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Suzen has been doing Cooking by the Book for 26 years. She pioneered culinary team building. We have had thousands of events. Over 100,000 people have been through our kitchen.

And every time, it has been:

  • Appetizer
  • First course
  • Second course
  • Side course
  • Dessert

I have loyally stood by. Bit my tongue. Waited for the day. And, finally, finally, the day came. This time the menu was:

  • Dessert
  • Dessert
  • Dessert

I can’t tell you how happy I was. A client wanted to just do dessert, something that involved teambuilding. I was licking my chops and checking the sugar supply.

It was Suzen’s idea to do ice cream sandwiches. I had suggested whoppie pies, but I’m a decent man. I know how to compromise. Imagine a kitchen full of people, all making different ice cream sandwiches. I did not have to die to go to heaven.

Here is the sandwich that was judged the best by everyone. Yes, there were three different teams, each making their own combination of ice cream and cookies. All the choice came from a wonderful new book called Cookies & Ceram by Tessa Arias. There’s a picture of the book below and I’ll be blogging about this wonderful book tomorrow. But for now, just consider this sandwich for your weekend dessert.


 Butterscotch Ice Cream  and Chocolate Chip Sandwiches


Yield: makes about 9 ice cream sandwiches

Butterscotch Ice Cream

Yield: 1 quart

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 Large egg yolks


In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, the butter. Add the sugar and vanilla and stir until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture begins to bubble, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add a ½ cup of the heavy cream, whisking until smooth. Remove the butterscotch from the heat and allow to cool while making the ice cream.

Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice cubes and 1 to 2 cups of water. Place a medium bowl fitted with a fine strainer inside the ice bath.

In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, remaining ½ cup cream, and salt. Set over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is warm and begins to steam, about 5 minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Whisk half of the warm milk mixture into the egg yolks, one ladleful at a time, until the egg mixture is warmed and smooth. Pour the egg-milk mixture back into the saucepan.

Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until it is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon and registers around 175°F on an instant-read thermometer, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to boil.

Immediately strain the mixture through the fine strainer into the prepared ice bath. Add the butterscotch to the ice cream custard, stirring to combine. Cool the custard in the ice bath until room temperature, stirring often.

Press plastic wrap against the surface of the custard and refrigerate until chilled, about 4 hours or up to 1 day.

Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container, press plastic wrap against the ice cream surface, and freeze until it is firm and the flavor is ripened, at least 2 hours.


Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 18 cookies

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla. On low speed, gradually add the flour mixture and beat until combined. Fold in the semisweet chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.

Use a spoon or spring-loaded scoop, drop 2 tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto prepared baking sheets. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.

Bake cookies for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges are slightly browned. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Freeze the cookies until frozen, at least1 hour. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers in the freezer for up to 1 month.

TO ASSEMBLE, top one cookie with a scoop of ice cream. Place another cookie on top of the ice cream and gently press down to form a sandwich. Immediately place the sandwich in the freezer. If you desire, dust with cocoa powder. And, on the side, you can add mini chocolate chips. According to Nestle, you can never have too many chocolate chips. Freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.

Source: Cookies and Cream by Tessa Arias

Photo Information: Canon T21,EFS  18-55 mm Macro lens, F/5.0 for 1/60th second at ISO 400


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