{sweet-n-savory saturday} build-a-treat!

I used to be able to plan out my week or even my day and everything flowed quite well. There would be the occasional hiccup but I could usually catch up on my to do list within a day or two. It seems as of late that nothing quite goes as planned. I’m always catching up instead of being ahead of schedule! I don’t know that I’ve made any real resolutions this year, but I know that being chronically late is not the person (or pig) I want to be. With that being said, I’m almost caught up with introducing our new weekly line-up!

Introducing the yummiest day of the week

Saturdays will be filled with recipes and food tutorials. The Crew will share ideas for party foods, recipe makeovers, lots of how-tos and great drink recipes! It is definitely the tastiest day all week!

On Christmas Eve, I shared our Enchanted Elves’ “Build-a-Party” which featured a Build-a-Treat station.

Today I’m sharin’ how to make the cookies and ice cream for the treat station.

Build-a-Treat!

  • “Build-a-Treat” Budget: $9.52
  • Yield: 12 cookie ice cream sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • Refrigerated Cookie Dough Tube
  • M&Ms
  • 1 gallon of Ice Cream
  • 2.5″ Circle Cookie Cutter
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Tray
  • Parchment Paper
  • Ribbon or Twine
  • Spatula or Large Spoon
  • Scissors
  • Favorite Toppings (sprinkles, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.)

Ready? Let’s start by making the cookies…

1. Remove the ice cream from the freezer and let it set out at room temperature while you make the cookies. Preheat oven per product directions.

2. Unwrap the cookie dough tube and cut into 24 slices.

3. Place on cookie sheet. (I use a Silpat for all my baking. Easy clean up!) Even if you don’t take the time to shape them into a circle, they always seem to end up round!

4. Open the bag of M&Ms and pour into a bowl if you are only going to use certain colors.

Hank’s Hint: Instead of buying the expensive holiday colors, purchase the regular bag and save the leftovers for other projects!

5. Slightly press the candy into the cookie dough. You can create different patterns and shapes.

6. Bake and cool according to the product directions.

Next, we’ll move onto the ice cream…

7. While the cookies are baking, place a piece of parchment paper over the tray. Remove the ice cream from its container and place on the parchment covered tray.

8. Spread out the ice cream evenly using a spatula or the back of a spoon. Make sure the ice cream is thick enough to create a nice ice cream cookie sandwich.

9. Place the tray in the freezer for 20 minutes or until it refreezes.

10. Cut twelve 2.75″ x 8″ pieces of parchment paper.

11. Use the cookie cutter to cut out the ice cream. The cookie cutter should be slightly smaller than the size of the cookies.

12. Wrap the ice cream circles in the parchment pieces you cut and carefully tie with ribbon or twine.

13. Return them to the freezer until it is time to serve.

14. Grab your favorite sprinkles + such and build-a- treat for yourself!

Enjoy! They are delicious and fun any time of the year!

I hope you’re inspired to Build-a-Treat of your very own!

About Hank

I'm Hank, the Piggy Bank Parties' mascot, and all around fun pig. My favorite movie is "Babe," my favorite song is "This Little Piggy Went to Market" and my favorite book is "Charlotte's Web".

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