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If your kids think that milk, butter and cheese come from the grocery store shelves, it’s time to open their eyes to everything dairy farm. Recently, Red Tricycle Seattle writer, Helen did just that. She went on a WA Dairy tour to learn how dairy products are made. Not only did she get to visit with some happy cows, but Helen also learned that Washington state produces some of the highest-quality dairy products around (bonus: all of the milk is rbST free). So, the next time you’re at the grocery store take the opportunity to educate your kids about where their food comes from and then whip up one of these dairy-friendly recipes. Flip through the gallery to get inspired.

Danish Vanilla Bean Confetti Sandwiches

You haven’t tasted a real ice cream sandwich until you’ve made one yourself. Take a peek at this delicious recipe that comes to us from Snoqualmie Ice Cream.

Yields 7-8 sandwiches

Ingredients:
2 Pints Danish Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
1 ½ Cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cream of tartar
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ Cup unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ Cup pure cane sugar
1 vanilla bean
1 large egg
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ Cup sprinkles

Method:
1. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set
aside.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until light and flu y. Split the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds into the butter mixture. Add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat until combined.

3. Reduce the mixer speed to low, and slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just
combined. Fold in ¼ Cup of the sprinkles.

4. Place the remaining ¼ Cup of sprinkles in a bowl. Scoop about two tablespoons of dough and roll it into a ball. Roll the ball in the bowl of sprinkles to cover. Put the balls on a plate. Repeat with the
remaining dough. Chill the dough for at least two hours or over night.

5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

6. Transfer the chilled dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.

7. Bake cookies until they are just beginning to brown around the edges, 8-10 minutes. Let the cookies
cool completely.

8. When cookies are completely cool scoop ice cream onto the bottom of half of the cookies. Place
second cookie on top and squeeze down gently. Immediately place all of the sandwiches in the freezer
for at least one hour. When ready, take sandwiches out of the freezer and serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of Snoqualmie Ice Cream

FUN FACT: WA dairy cows can produce 144 glasses of milk.

What is your favorite dairy-friendly dessert? Which recipe will you make Tell us in the Comments below.

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The Washington Dairy Products Commission celebrates the contribution of local dairy farm families. By producing wholesome and nutritious dairy products and caring for their cows and land, local dairy farm families are a key ingredient to making the northwest a great place to live. Learn more at akeyingredient.com.