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Summer of Sandwiches: Fresh Mint Ice Cream with Ice Cream Cone Cookies

When I think of summer, I think of hot nights and cool delicacies such as ice cream sandwiches. That's why we've decided to go all out this summer and post a recipe for a different one each week. That's right, it's officially the summer of ice cream sandwiches! We'll do fully homemade versions with homemade ice cream (like today's), as well as ones you can whip up in a snap (think semi-homemade). To get things started, I've taken yet another page out of David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop. This time it's fresh mint ice cream paired with crisp ice cream cone cookies. To try it out for yourself, get the recipe.

For the cookies, I used the basic ice cream cone recipe, only I made them smaller (about 3 inches across) and instead of rolling them, I cooled them flat on a wire rack. Since the cookies are quite crisp, you may want to decrease the amount of ice cream placed between layers.

Fresh Mint Ice Cream
Reprinted with permission from The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments by David Lebovitz. Copyright 2007. Published by Ten Speed Press.

1 cup (250 ml) whole milk
3/4 cup (150 g) sugar
2 cups (500 ml) heavy cream
pinch of salt
2 cups (80 g) lightly packed fresh mint leaves
5 large egg yolks

  1. Warm the milk, sugar, 1 cup (250 ml) of the cream, and salt in a small saucepan. Add the mint leaves and stir until they're immersed in the liquid. Cover, remove from the heat and let steep at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. Strain the mint-infused mixture through a mesh strainer into a medium saucepan. Press on the mint leaves to extract as much of the flavor as possible, then discard the mint leaves. Pour the remaining 1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream into a large bowl and set the strainer on top.
  3. Rewarm the mint-infused mixture. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm mint liquid into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
  4. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream. Stir until cool over an ice bath.
  5. Chill the mixture throughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Note: I actually ended up using 4 eggs instead of 5 and it came out a little cream heavy, but was delicious nonetheless.


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innergl0w innergl0w 10 years
yummmmy! homemade ice cream always tastes sooooo much better
chalky chalky 10 years
The Perfect Scoop is a beautiful cookbook. I just got my copy last week. I love your idea of making ice cream cone cookies. I think I am going to do that, only push them into a muffin tin while the are still warm and make them into cups. Thanks for the idea!
Food Food 10 years
bibingka - I haven't tried it myself, but here are some tips on how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. hope it helps! and let us know if you give it a shot!
TexasTwinkle TexasTwinkle 10 years
That looks soooo yummy!
lala788 lala788 10 years
the pic look very good and make me so hungry, but, I'm too lazy to try the recipe.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
This looks sooooooooo good!
meeshy meeshy 10 years
iwant iwant!
kikidior kikidior 10 years
i love mint anything. But my view of ice cream is clouded i only like ice cream with lots of chocolates and fudge and mmm. chocolate anything is great for me. mummie to be. ooh i love mint tea though. But not the kind u buy in a box, i mean actually buying/growing mint leaves and making it yourself it tastes soooooooo much better well everything organic tastes better anyways lemme shh i'm starving. id totally eat those ice cream cone cookies with a semi melted(smore like) chocolate bar.
rlveronica rlveronica 10 years
I think I'm gonna try & make this! :]
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
wow another great recipe! i'm so hungry now lol
clarkware clarkware 10 years
Wow that looks delicious. I don't have an ice cream maker but now I think I might have to buy one!
bibingka bibingka 10 years
That looks delicious. Is there a way to make it w/o the ice cream maker? You know...the old way that you learned in your 6th grade chemistry class :)
EmilyV EmilyV 10 years
wow... i actually started to drool and now i'm going around my house looking for icecream sandwiches yum i heart food!!!!!!
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 10 years
Looks amazing!
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 10 years
Mmm... delicious! Once again, Yum, you amaze me with your clear, descriptive pictures!
SU3 SU3 10 years
:jawdrop: That looks amazingly delicious! :DROOL:
rb24 rb24 10 years
I WANT!!! LOOKS SO GOOD
so_dipped_n_love so_dipped_n_love 10 years
My mouth's watering...that looks goooooood!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I know, I know! Do a neapolitan ice cream sandwich!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Hmm, what should I make for next week's sandwich?? These look too good and tough to beat!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I really must commend you on this picture. It is very awesome. Im totally soaking in all the textures-the creamy ice cream starting to melt, the crisp cone cookie, the vibrant mint. You mustve followed some of those foodie photography hints from earlier today! ;)
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Oh, Yum! So delicious!
jhuck jhuck 10 years
Oh my I'm drooling...
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Wow. That looks incredibly rich and creamy and fabulous! Cant wait to see everything else this summer!
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