SPUMONI COOKIE SANDWICHES
Recipe by My Stained Apron (www.mystainedapron.com)
Chewy Chocolate cookies (recipe below)
pistachio gelato (I bought mine at Costco)
CHEWY CHOCOLATE COOKIES:
1 1/4 cups butter
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa or carob powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup finely chopped nuts, optional (I usually use walnuts, but I used pistachios for this purpose)
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend well. Add flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Blend well. Add nuts if using. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet (I use my silicone baking mat for best results). Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes. Don't overbake- they will be soft. They puff during baking and flatten upon cooling.
Cool on cookie sheet until set, about 1 minute. Cool on a wire rack.
TO ASSEMBLE SANDWICHES:
Place a scoop of pistachio gelato (I used my small cookie scooper) on half of the cookies.
Place half of a pitted cherry in the middle of gelato, then top with another cookie, pressing slightly.
Serve as is or roll sides of cookie sandwiches in chopped pistachios. If you aren't serving immediately, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in freezer.