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Classic Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

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Ditch the store bought Ice Cream Sandwiches and create your own epic frozen treat with this simple recipe! Ready to elevate your ice cream game? Learn how to make your own custom ice cream sandwiches with store-bought cookies, your favorite ice cream, and a sprinkle of creativity. It's the perfect summer treat and a fun activity for kids and adults alike!

A classic chocolate chip cookie sandwich with sprinkles on the edges.

Forget those boring popsicles! This summer, I'm all about a DIY ice cream sandwich bar. It's seriously the easiest way to make everyone happy, and you won't believe how much fun it is for kids (and let's be honest, for us grown-ups too!). Imagine setting out a spread of colorful cookies, a few tubs of ice cream, and all sorts of sprinkle-y, chocolatey toppings. The best part? Kids get to be their own ice cream sandwich chefs! They pick the cookies, scoop the ice cream, and go wild with the toppings. It's a messy, delicious blast, and everyone gets their perfect summer treat. Talk about a win-win!

A plate of classic cookie ice cream sandwiches made with cookies and various coatings on the edges.

Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

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Forget the store-bought stuff! Make your own epic chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches with your favorite cookies. Scoop on some creamy ice cream, add a sprinkle of toppings, and you've got the perfect summer treat. It's super easy, totally customizable, and a whole lot of fun. Let your ice cream sandwich creativity run wild!

Equipment:

  • Large bowl
  • Hand mixer or paddle attachment
  • Wire rack
  • Baking sheet (optional)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Cookie scoop
Assorted baking ingredients for a Classic Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich recipe and cookies on a marble countertop.

What You'll Need:

  • Cookies: Store-bought chocolate chip cookies are a classic for a reason (chocolate chip soft cookie, sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, m&m cookies--- but feel free to use your favorite cookie recipe and bake a fresh batch!).
  • Ice Cream: Pick your favorite ice cream flavor - classic creamy vanilla ice cream, rich chocolate, cookie dough, cookies and cream creamy ice cream or even a fun seasonal flavor!
  • Toppings: Mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, chopped nuts. Go wild!
  • Equipment: Large bowl, hand mixer or paddle attachment, wire rack, baking sheet (optional, for chilling the cookies), plastic wrap, cookie scoop

Instructions

  1. Prep the ice cream sandwich cookies (optional): If you want a firmer base, place your store-bought cookies on a baking sheet and chill for about 30 minutes. This helps prevent the ice cream from melting too quickly during assembly.
  2. Soften the Ice Cream: Leave your ice cream out at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes to make it easier to scoop.
  3. Scoop & Sandwich: Scoop a generous portion of softened ice cream and place it on the flat side of one cookie. Top with a second cookie and gently press the two cookies together to spread the ice cream.
  4. Roll in Toppings (Optional): Roll the edges of your ice cream sandwich in your favorite toppings for extra texture and flavor!
  5. Freeze & Enjoy: Wrap your sandwich tightly in plastic wrap and place it in the freezer for at least 2 hours to firm up.
A scoop of classic cookie dough ice cream in a bowl, topped with chocolate chips, with more ice cream and toppings in the background.

Baker's Tips:

  • Adjust Ice Cream Softness: For the perfect amount of ice cream, it should be soft enough to scoop but not totally melted.
  • Experiment with Cookie Flavors: Chocolate chip cookies are a classic, but don't be afraid to try other favorites. Sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, or even oatmeal cookies would all be delicious!
  • Chill Before Freezing: For a neater ice cream sandwich, let your assembled sandwiches chill in the freezer for about 15 minutes before wrapping.
  • Don't Forget the Extras: Toppings add an extra layer of fun. Crushed Oreos, chopped candy, or even a drizzle of chocolate sauce can take your ice cream sandwiches to the next level.

Recipe Notes:

  • Using a Homemade Cookie Recipe: Find your favorite cookie recipe (chocolate chip, sugar, etc.) and let those freshly baked cookies cool completely on a wire rack before assembling the sandwiches.
  • Ingredient Spotlight: While store-bought cookies are super convenient, some great homemade cookie recipes use brown sugar, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, white sugar, and even an extra egg yolk for richer flavor!

