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Ginger Gelato Sandwiches – Foodie Joust

I’ve decided to challenge myself a bit in the kitchen this month. I’ve been eyeing the Royal Foodie Joust over on The Left Over Queen’s blog for quite some time now. Every month the challenge is based on creating a dish based on using 3 ingredients chosen by the previous month’s joust winner. This month’s ingredients are 1. ginger (in any form) 2. citrus (of any kind) 3. whole grains

I immediately thought about doing a dessert of some kind. I just bought an ice cream machine and really wanted to try it out. That’s how the Ginger Gelato came to be….and what better than having gelato sandwiched between two Orange Oatmeal Raisin Cookies! Yum!

This ice cream treat turned out fantastic. My brother and husband were my taste testers and they both gave it a “2 thumbs up”!

Orange Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
adapted from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook

1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 sticks butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp fresh squeezed orange juice
1 1/2 tsp orange zest
3 cups oats
1 cup golden raisins

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Stir in the chopped walnuts. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add the maple syrup and mix to combine. Add the egg, vanilla, orange juice and zest; beat until well combined, about 1 minute scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in two batches; mix until just combined. Add oats and raisins; mix until combined.

Using an ice cream scoop, fill scoop half way and drop 2 ” apart on baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Ginger Gelato
Recipe adapted from

1 1/4 cups 1 % milk
1 cup fat free half an half
2/3 cup sugar, divided
4 egg yolks
2 tsp freshly grated ginger root

In a saucepan, combine the milk, half and half, half of the sugar and a tiny pinch of salt. Heat, stirring frequently until bubbles form around the edges. Do not boil. In a bowl, combine the remaining sugar and egg yolk, and whisk until thick and pale yellow. Temper the egg mixture by pouring 1/4 cup of the hot milk into the eggs, whisking constantly. (This raises the temperature of the eggs so they don’t scramble when added to the other ingredients.) Whisk the egg mixture into the saucepan with the rest of the milk. Stir with a wooden spoon over medium heat until the mixture thickens enough to coat the spoon, about 6 minutes. Strain into a bowl that’s set in a larger bowl filled with ice water. Stir the mixture as it cools. Fold in the ginger. Transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. I churned mine for 25-30 minutes. Freeze gelato for at least 2 hours before assembling sandwiches.

To make Ginger Gelato Sandwiches: Place a scoop of gelato on the flat side of the cookie. Take another cookie and press flat side on top of gelato to make a sandwich. Place sandwich in storage container and freeze for 1 hour before serving.


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21 comments on “Ginger Gelato Sandwiches – Foodie Joust”

  1. Yum! I will have to try this. I just bought an ice cream maker too!

  2. Oh wow, you did a great job coming up with a fantastic recipe. These look so yummy and refreshing.

  3. Aggie-those look knock your socks off good.

  4. You have my vote! This sounds and looks amazing! Seriously good!!

  5. Yuuum, gelato! This is a dangerous recipe! I’d have to keep close watch on my hands to make sure I didn’t nibble on those cookies and spoon up that ginger gelato before everthing could be assembled! What a great flavor sensation you’ve created. Again, I say “YUM”!

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog Aggie. I could never turn down gelato…and the cookies sound lovely. Fantastic combination! Best of luck in the Joust. 🙂

  7. I am so impressed with everything being homemade down to the cookies. I know once the cookies come out of the oven at my house, I would be lucky to sandwich your delicious looking gelato between them. Great job!

  8. Those ice cream sandwiches look and sound amazing. Hope you enjoyed them!

  9. What a great entry! I absolutely love ginger and if I could only get my hands on an ice cream maker (are you listening Santa?) I’m trying this out!

  10. I didn’t know what the foodie joust was until her last post about it. So fun, I might have to try it.

    Good luck! You have my vote too. These look really good!

  11. WOW! Nice one Aggie! Gelato is my favorite thing in the universe! This looks great! Best of luck in the Joust! Looks like a serious contender!

  12. Wow that looks amazing, Aggie! I love ginger, so it looks like this is a must try!

  13. I have made Ginger Gelato before. I love it! Especially with raspberries. I can’t wait to try your sandwiches!

  14. Standing ovation!! This looks so refreshing and so good! Love everything about it. Great recipe girl, I’ve got to get my hands on a new ice cream maker!

  15. Thanks for the nice comments everyone! If you don’t have an ice cream maker I highly recommend getting one! I was so excited about making my own ice cream, and it tasted so fresh and good!!

    The Cuisinart one I got was at Bed Bath and Beyond for 49…so with the 20% off it wasn’t too bad…worth it!

  16. These sound so good, I can’t wait to try them!! Plus, Larry said they were “so awesome!” 😉

  17. WOW this is great! I love ginger and this would be a real treat. 😀

  18. A ginger gelato sounds interesting and that sandwich looks really good!

  19. Mmmm mmm mmm… I can say no more. I love cookies. I love gelato. And the spicy crack of ginger…you hit the nail on the head with this one!

  20. ginger AND gelato… 2 faves TOGETHER!! mmmmmmm…

    good luck in the joust!

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