Summer really kicks off with the 4th of July. Every year we gather with friends at the town pool and then head over to the hill to have a picnic dinner and watch the fireworks. Stars and stripes is a theme we keep going all summer long though. Whether it is nautical stars and stripes for that beach vibe, or the patriotic stars and stripes of the flag, summer festivities always include sweet cold treats, and lots of red, white and blue. I partnered with Wayfair.com on this post for some City Living (Boston) ice cream sandwich treats with a little Wayfair stars and stripes flair.
There are few things you need for this recipe that will make it easier to pull together.
- These biscuit cutters are great especially if you want to assemble the ice cream sandwiches in one big slab and then cut them out for clean lines.
- I prefer a French rolling pin to roll out dough. I find it is easier to have flat palms while rolling the dough than holding onto a pair of handles. I do have both kinds though and I think it is just a matter of preference.
- A small metal spatula is the best tool for taking the cookies off the tray. The metal ones tend to be thinner so the cookies won’t bend or break when you slide under them.
- You’ll let the dough soften and then use an ice cream scoop to generously load up the cookies with ice cream.
- For these ice cream sandwiches I used a simple vanilla ice cream. You could swirl in some blueberry jam for some added blue. For the star-shaped cookies, ff you dare, you could even use one of the blue ice cream flavours like cotton candy or blue raspberry. I tried using frozen yoghurt but the texture is too soft and it makes it very difficult to fill the frozen novelties.
Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches
Simple ice cream sandwiches that you can really make in any shape you like. These red velvet ice cream sandwiches are perfect for some red and white stripes for a summer bbq or party.
- 1/2 of 1 quart of vanilla ice cream
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting work area
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
- pinch salt
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 30 drops of red food coloring
- Take the butter out the night before, or a few hours before you plan to start baking. If you forget, you can soften butter in the microwave.
- In a bowl, add 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, 2 TBSP of cocoa powder, 1 1/4 tsp of baking soda and a pinch of salt. Mix together with a whisk.
- Cream the 6 TBSP of softened butter with the 3/4 cup of sugar.
- Add the egg and 1 tsp of vanilla into the creamed butter mixture.
- Add the red food coloring to the butter mixture.
- Slowly mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Do not over mix, just stir until combined.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 10 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Lay the plastic wrap out on the counter as you unwrap the dough and roll the dough out into 1/8 inch thick on the plastic wrap. You can also do this on a floured surface or a piece of parchment paper.
- Square off the dough with a butter knife and then cut the dough into even rectangles as large or small as you want your ice cream sandwiches to be. Prick the cookies with a fork and lay them out on a cookie sheet topped with parchment paper. Be sure not to crowd the cookie dough as it will expand slightly.
- Take the ice cream out of the freezer so it can soften a little.
- Bake the cookies for 8 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for a minute or two before transferring them to a rack to cool.
- Once the cookies are cooled, overfill them with ice cream and set them on a cool cookie sheet (you can reuse the parchment you baked them on too). I like to overfill the ice cream so that I can then trim the cookie once they are frozen solid. That is how you get nice even lines and fully stuffed ice cream sandwiches.
- Once the ice cream sandwiches have hardened in the freezer and have been trimmed you can wrap them up in parchment or freezer paper, or just put them on a tray and wrap them with plastic wrap to store in the freezer until it is time to put them out to serve.
I used Wilton crimson for that deep red colour.
To make the stars you us the recipe for vanilla star shaped ice cream sandwiches
For some added July 4th flair, these are some great finds as well.
- Wrap the ice cream sandwiches in parchment or freezer paper and tie them up with red and white twine. The tags can be used for your guests names or ice cream flavours.
- Put the ice cream sandwiches in these cute USA enamelware mugs over ice to help keep them cool. You can even send each guest home with one as a party favor.
- This platter reminds me of our Bennington Potters plates that we use at home. The blue speckled platter makes a great background for the red and white stripes that the red velvet ice cream sandwiches make when propped on their side.
- Kitchen towels are always a great way to decorate a plain bowl or basket for your treats. I love these simple striped and checked towels, this red striped bon appetit one, and these star napkins. These red and blue striped towels are also perfect. Extra towels are never a bad thing especially with ice cream around.
- A table cloth can double as a table cloth or picnic blanket. This cute blue and white star print is perfect.