Sunday, November 6

Friday - {Gingerdoodle Sandwiches}

Friday night dinners were kind of a big deal in my family. I'm not sure if it was the same for those who did the cooking, but, from a kid's view, the get-togethers were relaxed and casual. At the end of the week - without fail - my aunt, uncle and cousins came over for dinner.

It was awesome.


I always looked forward to those nights. Most people are happier, I think, on Fridays, but my Friday high was elevated by the promise of a delicious dinner and lots of time to spend with my cousins. Not that my parents didn't feed and entertain us during the week - Fridays were just something special. The coming together of all of us, so unfortunately detached for those long in-between days, to connect over dinner (and maybe a couple of beers for the grown-ups) was just awesome. It was a kid's dream.

I guess that, at the time, the food wasn't something I was particularly interested in. I'm trying hard to remember dishes that frequently found a home on the dining room table, but the only things coming to mind are my mom's bean dip in her itty-bitty-crockpot and a few Coors Light "empties" dying in the bottom of the sink. For me, those Fridays weren't about the food, they were about hanging out with my super cool family, make-believing with my cousins and staying up way past my bedtime.

The Friday tradition stayed strong for years. There was a short hiatus, I think, following my parents' divorce, but even afterward the tradition found its way back into being.

Eventually, however, there were bumps.

My older brother, D, started working and going to school a few towns over. His time, consumed by obligations, became more precious; alone time and sleeping time, understandably, became his priorities.

N and J, my cousins, left their little girl selves behind. Fridays were hosts to parties and outings with school friends, and - key in hand - N would load up her Dad's Durango and drive off to meet them.

And, of course, there was me. I moved. And I moved again. I live about an hour away from home now, and heading that way every Friday just isn't feasible. The nice thing with family is that we'll always have a bond - we'll never stop caring for one another - but I can't help but feel that I've let everyone down by being so absent.


It's not a good feeling.

But at the same time, I'm hopeful. I see that the weekly meetups were really between my Aunt and my Dad - a sister and a brother. The rest of us followed as welcome and wanted accessories, building the gathering into something really cool. And I know now, seeing all the changes and hearing stories of both my Dad and my Aunt's childhood, that this will all come full-circle. Someday.

For now, Fridays are between my dad, my aunt, my uncle, a couple of neighbors and maybe a cousin if they're not busy with friends. They make some food, throw back a couple beers, listen to classic rock, sit around the bonfire, and just enjoy existing.

I know that someday; when N, J, D and I are all "grown-ups;" we'll have that same tradition. We'll meet up at someone's house on a Friday with all of our future accessories, and everything will be just as it should.

Gingerdoodles
Ice cream sandwiches combining soft snickerdoodles with spicy ginger ice cream. Super tasty, but not for the casual ginger lover. Makes 12 sandwiches.
Printable Recipe

Snickerdoodles via Martha Stewart
Makes about 2 dozen cookies. This is my favorite snickerdoodle recipe!

1 3/8 c flour
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
4 Tbsp butter
1/4 c shortening
3/4 c + 1/8 c sugar, plus more if needed
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon, plus more if needed
1 egg

Preheat your oven to 400F. Line two baking sheets with parchment and set aside.

Sift together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter, shortening, and 3/4 cups of sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the egg. Beat well to combine. Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix until just combined.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Use a small (1 1/4-ounce) ice-cream scoop to form balls of the dough, and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place rolled cookies about 2 inches apart (these really spread) on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the cookies are set in center and begin to crack (they will not brown), about 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets after 5 minutes. Transfer the sheets to a wire rack to cool about 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to the rack.

Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Ginger Ice Cream via Epicurious
Makes about 1 quart of spicy gingery goodness.

4 egg yolks
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c coarsely grated peeled fresh gingerroot
2 Tbsp water
2 c half-and-half
1 c heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla

In a large bowl, whisk the yolks and set aside. Combine the sugar, ginger and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for five minutes. Add the half-and-half and bring to a simmer.

