Coconut Cream Sandwiches
These refreshing icy treats were inspired by old-fashioned coconut cream pie. We filled these sandwich cookies with vanilla ice cream; you can use other flavors of ice cream (or frozen yogurt), such as chocolate, rum-raisin, coffee, or coconut.
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
- 7 ounces sweetened shredded coconut (2 2/3 cups, loosely packed)
- 2 pints vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
With an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, and salt until smooth. Mix in flour, then coconut, beating until a dough forms. Transfer to a piece of waxed paper; pat into a rectangular log, about 3 inches wide and 6 inches long. Wrap with waxed paper; freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. With a serrated knife, slice log of dough crosswise 1/4 inch thick (you should have 24 slices); arrange slices on two baking sheets.
Bake until golden, rotating sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through, 20 to 25 minutes (watch closely toward end of cooking time to avoid overbrowning). Cool completely on sheets.
Dividing evenly, spread ice cream on flat side of half the cookies; sandwich with remaining cookies, flat side down. Freeze on a baking sheet until firm, about 3 hours.