Some days she holds my hand eagerly. Buries her face in my thigh. Others she says, "no kisses" and runs off without so much as a hug.

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Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

“I want to show you something,” she often says with pride these days. Sometimes, it is a new toy. Sometimes, a “fancy trick” on the playground (currently it is hanging off the rail just above the slide with her long legs tucked under her). But either way, there is something magical about a small person being so gleeful about wanting to please you, to impress you. It is a courtship of the most honest kind.

I often wish that I could step outside my body and see what she sees. Do I seem old? Young? Am I fun or stern? Does she see me the way I looked at my mom when I was a little girl?

Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Some days she holds my hand eagerly. Buries her face in my thigh. Others she says, “no kisses” and runs off without so much as a hug.

It’s hard to explain the love I feel for her other than it is pure. The sort that doesn’t feel complicated — yet.

Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

I remind myself to pay attention. Closely. Acutely. To smell her skin and hair often. To watch her eyes when she smiles. To look out to wherever she is looking. But sometimes I forget.

Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

I get distracted by a text message or a the grocery aisle. Or I’m simply too tired to really appreciate a moment of stillness. Time is of no essence to her because every new experience is a treat. She stops at every stoop to jump off the first step and slows her walking when she hears the accordion music flowing from the second story of a building close to ours. She screams and jumps up and down, “Cantaloupe!” and somehow always knows when the conversation turns to ice cream — “What you say, mama?”

Her joy is so full.

Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
adapted from A Modern Way to Eat

1 cup of oats (I used quick cook)
2/3 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
4 ounces of semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
6 tablespoons of room temperature butter
6 tablespoons of peanut butter (smooth, not chunky)
2/3 cup of dark muscovado sugar
2/3 cup of brownย sugar (sub: light muscovado sugar)
1 teaspoon of real vanilla extract (the good stuff!)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

ice cream, for the ice cream sandwiches

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Use a spice grinder or food processor to grind the oats into a flour. Combine the oat flour with the whole wheat flour, baking powder, and chocolate.
3. Combine the peanut butter, sugars, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with a beater attachment. Beat until creamy. Beat in the eggs, scraping down the sides of the bowl, as needed.
4. Add the dry ingredients and stir them into the wet ingredients using a wooden spoon.
5. Scoop approximately golfball-sized balls of dough onto your baking sheets, leaving about an inch and a half of space between each. Once you’ve filled your baking sheets, bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until they’re lightly golden. Let the cookies cool slightly in the pan, then transfer them to a cooling rack.
6. Once the cookies are completely cooled, make your sandwiches: place one scoop of ice cream or gelato on the bottom cookie and top with another, gently pressing down.

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Posted by Kasey

Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • Oh Kasey, what a simply stunning post. I keep trying to write a coherent comment but failing because all I can think about is the love that shines through in your words.

  • I just found your blog and I’m so glad I did. What a lovely post and a gorgeous recipe. Will definitely be trying this out at the weekend. I have a bag of unfinished muscovado dying to be used up in these.

  • such beautiful sentiments, kasey! little ones have a way of making life the absolute fullest it can be!
    muscovado is my favorite in choc chip cookies. i first made kim boyce’s whole wheat choc chip cookies and it completely changed my outlook on the cookie game, so i can just imagine how amazing these are!
    warm wishes to you! xo

  • cindy ensley

    I often wonder how Casper does and will see me. Your words on motherhood are always so honest and I appreciate that. I am pretty sure with treats like these, Neko will think you’re pure magic.

  • This is the sweetest. While I’m sure each day isn’t easy, you family just makes me smile. Can’t wait to see it grow by 2! I am always down for an ice cream sandwich and I appreciate the whole grain touches to those cookies xoxox

  • Thank you, Kathryn! You are so sweet and made my day ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks, Sophie! So glad you found us. The cookies are delicious, I should mention, with or without the ice cream.

  • Thanks, lovely! I’ve been sneaking muscovado into most of my cookie recipes — it really does add this complex and amazing flavor profile. And, yes! Little ones are a wonder. xo

  • It’s hard not to wonder! I definitely know the way to her heart, that’s for sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  • Thank you, Nicole! Someone once told me about children: “the days are long but the years are short” and I think that couldn’t be more true. I can’t believe our family will nearly double in just a few months. Holy smokes! And I can’t remember the last time I didn’t add whole grains to cookies. Kim Boyce really sold me on it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lindsey Zouein

    You’ve captured my feelings. This is beautiful, Kasey. A reminder and a reality check โ€“ putting words to the experience of motherhood is an art.

  • Hi Lindsey! Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement, as always. Thinking of you and little Diana. xo

  • Nicole Spiridakis

    Ah, this really resonated with me. I love Sierra’s enthusiasm for everything, and it makes me see the world as a brighter place, too. Yet another gift of this parenting thing … I think she and Neko would get along just great. They also share an affinity for ice cream ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful post.

  • I bet they would! Thank you, Nicole ๐Ÿ™‚

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