Use the hot half-and-half mixture to temper the yolks. Pour about half of it into the yolks, whisking constantly to combine, then pour the yolks into the pan with the rest of the half-and-half. Cook custard over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until it reaches 170F.

Pour the cooked custard through a sieve into a clean bowl and stir in cream and vanilla. Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly over the surface and put the bowl in the fridge to cool overnight.

Once cooled, churn the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions. Scoop a generous portion of the ice cream onto the bottom of one cookie, then top with another. Freeze until solid and serve!

22 comments:

  1. Those Snicker doodles look delicious!! I'm embarassed to say that with all the things I've made and eaten in my life...Snicker doodles have not been tried as of yet :(
    As for the family coming together....that's how is was for me and my family too, but as we grew older we also found other things to keep us growing apart....but hopefully you will find, as I have that as you all get older you will find a way to get back together!!!

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  2. Sorry I meant to write Ginger Doodles :(

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  3. These look so tasty!

    Are they really that gingery?

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  4. Oh yum, I love ginger! I still haven't ever made ice cream sandwiches. They're on my to-do list. Maybe I will make them gingery, as these look so good...

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  5. It definitely makes it that much sweeter when you are available to join them doesn't it? I LOVE being home for my mom's Sunday dinners and wish I had savored it a bit more when I was younger....

    Ice cream sandwiches are a favorite around here. What a great idea to use snickerdoodles!

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  6. Thanks, guys!

    Mighty Morgan, you're correct in saying Snickerdoodles - Gingerdoodles aren't really a thing. I'm just naming the combination that!

    Ilan, yeah, they turned out to be SUPER gingery. I let the custard sit in the fridge and infuse with the ginger for a few days, but I left that step out of the recipe just because I thought it was EXTRA strong.

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  7. I LOVE ginger, and these sound amazing! I'd love to try them.

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  8. making your snickerdoodles now...but you forgot to list shortening in the ingredients list!! i just jumped over to martha stuart to find it. can't wait to taste them- i love snickerdoodles!!

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  9. Emily, they're awesome - trust me!

    Mary Elizabeth - thanks so much for catching that! My bad! I hope you love the cookies :D

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  10. Kaitlin perhaps using powdered ginger would make them less gingery? It would also make them quicker to prepare. That's always good.

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  11. Wow! Wish I had that for dessert right now!

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  12. Gorgeous photos! I love the ginger. These look very yummy!

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  13. I had to read the title twice because this is the first time I have encountered ginger ice cream. I am curious to try this.
    Of course, Fridays are always special. Come to think of it, there is not TGIThursday resto anywhere...Great post!Looking forward to more unique recipes :)

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  14. I adore ice cream sandwiches and these look like the perfect combination of soft, chewy cookie and creamy ice cream. Ginger is such a delicious ice cream flavour too...can imagine these are delicious.

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  15. I am yet to make a snickerdoodle or a ginger doodle but these look fantastic!

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  16. Is there anything more satisfying than a delicious ice cream sandwich? ~ GREAT recipe!!

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  17. My gosh these look incredible. Loving the shots. And the recipe sounds sooo tasty.

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  18. I love the way these look... all packaged up and ready to go.

    My family does Friday night dinners, too. Usually we go out to dinner (I like to take my kids out to teach them good manners and different tastes), but on the occasions that we stay home, dessert is always the main attraction. :)

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  19. I'm so happy these got such a great response! I encourage you all to try the recipe!

    Ilan, that's a great idea!

    Stayathomefoodie, I like the idea of going on on Fridays a lot, too. Especially if you're encouraging them to try new things! Very cool :)

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  20. This cake looks absolutely amazing. I'm going to try it with homemade marshmallow frosting, which may be my favorite thing on earth. And being yourself is one of the most important things in life. It's something I remind myself almost every day!

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Thanks so much for reading! I would love to hear your thoughts!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email them to me at kaitlin@whisk-kid.com.

Have a great day!