Spumoni Cookie Sandwiches

This recipe has been sitting in “to post” pile for awhile now, I’m not sure how I forgot to post it right away!   I made these this summer, and since fresh cherries are harder to come by I thought about waiting until next summer to post this, but I couldn’t wait that long! If you can’t find fresh cherries, I would substitute marashino cherries, or even leave them out completely and just have the chocolate and pistachio. They would still be quite delicious!  These cookies are so easy to throw together, and are great on their own, but when I saw pistachio gelato for sale at Costco, how could I resist?!  And since I had fresh cherries on the counter, they naturally got thrown in the mix.  If you don’t have gelato available where you are, no worries- just substitute ice cream.  I guess this is a good way to say farwell to summer in my book! 
Recipe by My Stained Apron
To assemble:
Chewy Chocolate cookies (recipe below)
pistachio gelato (I bought mine at Costco)
Fresh Cherries
chopped pistachios
1 1/4 cups butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa or carob powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup finely chopped nuts, optional (I usually use walnuts, but I used pistachios for this purpose)
Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Blend well. Add flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.  Blend well. Add nuts if using.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet (I use my silicone baking mat for best results).  Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes.  Don’t overbake- they will be soft.  They puff during baking and flatten upon cooling. 
Cool on cookie sheet until set, about 1 minute.  Cool on a wire rack.
Place a scoop of pistachio gelato (I used my small cookie scooper) on half of the cookies.
Place half of a pitted cherry in the middle of gelato, then top with another cookie, pressing slightly.
Serve as is or roll sides of cookie sandwiches in chopped pistachios.  If you aren’t serving immediately, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in freezer.
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