Spicy Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

June 21, 2013

Mexican chocolate ice cream sandwiches are a spicy way to celebrate summer.  Cinnamon chocolate shortbread cookies are given a little kick with the addition of cayenne pepper and black pepper.  When paired with the cooling vanilla ice cream, it's a party for your taste buds.  You can even roll the outside of the ice cream sandwich in cinnamon cereal crumbs for extra crunch.

Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients:

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 cup of unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg, beaten
vanilla ice cream
 
Directions:
 
Sift flour, salt, cocoa, cayenne, cinnamon and black pepper together in a large bowl.
 
In a medium bowl cream the butter until it is a nice pale color.
 
Add sugar to the butter slowly and keep beating at a medium speed setting.
 
Add in vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
 
Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
 
Slowly add the dry ingredients until the batter is well mixed.
 
Flour your work surface. Lay the dough on the work surface and fold it over a few times, but don't work it too much or it will be too rubbery.
 
Split the dough into two halves and roll into a cylinder shape (approximate dimensions: 9in long and 2in in diameter).
 
Wrap the dough in wax paper and put the two sections in the freezer until firm (approximately 15 minutes).
 
 
Remove dough from freezer and cut the dough into 1/2 inch thick disc shapes, place on large cookie sheet, and bake for 5 minutes to soften.
 
Remove from oven and flatten them down a little using a pastry spatula. Bake for another 10 minutes.
 
Remove sandwich cookies from oven when they start to firm up around the edges.
 
Remove from cookie sheet and cool on a cooling rack.
 
Add ice cream between two cookies and serve warm.

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