Sunday, 9 February 2014

Valentine's Ice-Cream Cookie Sandwich

Here's a simple Valentine's dessert which can be made in advance and assembled on the day. Although I used dairy ice-cream in this recipe, the cookies and accompaniments are vegan and can easily be served with a dairy-free ice-cream alternative (I can recommend Booja Booja).

Left over cookies can be sandwiched with softened ice-cream, wrapped in foil and frozen until needed.

For the shortbread cookies
  • 4oz/100g dairy-free spread, softened
  • 4oz/100g icing sugar
  • 8oz/200g plain flour
  • 1oz/25g unsweetened cocoa powder, sieved
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Cream the spread, syrup and sugar. 
Mix in the remaining ingredients, to make a firm dough.
Add a little drop of cold water or some extra flour if needed.
Chill for 30 minutes.

Roll out the chilled dough between 2 sheets of grease-proof paper, until it is about ½ cm thick.
Using a heart cookie cutter, cut out as many shapes as you can from the dough.
Either leave whole, or slice vertically with a sharp knife to make half hearts.
Carefully remove the dough cut-outs from the paper and place on a greased baking sheet (leaving a small gap between each cookie).
Reserve the scraps and re-roll. 
Repeat until all the dough has been used up.
Prick each cookie with a fork.

Bake at 180C/170C Fan/Gas 4/350F for 10-12 minutes (depending on the size of the cookie, and whether you prefer a soft or crunchy cookie).
Cool for a few minutes on the tray before removing and cooling on a wire rack.

Once cooled, sandwich with softened ice-cream/vegan ice-cream. 

Suitable for freezing.

Eat straight away or serve as follows...

To serve 2 people

For the chocolate strawberries

  • 1oz/25g dairy-free chocolate, melted
  • 2 strawberries
Melt the chocolate and dip the strawberries in. Place on grease-proof paper to set.

For the strawberry sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2-4 strawberries, diced
  • 2 tsp Cointreau or other fruit liqueur (or orange juice)
Mix the sugar and chopped strawberries together in a heatproof bowl and microwave on high for 30-60 seconds, until the strawberries have softened.
Add the Cointreau and stir well.

Sandwich 2 cookies with a generous scoop of ice-cream. Top with a chocolate-coated strawberry and serve with a spoonful of strawberry sauce.

Alternatives: For a dinner party dessert, cut out circular cookies and serve as above.

I've added this post to Simply Food's Valentine's linky.

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3 comments:

  1. this dessert looks really tasty , thanks for sending it to lets cook sweet treats for valentine event at simply.food

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