Cocoa Biscuits With Cinnamon Nut Ice Cream

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I’ve spent the last couple of years trying to get my biscuit game down as biscuits and gravy are one of Wyatt’s favorite foods. I still remember the first time I made biscuits and gravy; it was Wyatt’s first birthday that we were together for and I wanted to make him B&G that I could serve him in bed. I had never had B&G before since all the Midwest gravy I had been exposed to had meat in it so I was totally shooting in the dark. I remember having my roommate try it to make sure that it tasted like the real deal – her response was ‘it’s not the same but still really really good. Maybe you should try to make the biscuits again?’. That was her nice way of saying that the biscuits were as hard as rocks. I was used to working with bread dough and kneaded it like there was no tomorrow.

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Fast forwarding five years later, I finally feel confident to say my biscuits are right where I want them to be (after, what feels like, hundreds of tries). I even went as far as taking a biscuit making class at a local bakery and have tried every flour I can get my hands on to see what protein and gluten consistency works best. Here are a few of my tips for making the perfect biscuits:

– Shred your cold butter ahead of time (like it’s cheese!) and stick it in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before using. This probably sounds really weird but it’s so easy to then mix it into the batter without the butter getting too warm.

– Don’t overmix but make sure that it’s mixed enough so all the flour is wet. I know everyone says this tip with biscuits but it can’t be stressed enough! I was so notorious for overmixing though, that I began under mixing so much that there would be chunks of flour in the middle of the dough that just tasted awful once baked.

– Replace part of the all-purpose flour with cake flour as the low-protein flour will yield a light and fluffy biscuit as the protein

And that’s it! Oh and, for this recipe, let’s add cocoa powder because chocolate makes everything better.

Cocoa Biscuits With Cinnamon Nut Ice Cream recipe below:

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Cocoa Biscuits With Cinnamon Nut Ice Cream
These Cocoa Biscuits With Cinnamon Nut Ice Cream bring a whole new meaning to ice cream sandwich! / Biscuits adapted from Local Milk
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Author: Shelly Westerhausen
For the ice cream:
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2% but whole would work well too), divided
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 3 Tablespoons cream cheese , softened
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon honey , divided
  • 1 vanilla bean , split in half
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3/4 cup walnuts , finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter , melted
For the biscuits:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , cold and shredded
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup milk with the cornstarch. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine the cream, remaining milk, vanilla bean, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a simmer (just until tiny bubbles start to form around the edges) and let simmer for three minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in the honey and cornstarch mixture, and return to heat. Bring to simmer, stirring constantly, and let cook until thickened (one or two minutes).
  5. Remove from heat, whisk in the cream cheese mixture, and chill the mixture overnight.
  6. The next day: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, 1 tablespoon butter, and cloves and transfer to a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  7. Remove the cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean from the chilled cream mixture.
  8. Prepare the ice cream according to your ice cream maker’s instructions (mine has me stick the cream mixture into the ice cream maker for 20 minutes).
  9. minute before the ice cream is done churning, add in the nuts mixture. Transfer into a sealable container and stick in the freezer until ready to eat.
  10. For the biscuits, preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, salt, and sugar. Next, add in the butter and use your clean hands to cut it into the dough until a crumbly batter forms.
  11. Pour the buttermilk in and stir just until the dough comes together (don’t overmix!!).
  12. Dump the mixture onto a floured surface and gently fold the dough onto itself twice (this helps create the air bubbles in the biscuits).
  13. Gently pat or roll the dough down until it’s about an inch thick and use a biscuit cutter to cut out even biscuits that should then be transferred to your prepared baking sheet. Make sure your biscuits are almost touching each other on the baking sheet and bake for about 10-12 minutes or until cooked all the way through. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  14. To assemble the sandwiches: Split the cocoa biscuits in half, use an ice cream scoop to scoop out a portion of the ice cream onto the bottom of the biscuit, and then place the top biscuit over the ice cream and gently push down until the ice cream starts to ooze out the sides.
  15. Optional: Roll the biscuits in sprinkles, cocoa powder, or any other fancy and delicious topping you may have on hand.




  • aspoonfulofnature
    June 23, 2015

    omg my mouth is watering right noooow!! can’t wait to do this at home 😀

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar
    June 23, 2015

    Both the biscuits and the ice cream sound delicious. This is a fabulous combo of flavours!

  • molly yeh
    June 23, 2015

    these are sooo cute! i could eat twelve right now. extra sprinkles plz.

    • Shellywest
      molly yeh
      July 1, 2015

      We can make that happen : )

  • Sydney | Modern Granola
    June 23, 2015

    This is so interesting! I would have never thought to make chocolate biscuits, much less serve them with ice cream, but it makes all the sense in the world. I love your creativity! Thanks for the inspiration, and for a great recipe! I can’t wait to try.
    xx Sydney

    • Shellywest
      Sydney | Modern Granola
      July 1, 2015

      Thanks for the kind works, Sydney!

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well
    June 23, 2015

    Biscuits and ice cream?! You’re a genius. And the biscuit queen. Stunning, Shelly!

    • Shellywest
      Jessie Snyder | Faring Well
      July 1, 2015

      I will proudly accept that nickname. : )

  • Grace
    June 23, 2015

    Oh dang! Sweet cinnamon spiced ice cream AND cocoa biscuits?! Like ice cream sandwiches but a million times better! Brilliant and beautiful styling too!

    • Shellywest
      July 1, 2015

      Yes. Become my neighbor already so we can swap food all day / everyday, Grace!

  • Katie @ Butterlust
    June 23, 2015

    LOVE the biscuit tips — I’ve been meaning to “master” them for some time and now that cinnamon ice cream has been thrown into the mix as an acceptable pairing, I think it’s going to happen sooner rather than later. 🙂

    • Shellywest
      Katie @ Butterlust
      July 1, 2015

      Yesss – you got this! You can do it!

  • Sherrie
    June 25, 2015

    Shelly, that ice cream!!! This post is perfect.

  • wellandfull
    June 25, 2015

    Such photogenic scoops of ice cream!!

  • Hannah
    June 29, 2015

    I feel you there, scones are such a tricky beast! I made some today and I think I was guilty of the under-kneading thing because I was a little terrified of having tough scones!

    I love your idea of making it into an ice cream sandwich! (also cocoa in the dough. good call.)

    • Shellywest
      July 1, 2015

      I’ve been there! I under did it for a long time because everyone always warns again over-kneading but you gotta find that happy medium or else you end up with chunks of flour in the end results…ick (been there way too many times! ha!).

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    July 9, 2015

    I’m so late to the game but woah are these cute. And cinnamon-walnut ice cream!? YUMM.

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