Writer and photographer Monica Longenbaker

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]weeten your summer with these colorful Confetti Ice Cream Sandwiches. A generous scoop of your favorite ice cream is situated between two buttery soft cookies and loaded with sprinkles to create the ultimate summer treat. No matter what the occasion, the bright colors and unbeatable combination of cookies and ice cream are bound to turn any get-together into a celebration.

Confetti Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yield: 10 sandwiches
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup rainbow sprinkles,
1½ quarts ice cream (any flavor), slightly softened

To make the confetti cookies:
Preheat the oven to 350 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.

Using a stand or hand mixer, cream the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar on medium high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and egg and mix until combined.

Fold in the dry ingredients until combined, then fold in half of the sprinkles (½ cup). Be careful not to overmix.

Roll about two tablespoons of the dough into a ball or use a cookie scoop to place the cookies onto the lined baking sheets, leaving at least 2 inches in between.

Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until the cookies are slightly golden brown on the edges. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

To make the confetti ice cream sandwiches:
Place a generous scoop of ice cream onto a cookie and top with a second cookie. Coat the outside of the exposed ice cream with the remaining sprinkles. Serve immediately.