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iStock 586724148 CroppedCraving something sweet? Look no further - check out this unique ice cream sandwich recipe that uses a surprising ingredient that's in season right now: luscious peaches!

After all, nothing says summer like a juicy, velvet-skinned peach. This ice cream sandwich recipe captures that essence with melting ice cream and tasty oatmeal cookies, and as an added bonus, it's gluten-free!

Peaches and Cream Ice Cream on Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds (680 g) ripe peaches, about 5 medium peaches, pitted and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2/3 cup (134 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mild-flavored honey, such as clover or orange blossom
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch or cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup crème fraîche, labne, or plain Greek-style yogurt, stirred smooth
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Stir together the peaches, sugar, lemon juice and salt in a bowl. Set aside to get juicy.

  2. Whisk the cream, honey, and tapioca in a medium saucepan until no lumps remain. Heat the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring with a heatproof spatula until it begins to steam and slightly bubble at the edges. Adjust to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens to the consistency of a cream sauce. Do not fully boil.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a medium metal bowl and then nest the bowl inside a larger bowl of ice and water until cool, taking care not to slosh water into the mixture.

  4. While the mixture cools, process the peaches with all of their juices in a blender or food processor until smooth. Strain through a standard or fine mesh strainer into a bowl.
  5. Discard the solids. Remove the cooled milk from the ice bath and stir in the peaches, crème fraîche, and vanilla until smooth.

  6. Cover and refrigerate until very cold, at least 2 hours. Transfer the bowl to the freezer for the last half hour before spinning it.

  7. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions. When it is ready, transfer the ice cream to a chilled container.
  8. Cover and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours, or overnight.


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Homemade Oatmeal Cookie Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (100 g) white whole wheat, whole wheat, or gluten-free oat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed (134 g) light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) raisins (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F with racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.

  2. Put the butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl and use a wooden spoon or a handheld electric mixer to mix until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture just until everything is well combined, then stir in the oats and raisins, if using.

  3. Spoon or scoop the batter in tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them evenly, to make 24 cookies. Press the cookies with lightly dampened fingers to flatten them slightly. They will spread further as they bake.

  4. Bake until the cookies are light golden around the edges, 8 to 10 minutes, rotating the pans top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Let the cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer them directly to a wire rack to cool completely, sliding a spatula under them if they do not release easily.


Directions to Make the Sandwich

  1. Pair the completely cooled cookies with like-size mates.
  2. Slightly soften the ice cream.
  3. Sandwich a scoop of ice cream between each set of cookie bottoms.
  4. Press gently to squeeze the ice cream slightly beyond the edges. If you wish, smooth the ice cream flush with the cookie edge.


If you like the idea of peach ice cream sandwiches, but don't have time to make them, you can always use store-bought oatmeal cookies and peach ice cream. I'm sure they'll taste just as great but take about half the time.

If you're looking to dress the sandwich up a bit, roll the sides of the sandwiches in chopped, toasted pecans or walnuts. This will add a fantastic crunch! Enjoy!

 

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