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Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Sandwiches (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Sandwiches

The perfect ice cream sandwich is:

Soft. Hard crunchy cookies need not apply.

Sweet and salty. Keyword: and. Not or. Like the yin and yang of ice cream sandwiches, one balances out the other.

Streamlined. Meaning, you shouldn’t have to have a mouth the size of Steven Tyler’s to eat it.

And, finally…

Sprinkled. Because everything is better with sprinkles.

Malted Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

I’ll tell you, folks, this sandwich has it all. Tessa Arias, author of Cookies & Cream: Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich, did not make it easy on me. I spent weeks endlessly flipping through the book. Not for a lack of recipes but for sheer indecision on just which recipe (or mix and match combination) I was going to make. The entire book is filled with perfect ice cream sandwich after perfect ice cream sandwich, and this malted chocolate beauty is no different.

The cookies are soft and salty. The ice cream creamy and sweet.

She rolls hers in whoppers, but in conjunction with the last of my criterion for sandwich-ability above, sprinkles were definitely in order.

Granted, I probably made them a wee bit too big (think the diameter of a halved grapefruit). I say that like it’s a bad thing. It’s totally not.

I used the technique outlined here to make my sandwiches, the result being more uniform ice cream rounds than simply scooping and smushing. But you can certainly do that too.

Be sure to click through for the recipe and a chance to win a copy of this mouth-watering book!

Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yield: about 10 sandwiches

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mintues

Total Time: 36 hours

Ingredients:

Ice Cream:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup plain malted milk powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large egg  yolks

Cookies:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dark or Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup plain malted milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt

Directions:

  1. Prepare an ice bath by setting a medium heatproof bowl inside a larger bowl of ice water. Place a fine mesh sieve on top and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the milk, cream, 1/2 cup sugar, malted milk powder, salt, and vanilla. Cook gently over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar has dissolved and mixture starts to steam. Remove from heat.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks with remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Slowly whisk in some of the warm cream mixture, 1/3 cup at a time, until about half of the cream mixture has been incorporated and egg mixture is warm to the touch. (Be sure to gradually whisk in the warm cream; you want to temper the eggs, not cook them.) Pour egg mixture back into saucepan and return to medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spatula, about 5 to 7 minutes, or until it reaches approximately 175ºF. Do not let it boil.
  4. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into the ice bath. Stir until mixture is cool. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, carefully pressing it onto the surface of the cream mixture to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.
  5. Line a quarter sheet pan or 9x9-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper. Churn ice cream according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spread ice cream into the prepared pan to desired thickness Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 2-3 hours or until firm.
  6. For cookies,  preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  7. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, malted milk powder, baking soda, and salt.
  8. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in egg, followed by vanilla and sour cream. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until incorporated.
  9. Using a medium or large cookie scoop, drop dough by the heaping tablespoonful onto prepared baking sheet. Flatten to 1-inch thick disks with the palm of your hand. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set. Let cool on baking sheet for minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Freeze cookies for at least 1 hour before forming your sandwiches.
  11. To assemble, remove block of ice cream from sheet pan using the parchment or foil to lift it out of the pan. Choose a cookie cutter approximately the same size as your cookies to cut out rounds of ice cream. Place one round on a cookie, then top with a second cookie, pressing to adhere. Roll edges in sprinkles or crushed malted milk ball candies, if desired. Freeze for at least 1 hour before serving.

Cookies and Cream Cookbook by Tessa AriasWhat better accompaniment to the perfect ice cream sandwich than a giveaway? Author Tessa Arias has so kindly offered up a copy of her book to one lucky L&OO reader! Cooling temperatures be darned, with this book in hand you’re going to want to eat ice cream sandwiches all winter long.

Giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering!

Congrats to Bianca, comment #204, who was selected as the winner of this fabulous book!

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Giveaway open to US residents only. Void where prohibited. Winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen. Bonus entry requirements will be verified if selected as the winner, otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen. All opinions written are purely my own.

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  1. 101
    Jamie
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Something with pretzels, caramel and chocolate!

  2. 102
    Louis
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Graham crackers with homemade bittersweet chocolate ice cream.

  3. 103
    Meryl
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Dark chocolate brownies with chocolate chip ice cream.

  4. 104
    Babs
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    The choices are endless! To start I think a Oreo cookie with strawberry ice cream. Two of my favorite foods.

