Easy Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

Are you looking for a sweet treat to satisfy your cravings?

 Look no further than this homemade ice cream sandwich recipe! 

This classic dessert is easy to make and customizable to your taste preferences. Plus, it’s perfect for hot summer days when you want something cold and refreshing.

stacked ice cream sandwiches

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To make your own ice cream sandwich, all you need is your favorite ice cream flavor and some cookies. You can use store-bought cookies or make your own from scratch.

Making your own ice cream sandwich is a fun activity for kids and adults alike. Plus, it’s a great way to impress your friends and family at your next summer gathering!

In this post, we’ll go over how to make homemade ice cream sandwiches, tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years, and more!

Ingredients

To make these sandwiches, you’ll need 3 things:

Ice Cream

Cookies

Toppings (optional, but they make the sandwiches extra special!)

ingredients in bowls

For the Ice Cream

To make delicious ice cream sandwiches, you will need some high-quality ice cream. You can either make your own ice cream or buy it from a store.

If you choose to make your own ice cream, you will need the following ingredients:

Heavy cream

Whole milk

Sugar

Salt

Vanilla extract

For a richer flavor, you can add some additional ingredients such as chocolate chips, crushed cookies, or fruit puree. 

Once you have all the ingredients, you can make the ice cream using an ice cream maker or by hand.

If you want to make a protein packed ice cream sandwich, you could even make your own protein ice cream in the Ninja Creami and use that!

For the Cookies

The second key ingredient for ice cream sandwiches is the cookies. You can use any type of cookie you like, but some popular options include:

Chocolate chip cookies

Sugar cookies

Oatmeal cookies

Peanut butter cookies

M&M cookies

You could also make your own cookies if you prefer, but you’ll just want to make sure they’re cooled for a few hours before using them for the sandwiches. 

With these simple ingredients, you can make delicious ice cream sandwiches that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

ice cream sandwich on a plate with sprinkles

How to Make

Making ice cream sandwiches is a fun and easy way to enjoy your favorite ice cream flavors. 

Here are the steps to prepare your own delicious ice cream sandwiches.

Assembling the Sandwiches

Start by gathering your ingredients. You will need your favorite ice cream flavor, cookies of your choice, and any toppings you desire.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Allow the ice cream to soften at room temperature for a few minutes. This will make it easier to spread onto the cookies.

an ice cream scoop scooping vanilla ice cream

Take two cookies and place a scoop of ice cream onto one of them. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to spread the ice cream evenly over the cookie.

If you’re using homemade cookies, you’ll want to make sure they cool completely before adding the ice cream on.

a scoop of ice cream on a cookie

Place the other cookie on top of the ice cream and press down gently to create a sandwich.

a second cookie on top of the ice cream

If desired, roll the edges of the ice cream sandwich in toppings such as chocolate chips, sprinkles or crushed nuts.

side of ice cream sandwich
dipping a sandwich into chocolate chips

Repeat this process with the remaining cookies and ice cream until you have made as many sandwiches as you desire.

Place the ice cream sandwiches on the cookie sheet with parchment paper and put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to firm up before serving.

Enjoy your homemade ice cream sandwiches with family and friends!

close up of ice cream sandwiches

Variations of Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you’re looking to switch things up with your ice cream sandwich game, there are a few variations you can try out. 

Here are some options to consider:

Vegan Option

For those who follow a vegan diet, there are plenty of ways to make a delicious ice cream sandwich without using animal products. Here are some ideas:

  • Use vegan cookies as the base, such as Oreos or Nutter Butters.
  • Make your own vegan cookies using ingredients like coconut oil, almond milk, and flaxseed.
  • Use a vegan ice cream, such as coconut milk-based ice cream, or try making your own using frozen bananas and other plant-based ingredients.

