Banana Split Ice-Cream Sandwiches
The vanilla cookies are very thin and are made from a batter that requires chilling before shaping. They'll be soft when warm but light and crisp after they cool. Gooey toppings make this a good knife-and-fork sandwich. Assemble just before serving.
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- Calories: 267
- Fat: 7g
- Saturated fat: 1.6g
- Monounsaturated fat: 3.1g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g
- Protein: 6.6g
- Carbohydrate: 45g
- Fiber: 2.4g
- Cholesterol: 39mg
- Iron: 0.8mg
- Sodium: 128mg
- Calcium: 80mg
- 7 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 6 tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups vanilla low-fat ice cream, softened
- 3/4 cup ripe mashed banana (about 1 1/2 medium bananas)
- 6 tablespoons coarsely chopped dry-roasted peanuts, divided
- Remaining ingredients:
- 6 tablespoons frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
- 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
- 6 maraschino cherries, drained
- To prepare cookies, combine sugar and flour, stirring with a whisk. Add vanilla and egg, and beat with a mixer at medium speed 2 minutes. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw 6 (3-inch) circles on paper. Turn paper over, and secure with masking tape. Spoon about 1 tablespoon batter into center of each drawn circle; spread batter to outside edge of each circle. Bake at 350° for 6 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Carefully remove cookies from paper, and cool completely on wire racks. Repeat procedure with the remaining batter, reusing the parchment paper.
- To prepare the filling, combine the ice cream, banana, and 1/4 cup peanuts, stirring well.
- Place 1 cookie on each of 6 plates. Carefully spread about 1/3 cup ice cream mixture over flat side of each cookie. Top with remaining cookies, flat sides down, pressing gently. Top each sandwich with 1 tablespoon whipped topping, 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup, 1 teaspoon peanuts, and 1 cherry. Serve immediately.
This recipe originally ran in Cooking Light July, 2003 and was updated for the November, 2012 25th anniversary issue.
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