Friday, August 28, 2009

Chewy Gingerbread Cookies and Toasted Coconut Shortbread turned into Ice Cream Sandwiches

The other day on Twitter, I caught wind of someone's plan to make Lemon Curd Ice Cream. I think the idea started with Nancy-who had found the recipe (check out her blog for some great ice cream recipes this week), and other bloggers were planning on joining in- Kayte, and possibly some others. I am not quite sure who all ended up making the ice cream.
I had a little bit of lime curd left from the Tiramisu Cake, so I checked out the recipe and saw that I had a little bit more than enough to make the Lemon Curd Ice Cream, but in my case Lime Curd Ice Cream- I will post more about that tomorrow.
As soon as I made the ice cream, which I must add is super delicious, smooth and has just about the perfect consistency, I decided that it was begging to be smooshed between some sort of cookie.
The first idea I had was a chewy, gingery cookie- so I thought either these Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies or these Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies. (Both are in Martha Stewart's Cookie Book and the recipe on her site is slightly different-I baked them for less than the suggested time after reading some of the comments and I am glad I did- they were chewy)
I sent out a tweet asking people what cookie would be best. Lori aka Recipe Girl suggested some sort of shortbread and also put up a link for these Coconut Sugar Cookies.
Tracey found this link for Toasted Coconut Shortbread and Jessica ended up making those too, for her beautiful TWD creation this week.

At first I thought I would be really ambitious and make 4 cookies-but the next day I realized that was too much and I decided on 1 shortbread and 1 chewy.

I really thought the gingerbread cookie would taste great with the lime because of my tasty experience with this lime cream pie with a gingersnap crust. I left the chocolate out of those cookies and they were perfectly chewy and spicy. I accidentally left the cinnamon out of the dough, so they were very gingery. We loved them. My kids really loved them.
The coconut shortbread was very delicious too. Just as a shortbread should be. Buttery, coconutty, and at the end, just a bit of a salty taste. Very delicious.

Both tasted good with the ice cream. My husband thought the gingerbread cookie overshadowed the ice cream, but I disagreed.
I rolled some of the coconut shortbread ice cream sandwiches in toasted coconut, just to use up what I had left.
Perfect summer dessert!
Yum. Come back tomorrow for the Lime Curd Ice Cream!

Recipe for Toasted Coconut Shortbread on smitten kitchen

Recipe for Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies (I left out the chocolate)

One Year Ago-Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti


Meghan said...

Your pictures are fantastic!!! Love the looks of these cookies. I think I would especially love the coconut shortbread - such a great idea to make it into an ice cream sandwich, especially to roll in coconut!!! YUM!

Chef Jeena said...

Wow which one to taste first?

I have such a soft spot for ginger so I adore those chewy ginger cookies.... and when I saw the sandwich YUM!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Both of those cookies look amazing, and I think would pair well with that ice cream. Hmmm, might need one of each! I can't wait to try the cookies; might have to make the ginger ones first. Thanks for the shoutout/link!

Andrea said...

I love chewy cookies and ice cream sandwiches too. Great combo!

Joyce said...

I love ginger cookies and the only problem is that the next day I always think my pants have shrunk. Wonder why? Yes I can eat every single one before my family comes home:)

The Blonde Duck said...

I love that toasted coconut!

Anonymous said...

I love gingerbread cookies - great idea with the ice cream sammie! :D

Anonymous said...

Too me, there is nothing better than a cookie ice cream sandwich.

Lynne Daley said...

A lovely combo! Your ice cream sandwiches are perfect!

Unknown said...

I can't believe I'm so behind on your blog that I haven't read about the ice cream sandwiches yet! I think both of the cookies sound and look terrific! I adore coconut so I need to try the coconut shortbread cookies asap :)