Does anyone remember Chipwiches? I have a fond, find memory of these late, great, gone but not forgotten ice cream sandwich beauties. I was in college, and I had a summer job working on Wall Street in downtown New York City for a corporate law firm. This was an awesome thing because aside from getting to commute in and out of work on the train with my dad every day (which I LOVED – he would share his New York Times with me in the morning and buy me pretzel sticks for the ride home), it was also my first real introduction to the noisy, frenetic, aromatic, hustle and bustle that is summer in New York City. It was also the summer that the Chipwich took Manhattan by storm, which many years later has led to these molasses cookie ice cream sandwiches.
The Chipwich was an ice cream sandwich made of two big chocolate chip cookies with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream in between. The edges of the ice cream were rolled in mini chocolate chips. Chipwich vendors were on every corner with umbrella carts that looked just like the classic hot dog carts…except they were full of ice cold creamy delicious Chipwiches. They cost a dollar each, which was just about what I could afford to pay for lunch those days, and since I had a college kid’s metabolism (which I sorely miss), my friends and I would frequently spend our lunch hour walking through the sultry steamy crowded streets to the South Street Seaport, buying a Chipwich and eating it in whatever river breeze we could catch.
Fast forward to 2007. By now the Chipwich (which was invented by one guy) has been sold to a big company…and is discontinued.
But I remember, and I am here to tell you that ice cream sandwiches that are made by smooshing ice cream in between two cookies is something that may NOT be discontinued. So in honor of the Chipwich, I submit…the Molasses Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich. I started with literally the best homemade cookies I know, which are my grandma’s molasses cookies. Click here for the link to that recipe. I have had more people tell me that these are the best cookies they have ever made/tasted/etc than I can count, I think because they are a slightly chewy sugar-dusted cookie full of molasses deliciousness.
Then I bought a container of Haagan Daz dark chocolate chip gelato. I knew I wanted to pair chocolate with the molasses, and I loved the fact that it had little chocolate chips in it, since this was an ode to the Chipwich. We were having dinner with our good friends Bob and Linda (check out their Tutu Project site) and I knew they would be the perfect buddies to test this treat out with, as they have lived through so many of my kitchen experiments! I let it soften for the amount of time it took us to eat dinner, and then all I did was smoosh a small scoop of gelato in between cookies and pass them around.
We liked them. We liked them a LOT.
This is, of course, endlessly customizable. You can go classic with chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream. You can make mini versions with Nilla Wafers and teeny scoops of vanilla chocolate chip ice cream. Oatmeal cookies with rum raisin ice cream would be HEAVEN. The Chipwich has paved the way for us. Go cookie ice cream sandwich crazy, and I’d love to know your ideas for cookie and ice cream combos. Because summer is coming and there is nothing like a good bite of ice cream to make a summer day that much sweeter.Print
Molasses cookies and chocolate ice cream make for an easy and unforgettable ice cream sandwich treat in this easy recipe!
- 8 molasses cookies – homemade if you can do it!
- 1 pint chocolate ice cream or gelato
- Let ice cream soften a little in the fridge.
- Scoop out a small scoop, place it on one cookie, place another cookie on top and smush it down a little.
- Serve at once. How easy was that?
This recipe can be customized endlessly with whatever your favorite combo of cookie and ice cream is – be as crazy and creative as you want!