Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a
cookie crumble sundae. Photo courtesy
James Beard Foundation.
July is National Ice Cream Month, an enticement to explore new ways to enjoy ice cream sundaes.
There are ice cream sundaes with fudge or butterscotch sauce; sundaes atop brownies, blondies and pound cake; and the less common but fun fried ice cream sundaes.
And there’s the ice cream cookie crumble, which crumbles the cookies as a base.
It’s an opportunity to combine your favorite cookies and ice cream, with a drizzle of anything from dulce de leche to fruit coulis. We’ve put together a list of options below.
The recipe in the photo is from Chef Todd Shoberg of Molina in Mill Valley, California. It was created for a fall dinner at the James Beard Foundation dinner. Chef Todd made the ice cream with Fernet—a bitter Italian herbal liqueur that is drunk as an after-dinner digestif (and, according to Wikipedia, is popular in the San Francisco Bay Area where Molina is located).
His cookie crumble has a base of homemade gingerbread cookie crumbs topped and a syrup made by reducing Coca-Cola. The syrup and ice cream moisten the cookies in a most delightful way.
HOW WILL YOUR COOKIE CRUMBLE?
Think beyond the obvious (chocolate or vanilla ice cream with fudge sauce over crumbled Oreos), and consider that you can:
Go childhood: Our favorite sundae was pistachio ice cream with hot fudge and mini almond biscotti. What was yours?
Go nouvelle: Combine modern ice cream flavors, like blood orange sorbet and deep chocolate cookies with a blackberry coulis; green tea ice cream with Chinese almond cookies and fresh raspberry sauce; espresso gelato with crumbled orange zest shortbread and dulce de leche sauce.
Go old-fashioned: Our Nana served vanilla ice cream with molasses clove cookies and butterscotch sauce.
Go seasonal: Pick flavors that represent the season—summer stone fruits, fall spices, Christmas peppermint, winter citrus, spring berries and herbs.
Go tropical: How about mango or passionfruit sorbet with coconut macadamia cookies?
MIX & MATCH YOUR COOKIE CRUMBLE SUNDAE
Pick Your Frozen Dessert
Pick your flavor of:
Pick A Complementary Cookie
Chocolate cookies, chocolate chip cookies, brownies
Fruit cookies: Fig Newtons, linzer, oatmeal raisin, thumbprints
Nut cookies: almond, amaretti, macadamia, pecan, pistachio, walnut, etc.
Spice cookies: clove, gingerbread/gingersnaps, molasses
More: anything from biscotti to meringues
Vanilla ice cream, brownie crumbs and Baileys Irish Cream.
Pick A Sauce
For complexity, you can add a tablespoon of alcohol to any topping. Here are the different types of dessert sauces.
Buttery: butterscotch, caramel, dulce de leche, hard sauce, rum sauce/rum raisin sauce
Chocolate: fudge sauce or syrup
Cream: hand-whipped to flowing (not stiff peaks), flavored as you wish
Custard: crème anglaise, custard sauce, zabaglione
Fruit Coulis or Purée: coulis is an extra step to strain a fruit puree and remove the seeds
Liqueur: coffee, chocolate (like Godiva), cream (like Baileys), fruit liqueur.
Syrup: flavored syrups for coffee can be used here
You can also let guests make their own sundaes, by setting up an ice cream buffet with cookies and toppings. Either way, a good time will be had by all.