Amaretto Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches

  • Preparation Time45 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • Serves24
  • DifficultyEasy
40g old-fashioned oats
230g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
226g unsalted butter, room temperature
220g golden brown sugar
200g caster sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
3/4 tsp pure almond extract
85g semisweet chocolate chips
145g whole almonds, toasted and chopped
1.8L vanilla ice cream, softened slightly
75 ml amaretto liqueur
For the cookies:

1) Line heavy large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Preheat the oven to 160°C/ gas mark 3.

2) Finely chop the oats in a food processor. Mix in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3) Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars in a large bowl until fluffy. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl. Beat in the eggs and almond extract. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts and stir just until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips and chopped almonds.

4) For each cookie, drop 1 rounded tablespoonful of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing 1-inch apart (do not flatten dough). Bake until the cookies are golden (cookies will flatten slightly), about 13 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely. The cookies can be prepared 1 day ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

To make the ice cream sandwiches:

1) Place the ice cream in a large bowl. Mix in the amaretto. Cover the ice cream mixture and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours.

2) Arrange 12 cookies, flat side up, on a baking sheet. Top each with a scoop of ice cream, then another cookie, flat side down, pressing slightly to adhere. Cover and freeze the sandwiches until they are firm, at least 3 hours. Sandwiches can be made up to 4 days ahead. Wrap each sandwich with plastic wrap and keep frozen.

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