Thursday, June 9, 2011

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Sandwiches

Dulce de leche normally takes hours to make. And quite frankly, I don’t have the time for such drawn out recipes. The recipe for this method is much snappier and makes for a quick clean-up, and to my surprise tastes awesome. Make these this summer and you’ll be the hit at every picnic, neighborhood block party or potluck gathering.

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Sandwiches

2 cans of sweetened condensed milk
1 cup of butter
1/2 cup of sugar
pinch of salt
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 box of vanilla ice cream

Remove the label from the sweetened condensed milk cans. Place the cans in a pot and cover completely with water. Bring the pot to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and let simmer for about 2 ½ – 3 hours, making sure to add more water as necessary to keep the cans fully submerged in water. Remove the cans of dulce de leche from water and let cool to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Cream together butter, sugar and salt and add the flour and combine. Roll out the dough to ½ -inch on a lightly floured surface. Using a 2 ½ – inch round cutter, cut out shortbread cookies and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

To assemble the ice cream sandwiches, open the cans of dulce de leche. Note: since the ice cream was melting so fast, I decided to do two sandwiches at a time. Lay half of the shortbread cookies on a tray. Spread dulce de leche on one half of the cookies. Grab ice cream and cut off a 1/2 inch slice and lay on cutting board. Grab 2 inch round cutter and cut out ice cream. Place the ice cream on the cookie and top with the other half. Lightly press down and wrap in saran wrap and place in freezer until ready to serve. Repeat.

{The boxed ice cream is a must. It makes assembling these ice cream sandwiches super easy. I cut about a 1/2 ice cream slice and cut it with a 2 inch cookie cutter. I used a cookie cutter smaller than the one I used to cut the short bread cookies. Act fast. Ice cream seems to melt much faster when working with it.}

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