Ice cream sandwiches cool, quick, easy

Yes, itís easy. Not quite brainless, as someone remarked, but a simple enough way to put together a summer dessert thatís cool, looks homemade and tastes great.

To make it even simpler, Iíve suggested some flavors that work well together if youíre looking for something more exotic than vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookies.

Sort-of-Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Prepare your favorite homemade cookie recipe (or use prepared cookie dough). Cookies should be at least 3 inches wide when baked.

Top one cookie with a scoop of slightly softened ice cream. Top with another cookie. Repeat for as many sandwiches as needed.

Place in the freezer for 15 to 30 minutes so the ice cream can harden. Serve.

Dream duos:

Peanut butter cookies with chocolate-peanut butter candy ice cream

Chocolate chip cookies with mocha chip ice cream (roll the edges in cocoa nibs for extra coffee flavor, if desired)

Molasses cookies with coffee ice cream

Gingersnaps with lemon sorbet

Hazelnut cookies with chocolate-hazelnut gelato

Chocolate cookies with mint chocolate chip ice cream

Snickerdoodles with honey or dulce de leche ice cream

Shortbread with rum raisin ice cream

Chocolate cookies with green tea ice cream

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