Friday, November 19, 2010

Butterbeer Ice Cream Sandwiches

For the big debut of the latest Harry Potter I made an ice cream sandwich inspired by butterbeer, which is said to taste like butterscotch and short bread cookies!

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Anybody else a little tired this morning? I AM DEAD! Because of COURSE I went to see the Harry Potter Premier last night! Yes, I am just barely in the age group that grew up with Harry Potter. The first movie came out my senior year of high school....and two college degrees later.....we're on the seventh movie! Crazy!

Okay, so my youth is totally showing. But you can't deny it. Harry Potter is HUGE! Which means there has got to be at least one Harry Potter fan that you're friends with and they'll love your for making them a bit of butterbeer or butterbeer ice cream sandwiches!

Not only did I make butterbeer this week, but when I read that butterbeer is supposed to taste like shortbread cookies and butterscotch....well, it was an easy call to make: butterscotch  shortbread cookies ice cream sandwiches! and yes, I ate them for breakfast this morning before running off to an 8:30 staff meeting. I really have a problem with eating ice cream sandwiches for breakfast when I'm running late!

Butterbeer Ice Cream Sandwiches
(butterscotch shortbread cookie sandwiches)

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoons butter
1/2 tablespoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups cream, divided
1 cup milk
3 egg yolks

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, stir brown sugar, butter, and vanilla until butter is melted, sugar dissolved, and the mixture is bubbling. Stir in 1/4 cup of cream and continue to stir until mixed thoroughly. Remove butterscotch mixture from heat and allow to cool. 

In a stand mixer combine the egg yolks and butterscotch mixture.  Beat for one minute, then mix in the milk and cream gradually.

Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker. Allow the ice cream to churn until finished and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Shortbread Cookies

2 cups unsalted butter, unsalted
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour


Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter powdered sugar, and vanilla  in a large bowl. If the dough is too crumbly add another 2 tablespoons of butter.

Roll dough out to half an inch thick and cut into small shapes using cookie cutters, or into squares using a knife. Place the cookies one inch apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake for 14-15 minutes or until set, and the bottoms are a light golden brown. Immediately remove to a wire rack to cool completely. 

To Assemble the Ice Cream Sandwiches:

Place a scoop full of ice cream on an upside down cookie. Using a second cookie press down on top of the scoop of ice cream to form a sandwich. 

Place in the freezer to freeze until fully hardened. I pressed butterscotch chips into the sides of mine. Their optional but add a delightful touch of whimsy. 

Enjoy! 

36 comments:

  1. Don't worry, I'm also a twenty something with two degrees and I still love Harry Potter! :) The sandwiches sound delicious and totally breakfast appropriate.

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  2. WOW!!! I wish :) I could prepare that too

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  3. How creative and soooooo good looking! This has to be one of my favorites things you've made. I would eat those for breakfast too if I had them! YUM!!! :)

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  4. Yum and awesome! That looks amazing, and I cannot wait to see the movie!

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  5. Oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT THIS...while I"m watching the movie on Sunday. =)

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  6. Looks amazing!! Great pictures and recipe!

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  7. Oh my, those are mouth-watering!

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  8. What a delicious idea! I bet the ice cream is sinfully good.

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  9. Love it. Love the cookies, love the ice cream. Love it. Love it all.

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  10. I love ice cream sandwiches and Harry Potter! Can't wait to see the movie on Sunday.

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  11. I am going to have to try these. I am a fan of all things ice cream!

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  12. Hahahaha...the perfect breakfast! These look so great! Yummy! :)

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  13. what are the chips in the ice cream? caramel?

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  14. oh my, i got the urge to eat the monitor .... :)

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  15. Genius!! I love Harry Potter! :)

    These are some of the most creative treats I've seen!

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  16. Bookmarked! These look fabulous! What a cool take on Potter's recreational drink!

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  17. I LOVE the HP series!! I've read them all once myself, and then once again to my kids. I actually missed Harry when the series ended (I know... big dork!!).
    These look wonderful, I know two kids in my household who will adore them!

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  18. yumm!! i think i will omit the chips though, they tend to get hard when cold..

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  19. I love when I see all the fun recipe ideas for Butterbeer!

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  20. wow! I'm already an ice-cream sucker, but this.. It looks like one of my wildest dreams.

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  21. What an adorable recipe! They look fantastic in that dish!

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  22. These are genius! They look delicious! And a bit lighter than the latest movie (saw it at a special charity premiere with one of the actors before it opened in theatres). Wish I had one of these to take my mind off a few scenes that shall remain nameless!

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  23. I wld never be too old for that ice cream sandwich!. or harry potter. gorgeous.

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  24. Harry Potter is fantastic! And it doesn't matter how old you are :) These look amazing too... what a great idea. Wish I had one right now! So glad I wandered over from Foodbuzz. Your blog is lovely and your photos are beautiful!

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  25. I'm not into Harry Potter, but these look delicious!

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  26. 1. Harry Potter is awesome. I saw it twice in one day. I drank butterbeer. It was so amazing.
    2. Ice cream sandwiches are amazing. You have brought more joy to my life than you could possibly imagine.

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  27. Harry Potter is fantastic! I have a question about the shortbread cookies, though. This recipe calls for the exact same ingredients as your shortbread cookies part 1, except with twice the amount of butter? Is it better with this amount of butter? (The other says 1 cup.) Thank you for the great posts, and I can't wait to try this out!

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  28. the reasoning is that i wanted a softer cookie for the ice cream sandwich. the other recipe is tricky to accomplish i must admit, and if done wrong the cookies are far too crumbly. but for an ice cream sandwich you need a sturdy but soft cookie, so we loaded up on the butter. :)

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  29. Even if I were completely indifferent to or hated Harry Potter (neither true--and I'm in my 50s), these would look ridiculously delicious!

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  30. This picture is amazingly sensuous!!!

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