Contributed by: NAPSA
Delicious Desserts: Minty Holiday Treats (NAPSA) - This holiday season, give yourself a gift. When creating beautiful, festive and delicious desserts for family and friends, find some that are easy to make. Fortunately, the following dessert recipes are easy to prepare; they can-and should-be made ahead of time. That way you'll have more free time to take care of last- minute party preparations-and be able to spend more quality time with your loved ones.
Peppermint and gingerbread are especially festive flavors for this family holiday baking project:
See also: Mint Holiday Wreath
In large bowl, combine cookie dough, molasses, flour and ginger. If dough feels sticky, add more flour to make dough easier to handle.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll dough 1/8-inch thick on well-floured surface. Cut 24 star shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies on ungreased baking sheets; sprinkle with colored sugar if desired.
Bake 10-12 minutes or just until firm to the touch but not dark. Cool on wire rack.
While cookies are cooling, remove ice cream from freezer. Lay ice cream container on its side on cutting board. Using a serrated knife, slice 3/4 inch rounds, one at a time, like loaf of bread. Cut ice cream into star shapes with cookie cutter. Place cookie on top and bottom of ice cream to make sandwich. Make one sandwich at a time to prevent melting and freeze quickly. Remove cookies from freezer and decorate with icing.
Serve immediately or re-freeze. To store longer than two hours, place sandwiches in airtight container or wrap each in plastic.
Serving Size: Makes 1 dozen ice cream sandwiches
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