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Not Just for Entertainment

Amaretto Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches--Duo Dishes

It’s true: we love watching The Food Network just as much as the next foodie.  You’re flipping through the channels, and next think you know Tyler Florence is making crab cakes.  Omg, they look so good!  What kind of spices does he use?  Does he bake  or fry?  We gotta know!  Mainly, so when we make them ourselves (which will probably happen that same night), and so we can add our own Duo specialness to them (no offense Tyler–sure yours are bangin’ though).  Who doesn’t like watching Paula add a stick of butter to everything?  Or see Ina bust out her Kitchen Aid?  That’s all well and good, but there’s really only one reason to watch these personalities for us–the food!  If you’re not going to cook it, what’s the point?  And watching Food Network just gets us so excited to cook whatever it is they’re cookin’ on the TV.  It’s only a matter of time before seeing all the fresh, savory, beautiful foods sizzle, pop, and shine before the television is clicked off and the cooking apron is tied on.  That’s right.  We use aprons, and they’re monogrammed too.
There will always be a special place in our hearts for Giada De Laurentiis.  After every episode of Everyday Italian, we’re on the phone figuring out what ingredients there are between us so we can re-create her dish.  As luck would have it, we already had all the ingredients for this tasty treat.  It would probably be best to make the amaretto-flavored ice cream ahead of time, so it has the fully recommended 3 hours to sit before serving.  You want it soft, but be careful not to let it melt completely as it won’t re-freeze as nicely.  We quickly discovered that a batch of fresh-out-the-oven cookies does not lend itself well to patience.  So the ice cream went right in the freezer for a later date.  A quick substitution of softened, store bought vanilla with a splash of amaretto worked was fine and dandy.  Or use your favorite ice cream flavor.  We think pistachio would have been excellent as well.  And apparently there are some Giada haters lurking out there–you know who you are!  Everyone’s entitled to his or her opinions, but we’ll just say that Giada has never let’s us down.  This definitely won’t either!


Amaretto Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches – Approx. 2 dozen  (adapted from Giada De Laurentiis)
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup whole almonds, toasted and chopped
3 pints vanilla ice cream, softened slightly
1/3 cup amaretto liqueur

1.  Finely chop the oats in a food processor. Mix in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2.  Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars in a large bowl until fluffy. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl.

3.  Beat in the eggs and extracts.

4.  Add the flour mixture in three parts and stir just until blended.

5.  Stir in the chocolate chips and chopped almonds.

6.  Drop 1 rounded tablespoonful of dough onto parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing 1-inch apart (do not flatten dough).

7.  Slide into a preheated oven at 325 degrees.  Bake until the cookies are golden (cookies will flatten slightly), about 13 minutes.

8.  Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

9.  Place the softened ice cream in a large bowl. Mix in the amaretto. Cover the ice cream mixture and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours.

10.  Make the sandwiches!  Arrange the cookies, flat side up, on a baking sheet. Top each with a scoop of ice cream, then another cookie, flat side down, pressing slightly to adhere.  Enjoy!

You can cover and freeze the sandwiches for at least 3 hours if you want them firmer. Sandwiches can be made up to 4 days ahead. Wrap each sandwich with plastic wrap and keep frozen.  The cookies also can be prepared 1 day ahead.  Store airtight at room temperature.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.


44 thoughts on “Not Just for Entertainment

  1. Are that the cookies you were talking about? 🙂 They sound sooo good with almonds and almond extract! I will have to add to mine as well some nuts next time 😉

  2. This looks completely amazing. I love that inspirational aspect of the food network, as well, though I most often find myself tuning in sometime after midnight when I know the last things I should be doing are either watching TV or cooking. Once at 2am, in a feat of self destruction, my wife and I happened upon an epic episode of Throwdown that pitted Bobby Flay against this fantastic grilled cheese shop. The inspiration was so all consuming that instead of going to bed as we should have done hours before we actually stumbled over to the stove and made ourselves grilled cheese sandwiches. It was awful and wonderful.

  3. Ohhh, yum. Too bad I’m reading this at 11:00pm on a Sunday night — too late to bake. Totally dig the post-food show cupboard scouring. Must… make… new… recipe… The boyf doesn’t so much like watching cooking shows, but he loves it when I do. More for him to eat.

  4. Although I’m not familiar with all the American cooking personalities I know there’s a hate club for Rachel Ray. In the UK it’s Jamie Oliver. It’s a shame that people can’t be a bit more accepting of others and instead feel the need to start bashing. Live and let live!

  5. i recently had some choco chip cookie sandwiches at my fave sushi resto! they were so yum but i get the impression urs are betta! don’t tell! 🙂

  6. This post makes my day. Amaretto and chocolate AND ice cream! Summer is here and I owe it to myself to celebrate by making ice cream sandwich cookies, right?

  7. ok, that’s just mean, I feel like I need to run just because I looked at the photos. Wow, they look good.

  8. Yum cookies. I am a big Alton Brown fan myself, I could watch good eats for hours. Racheal Ray sets my teeth on edge, I can’t believe she has a talk show now…ick

  9. I have to admit I was on the fence about Giada…I think it was the Italian way she says the ingredients, but she’s totally won me over with her simple cooking.

    ps I love that you have monogrammed aprons.

  10. I think I will make those cookies tonight!

    I have to bring a desert to my son’s school for their teacher appreciation luncheon and I thought cookies would be easy to store/bring.

    (Although they won’t have the ice cream!)

    Thanks so much! Now I don’t have to look for a recipe!

  11. OMG NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO why must you do this to me?!?!! My weakness is an ice cream sandwich!!!! OH MAN that looks good. OH MAN. With Amaretto chocolate chip cookies?! FOR REALS?!?!?

  12. Hate Little Miss Giada, so not a cool thing!

    These ice cream sandwiches are the perfect, PERFECT summer dessert. Love the cookies, love the fixed ice cream, and together, Heaven!

  13. I’m no Giada hater… true, sometimes she scares me when she stares into the camera and says something with an Italian accent. But I love almost all of her food.

    I’m not a huge dessert person, but when they’re homemade and I know all the ingredients are natural (especially if they’re made with oats!), they’re a nice treat now and then. These sandwiches look awesome!

  14. Excellent filled cookies! They look really appetizing!
    Excellent to end a dinner party with & to give them with the coffee!
    Yum yum Yum Yum Yum yum yum,….

  15. Tasteful! What a inventive way to enjoy the summer:)
    Thanks for sharing:)

    and you can visit me if i can visit you:)

    Welcome! foodcreate

  16. I had to immediately show these pictures to Matt. How fun!!!

    The Food Network in the morning with coffee and knitting is my favorite thing. I feel like I learn something with each episode. Kind of how I feel when I come your your guys’ blog!

  17. I love Food Network too. It’s practically the only thing on my television aside my wednesday night fix of Lost. LOL.

    Those sandwich cookies look really really good!!! i always like easting the cream or ice cream before the cookie.

  18. I’ve always been a little on the fence about Giada’s personality, but have never been on the fence about her food/recipes. They have never let me down either! I don’t see how these cookie sandwiches could either. Who doesn’t like cookies and ice cream? I don’t think I want to meet that person!

  19. Great-looking cookie!
    Funny you should mention the FN. I’ve just realized that due to limited free time and DVR recording space, I’ve reduced the number of FN personalities I now watch to only four: Tyler, Ina, Alton, and Giada.

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