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These pink lemonade ice cream sandwiches combine my Grandma’s sugar cookie recipe with vanilla ice cream and pink lemonade concentrate for the perfect summertime treat your whole family will enjoy!
Do you have a miracle in your life? I think miracles run the spectrum from big to small and maybe they aren’t always obvious. One of mine happened over 11 years ago now and I still marvel at the tiny beginning. Our son was a 33-week gestation preemie, born after my water had spontaneously broken at 31 weeks gestation, leaving me on hospital bed rest for almost two weeks before his birth. He started life at 4 pounds 5 ounces with an almost two week stay in the NICU. As a new mom I had never imagined being discharged from the hospital but having to leave my newborn behind.
His stay was mainly to make sure he could eat on his own and gain weight. He had some IV’s, including one in his tiny head, and a feeding tube for one day. But overall he was incredibly healthy for a NICU baby. Those two weeks in the hospital for me, hooked to my own IV and getting steroid shots to strengthen his lungs, were filled with uncertainty. Many prayers were said while I was in the hospital and I can say with certainty when the Dr. walked in for delivery with the sun streaming brightly into the room I knew God was saying my son was going to be OK. It was a powerful moment in my life. Today he’s one of the tallest boys in his class – 5’4″ as an 11 year old with a men’s size 10 1/2 shoe!
So I really wanted to see Miracles from Heaven which is based on the true story of the Beam family and their little girl who was miraculously cured from a chronic disease after suffering a fall into the hollow of tree. I brought the DVD along with us on vacation with friends so we had five children (ages 6 to 11) watching with us and they all enjoyed the story and uplifting message.
Before viewing the movie we pulled out my Grandma’s sugar cookie recipe. I wanted a summery treat to go along with our viewing party so we sandwiched the cookies with vanilla ice cream mixed with pink lemonade concentrate. It’s hard to go wrong with the sweet and tart combination of pink lemonade ice cream sandwiches!
I’ve got the recipe for these Pink Lemonade Ice Cream Sandwiches at the conclusion of this post. And be sure and get to your local WalMart for your own miraculous family movie night with the Miracles from Heaven DVD. As an added bonus $1 of your purchase will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network which helps the 62 children admitted to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals every minute across the country! Do you have a miracle in your life? Let’s spread some positivity – leave me a comment telling me about your own miracle.
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 t. cream of tartar
- 1/2 t. baking soda
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1.5 quart container of vanilla ice cream
- 1/2 can of pink lemonade concentrate
- Before baking the cookies, set the ice cream and pink lemonade concentrate out of the freezer to soften. In a large bowl, mix together the softened ice cream and lemonade concentrate. Return the ice cream mixture to its original container to refreeze overnight. You'll have extra lemonade-flavored ice cream after filling the sandwiches!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar. Beat on high for about 2 minutes until very light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for one minute more.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat on medium in the stand mixer until well combined.
- Scoop about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie (I used an OXO cookie scoop) and dip the top of each cookie in sanding sugar. Place the cookies onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. The recipe yields 20 cookies.
- Bake cookies for 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time. The cookies will look a bit underdone. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes on pans, then remove them to cooling racks to finish completely cooling.
- Evenly scoop your vanilla ice cream and pink lemonade mixture in between pairs of cookies, yielding 10 ice cream sandwiches. Place sandwiches on a sheet pan to freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.