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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Nielsen-Massey Vanilla + Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

Did you know that the month of July is National Ice Cream Month? I didn't know that until now! In honor of National Ice Cream month the great people over at Nielsen-Massey sent me some of their Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract to try out for all of you. Before I get to my review on their vanilla, I wanted to share some ice cream making tips with you along with their delicious Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches recipe.

Whether you want to be a star at the Summer Block Party or you are looking for a fun recipe for baking with kids this summer, making homemade ice cream sandwiches is sure to be a new family favorite.

Following are some tips and shortcuts for making and personalizing your own homemade ice cream sandwiches:

* Dress it up: Roll the sides of finished ice cream sandwiches in mini chocolate chips, mini M&Ms, sprinkles, toasted coconut or nuts to add color and texture.

* Take a shortcut: If you are short on time, purchase bakery cookies to use with the homemade strawberry ice cream recipe, below, to build your own ice cream sandwiches.

* Chill out: Keeping your homemade ice cream cold is the secret to a sandwich that won’t fall apart or get soggy. Take the time to re-freeze ice cream between steps - your patience will be rewarded with perfect sandwiches every time.

* Keep them fresh: Wrap each sandwich individually in plastic wrap immediately after building each sandwich. Keep them in the freezer until just before serving.
Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

Ice Cream
(Yield 1½ Quarts)

1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and washed
¾ cup sugar
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract
¼ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Lemon Extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1½ cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup whole milk

In a 4 quart glass measuring cup, add berries, sugar, vanilla and lemon extracts, and salt. Smash with a potato masher; stir in cream and milk; set aside. Assemble ice cream maker. Turn ice cream maker on and pour ice cream mixture into *frozen container. Let mix until ice cream thickens, about 20 minutes.

Transfer ice cream into an air tight container; freeze for several hours, or for a firmer ice cream, freeze overnight. Scoop ice cream, place between 2 cookies and gently press.
Or, for a prefect ice cream round; line a 9x13-inch pan with foil then evenly spread ice cream with a rubber spatula; cover and freeze overnight. Then use a cookie cutter to cut desired diameter of ice cream rounds and place between 2 cookies.

*Follow manufactures directions for freezing container, 24 hours or longer is ideal.

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
(Makes about 3 Dozen)

2½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
⅓ cup cocoa powder (Dutch processed)
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup (1¼ sticks) butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1½ tablespoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract
1 egg
¼ cup unsulphured original molasses
¼ sugar to dip glass bottom

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 light-colored heavy baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, cardamom, and salt, set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add butter, powdered sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and chocolate extracts; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Beat in egg. Add molasses; beat until combined. Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients in three batches, beating after each addition until combined.

Roll 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheets. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar, lightly press each cookie flat. Bake one sheet pan at a time on center rack until done, about 8-10 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.

*Recipe courtesy of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.
My Thoughts: I received a bottle of the Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract for the review. I will be using it next week to make a homemade batch of ice cream. In the meantime, I needed to make & bake some homemade sugar cookies for my grand daughter's party at school. What better way to try out a vanilla extract than in a homemade cookie recipe, right? Right!

I got out my grandmother's recipe and mixed up all of the cookie ingredients. The first thing I noticed about this vanilla is how sweet it smelled as soon as I took the lid off of the bottle. Yes, I always smell my extracts! When using it in your recipes...1 Tbsp. of vanilla extract = 1 vanilla bean.

After I baked the batch of cookies I gave a few of them to my family to taste-test for me. They all gave them a big two-thumbs up! I sent the rest of the cookies into school for Gia's classmates to enjoy during their party. She came home from school that day with a completely empty cookie container. That means...the cookies were a big hit with the kids!

Next week I am going to try out their vanilla in a few batches of homemade ice cream when we host a little family get-together here at our home. I will share that with all of you next week.

Head on over to the Nielsen-Massey web site to learn more about their fabulous products and to check out all of their delicious recipes that you can find & print out. YUMMY!

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