Lemon & Honey Shortbread Ice Cream Sandwiches

Just when I thought warmer weather was here to stay, this happened…

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It doesn’t seem to add up but I prefer ice cream in cold weather.  Of course, I eat ice cream in the summer too, but I have to eat it all too quickly for fear it will melt.  Melted ice cream stresses me out,  just the way spilled coffee and being late does.  Ice cream in the snow just makes sense to me, and so I made these today.  These cookies are not a traditional shortbread but are a little more health conscious and just as tasty, if not more, in my opinion.  Coconut sugar and honey replaced cane sugar,  spelt flour and whole wheat replaced the white flour and coconut oil was added to substitute some of the butter. They are crumbly, buttery and I promise, absolutely delicious!  Add in some of your favorite vanilla ice cream and you will taste perfection.

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Honey & Lemon Shortbread

(Makes about 12 sandwiches)

1 ½ cup spelt flour

¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour

½ tsp sea salt

½ tsp baking powder

½ cup unsalted butter

½ cup coconut oil

¼ cup raw honey

1/3 cup coconut sugar

Zest from 1 lemon

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. lemon extract

Turbinado sugar & a pinch of sea salt for garnish

Vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven to 325.  Mix flour, salt and baking together in a bowl and set aside.  Blend butter, coconut oil, and honey together. Add coconut sugar, lemon juice and zest and vanilla and almond extracts.  Mix the wet ingredients into the dry with hand mixer until dough comes together.  Try not to over mix.  Form two discs of dough, place in plastic wrap and store in fridge for an hour.  Once dough is chilled, remove from fridge and place on a lightly floured surface.  Roll out dough ½ inch thick and cut into desired shapes.  Hearts and Squirrels were made here:) Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely.  Using a tbsp. scoop out your favorite vanilla ice cream and place between two cookies.  Hubs and I disagree on the best vanilla.  He claims Breyers Vanilla Bean to be the best, while I won’t go for anything other than Haagen Dazs.  Unless we are in Portland and we have access to beautifully handmade ice cream like Salt & Straw, we will agree to disagree.  In any case, any vanilla ice cream will do here.  Squeeze all that yumminess together and savor every last bite!  Store sandwiches in air tight container in the freezer.

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