Corn cookie and mixed berry ice cream sandwiches

Two of my favorite summer flavors are sweet corn and fresh mixed berries. You don’t typically see them together, but corn and berries actually go really well together in a dessert.

For the Trader Joe’s ice cream sandwich last week, I made corn cookie and mixed berry ice cream sandwiches. For the contest, I named these “Berry Corny Ice Cream sandwiches.”

The winners of the contest are to be announced today. Although Trader Joe’s hasn’t posted the Instagram post announcing the winners yet, I don’t think I’m one of them. The contest rules said they would direct message the winners before the announcement and I didn’t get one. But I still thought it would be fun to share my ice cream sandwich idea and recipe here. I hope you like it!

These ice cream sandwiches only have five ingredients and they were all purchased at Trader Joe’s. One of the contest rules was to use no more than five ingredients and to get them all from Trader Joe’s.

Baking sheet
Large bowl, at least 2 quarts in size
Small saucepan
Loaf pan or brownie pan

If these were sold in stores at Trader Joe’s, they would come with some very corny dad jokes on the box. For my entry in the #TJsIceCreamSandwichContest berry ice cream is sandwiched between two corn cookies for the perfect summer treat.

corn cookie and mixed berry ice cream sanwich

Corn cookie and mixed berry ice cream sandwiches

1 can Corn Cookie baking mix
1 large white egg
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 quart French Vanilla Ice Cream
1 bag frozen Fancy Berry Medley

1. Make corn cookies according to directions, using one large egg and two sticks of unsalted butter. Let cool.
2. While cookies are baking, make the berry ice cream. Add 1 1/2 cups fancy berry medley to a small saucepan and heat to medium. Once berries begin to release their juices, turn off the heat. Wait 10 minutes for the berries to cool. Meanwhile, scoop entire contents of French vanilla ice cream into a large bowl, at least 2 quarts in size. Add berries once cool and stir to combine. It’s okay if the mixture melts some. Add all the ice cream mixture to a loaf pan or brownie pan and freeze until solid, about 4 hours.
3. Assemble ice cream sandwiches. For each sandwich, place one corn cookie flat side up on a flat surface. Top with one scoop of berry ice cream (about 1/3 cup), add top cookie and gently press the two cookies together until the ice cream spreads to the edges. Eat immediately or wrap each individually in plastic wrap to save for later.

Note: My mom and sister both said these cookies look perfectly round, which I thought was a nice complement. I used a cookie scoop to get that look.

Coconut mango popsicles

coconut mango popsicles

I love homemade smoothies and popsicles in the summer time. They are such a special treat. I like that with homemade popsicles I can be sure that they are relatively low in added sugar, free of additives and full of fruits or veggies.

These mango coconut popsicles check all the boxes. Refreshing? Yes, definitely! But also full of fresh fruit and relatively low in added sugar. They are dairy-free and vegan too, if that matters to you.

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Plum and mixed berry pie

How was your weekend? On Sunday, my mom came over and we went to a nearby park. Then we came back to my apartment to have lunch. We had barbecue chicken sandwiches (simple recipe coming soon!) on the patio. After Maggie went down for her nap, we had the plum and mixed berry pie shown here. I shared some with Maggie too, after she woke up.

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Stamped lemon shortbread cookies

Sesame street shortbread

This week has been tough. I’m not going to lie. It’s hard for me to write about because I’m not used to talking about systemic racism with friends or family, let alone writing about it for the world to see. (Not like this blog gets many views at all, but still.) I know that I don’t often have to talk about race because I’m not negatively affected by the color of my skin. Which I see as even more of a reason to speak up now.

I don’t want to say the wrong thing. But I don’t want to not say anything. So, I made lemon shortbread cookies with Sesame Street stamps that I got for Christmas as a conversation starter.

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What is a stamp cookie?
When I got the idea to make stamp cookies, it made me wonder: Are stamp cookies always shortbread cookies? Or can stamp cookies be made with sugar cookie recipes? I think the answer is that stamp cookies can be made with sugar cookie dough or shortbread dough. I didn’t get a clear cut answer. Isn’t that life?

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Small batch no-bake chocolate tahini truffles

There are days when I have restless energy and really want to bake. If I could bake every day, I would but there’s the problem of having to wash dishes after, as well as having other responsibilities and things to do in the day.

Soon after I woke up, I was thinking about trying to make shortbread cookies with Maggie. It’s not easy baking with a 1-year-old who also has a lot of restless energy. I have tried it. She tries to open all the drawers and cabinets in the kitchen, most of which I have yet to baby proof. Well, I tried that too but the baby proofing products I bought didn’t work for our drawers.

I want to make sense of the world. I want to create order out of this unnatural state we’re in with Covid-19. I think that’s what I’m looking for in baking these days. Does that sound super weird? Well, my desire to make sense of the world has led to research.

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What’s the difference between a Maria’s Cookie and a British digestive cookie? Are those more similar to Nilla wafers, shortbread, or graham crackers? Can you make a stamp cookie out of shortbread or do you need to use a sugar cookie dough? These are the questions that have been on my mind lately, besides “what new development will unfold in this pandemic” and “how do I keep my 1-year-old occupied.”

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Molasses chocolate chip cookies

Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie day. I have had this chocolate chip cookie recipe in drafts for a few months, so when I saw that it was a National day to celebrate them, I thought how would be the perfect time to post.

Time to write again. You see, that’s the part I have been putting off. I had my recipe and photos done, but no intro. No update on my life or anything like that. Maybe you don’t care to read that anyway. So for today, it’s JUST the recipe. Some other day soon, I’ll write down some pleasantries and a clever note on life or an interesting anecdote.

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Mom’s French apple pie

Mom's french apple pie

Today I was looking back through old blog posts and found this one from 2015 where I wrote that making apple pie with my mom’s recipes was one of my goals for before I turned 24. I totally forgot about that, but now I’m a few months away from 28 and I can say that I finally did it.

I made apple pie using my mom’s recipe for French apple pie this past Sunday for her birthday. We had a small gathering and it seemed that everyone loved it. I’m so glad it came out good, but how could it not?  Apple pie is the best. I’m sure using the amazing Jonagold apples my husband bought us in Oak Glen made it even more delicious.

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