Ice Cream Beetles

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Simple ice cream sandwiches shaped like brilliant blue beetles will surprise their predators with a mint chocolate filling. Cut out small ovals from the scraps of the base to make mini sandwiches using extra ice cream.

  • Portion size 9 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: Family Fun Guide, Summer 2013

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • blue paste food colouring
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream softened
  • 9 chocolate-coated biscuit sticks (such as Pocky)
  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 18 candy eyeballs (such as Wilton)
  • 18 pieces (3/4 inch/2 cm) black licorice whips

Method

In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in vanilla and enough food colouring to tint batter deep blue.

Whisk flour with salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions. Spread evenly onto greased then parchment paper–lined 17- x 11-inch (43 x 28 cm) rimmed baking sheet.

Bake in 350ºF (180ºC) oven until top appears dry and cake tester comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging, about 14 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

With 3-1/2- x 2-3/4-inch (9 x 7 cm) oval cookie cutter, cut out shapes. Spread 1/4 cup of the ice cream onto bottom of 1 of the ovals; sandwich with second oval, pressing together and smoothing edge with spatula.

Repeat with remaining ovals to make 9 sandwiches. Freeze until firm, about 1 hour.

Trim off noncoated end of each biscuit stick and discard. Cut each remaining stick into 6 pieces. Set aside.

In bowl, microwave chocolate at medium, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted, about 45 seconds; scrape into small piping bag fitted with small plain tip.

Pipe chocolate line across small end of each oval for head; fill in head with chocolate, smoothing with small palette knife. Attach 2 candy eyeballs to head. Pipe chocolate line from centre of head to opposite end of oval.

Pipe chocolate onto 1 end of each licorice piece; attach just behind eyes as antennae. Insert 3 biscuit pieces into each side of sandwich as legs. Freeze until solid. (Make ahead: Freeze in airtight container for up to 5 days.)

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 131 mg
  • Sugars 33 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 318.0
  • Total fat 13 g
  • Potassium 89 mg
  • Cholesterol 49 mg
  • Saturated fat 8 g
  • Total carbohydrate 47 g

%RDI

  • Iron 10.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 10.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 4.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 8.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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