Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Last week I shared a teaser picture that really didn’t give any ideas as to what I was up to. If you’re follow me on twitter then you may have noticed I was making cookies. I still didn’t give any big clues. I truly meant to sit down and write this out and have it published Friday, but that just wasn’t in the cards.

You see… this weekend there were a few larger food blogging events and those of us who weren’t able to attend for one reason or another took part in an online pity party of sorts. It pulled me in fast and before I knew it, there was no point in trying to put on my creative thinking cap and sitting down to write up a post. I knew it was best to wait and hope you feel the wait was totally worth it!

I’d had this idea in my head for a while, that seems to be pretty common occurance. I know I’ve talked about that issue before. I have an idea, think about it… mull over it even and eventually I get around to creating my vision. I love ice cream sandwiches. Seriously, who doesn’t? If you don’t, I don’t even want to hear it. That’s ridiculous talk! The issue in making them yourself comes down to what kind of cookie to use. It’s got to be an amazing cookie, not just any run of the mill variety. Seriously delicious. I opted for reusing my all time favorite chocolate chunk recipe. The only change I made was in the size, everything else is exactly the same. No, I lie… I used chocolate chips obviously instead of chunks.

The other important factor is size of the cookie and matching the ice cream to that. Don’t hate me for using store bought ice cream. I only just this weekend got an ice cream maker so homemade wasn’t even an option. Plus, sometimes you just want your favorite brand and if you’re doing this for a group of people – store bought ice cream allows for multiple varieties of ice cream!

Here are some other great cookie options to consider using if you want to mix things up a bit:

Snickerdoodle cookies

Gingerbread cookies

Mexican hot chocolate cookies

Oatmeal raisin cookies

Chewy molasses cookies

I tried three methods to make perfect discs of ice cream. In a quick fix you can certainly scoop some ice cream directly on to one cookie, top if off with another cookie and smoosh together. I tried that at first. I think my ice cream sat out too long and maybe my cookies were still too warm because it was a mess. A delicious mess my oldest kiddo and I got to enjoy.

That led me to googling homemade ice cream sandwiches trying to find perfect methods for the ice cream. Clearly someone had to have a genius idea, right? The idea I found seemed worth trying. Scoop ice cream onto baking sheets (or wax paper on baking sheets as I did), smoosh em down a bit and cover well with plastic wrap. Then return to the freezer to solidify before transfering to your cookies. It was a so-so idea and could definitely work for more mass production. But it wasn’t my favorite method.

I got this brilliant – yes truly brilliant – idea. It just hit me. That happens and when it does, it’s sometimes amazing and solves all of my problems. That was the case here. It worked. It really did and I highly suggest using this method if you have the products required. If you don’t, well… ramekins are cheap so just buy some. They’re a handy item to have for all kinds of things!

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients:

2 C and 2 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 C butter, softened
1/2 C and 2 tbsp sugar
1/2 C and 2tbsp brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4-1C chocolate chips
Vanilla ice cream (or your favorite)
sprinkles or other decorations

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Set aside baking pans and a medium cookie scoop. In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream softened butter (always unsalted for baking!) and both sugars together until smooth. Scrape bowl as needed and prior to each new addition. Add egg and vanilla. Give a quick mix. Begin slowly adding in dry ingredients, reserving chocolate chips. When all ingredients are combined and smooth, mix in chocolate chips by hand... literally or with a spoon, your call.

Take a medium cookie scoop, scoop up to 10 balls of dough onto your baking sheet spaced evenly. Gently push down on each ball of dough with the palm of your hand to create a small disc. Using your finger, smooth out any cracked edges.

Bake for 8 minutes or just until the edges are turning golden. Remove baking sheet from oven, letting cookies rest for 1-2 minutes before transfering to a cooling rack. Continue process with remaining dough. Dough can also be chilled in an airtight container for several days or frozen for up to several months. Remember to label your container well with any important info - baking temp, time, type etc.

You need small ramekins. Take a sheet of plastic wrap big enough to fit into the ramekin and have plenty of extra hanging over, stuff the center into the inside of the ramekin. It doesn't have to be perfect, just in there covering the bottom and up all sides. Again, with plenty of extra. Now scoop 1-3 good scoops of ice cream into the ramekin, how much depends on how thick you want your sandwiches to be. I suggest starting with 1 scoop, continuing with the method and adding more ice cream as needed until you are satisfied with the ice cream thickness. Take a flat bottom cup that is smaller than your ramekin. Push down on the ice cream creating a flat disc. Pull up on the plastic wrap to check thickness, add more ice cream and repeat process if necessary. When you are satisfied, pull excess plastic wrap up into a bundle sealing off the ice cream. Leave ice cream in dish and place in the freezer for several hours before removing. Once the disc is solid enough, you can remove it from the dish and let it sit in the freezer alone. Reuse the ramekin to create more discs as needed.

