By Sarah Lagrotteria
Here’s a great hostessing technique courtesy of my friend Aerin. She and her boyfriend hosted a barbecue last weekend and as the evening progressed and we abandoned the grill for small group conversations here and there about the yard, Aerin emerged from the house carrying a silver tray stacked high with chocolate, hazelnut and coffee-flavored French macaroons (my favorite!). She personally offered them up to each and every guest which was an adorable way to make us all feel special. I love the surprise of a chic dessert served so elegantly after burgers and beer. Wouldn’t it also be fun to serve a simple homemade dessert–like these classic cookies or these ice-cream sandwiches— at an elegant cocktail party?
By Lydia Ellison
See my ideas for simple Summer BBQ sides over at the http://www.fyndes.com blog.
Don’t let the summer slip into fall with out making ice cream cookie sandwiches for a Labor Day BBQ or a friend’s late summer soiree. The nostalgia factor is a powerful force, it does most of the work for you in delighting your friends and guests.
Ice Cream Sandwich
Make a batch of classic Toll House chocolate chip cookies and substitute M & M candies for the chocolate chips in the recipe. Use Organic unsalted butter and cage free eggs for better tasting cookies. You can go to a party store or candy store and pick your own M & M colors if you want your cookies to match your party. If you do that and post the picture in our comments I will give you a medal. Allow the cookies to cool and you will have festive, multicolored delicious cookies.
M & M cookies
Now make batch of vanilla ice cream. I love this recipe by David Lebovitz. If you don’t have a home ice cream maker then buy some nice quality vanilla ice cream or pick some up at a local creamery. You will need 2 pints to make sandwiches of all the cookies.
ready to wrap
Place one cookie underside up on a piece of plastic wrap. Top with a small scoop of ice cream and finish with another cookie. Wrap in plastic and put in the freezer immediately. Repeat with the remaining cookies. Can be made a few day in advance. Serve from the freezer with a napkin. I made these for a 4th of July party and my friend Mary said they were “the most specialist.”