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
- 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
MethodIn 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
- 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