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Chocolate Chip-Macadamia Nut Ice Cream Sandwiches

Chocolate Chip-Macadamia Nut Ice Cream Sandwiches
The macadamia nut ice cream in these sandwiches is delicious enough to stand alone, but between two chocolate chip cookies, its ice cream nirvana!

* 1 (8-ounce) package Big Train Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix*
* 1 Stick butter, at room temperature
* 1 large egg

* 3 cups heavy cream
* 2 large eggs
* 3 large egg yolks
* 3/4 cup NOW Xylitol sugar substitute
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 teaspoons Singing Dog Organic vanilla extract*
* 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
* 1/2 cup chopped Mac Farms macadamia nuts (chopped small enough to eat easily)

1. For the cookies: Mix according to package directions, adding the butter and egg. Portion the dough to make 20 cookies. Bake and cool following the package directions; set aside.

2. For the macadamia nut ice cream: Pour heavy cream into a heavy-bottomed 3-quart saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring to a low boil, stirring often so the cream does not boil over. Remove from heat.

3. In a large bowl, place eggs, egg yolks, sugar substitute and salt. Using either a hand mixer or a whisk, beat together until thickened and smooth.

4. Using a ladle, remove about a cup of the hot cream from saucepan and gradually whisk into egg mixture (this tempers the eggs so they wont curdle). Whisking, pour tempered egg mixture into remaining cream in saucepan.

Place over medium heat and whisk until slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour into a clean bowl, whisk in vanilla and almond extracts; let stand until custard is completely cooled to room temperature, about 1 1/2 hours. Refrigerate 2 hours, until well chilled, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

5. Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturers directions. Add chopped macadamia nuts 15 minutes before freezing process is complete.

6. To assemble sandwiches: Arrange 10 cookies, top side down, on work surface. Using an ice cream scoop, working quickly, place 1/4 cup ice cream on each cookie. Top each with another cookie, bottom side down. Wrap each sandwich well in plastic wrap and place in freezer. Freeze at least 4 hours (ice cream will be soft) or overnight (for firmer sandwiches). Can be stored in the freezer up to 1 month.

Servings: 10 Prep time: 0:40:00 Bake/Cook time: 0:25:00

Calories: 422 Fat: 37 grams Protein: 7 grams Carbohydrates: 20 grams Fiber: 5 grams Net Carbs: 15 grams