When ready to finish and eat your sandwiches, pour favorite sprinkles or other toppings into small bowls. These items will be used to decorate the side. It's totally optional but gives a nice finished look and can be very festive depending on the occasion as well! I opted for colored sprinkles and mini chocolate chips. Nuts and crushed candy bars are also a great idea!

Grab one cookie, place ontop of ice cream disc. Trim ice cream if necessary. Mine were slightly larger than my cookies so I trimmed the ice cream down a bit. You don't have to though. Top off with another cookie. Then using your hand, scoop up a bunch of your desired decoration and push it into the ice cream, working your way around the sandwich. Repeat with remaining sandwiches or make it a party and have everyone do their own!

*I don't recommending freezing fully formed ice cream sandwiches for an extended time as the cookies will harden up quite a bit. A few minutes at most is all I'd recommend.

What cookie, ice cream and side decoration would your personalized ice cream sandwich include?


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64 Responses to “Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches”

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — May 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Oh I’m making these! *Your* cookie recipe looks ah-mazing. My family will love you. I’m pinning this too – so when you get all this traffic from Pinterest you can thank me :P

    • Rachel — May 23rd, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

      lol you crack me up. And thank you. Seriously though, these cookies are incredible… I wouldn’t lie about a thing like that ;)

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    Paula — May 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Delicious and refreshing treat! Great idea to use the ramekins.

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    Julia — May 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Incredible, absolutely incredible. The cookies look PERFECT and with sprinkles, who cares that you used store bought ice cream, you added sprinkles which makes up for it ;) I can’t wait to see what creative ice cream recipes you come up with. Homemade ice cream is addicting, beware!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — May 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    These are fun! Just in time for summer

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    RavieNomNoms — May 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Who doesn’t like ice cream sandwiches? Let’s be real about this…if anyone said they don’t like ice cream sandwiches I would say to them that that is LAME SAUCE!

    These are so much fun and I just gotta try your cookie recipe!

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    Deb @ knitstamatic — May 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Nom! Ice cream sandwiches are the best!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — May 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    yours turned out perfectly! I need to try that method bc every time I try to make ice cream sandwiches it’s a major fail!

    • Rachel — May 23rd, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

      The ramekins were truly the lifesaver. I bet round cookie cutters would work too if they were the right size!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — May 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Mmm, these look delicious! Love the ramekin tip!

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    Maria — May 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Oh my! I wish I was eating one of these right now!

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    Elle — May 23, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    These are awesome! My kids would flip for these. Which means…I’m going to have to make some.

    • Rachel — May 23rd, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

      Yay! I hope you do :) They’ll totally love them.

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    Kate — May 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    These look delicious! I love the super colorful sprinkles and the ramekin tip–especially that you can get a nice thick layer of ice cream in there. Yum.

    • Rachel — May 23rd, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

      The more ice cream the better, right? :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 23, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Do you have any leftovers? If so I’ll be on the next train up to your place:-) Seriously, these look amazing!

    • Rachel — May 23rd, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

      NONE! I made the two you see and then we had a bit of a problem devouring the remaining cookies lol. Oops.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Hahaha I can see how that might happen

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    Julia @ George and Julia Eat Manhattan — May 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    This looks like such an amazing summer treat! I can’t wait to make it for one of those unruly humid June days.

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    Carolyn — May 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    If only the weather was warmer and more summer-like! These look just perfect.

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    Liz — May 23, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I just filled chocolate chip cookies with butter cream…now I think it’s time for ice cream! YUM! What a perfect warm weather treat~

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    Liz — May 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Whew…it DID post :)

    • Rachel — May 23rd, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

      Yup! I left a brief explanation over on fb. Thank you for commenting and going to fb when you had trouble :)

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    Kim - Liv Life — May 23, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    My daughter says it’s the sprinkles that make it! She is inspired!

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    Megan @ pipandebby — May 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    These look amazing! They’re screaming “summer” to me!!

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    Lindsay — May 24, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I do love me a good chocolate chip cookie…add ice cream to the mix and it’s like heaven. Thanks :)

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    Peggy — May 24, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Yum! These look amazing and I love your cookie recipe! Sounds like a winner to me =)

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    kita — May 24, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Love the ramekin idea!! Chip-wich are my favorite. :D

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    Lauren — May 24, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Oh My Word……yummmmm. How perfect for the warmer days to come.

