Madeleine Ice Cream Sandwiches

This idea came about from my craving an ice cream sandwich.  It isn't like me to run out to the store and buy a box of these childhood treats, so after baking a batch of my Chocolate Marble Madeleines,  I thought to myself, why not?  These little sandwiches are a bit like having ice cream cake without the fuss of using a plate & fork.  Now that summer is here and we all want a bit of ice cream, don't you just want to try making these?  I used vanilla ice cream for my sandwiches, but you can certainly substitute chocolate if you feel like being decadent or any other flavor.  You decide what you want! 

The Madeleine Ice Cream Sandwich.

Place your just baked and cooled madeleines on a rimmed baking sheet & freeze until they're quite firm.  This will take about 30 minutes.

Flip half of your madeleines shell side down & place a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream (I'm using a 2" scoop) in the middle.  Firmly press another madeleine over it & create your sandwich.  Freezing the little cookies beforehand will prevent them from cracking or smashing when you assemble these.  Smooth out the edges of ice cream with a small offset spatula if you wish. 

You have two options here: these can be served immediately upon making or they can be popped back into the freezer & kept there until serving time or for about 3 days.  If you store them in the freezer for more than a few hours, make sure they're in an airtight container.

Tempting, don't you think?

One of the reasons I decided to publish my recipe for those madeleines in The Monthly Cookie a day early, was because I wanted all of you to have this easy ice cream sandwich for the 4th of July weekend.  This is the perfect thing to serve for your barbecue or family gathering.  I know kids of all ages who are going to love these once they take their first bite.  From my home to yours, have fun making them & let me know what you think!