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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for PB&J Ice Cream Sandwiches!

Our ode to PB&J continues this week with a dessert mash-up of the classic sandwich. What’s not to like here? Peanut butter and jelly? Good. Cookies and ice cream? Good. Combine them all together and you have a delightful dish that you may find yourself eating for lunch instead of the traditional sandwich. And if you do, you will be the envy of all the other kids at lunch, er, the envy of all your co-workers at the office ;)

Who says PB&J can’t be for adults too? We think you’re never too old to remix a childhood favorite into something your adult taste buds love.

Ingredients:

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies:
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats

Jelly Ice Cream:
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- 1 jar of your favorite jelly or berry preserve

Not up for making your own peanut butter cookies from scratch? You can always buy cookie dough and add in peanut butter chips – we won’t tell! :)

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and peanut butter. Mix until blended. Beat in the eggs one at a time until well blended.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

Dump half the dry mixture into the creamed mixture; once it’s been absorbed, mix in the remaining half. Stir in the oats until just combined.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.

Bake for 13 minutes in the preheated oven, or until just lightly browned. Don’t over-bake! However, we do want these to be firm enough to hold the ice cream in the middle.

While the cookies are cooling, scoop your vanilla ice cream into a bowl. For every scoop, add a tablespoon of jelly. Use a small spatula to spread some of the jelly ice cream mixture onto a cookie.

Press another cookie on top. Place them on a plate in the freezer as you go.

Serve immediately, or let them firm up in the freezer for 90 minutes.

This is a great dessert to serve at parties or any event because you can make it ahead of time and leave it in the freezer until you are ready to serve it.

Yummy! After much “research taste-testing”, our testers all agreed they LOVED how the cookies tasted cold after having been in the freezer to firm up the ice cream part.

First you take the peanuts and you mash them, you mash them…

Then you take the grapes and you crush them, you crush them…

Try not to eat them all up before your guests arrive. Ok, you can sneak just one.

Which of our PB&J recipes this week has been your favorite? What flavor of jelly do you like best with your PB&J Ice Cream Sandwiches? Talk to us in the comments below! 

Lauren Weems

Lauren Weems is a stylist and floral designer for wedding, commercial, and editorial photo shoots. When she's not dreaming up ideas for her company Adorned, Lauren is most likely planning her next travel adventure or dinner party.

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