Lazarus Lynch first came across my Instagram feed a little more than a year ago. He was able to transmit his energy and enthusiasm for eating and food in all his posts. I noticed that he was popping up around New York, and I really wanted to meet up with him for coffee. Unfortunately, that never happened! Laz was in the midst of becoming a multimedia star. But luckily, this week, we have his recipe for Double Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream Sammiches from his first cookbook, Son of a Southern Chef: Cook with Soul. These little ice cream sandwiches look perfect for summer — or any time, really! —Kristina
Lazarus Lynch is an African-American entrepreneur, author, musician, multimedia host, and the face of Son of a Southern Chef. He is a two-time Chopped champion and the host of Snapchat’s first-ever cooking show, Chopped U, and the Food Network digital series Comfort Nation. His website was a 2017 Saveur Blog Awards nominee. Laz has appeared on The Cooking Channel, BuzzFeed, Tastemade, NPR, and The Today Show. He is the author of Son of a Southern Chef: Cook with Soul. He lives in New York City, where he was raised. Find Laz on Instagram @sonofasouthernchef.
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- Cooking spray
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1∕3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1∕4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1∕4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1∕2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3∕4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1∕2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1∕2 cup white chocolate chips
- Your favorite strawberry ice cream, slightly softened for scoopability
Make the cookies: Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl using a handheld mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until smooth, about 4 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture and beat until well combined, about 2 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate all the ingredients. Fold in the semisweet and white chocolate chips by hand.
Make the sammiches: Using an ice cream scooper, scoop 8 even mounds of the dough onto each prepared baking sheet. Bake until the cookies just begin to set, about 12 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Put a scoop of strawberry ice cream between two cookies and sammich together!
Feel free to substitute with pistachio or mint chocolate chip for the strawberry ice cream! And slay!
Reprinted from Son of a Southern Chef: Cook with Soul by arrangement Avery, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2019, Lazarus Lynch, Photography by Anisha Sisodia.