sandwich before, it sounds absolutely perfect!
Thanks Shae – they definitely are!!
Wow, these look divine! Now, do they take cardamom, too? It says cardamom in the preparation section.
I actually changed the cardamom to cinnamon – I forgot to change that one. Thanks, I just did!! You can use either one, or even both may taste good! Just use half the amount of cardamom.
There is nothing like some delicious icecream sandwiches to cool you down. It is a hot and steam 90 degrees in HK so I would have to eat my icecream rather quickly before it melts. Great flavor combinations.