Saturday, October 17, 2009

I Scream Sand-Witches

The name of this treat cracks me up. It is almost too cute to eat! Almost... This looks like quite a bit of work, but the end result is just too darling. If you're me, you are looking to take the short cut, and this is what is going through my mind right now- skinny cow makes circular ice cream sandwiches, and then top it with a chocolate covered ice cream cone. Ta-da! That's just me though, go ahead and do it the hard way if you have the time, the patience, and kids pulling at your legs. It's all worth seeing their little faces light up at such at fun, festive treat.


Makes 8 (16 circles, 8 half circles)

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • Mini candy-coated chocolates, for hats
  • Green mint-chocolate-chip ice cream


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put egg whites and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix 30 seconds. Mix in flour, cocoa, and salt. Mix in butter, cream, and vanilla; mix 30 seconds.
  2. Bake cookies: Using plastic lids or heavy card stock, cut out 1 circle (2 3/4 inches in diameter) and 1 half circle (4 1/2 inches long). Using the outlines as stencils, spread dough on a Silpat baking mat with an offset spatula to make 4 circles and 2 half circles. Transfer mat to a baking sheet; bake cookies until starting to set, 6 to 7 minutes.

  3. Shape cones: Remove half circles with an offset spatula while still hot. With straight sides of cookies facing up, quickly bring edges together to form cones, holding until set. Repeat three more times with remaining dough.

  4. Make sandwitches: Dip cones in melted chocolate to coat 1/4 inch of rims. Place cones on 8 whole cookies; press 1 candy onto band of each hat. Freeze until set, 10 to 20 minutes. Brush remaining 8 whole cookies on one side with melted chocolate. Freeze until set, 10 to 20 minutes. Cut ice cream using technique described above. Place on coated cookies; top with hats.

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