  5. 105
    Babs
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm

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  6. 106
    Katie V
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Interesting combo:  red velvet cake cookies with dark (extra dark!) chcolate ice cream with crushed pretzels on the outside…

  7. 107
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    These look absolutely delicious! I want to bite my computer screen!

  8. 108
    Savannagal
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Butter Pecan and coconut are my favorites. So, butter pecan with toasted coconut would be fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. 109
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I’d love to try the Boston Cream Pie ones listed in the Amazon description!

  10. 110
    Melanie Hokanson
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I am a fan! Both of this blog and ice cream sandwiches. I would love a salted caramel praline ice cream on shortbread cookie. Just sayin’.

  11. 111
    tammy c.
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    tammy c.
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  13. 113
    Heather J
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    My ice cream sandwich combo is a toss up between mocha white choc ice cream with almond cookie or pistachio ice cream with coconut cookie.

  14. 114
    Heather J
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I already follow L&OO!

  15. 115
    Heather J
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    tammy c.
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I would like a dark chocolate pisacio ice cream sandwich.

  17. 117
    Kari
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I would like to try pumpkin ice cream with snicker doodle cookie

  18. 118
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I’ve kinda been dying to try a snickerdoodle cookie with horchata ice cream (now that I have a recipe for it). Perhaps that will be my next project!

    These look divine, btw!

  19. 119
    Stefany
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I would love to try the chocolate cookie with caramel ice cream!

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    Stefany
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    Nikki
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    I’d like to try a chocolate chip cookie with cookie dough ice cream!

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    jules p
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  25. 125
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I’d love to try a sandwich made with chocolate chip cookies, sweet pecan ice cream, and rolled in chewy chunks of fresh cooked (but cooled, of course!) bacon… OR a cheesecake type sugar cookie with a simple strawberry sorbet/ice cream, possibly rolled in crushed pistachios or mini chocolate chips…

  26. 126
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  28. 128
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I have to agree: everything is definitely better with sprinkles! :)

  29. 129
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I’m thinking a chocolate cookie/pumpkin ice cream combo… maybe with some salted caramel.

  30. 130
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    OMG…as much as I like to cook (and eat) I would love this giveaway…thank you for the opportunity.

  31. 131
    Julianne
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies with Maple Walnut Ice Cream

  32. 132
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Oatmeal cookie with caramel ice cream sprinkled with pretzels

  33. 133
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I tweeted this.

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    Dorothea
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 4:57 pm

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  35. 135
    Dorothea
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    How about a Fudge Brownie Cookie with Baked Apple Ice Cream!

  36. 136
    Laura Jasmine
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I would love to try a red velvet cookie with vanilla ice cream…mmmm

  37. 137
    Barb
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    pecan sandie with chocolate almond ice cream

  38. 138
    Maya
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Coffee Ice Cream with Coffee Cake Cookie

  39. 139
    Maya
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Key Lime Ice Cream with Graham Cracker Cookie

  40. 140
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    When I saw the picture I was like, “how is the ice cream so perfectly disk-like?” Then I read the rest of the post and it’s genius! Using a cookie cutter to cut out rounds of ice cream is great for these adorable (and delicious sounding) ice cream sandwiches!

  41. 141
    Samantha
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    peanutbutter and banana flavored ice cream!!!

  42. 142
    Audra Bell
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Butter pecan ice cream with a snicker doodle  cookie.

  43. 143
    Megan T
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Red velvet cookies with cream cheese ice cream!

  44. 144
    Christina M
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    A smores ice cream sandwich! Graham cookie with a smear of chocolate ganache, and a toasted marshmallow ice cream!!

  45. 145
    Sharon
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I subscribe via email
    I would love some chocolate with orange ice cream

    Real chocolate with orange zest would work

  46. 146
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I want to try a Christmasy combination.  Maybe vanilla cookies and cinnamon ice cream. 

  47. 147
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  48. 148
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  49. 149
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  50. 150
    Barbara Bradford
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  53. 153
    Melissa
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Double chocolate chip cookies with strawberry ice cream… kind of like a chocolate covered strawberry!

  54. 154
    Barbara Bradford
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I would like a richly flavored vanilla ice cream with thick roasted pear swirls, sandwiched between crisp browned butter cookies with a just a hint of cardamon in the cookie.

  55. 155
    erin
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Nutella & Coffee! 

  56. 156
    Chrissy
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I would love to try an Earl Grey tea ice cream and and butter cookie combo! It might be tasty!

