This post is sponsored by Curious Chef. All opinions are 100% my own.
Baking with my three year old son is one of my favorite activities. I love it so much because HE LOVES it! I swear he’s going to be a famous pastry chef one day. I’m pretty sure his favorite Christmas gift this year was a bag of cookie mix in his stocking! It’s so cute. We are always experimenting and trying new recipes together. When I found out about the Curious Chef cook book for kids I knew it was going to be a hit. We followed one of the recipes in the book and created these Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches with a Valentine’s Day twist.
I’ve never made homemade ice cream sandwiches so this was a learning experience for both of us. Since we only have time to bake when baby is napping, we had to break this recipes up into two days, but it was lots of fun and I’d do it again.
The Cooking With Curious Chef book is filled with tons of hands-on recipe ideas that any kid would love. We spent a good amount of time looking through it and getting excited about all the different recipes we could try. I can already tell this book is going to be sitting out on our counter very often.
Before you begin the cookie process, take your ice cream out and let it soften for about 20 minutes. *Spread it evenly into a pan and then place it back into freezer.
Now it’s time for the fun and messy part! Baking with kids is definitely not a clean activity, but it is fun and a great learning activity. Counting the scoops and learning how to follow directions and doing it together is what it’s all about. (see below for full recipe details)
Then, wrap the dough up and place it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. My son loved setting the timer that came with the Curious Chef measuring cup set. We may or may not have heard that timer go off 10 times in a row because he thought it was so much fun to set it.
After 20 minutes, roll the dough out and start cutting those cookies out!
Bake the cookies in the oven for about 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. Then, using the same cookie cutter, cut out a slice of ice cream from your flat pan.
Put the sandwich together and roll in sprinkles.
And you are done!
You can do any shape for any holiday, but my son loved making these for Valentine’s Day. All of our kids have actually tried them out and they gave them a thumbs up!
If you are looking for a treat for Valentine’s Day dinner, or better yet, a cute gift for your kids. I really recommend the Cookie with Curious Chef , it’s very kid friendly, and inside is full of activities for them to do!
Here is the recipe we used (published with permission) from the Cookie with Curious Chef cook book for kids.
- 1 qt vanilla ice cream
- 2 cups flour
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 2 egg yolks
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ sprinkles
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp salt
- Take ice cream out and allow to soften for about 20 minutes. When ice cream is soft, transfer it into a 9 X13 pan lined with plastic wrap and return to freezer.
- In a large mixing bowl, place 2 cups of flour, ½ cocoa powder, ½ tsp salt and whisk together.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine, 1 cup butter, 1½ cups of powdered sugar, 2 egg yolks, 1 tsp, vanilla extract and blend until smooth.
- Stir the flour into the butter mixture a little bit at a time until dough forms. Shape dough into discs and wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.
- Rolls the chilled dough onto a cookie sheet and cut out your cookies!
- Place cookies on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Remove ice cream from from the plan and cut it into shapes using the cookie cutters.
- Using two heart cookies, create a sandwich using the ice cream as filling.
- Roll sides in sprinkles.
- *I placed all my cookies back in the freezer until I was ready to serve.