Root Beer Float Ice Cream Sandwiches for #SundaySupper

Hi friends!  We are only a few days away from the “official” start of Summer! At the bank the other day, the checker cheerily noted that we are halfway through 2016.  Wow!  That happen fast!  As I get older, time seems to go more quickly. When I find myself realizing how swiftly life is passing, I get nostalgic for lazy summers when days stretched on forever.  Those were the days of slumber parties, loud music and root beer floats!  

Root Beer Float Ice Cream Sandwiches

My friends and I spent hours painting our nails, begging our parents to take us to the beach and dreaming of the things we would be when we grew up.  In case you’re wondering, I was going to be a surgeon OR have a horse ranch and raise thoroughbreds, despite the fact I had only ever ridden a horse at Girl Scout Camp.  Oh, to be 11 years old again and have nothing but possibilities ahead of me!  One of my favorite summer treats at that time was a Root Beer Float.  Big, ice cold mugs filled with creamy vanilla ice cream and all that frothy root beer foam!  How could anyone resist that nostalgic summer treat?  

Root Beer Float Ice Cream Sandwiches

Today, I decided to take a trip down memory lane, but with my own special twist.  Instead of the traditional Root Beer Float, I decided to make Root Beer Float Ice Cream Sandwiches.  Big, crispy, chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips and root beer concentrate are used to sandwich sweet vanilla bean ice cream into a portable, classic summer treat!  While they are missing the frothy root beer foam, they do take me back to the longer, lazy days of my youth!

Root Beer Float Ice Cream Sandwiches

Root Beer Float Ice Cream Sandwiches

A nod to old-fashioned Root Beer Floats, these nostalgic Root Beer Float Ice Cream Sandwiches will be the hit of your summer party!

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons Root Beer Concentrate (I used Zatarain's)
  • 3 1/4 cups AP flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 pint of your favorite vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat liners and set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy

Add egg, continue to beat for 1 minute

Beat in oil, milk, vanilla paste and root beer concentrate

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl

Add to butter mixture and mix until well combined. You may have to stop and scrape down the bowl of your mixer a few times.

Gently fold in white chocolate chips.

Use a large ice cream scoop or a #24 disher to create 6 big cookies per prepared baking tray.

Bake cookies for 18 minutes or until crisp on the edges. Let cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet and then move them to a cooling rack.

When the last batch of cookies is completely cool, remove ice cream from the freezer and allow to soften on the counter for about 10 - 15 minutes.

To assemble ice cream sandwiches, place 1/3 cup ice cream on bottom of a cookie. Top with a second cookie, pressing gently to flatten ice cream.

Repeat with remaining cookies and ice cream.

Place all the sandwiches on a baking sheet; freeze until firm, at least 2 - 3 hours.

Ice Cream Sandwiches are best eaten the day they are made!

 

Root Beer Float Ice Cream Sandwiches

Even more Nostalgic Summer Recipes and stories are ready for your eating and reading pleasure!  These fond Sunday Supper Family favorites are sure to find a special place on your table this summer!

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Root Beer Float Ice Cream Sandwiches

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