Apple Pie à la Mode Ice Cream Sandwiches

Top Chef winner Kristen Kish designed this dessert to honor both of her grandmothers, one known for her apple pie and the other for her snickerdoodles. Kish folds spiced apple pie filling into vanilla ice cream, then sandwiches it between chewy snickerdoodle cookies.

Apple Pie a la Mode Ice Cream Sandwiches
Photo: Eva Kolenko
Active Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins

Ingredients

COOKIES

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/8 ounces)

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • Pinch of kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening (such as Crisco)

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

FILLING

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and finely chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)

  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • Pinch of ground cloves

  • Pinch of kosher salt

  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream, softened

Directions

Make the cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 4 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine shortening, butter, and 1 cup granulated sugar in bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low; beat in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla bean paste until incorporated. Gradually add flour mixture, beating just until dough comes together.

  2. Whisk together cinnamon and remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a shallow bowl. Shape dough into 42 (1-inch) balls. Dredge balls in cinnamon mixture, and arrange 3 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake cookies in preheated oven in the upper and lower thirds of oven, until light golden around edges, 7 to 9 minutes. Transfer cookies on baking sheets to wire racks to cool completely, about 15 minutes.

Make the filling

  1. Melt butter with olive oil in a large skillet over medium. Add bay leaf, and cook 15 seconds. Stir in apples, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are very soft and begin to caramelize, about 25 minutes. Scrape apples onto a baking sheet or large plate to cool completely; discard bay leaf.

  2. Working quickly, fold cooled apple mixture into softened ice cream in a large bowl. (If ice cream becomes too soft, place in freezer until firm enough to scoop, about 30 minutes.) For each ice cream sandwich, scoop about 11/2 tablespoons ice cream mixture onto flat side of half of cookies; cover with remaining cookies. Wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze until ice cream mixture is just firm, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately. Assembled ice cream sandwiches can be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen up to 3 days.

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