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Peach Gingersnap Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

Peach Gingersnap Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

Keep in mind! There are several resting periods (both ice cream and cookies) required in the recipes below, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Servings 8 sandwiches
Author Brandon Matzek


For the Peach Ice Cream:

  • 2 pounds firm ripe yellow peaches (about 4 peaches)
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar, divided (1/2 for the peaches, 3/4 for the ice cream base)
  • 1/4 cup St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur (vodka, bourbon or white rum would also work here)
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus more to taste

For the Gingersnaps:

  • 2 1/4 cups 281 grams all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground star anise (can’t find this? try cinnamon!)
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces or 1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup turbinado, raw sugar


To make the Peach Ice Cream:

  • Halve the peaches and remove the pits. Chop up 1 1/2 peaches into small bits and add to a medium bowl. Set aside the remaining 2 1/2 peaches. To the bowl with the chopped peaches, add 1/2 cup sugar and liqueur, stirring to combine. Cover and let macerate in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Coarsely chop remaining 2 1/2 peaches, then add them to a blender. Puree at high speed until very smooth. Measure out 1 1/2 cups of peach puree, and set aside. Use any leftover puree in a smoothie or spoon over ice cream.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups peach puree, half and half, corn syrup, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and lemon juice, until fully combined. Whisk in additional salt and lemon juice to taste. Flavors should be full and balanced. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until cold (at least 4 hours). Freeze mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the ice cream has finished churning, strain the macerated peaches, and add them to the ice cream maker. Churn for a few moments more to mix in the peach bits. Transfer to an airtight container and chill in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours before serving. Reserve remaining peach syrup for cocktails, ice cream or morning yogurt.

To make the Gingersnaps:

  • Add flour, baking soda, sea salt, ground ginger and ground star anise to a large bowl, whisking to combine. Add butter to a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, and warm until just barely melted. Take the saucepan off the heat, and stir in sugars, fresh ginger and molasses. Let the mixture cool until just warm to the touch, then whisk in the egg. Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients, stirring until combined. Don’t overwork the dough here. Cover the bowl, and let chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • Preheat an oven to 350°F, and set an oven rack to the middle position. Spread turbinado sugar out on a large plate. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of dough into one hand, then roll into a ball. Roll the ball around in the turbinado sugar, then place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat this process, placing dough balls 2-inchs apart on the baking sheet. Working in batches, bake cookies for 12 – 14 minutes until crisp. Let rest for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

To make the Ice Cream Sandwiches:

  • Place a large scoop of peach ice cream on a cooled gingersnap, then top with another gingersnap. Press gently to flatting the scoop of ice cream and bind the sandwich. Enjoy immediately!