CHUNKY MONKEY Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches! These are too good. The cookies are paleo flourless cashew butter cookies. Use your favorite banana ice cream to complete this treat!
BRASS MONKEY. THAT FUNKY MONKEY. BRASS MONKEY CHUNKY. THAT FUNKY MONKEY…
I am now picturing Beastie Boys singing “Brass Monkey” dancing with tubs of Ben & Jerry’s “Chunky Monkey” ice cream. Unfortunately when I looked up their music video, this is what I came across. Music videos have certainly come a long way since then. Speaking of Beastie Boys, did anyone else listen to them? I feel like I am aging myself… But when I was little my brother used to play them on his ginormous stereo (yes, ancient) while we would do our chores on the weekend.
Side note: I am sitting in a Whole Foods working while coming across more Beastie Boys music videos, and the workers here are definitely judging me. Like, “What in the world is this girl doing at a WF watching weird homemade music videos…”
But what are talking about again…?
CHUNKY MONKEY ICE CREAM COOKIE SANDWICHES
OHHH yeah we’re going there.
It’s funny because I have been wanting to share an ice cream cookie sandwich with you for over a year now. And I am FINALLY getting to it. If I had all the time in the world I would probably share a new cookie recipe at least once a week. And then also a salad because you know, balance…
But part of the reason it took me so long is because I had the hardest time deciding what kind of flavor to bring to you first. Do I just go for a good ole regular ice cream cookie sandwich… or do I get fun and crazy?
Obviously I decided to get fun and crazy because I have this thing for banana desserts and I came across some delicious banana ice cream at the store the other day. It was clearly a sign. Chunky Monkey it is – aka bananas, fudge chunks (chocolate chips in this case), and walnuts.
But what about the cookies? You ask.
They’re a flourless, grain-free CASHEW BUTTER cookie with chocolate chips. Because my obsession for cashew butter is the real deal. The cookies are similar to these guys, but I changed a few things and left out the coconut flour – because we’re going for super simple cookies here… Which hopefully means there is a greater chance you’ll make these ice cream cookie sandwiches, right?
What you need
creamy cashew butter
semi-sweet chocolate chips
your choice of banana ice cream– dairy or dairy-free!
mini chocolate chips
Once you’ve made the cookies you need to let them cool in the fridge and get out your ice cream so it is scoop-able. Cooling the cookies in the fridge will set the cookies, and ensure your cookies don’t fall apart as you start adding the ice cream. I just used a scoop to add the ice cream onto each cookie and pushed it around with a spoon until even and smooth. See this post here for another great idea on how to assemble to sandwiches.
Oh let’s circle back to “chunky monkey” real quick. I knew it was a flavor (bananas and walnuts) but what I did not know was that it was a flavor developed by Ben & Jerry’s. Clearly I don’t know much about Ben or Jerry – my family bought the half gallons of ice cream because let’s be real, those guys are expensive and my parents were not about to spend $30 on 6 different pints of ice cream to make all of their children’s wishes come true. But Ben & Jerry’s definitely know how to come up with some crazy good ice cream flavor concoctions. And for that I am thankful. Because now we have these Chunky Monkey Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches.
FOR THE COOKIES
- 1 cup creamy cashew butter
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
TO MAKE THE SANDWICHES
- choose your favorite banana ice cream- dairy or dairy-free!
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 TBS mini chocolate chips
MAKE THE COOKIES:
1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a medium mixing bowl using electric hand mixer, combine cashew butter and sugar. You can use a whisk and do this by hand, but I find an electric mixer works best.
3. Add in egg and vanilla if using, beat again. Then add salt and baking soda, beating together one last time. Fold in chocolate chips.
4. Use rounded tablespoon to create cookie dough balls (about 1.5 TBS total) and place on prepared baking sheet about 2" part. Gently flatten dough slightly with palm of hand, re-shaping as necessary to keep circle shape.
5. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. Careful not to over-bake, or cookies will be crumbly. Remove baking sheet from oven and allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack to cool completely.
6. Transfer cookies back to baking sheet and place in freezer for 20 minutes. While cookies are chilling, remove ice cream from freezer and allow to soften so it is easier for scooping.
ASSEMBLE THE SANDWICHES:
Place the chopped walnuts and mini chocolate chips in small bowls. Start spreading on the banana ice cream, a few tablespoons or so, onto the bottom flat side of the cookie, spreading evenly, before topping with another cookie. Sprinkle on crushed walnuts and mini chocolate chips, then place on a plate and transfer to freezer. Repeat this process with the remaining cookies.
Store ice cream cookie sandwiches in freezer until ready to eat, 20 minutes at the most. Then DIG IN!
If storing the ice cream cookie sandwiches for longer periods of time, I'd suggest wrapping them individually in plastic wrap an storing them in a container. Then allow the cookies to thaw prior to eating, as the frozen cookies are pretty hard 🙂
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