Gluten-Free Option

If you’re avoiding gluten, you can still enjoy a tasty ice cream sandwich. Here are some ways to make them gluten-free:

  • Use gluten-free cookies as the base, such as those made with almond flour or rice flour.
  • Make your own gluten-free cookies using ingredients like oat flour or coconut flour. Don’t have oat flour? Learn how to make oat flour at home using your blender or food processor! It’s easy and only requires one ingredient!
  • Use a gluten-free ice cream, such as sorbet or a dairy-free option made with almond milk.

Gourmet Flavors

If you’re feeling fancy, you can experiment with different ice cream and cookie flavors to create a gourmet ice cream sandwich. Here are some ideas:

  • Use unique cookie flavors, such as lavender shortbread or matcha green tea cookies.
  • Pair unexpected ice cream flavors with your cookies, such as rose petal ice cream or balsamic vinegar ice cream.
  • Add toppings to your ice cream sandwich, such as crushed nuts, sprinkles, or chocolate chips.

No matter which variation you choose, an ice cream sandwich is always a delicious treat. Enjoy!

close up of ice cream sandwich with m&m cookies

Storing and Serving Suggestions

How to Store Leftovers

Once you have made your homemade ice cream sandwiches, you will need to store them properly to maintain their freshness and texture. Here are a few tips to help you store your ice cream sandwiches:

  • Wrap each sandwich individually with plastic wrap or wax paper to prevent freezer burn and keep them from sticking together.
  • Place the wrapped sandwiches in an airtight container or freezer bag.
  • Label the container or bag with the date and flavor of the ice cream sandwich.

Your ice cream sandwiches can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. 

If you plan to store them for longer, consider using a vacuum sealer to further protect them from freezer burn.

How to Serve

When you are ready to serve your ice cream sandwiches, there are a few things you can do to make them even more enjoyable:

Remove the sandwich from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften the cookie and ice cream.

For a fun twist, roll the edges of the sandwich in sprinkles, crushed cookies, or mini chocolate chips.

Serve your ice cream sandwiches with a tall glass of milk or a scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor on top.

With these storing and serving tips, you can enjoy your homemade ice cream sandwiches any time you want!

ice cream sandwich on a plate

Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years. 

Choosing Your Cookies

When selecting your store-bought cookies, look for sturdy and firm varieties that won’t crumble under the pressure of the ice cream. 

Soft cookies might seem appealing, but they tend to disintegrate or become too mushy. 

Also, consider the flavor profile. If you’re using a rich, chocolatey ice cream, you might want to choose a lighter cookie, like vanilla or shortbread.

If you’re using fruit-flavored ice cream, a chocolate or graham cracker cookie could provide an interesting contrast.

Picking the Perfect Ice Cream

The key to the best ice cream sandwich is, unsurprisingly, the ice cream. Opt for quality, full-fat ice cream that will hold up well. Remember, low-fat or diet varieties might ice up and not provide the creamy texture you’re aiming for. 

Again, match your flavors wisely – mint chip, vanilla, strawberry, or cookie dough all work fabulously!

Topping Time

For the toppings to stick on to the ice cream the best, apply your sprinkles or other toppings immediately after you’ve assembled the sandwiches and before they go back into the freezer. 

This will ensure the toppings stick to the ice cream and don’t just fall off when you take a bite.

Serving Suggestions

When you’re ready to serve, let the ice cream sandwiches sit at room temperature for a few minutes. This will allow the cookies to soften up a bit, making for a much more enjoyable eating experience.

Extra Large Sandwiches

If you want to take your sandwiches to the next level, try using a pint of store-bought ice cream. Soften the ice cream and then cut it into slivers and then remove the casing around it.

Place the ice cream layer on a large cookie, then place another cookie on top. Then enjoy your extra large ice cream cookie sandwich! 

stacked ice cream sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwich Combination Ideas

Want to mix up your ice cream combinations? Try one of these variations!

Classic Chocolate Chip

Pair creamy vanilla ice cream with chocolate chip cookies. For a touch of color, roll the sides in rainbow sprinkles. This is a classic combo that’s always a hit!

