Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sassy Sweets: Valentine's Chipwiches

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Have you ever heard of a chipwich?  John never had.  My cousin J used to joke that when she first got her own place with my cousin B, she would eat them for breakfast!  I am with her, they are delicious, but I love making them at home with whatever ice cream and cookies are on hand!  It still never beats the classic chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream though! 

I have been craving ice cream sandwiches for a few weeks now but Nestle Tollhouse came up with a cooking contest that I think was designed just for me to fill that craving!  You had to make chocolate chip cookies in the shape of a heart; how you designed them, and what you did after that was up to you. 

Right away, I didn't think it could be Valentine's Day without a red heart.  And with my red-hot chocolate chip cookie recipe, I knew I had a great shot at being in their top 10!  To be honest, I won't hear back until next week so I have no idea if I will make it to the finals or not.  What I do know, is that these chipwiches flew off the table so fast, I had to pack the rest of the cookies away to keep from making myself more!
Valentine's Chipwiches
Serves:  approximately 15 cookie sandwiches (15 people)
1 tablespoon red food coloring
pink sugar sprinkles
vanilla ice cream

Place the red food coloring into the batter before chocolate chips but after all other ingredients.  Spread the dough out onto a 10x15 baking sheet and let bake in a 350 degree oven for 12 minutes.  Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut cookies.  Cut out 30 cookies.  (Save the leftover scraps for nibbling, serving over ice cream, etc.).  Then, if your ice cream is already in a 9x9 baking sheet, use the same heart shape and cut out ice cream into 15 hearts.  Place an ice cream heart in between two cookie hearts and roll the whole thing in pink sugar sprinkles.  You can decorate them with sweet sayings such as "Kiss Me" and "I Love You" or leave them blank (I did both). 

A less time-intensive idea is to serve one red chocolate chip cookie heart in the middle of a bowl of ice cream.

They're like your own personalized Sweetheart candies (but truthfully I think they taste way better).

One more thing to do with that delicious ice cream and then I'm almost done with these romantic recipes!

Until the next time my oven is on...

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