If you’re looking for fabulous GF treat, look no further! This gluten free ice cream sandwich recipe is sweet and satisfying!
I’m doing my darndest to stay positive in spite of a pretty cruddy year because I have learned that negativity just encourages even more negativity. My January was taken over by a sudden and unexpected move after a breakup that conveniently occurred just one week before Christmas. That’s one heck of a way to get out of a Christmas gift, right? Haha. Oh, and then I finally found THE house, you know like THE house?, that I wanted to be in and the offer was accepted and everything was looking SO GOOD but, guess what? Even though it looked gorgeous, it didn’t even come close to being able to pass inspection. *sigh*
But while those things stank, the past week, I’ve spent most of my waking hours in the hospital watching my favorite person in the whole world fight while hooked up to a ton of machines. In fact, I am sitting just across from the hospital bed as I type up this post… I thought the whole breakup business was bad and I was devastated at losing my dream house but it’s nothing compared to worrying away a week in ICU. Like, it seriously puts things into perspective when you realize you could forever lose somebody that you love so much, somebody who makes your life so much better.
But I’m not going to leave you hanging on a sad note because before this terrible 7 days I had a totally amazing almost 2 weeks that I am so thankful for. It was the time for the 2019 Texas Tour, my annual across Texas vacay with my nephews… and we had SO MUCH FUN. I got to go with the boys to their very first ever rock show and at Austin City Limits, no less! And we also visited the Museum of the Weird which we loved, like, a ton, and, generally fell in LOVE with Austin, TX. I mean, someplace where the population loves Willie Nelson as much as they do, they’ve GOT to be pretty darn awesome, right? Dude, the Airbnb house we stayed in was seriously the COOLEST HOUSE EVER. It was so nifty and Austin is going to be a must-visit during the ’20 Tx Tour.
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After Austin, we spent some time around Houston doing things around my parents’ home before we headed to Galveston for 8 days. I had 8 nights to sleep just steps from the beach in a house on stilts. The house was just okay and I learned that you can apparently get motion sick in an elevated house when there is a storm with crazy wind. Like, the water in my glass on the coffee table was swaying this way and that and until I saw that I finally realized that I was not experiencing nausea for absolutely no reason… while sitting on the couch I was actually experiencing motion sickness. YUCK!
The beaches in Galveston are nice but they are nowhere nearly as pretty as the beaches we have spent time at the past few years in South Padre Island or Boca Chica but we did have a few beach days, anyway. We also went to Pleasure Pier to ride the rides and participate in carnival style games but we got rained out ONE HOUR after we arrived and paid for all-day passes. Geez! That 1 hour was BIG FUN and so I think we definitely need to go back the first chance we get.
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We did play mini golf twice on both the easy course and the harder one (which was SO COOL!) and visit Moody Gardens but, honestly, I don’t even remember Moody Gardens. Shortly after we arrived I started to feel way loopy. Like, something was totally wrong with me and I wasn’t sure what. It turned out instead of taking ibuprofen, I somehow managed to take a couple of my nighttime pills, which are the same shape and color, just slightly smaller in size. I normally only take one of and knocks me clean out. I straight up remember the boys were disappointed that there were no giant otters to be seen and then I remember my mom driving us back to the Airbnb. Gah! Galveston was mostly just okay but it was great to spend time with the boys.
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My oldest nephew starts high-school this year and, honestly, it breaks my heart. He’s not a baby anymore! But he’s totally a planner, just like me and he knows 4 years of high school will quickly be followed by 4 years of college and he wants to know how to take care of himself before then. So this summer it’s been a whole lot of cooking and life skills impromptu lessons with me!
And just last night, after my sister and I got back from the hospital for the evening, we made a small batch of both chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies. And, man, they were SO GOOD. But do you know what makes a good cookie even better? ICE CREAM. SO why not take those amazing homemade chocolate chip cookies and turn them into gluten-free ice cream sandwiches? They’re so amazing and so welcome during these hot summer days! And maybe they’ll even give you a little much needed pick me up during the less than stellar days.
You’ll love making these Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches (from scratch!)
- 1 container of ice cream we used vanilla but use your fave
- 1 3/4 cup gluten-free baking flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg room temperature
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips + more for decoration
- Preheat oven to 350° and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk until well mixed.
- Beat together butter, sugar and brown sugar until fluffy in a second bowl. Add milk, vanilla, egg and beat until smooth. Stir in 1 cup of mini chocolate chips.
- Drop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto lined baking sheets and bake 10 to 12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool completely and transfer to the freezer. Allow to freeze at least 1 hour.
- Prepare ice cream by slicing a carton of ice cream into 1.5" thick slices (I like to use a carton of Breyer's!) Use a round cookie or biscuit cutter to create rounds of ice cream. Squeeze one round of ice cream between 2 frozen cookies.
- Add remainder of mini chocolate chips to a shallow bowl or plate and roll the sides to embed the chips into the ice cream for a pretty look!