Darth Vader Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
Last night I decided to make homemade ice cream sandwiches for dessert. I had these Star Wars cookie cutters I'd purchased ages ago, and I realized a Darth Vader chocolate cookie ice cream sandwich was the only way to bring the Light and Dark sides together.
These cookie cutters can be used 2 ways:
- simply press the shape down as any other cookie cutter and create a cut out cookie
- press the shape down AND press the little plunger down for an outline of the details
It is very important to use chilled dough when pressing the Darth Vader cookie shapes to preserve the details. I chilled the dough, sprinkled my surface and rolling pin with more cocoa to prevent sticking and rolled the dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness. After cutting out the shapes I placed them in the freezer for about 10 minutes. The cooler they are when you roll AND bake, the better the results.
Using a dark pan lined with parchment paper I made 6 cookies at a time with the oven set at 350 degrees. These took about 9 minutes to bake.
Using dutch-process cocoa would have yielded extremely dark - almost black - cookies but I didn't have that on hand so I stuck with natural cocoa. I was satisfied with this natural cocoa color since these cookies were going to be devoured instantly. However, I could have added a really dramatic flair by tinting the dough pure black. To do that I would have incorporated a food color gel directly into the dough before chilling. Why gel? Because liquid food coloring will completely change the consistency of the dough, ruining the recipe. Black icing outlining the details would have been a nice touch also if I'd gone with the black dough color. Those are definitely options I will explore if I decide to make these cookies as Christmas gifts this year.
When the cookies were completely cooled I called the family to the kitchen and the ice cream sandwich party began!
Using a tablespoon sized cookie dough scoop, we made our sandwiches with cookies and cream flavored ice cream. French vanilla would be perfection as well.
I gently pressed Vader cookie - onto ice cream - onto Vader cookie using the palm of my hand to press down as far as possible without cracking his head or squeezing out all the ice cream.
The combination of the vanilla ice cream with the smooth velvety chocolate taste of the cookie was fabulous. This chocolate cookie dough makes rich, fabulous cookies that are soft and dense. This morning I had a Vader cookie with 2 shots of espresso and it was a heavenly breakfast. Now it's your turn to make these.
Darth Vader Cookie Dough Recipe (adapted from bakeat350)
2.5 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp instant espresso (I popped open 1 illy espresso capsule)
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
- Sift the flour, cocoa, espresso powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
- Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together slowly. Scrape the sides of the bowl often. This is your only safe chance to lick the spoon. :)
- Add 1 egg and 1 cup of butter to mixer. I add the butter in pats, rather then throwing in 2 whole sticks. Beat together until completely incorporated, scraping sides of bowl.
- Add the flower in about 3 or 4 batches, stirring slowly. This dough is thick so take your time and don't over mix.
- Roll dough into a ball (this is your chance to add black gel), wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Roll out dough on surface dusted with cocoa powder.
- Cut out shapes and freeze each batch for about 10 minutes (or as long as it takes to cook one batch in the oven).
- Bake at 350 for about 9 minutes (this depends on your oven).
- Cool. Eat. Enjoy.