We didn’t think it could get better than those sturdy chocolate wafers. Or rounds of reliable ole’ chocolate chip. But then we paired our favorite ice creams with airy macaron cookies—a match made in sandwich heaven.
4 of 53Photo: Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Recipe: Adam Dolge and Karen Rankin
Avoid "light" and inexpensive ice cream. It's often whipped with air, which means you'll need more scoops of ice cream—and your shakes will melt faster. The ice cream carton should feel heavy for its size.
Homemade key lime ice cream and a graham cracker pie crust combine to make a tangy and delicious frozen treat. Keep this pie in the freezer so you'll always have a cool treat waiting when an unexpected visitor drops in.
Although there's a bit of ice cream in this recipe, the ice makes it lighter and less rich than a typical milkshake. To keep the syrup visible on the sides of the glass, put the glass in the freezer up to 30 minutes before adding the syrup.
You can use paper cups and plastic spoons in place of pop molds. To make the spoons stand up straight, cover each cup with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, with the spoon handle inserted in the middle. If the pops don't easily come out of the cups or molds, run the bottoms quickly under cool water.
Try another citrus in this recipe, such as fresh lime zest and juice, or even lime- or citrus-flavored vodka. (You may need to add a little extra sugar, because it isn't as naturally sweet as limoncello liqueur.)
Traditional sorbet is used as a palate cleanser between courses, often before a meat dish. Our version is rich and sweet enough to be a dessert all on its own. Like typical sorbets, this one contains no dairy, making it a light and fat-free treat.