treat yourself thursday: spiced oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwiches

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welcome to the first installment of “treat yourself thursday” – where each week i will be featuring a special (or regular) treat that you can make for yourself or to share. because sharing is fun and helps us not become a 300 lb person. without further adieu, i present to you: spiced oatmeal cookies…wait for it…made into ice cream sandwiches. TA DA!

these cookies have it all – oatmeal, brown sugar, chewy centers and a decadent amount of spices. they are good for eating and fun to smell. truly. and they are small so you don’t have to feel guilty when you eat three in one sitting.

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SPICED OATMEAL COOKIES
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 1/4 cups uncooked oats
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground clove

preheat oven to 350

in a medium bowl: add flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices – whisk to combine. set aside.

in another bowl: (using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or electric hand mixer) cream together butter and sugar until the mixture is smooth and a little fluffy. add the egg and vanilla – continuing to mix until totally blended. with the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients to butter/sugar mixture, one half and a time – incorporate completely.

form dough into 1 inch balls and place about 1 inch a part on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silpat. bake for 8-10 minutes. i suggest start the timer at 8 minutes and then add accordingly. chewy cookies will make for better ice cream sandwiches! cool cookies on pan for 5 minutes and then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

to assemble ice cream sandwiches: pair up cookies (they should all mostly be the same size) and spoon a big dollop of vanilla ice cream onto one cookie, add a second cookie to the other side of the ice cream and press together gently. use your spoon and push any ice cream that oozed out the sides back in between the cookies. *let ice cream sandwich sit in the fridge for several hours or overnight (if you can stand it) before eating – the cookies will get nice and softened up and be perfect ice cream sandwich texture.*

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