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What to serve with Salted Caramel Ice Cream?

I'm having some family visit this weekend, and I made Chow's Salted Caramel Ice Cream for dessert one night. It is delicious, but I feel like I should have something with it - a simple cookie, maybe - nothing fancy. Something crunchy to go with the smooth, creamy ice cream. But I can't decide what flavor would go best.

I was thinking a simple chocolate cookie, or a shortbread? What would you do?

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  1. What about an almond lace cookie?


    Or if you want to go the chocolate route, along those lines, a florentine.


    I'd also like something simple like a madeleine or macaron (not macaroon).

    1. i vote for chocolate - shortbread, or the florentines chowser suggested, or chocolate tuiles, or brownies...or make ice cream sandwiches with it using chocolate cookies.

      1. Dark chocolate crackle cookies. Yum.

        1. For a simple chocolate cookie, these sound good:

          I've made cookies like these previously (variation on the Payard flourless chocolate cookie) and they were great. I think nice, dark chocolate cookie would be a lovely pairing. I also kinda want to make these again myself. :)

          1. My vote would be shortbread. And maybe some candied bacon...

            1. A spoon.

              Now but seriously you could go a lot of directions with this. You can keep it sweet-savory, or go sweet. I love sweet-savory short breads. It might be fun to do a black pepper shortbread to go with the salt in the caramel. You can also go more traditional with a pecan or almond short bread.

              I'd skip the chocolate it might compete with your carefully crafted caramel. I think some kind of shortbread in the way to go.

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              1. re: luciaannek

                Salt caramel and pepper shortbread! That's brilliant! I'm going to have to steal this sometime.

                1. re: katydid13

                  I second this. Salted caramel vanilla is one of my favorite flavors. One of the restaurants was doing it over a warm brown sundae. The brownie warm with the I've cream should be sufficient.

                2. I love these ginger cookies with pecans.


                  One of my favorite toppings for a special ice cream is a tiny drizzle of very good evoo. Meyer lemon is my fave.