Mint Chocolate Madness

There’s nothing more refreshing than mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate cookies. Try adding mini chocolate chips to the edges for an extra dose of chocolaty goodness. You could even drizzle with a little homemade chocolate syrup!

Strawberries and Cream

Use strawberry ice cream with sugar cookies. You could roll these sandwiches in white chocolate chips or even crushed freeze-dried strawberries to amplify the strawberry flavor!

Coffee and Caramel

For the coffee lovers out there, sandwich coffee ice cream between caramel cookies. Coat the edges with crushed toffee bits for a crunch with each bite.

Lemon Blueberry Bliss

This refreshing combination uses lemon ice cream and blueberry cookies. Consider rolling these in crushed graham crackers for a pie-like flavor.

Peanut Butter Cup

For the ultimate indulgence, try chocolate ice cream with peanut butter cookies. Roll the edges in crushed peanut butter cups. It’s rich, it’s decadent, and it’s oh-so-delicious.

Cookies and Cream

Cookies and cream ice cream with double chocolate chip cookies is a cookie lover’s dream come true. Add crushed Oreo cookies on the side to double the cookie experience.

Tropical Treat

Coconut ice cream with macadamia nut cookies can transport you straight to the tropics. Rolling them in shredded coconut or crushed macadamia nuts would perfectly complement these flavors.

M&M Madness

Pair the M&M cookies with classic vanilla ice cream. The simplicity of vanilla allows the colorful and chocolaty M&M’s to truly shine. Consider rolling the edges in mini M&M’s to continue the colorful theme all around.

Remember, these are just ideas to get you started. Feel free to mix and match according to your taste preferences and dietary needs. The possibilities are endless when it comes to homemade ice cream sandwiches. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The cookie part of an ice cream sandwich is typically made from a sweet, baked product, such as a chocolate wafer, or any variety of cookies like chocolate chip, oatmeal, or even ginger snaps.

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Softening ice cream slightly before making your sandwiches ensures it spreads evenly onto the cookie without breaking it and bonds better with the cookie, minimizing slide-out when biting into it. However, avoid letting it melt too much, as it can get messy – a few minutes at room temperature should suffice for optimal pliability.

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The cookie on an ice cream sandwich is just referred to as a cookie or wafer, and its specific name depends on the type of cookie used, like a chocolate chip cookie or a sugar cookie.

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The easiest way to cut ice cream for cookie sandwiches is to use a large, sharp knife to slice through a pint of ice cream. Cut thick, even slices, then peel away the pint container and place the ice cream slice between your cookies.

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Easy Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

ice cream sandwich on a plate with sprinkles
Delight in creating your own easy, homemade ice cream sandwiches using store-bought cookies and ice cream, with this step-by-step guide filled with flavor combination ideas, useful tips, and fun facts. Perfect for a sweet treat on a hot day or a fun activity to enjoy with the kids!
Ali
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cookies any kind
  • Ice Cream
  • Toppings

Instructions

  • Start by gathering your ingredients. You will need your favorite ice cream flavor, cookies of your choice, and any toppings you desire.
    ingredients in bowls
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Allow the ice cream to soften at room temperature for a few minutes. This will make it easier to spread onto the cookies.
    an ice cream scoop scooping vanilla ice cream
  • Take two cookies and place a scoop of ice cream onto one of them. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to spread the ice cream evenly over the cookie. If you're using homemade cookies, you'll want to make sure they cool completely before adding the ice cream on.
    a scoop of ice cream on a cookie
  • Place the other cookie on top of the ice cream and press down gently to create a sandwich.
    a second cookie on top of the ice cream
  • If desired, roll the edges of the ice cream sandwich in toppings such as sprinkles or crushed nuts.
    dipping a sandwich into chocolate chips
  • Repeat this process with the remaining cookies and ice cream until you have made as many sandwiches as you desire.
  • Place the ice cream sandwiches on the cookie sheet with parchment paper and put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to firm up before serving.

Author

  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.

    View all posts https://www.champagneandcoffeestains.com

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