First introduced in the 1940s by a vendor in New York City, the ice cream sandwich was designed to make it easier for busy New Yorkers to eat ice cream on the run, by placing it between two large cookies. For best results, prepare these sandwiches the day before serving.
The dusting of cocoa on these little cookies, much like that on a chocolate truffle, may seem to promise a similar velvety interior, but the illusion is fleeting. One bite reveals the unmistakable crumbly texture of shortbread. If giving as a gift, enclose about three tablespoons of cocoa powder in a small bag, along with instructions for dusting.
This may look like a classic chocolate Bundt cake, but one bite tells you it's something more. Generous amounts of ground and freshly grated ginger give it a spice that's just right for the season. A bourbon-spiked sauce adds another layer of richness and flavor.