This weekend I highlighted these Summer-y Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches on Fox 13 for a 4th of July holiday recipe so I thought they were worth a re-post. My mom and I whipped these colorful ice cream sandwiches up on Saturday afternoon for the Sunday morning show, enjoying the remnants of the lemon ice cream as we cooked together. It’s always nice to have your mom in the kitchen with you! We also made apricot jam together over the weekend and toured around the local Farmer’s Market selecting all of the best produce for a farm fresh salad we would create.
While we had my parents here over the weekend, it was fun to realize a lot of our similar tastes. One stands out from the rest, I inherited a love of ice cream from my dad and a love of citrus flavors from my mom. Honestly, I could have ice cream any time of year! This ice cream sandwich recipe fits the summer season perfectly… fresh lemon zest swirled into vanilla ice cream with blubbery compote, all sandwiched between light blondie cookies. Sounds almost dreamy!
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday week and cook up something delicious with good friends and family.
Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches with Blueberry Swirl
Lemon Ice Cream
- 2 pints premium vanilla ice cream
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup blueberries, 10 ounces
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 2 strips lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
Cookie Sandwich Layers
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Equipment: 2 (8-inch) square baking pans (2 inches deep); a small offset spatula
- Cook blueberries, sugar, and zest in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, thoroughly crushing blueberries with a potato masher, until juices are released and sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes.
- Stir together lemon juice and cornstarch, then add to the blueberry mixture. Bring to a boil, and continue stirring for about 1-2 minutes (mixture will thicken).
- Transfer blueberry compote to a bowl or jar and chill until cold, about 1 hour. Discard lemon zest.
Cookie Sandwiche Layers (make while compote chills)
- Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle. Butter baking pans and line with parchment, leaving a 1-inch overhang on each side, then butter parchment.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Beat together butter and brown sugar in another bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. At low speed, add flour mixture in 2 batches, mixing until just combined.
- Divide batter between baking pans and spread into thin, even layers with offset spatula. Bake until golden-brown but still tender, 12-14 minutes. Cool completely in pans, about 30 minutes.
Lemon Ice Cream:
- Let ice cream sit at room temp for about 5-10 minutes or transfer ice cream to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 30 percent power in 10-second intervals, stirring, until softened, about 50 seconds total (see cooks’ note, below).
- Stir in lemon zest and juice. Dollop tablespoons of blueberry compote all over ice cream, then swirl it gently through ice cream with a spoon. Return the ice cream to the freezer.
- Spoon all of ice cream over 1 sandwich layer (in pan) and spread evenly using clean offset spatula. Invert second sandwich layer over ice cream, pressing gently to form an even sandwich. Wrap baking pan in plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours.
- Transfer sandwich to a cutting board using overhang. Trim edges if desired, then cut into 8 pieces.