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spice oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwiches with vanilla ice cream creme anglaise

Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

This warm, spicy walnut cookie which would otherwise be perfect with a hot chai latte, is cooled down by a classic vanilla ice cream. The perfect treat for a hot summer's day!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 10 sandwiches

Equipment

  • Ice cream maker

Ingredients
  

THE COOKIES

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter melted

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp fleur de sel

To be Folded in

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chopped

THE CRÈME ANGLAISE

  • 3 cups 3.25% milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk the melted butter and brown sugar together.
  • Whisk in the molasses, eggs, and vanilla.Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.
  • Fold in the oats, followed by the walnuts until incorporated.
  • Form uniform sized balls of dough and flatten them out with a wet glass bottom to control the shape.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and cool on a rack.

Crème Anglaise Instructions

  • Heat the milk in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium to medium-low heat. Stir the milk occasionally to prevent it from scorching.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the sugar, eggs, and vanilla together until it turns a pale shade of ivory.
  • When the milk reaches a simmer, ladle in a spoonful of hot milk into the egg mixture and whisk it in right away to prevent the eggs from curdling. Ladle in half of the milk, whisking it in.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the saucepan and continue to heat over medium to medium-low heat, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. As you stir, you may notice a subtle change in the weight of the milk. This means you can start testing for doneness by coating the cooking spoon in cream, holding it horizontally and running a finger through the centre. If a clear line forms and it doesn't disappear, the crème anglaise is ready and may be removed from the hot element.
  • Once it's cooled, run it through a sieve and then pop it in an ice cream maker until it's stiff.

Ice Cream Sandwich Assembly

  • Prepare the cookies by turning them upside down.
  • Transfer the ice cream to a piping bag and swirl a generous amount of ice cream onto half of the cookies.
  • Place the top on each filled cookie to complete the sandwich.
  • Move them to the freezer to firm them up and then wrap them in wax paper and store in a freezer bag.

Notes

  • Firming up the cookies in the freezer before assembling the sandwiches makes them easier to handle. 
  • Piping the ice cream onto the cookies is cold work! You may want to wear gloves for this. 
Keyword ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, oatmeal, spiced