Flavor Inspiration:

Ready to upgrade your ice cream sandwich game? These creative flavor combinations offer something for every taste. Get a burst of summer with our Fruity Fiesta combo featuring strawberry ice cream and sugar cookies. Escape to the tropics with coconut cookies and mango sorbet. Celebrate with sprinkles galore in our Birthday Bash flavor. Or, satisfy your coffee craving with chocolate cookies and coffee ice cream. Try some of these other ice cream sandwich recipes:

Assorted ice cream sandwiches with various cookie flavors and toppings displayed on parchment paper following a classic recipe.
  • Classic Combo: Chocolate chip cookies + vanilla ice cream + mini chocolate chips
  • Peanut Butter Lover's Dream: Peanut butter cookies + chocolate ice cream + chopped peanuts
  • Cookies & Cream Overload: Chocolate cookies + cookies & cream ice cream + crushed Oreos
  • Fruity Fiesta: Sugar cookies + strawberry ice cream + sliced strawberries and whipped cream
  • Tropical Twist: Coconut cookies + mango sorbet + shredded coconut
  • Birthday Bash: Funfetti cookies + cake batter ice cream + rainbow sprinkles
  • S'mores Delight: Graham crackers + vanilla ice cream + mini marshmallows and a drizzle of chocolate sauce

Storage:

Wrap your delicious ice cream cookie sandwiches individually in plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a week.

Let your imagination run wild with this easy recipe! Have fun with flavors, toppings, and most importantly, enjoy your homemade ice cream sandwich creations!

A stack of assorted decorated classic cookie ice cream sandwiches against a white background.

FAQ

  • Can I use other types of cookies besides chocolate chip? Absolutely! Sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, Oreos, and even graham crackers can all make delicious ice cream sandwich bases.
  • My ice cream is too hard to scoop. What should I do? Let your ice cream sit at room temperature for a bit longer until it softens enough to work with.
  • How long will my homemade ice cream sandwiches last? They'll stay fresh in the freezer for up to a week when stored in an airtight container.
  • Can I make this recipe ahead of time? Yes! Assemble your sandwiches, wrap them tightly, and freeze them for an easy grab-and-go treat.

Conclusion

Homemade ice cream sandwiches are the perfect way to beat the summer heat and add a little fun to your dessert routine. Whether you're using a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe, store-bought favorites, or some other creative cookie base, the possibilities are truly endless. Don't be afraid to experiment with different ice cream flavors, toppings, and cookie combinations. It's a delicious way to cool down and satisfy that sweet tooth!

Now, I want to hear from you! What's your ultimate ice cream sandwich creation? Share your ideas for your delicious treat in the comments below!

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Classic Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

A classic chocolate chip cookie sandwich with sprinkles on the edges.

Craving a cool and delicious treat? Ditch the boring popsicles and try these DIY ice cream cookie sandwiches! Super simple, totally customizable, and a blast for the whole family. Get creative with flavor combos – the possibilities are endless!

Prep Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Cookies: Store-bought chocolate chip cookies (or try sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, etc.) Alternatively, use your favorite cookie recipe and bake a fresh batch.
  • Ice Cream: Your favorite flavor – vanilla, chocolate, cookie dough, cookies & cream...the options are endless!
  • Toppings (Optional): Mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, chopped nuts, crushed candy, etc.

Instructions

    Prep the Cookies (Optional): For a firmer base, chill store-bought cookies on a baking sheet for 30 minutes.
    Soften the Ice Cream: Let your ice cream sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes until scoopable.
    Scoop & Sandwich: Place a generous scoop of softened ice cream on the flat side of one cookie. Top with a second cookie and gently press together.
    Roll in Toppings (Optional): Roll the sandwich edges in your favorite toppings.
    Freeze & Enjoy: Wrap the sandwich tightly in plastic wrap and freeze for at least 2 hours to firm up before enjoying.

Notes

Equipment:

Large bowl
Hand mixer or paddle attachment
Wire rack
Baking sheet (optional)
Plastic wrap
Cookie scoop

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