  57. 157
    Erika Blankenship
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Pistachio ice cream with snickerdoodle cookies

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    Christy Spurlock
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  61. 161
    Christy Spurlock
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    Christy Spurlock
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    I follow @loveandoliveoil and @HandleHeat on twitter and tweetedthe following: I just entered to win a copy of ‘Cookies & Cream’ by @HandleHeat from @loveandoliveoil: http://bit.ly/15Z5LNQ

    https://twitter.com/christyjs/status/378333934943076352

  63. 163
    Emily smith
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Maple bacon ice cream with a bourbon sugar cookie…all of my favorites in one! Subscribed to your blog! 

  64. 164
    Emily smith
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Liked both on Facebook and following on twitter! 

  65. 165
    Elin
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Carrot cake cookies, cheesecake ice cream, rolled in nuts. Or an ice cream s’more.

  66. 166
    Elin
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:41 pm

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  67. 167
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    How about chocolate and raspberry? Maybe chocolate cookies with raspberry ice cream. Coated in toasted almonds. 

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  69. 169
    Kristin G.
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    A cannoli-type ice cream/cookie combo! I fell in love with Ben and Jerry’s limited run and have been craving something similar ever since. 

  70. 170
    Mimi
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Chocolate chip cookies with browned butter ice cream!

  71. 171
    Mimi
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  72. 172
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I would love to try a pistachio ice cream, cherry cookie combo!

  73. 173
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Subscribed to Love & Olive Oil!

  74. 174
    Chelsea
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 12:57 am

    I’m an email subscriber!

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    Chelsea
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  76. 176
    Chelsea
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 12:59 am

    I’d love some sugar cookies with pecan praline ice cream! :)

  77. 177
    Raluca
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Sour cherry ice cream with cinnamon biscuits. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  78. 178
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    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 2:06 am

    I already Like Handle the Heat on Facebook (and tried the rosemary buns, they are delicious and all my friends love them!), now I also Like Love and Olive Oil

  79. 179
    Zoe
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 4:51 am

    Salted caramel ice cream with white chocolate chip cookies and then rolled in crushed toffee popcorn! mmm salivating just thinking about what it could taste like!

  80. 180
    Alison C
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 5:31 am

    A butterfinger ice cream sandwiched in between oatmeal cookies (no raisins)

  81. 181
    Alison C
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  82. 182
    Alison C
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 5:32 am

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  83. 183
    kesha
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 5:34 am

    I would like to try Oreo cookies with moose tracks ice cream

  84. 184
    kesha
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 5:35 am
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    kesha
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 5:35 am

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  86. 186
    Kerry
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Graham cracker cookie with key lime pie ice cream.

  87. 187
    Sofia
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I make a mexican chocolate and toasted coconut cookie and I’d love to try it with a cinnamon ice cream or maybe cajeta/dulce de leche ice cream!

  88. 188
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I’d very much like to take an almond cloud cookie and combine it with a raspberry vanilla ice cream. 

  89. 189
    Alissa S.
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I would love to try a candy cane studded ice cream sandwich with gingerbread cookies! It would be the ultimate Christmas morning breakfast! …yes, I do eat sweets on Christmas morning…

  90. 190
    Desiree
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Lemon/ ginger snap cookie with a crushed ginger ice cream. I’m addicted to lemon and ginger

  91. 191
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

    These look incredible and beautiful and oh so tasty! My ice cream sandwiches always come out sooo messy…

  92. 192
    Cassandra
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    There used to be a bakery down the street from me in Brooklyn called Little Buddy that made the best ice cream sandwiches. They sadly went out of business but I would love to have one of their ginger molasses cookie/vanilla ice cream sandwiches again.

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    Cassandra
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  94. 194
    Kari M
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Cinnamon ice cream with snickerdoodle cookies – sounds yummy!

  95. 195
    Malinda McConnell
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I would like to try a white chocolate chip cookie sandwich with a mango ice cream filling

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  97. 197
    Jeanette
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I’m a traditionalist…  I make a kitchen sink cookie that I’m going to try  with a light chocolate ice cream then dip half in melted chocolate and cover that with chopped pecans….  

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    Malinda McConnell
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm

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    Malinda McConnell
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I have followed both of the twitter pages and tweeted about the contest.

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    Jeanette
    Posted On September 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I already am an email subscriber!!  Love it!!!