With ginger incorporated three ways, this spicy dessert packs considerably more punch than any ice cream sandwich you'll find in your market's freezer section. You can add another layer of flavor by rolling the outside edges of the ice cream sandwich in shaved chocolate, mini chocolate chips, crushed peppermint hard candies, chopped and toasted nuts, or colored sprinkles.
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Position a small cookie sheet in the freezer so that it lays flat.
Scoop the ice cream into a medium bowl. Add the crystallized ginger and ground ginger. Using a large spoon, mash the ingredients together until almost blended. If the ice cream is very soft, pop the bowl into the freezer for a few minutes to firm up.
Arrange 4 cookies, flat side up, on the counter. Using a 1/4-cup ice cream scoop, divide the semi-firm ice cream mixture evenly onto the cookies. Top with the remaining cookies, flat side down. Press slightly to spread the ice cream to the edges. Arrange on the cookie sheet in the freezer and chill until firm. Serve immediately or wrap in plastic and store in the freezer until ready to serve, for up to 1 month.
In place of the vanilla ice cream, gingers, and cookies, switch in one of the following combinations:
- caramel ice cream, chopped peanut brittle, and oatmeal cookies
- vanilla ice cream, candied orange, finely grated orange zest, and chocolate wafer cookies
- chocolate ice cream, chopped fresh cherries, chopped pistachios, and chocolate wafer cookies