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This summer, make a commitment to your family to spend more time soaking in the sun and the memories together. This recipe for Grilled Ice Cream Sandwiches is perfect to help you stay true to your word!
Summertime is meant for family and fun – but all too often we moms and dads get too busy to stop and enjoy it. This summer, I’ve committed to being more present with my family and enjoying moments spent doing our favorite things – like grilling and enjoying ice cream. Since we are on a tighter than usual budget this year, trips to the local ice cream shop will be less frequent. That’s sparked my creativity and I got to thinking about cookouts completed with a treat – grilled ice cream sandwiches!
Because more time for family gets to include my recently retired and new homeowner parents(!), we decided to load the kids in the van and make some memories with Grammie and Pappy. Our only stop along the way was at our local Giant Eagle grocery store to get everything we’d need for a fun evening of grilling.
Our Giant Eagle shopping list included:
- Lipton Tea Bags
- Lemon Lemon Sparkling Lemonade
- Bacon Cheddar Angus Beef Burgers
- Breyers Ice Cream (for this recipe)
- Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies (for this recipe)
After getting our ingredients, we headed to their house and got some sun tea brewing to make “Sparkling Arny P’s” – a twist on your usual Arnold Palmer (half iced-tea and half lemonade).
While letting the kids play, Greg fired up the grill and got the burgers going. I
‘m sure know all of the neighbors who could smell the grill were jealous – the Market District line of gourmet burgers from Giant Eagle are incredible! They have the perfect ratio of bacon to cheese to burger and stay juicy. The store tag says “the best Angus beef available” and that has to be true.
(PS – if you are looking for some ways to take these burgers to another level, check out this Giant Eagle Pinterest board for “Summer of Grilling” ideas!)
After we enjoyed dinner, it was my time to shine. My special treat, the Grilled Ice Cream Sandwiches, were about to make their debut. I’m sure at first there were a few skeptics in the crowd, but I just knew the combination of hot cookies and cold ice cream that was just starting to melt was going to taste like perfection.
To get started, I put the cookies in a skillet on the hot grill. I let them heat for just a few minutes – long enough to see the chocolate was starting to melt.
Then quick work began, scooping the ice cream onto a cookie and topping it with another. (Pro tip – if you are like me and like your ice cream to sit out a few minutes before enjoying it, get over that. Have a helper bring you the tub straight from the freezer and have a ice cream scoop with some hot water ready to go. You really want the ice cream to be firm for this step!)
I had to quickly hand off the treats and let the kids (young and old!) get to enjoying them. Can you blame them?
Grilled Ice Cream Sandwiches
Ingredients (aka #GrillNGear)
- Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies (or your favorite flavor)
- Breyers Ice Cream (in your favorite flavor)
- Outdoor grill
- Grill-safe skillet
- Ice cream scoop
- Place the cookies flat side up in a skillet.
- Place the skillet on a grill (about 300-350 F) for 3-4 minutes.
- Scoop firm ice cream onto one cookie.
- Top the ice cream with another cookie.
If this recipe caught your eye and has you drooling, remember that you can grab everything you need for it at Giant Eagle. They’ll be sharing fun summer grilling recipes all summer long on their Pinterest Page, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you make this over the summer, please share with us and let us know how it tasted.
What do you plan to grill this summer? Does your grill “stop working” in the winter or has it been going all year long?
Can you help us settle a score – are you team cookie dough ice cream or team chocolate truffle?