M&M’s Ice Cream Sandwiches

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“I scream, you scream…” You’re never too old for ice cream! And somehow, nothing is more evocative of summer – although I did read once that New Englanders consume the most ice cream per capita! But whatever the season, whatever the age, everyone will love these homemade ice cream sandwiches. (Yes, I know you could buy them at the store but then it wouldn’t be an activity also! And they don’t taste as good…)

¾ cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
1-1/4 cups brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-3/4 cups M&M’s Mini Baking Bits (you can use regular M&M’s if you like)
1 quart vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
1 quart chocolate ice cream, slightly softened

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter or margarine, peanut butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour and baking soda until well combined. Add 1-1/4 cups of the M&M’s and mix well. Shape dough into balls (about 1-1/4-inch) and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Gently flatten and press a few more M&M’s into each cookie. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes – until golden. Cool for 1 minute on cookie sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Scoop about 1/3 cup ice cream on top of the flat side of one cookie. Press done with flat side of another cookie. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. I make half the sandwiches with vanilla ice cream and half with chocolate but you can do all one flavor, use other flavors or even combine two flavors in one sandwich!

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