Coolhaus is known for awesome ice cream, and this beautifully hued matcha green tea ice cream is a sophisticated treat that balances rich sweetness with a slightly smoky, earthy, and gently bitter flavor. It’s great on its own, but makes an uncommonly delicious pairing with chewy ginger molasses cookies for a grown-up take on ice cream sandwiches. You should use the freshest eggs possible for the best results, and a high-quality matcha green tea powder for the most vibrant color and best flavor.
Note: While these cookies are vegan (when you make sure to use certified-vegan sugar that’s not processed with bone char), the ice cream is definitely not — but part of the beauty of ice cream sandwiches is the ability to mix and match as you like. So you can buy or make your own dairy-free ice cream in any flavor to put between these cookies, or if eggs and dairy aren’t a concern, replace the vegan cookies with another kind; Coolhaus recommends double-chocolate cookies as a nice alternative pairing with the matcha ice cream flavor, and we think our Chocolate-Drizzled Coconut Macaroons would be a fun choice too.
Game Plan: Chill the ice cream base for a full 24 hours before churning for best results, in a plastic or stainless-steel pitcher with an airtight lid for easy pouring into the ice cream maker. You’ll get 1 1/2 quarts of ice cream from this recipe. The cookies can be made a few days ahead and stored in an airtight container, or if made the same day, allow at least 2 hours lead time so they cool completely. You should get 20 to 24 cookies from this recipe.
Special Equipment: You will need an ice cream maker for this recipe, and it helps to have a clip-on candy thermometer as well, so you can ensure your custard stays at a safe temperature to avoid curdling your eggs.
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To make the cookies:
To make the ice cream sandwiches:
Excerpted from The Coolhaus Ice Cream Book © 2014 by Natasha Case and Freya Estreller. Photography © 2014 by Brian Leatart. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.