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — May 24, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I have a huge soft spot for ice cream sandwiches… but it definitely has to be consumed on a beach. :-)

    • Rachel — May 24th, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

      If I had a beach nearby, I’d totally have to agree with you. I’d create my own mini oasis but I don’t think hubs would appreciate the mess.

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    Joy — May 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Those are adorable.

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    Belinda @zomppa — May 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    How can I hate you when you got this??

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    The Chocolate Priestess — May 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I should try to make ice cream sandwiches this year.

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    Irina@thecoffeebreak — May 24, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    They look so irresistible! YUM!

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    Carrie - Pure and Yummy — May 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    These look fantastic and the cookie looks and sounds amazing! At a minimum I am going to have to try the cookie recipe! :) Thanks for sharing!

    • Rachel — May 24th, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

      Yes at the bare minimum the cookies are a MUST! :)

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    Kate@Diethood — May 24, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Oh my goodness, these are awesome! I am definitely going to make these…YUM!!

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    The Farmers Wife — May 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Not only do the cookies themselves look perfect, but those ice cream sandwich’s look fantastic!!

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    Kneady Sweetie — May 24, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    What a great idea! These look so cute!

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious — May 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    These look amazing! This is definately a pity party I would want to attend if these are being served. Love the little choco chips- remind me of my favorite- Chipwhich!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — May 24, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Oh man these look good! I kind of want to run out to the grocery store to get some ice cream now. Wonderful summer treat!

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    Annie — May 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Good call on the ramekins. I’ve made ice cream cake before and did the same thing with a cake pan. I would say that my only requirement for an ice cream sandwich would be a chewy cookie. Yours look super yummy!

    • Rachel — May 24th, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

      I need to make an ice cream cake sometime! That’d be so fun. As for the cookies – I totally agree, chewy all the way. These are crazy good cookies… just don’t put em in the freezer long if at all ha but that’d be the case with any homemade cookie I think.

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    Stephanie - Chocolate and Toast — May 24, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Yummy! And you reminded me of my favorite tool for making ice cream sandwiches – a hamburger patty press! I bought one from Tupperware a bunch of years ago specifically for ice cream sandwiches and totally forgot about it. Must find it now!

    • Rachel — May 24th, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

      Good call! I don’t have any of those but I meant to buy some a summer or two ago. Will have to keep that in mind! I love multi-purpose tools even if they’re used for crazy purposes they’re not truly intended for ha.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — May 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    These are one of my husbands favorite ice cream treats. I can’t remember the last time I made them – I am going to have to follow this recipe soon!!

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    Kristi Rimkus — May 24, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    What a fun idea to make your own ice cream sandwiches. I can see kids having fun putting these together!

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    Happy When Not Hungry — May 24, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    These ice cream sandwiches look delicious! I love how your rolled them in sprinkles and chocolate chips. Yum!

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    Tiffany — May 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    No one would hate you for using store bought ice cream! LOL! These look wonderful!

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    Cookin' Canuck — May 25, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    These would be the perfect summertime treats. My kids would go crazy over the sprinkles.

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    Aggie — May 25, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    We got so sucked into that pity party didn’t we?? LOL

    These look awesome girl. I would make my kids day with these yummies.

    • Rachel — May 26th, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

      We totally did. I think I would’ve been sent to the couch to sleep if it lasted much longer! lol

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    Valerie — May 26, 2011 at 7:01 am

    I love it! I think i’ll make them soon, they’ll be most welcome during summer!!

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    briarrose — May 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Mile high ice cream sandwiches…I would totally kill for one of these right now…..especially with all those glorious sprinkles. A perfect reward for mowing in the unseasonable blazing inferno today. ;)

    • Rachel — May 26th, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

      You absolutely need to treat yourself to one this weekend then! :)

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    megan — May 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Made the cookies today and you are right! They are delicious!! I think it’s my favoriate chocolate chip cookie recipe! Thanks!

    • Rachel — May 27th, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

      Thanks for coming back to tell me! So glad you like them. They’re my absolute fav too when it comes to chocolate chip. :)

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — May 30, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Now you’ve got me thinking about what would be my perfect cookie for an ice cream sandwich. Yours look great.

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    Diana — June 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    tried this recipe today and they are amazingly delicious!!! thank you Rachel! :-)

    • Rachel — June 2nd, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

      Yay! So glad you like them :)

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    Foodness Gracious — June 4, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Amazing and simple to boot, love the blog!

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    Lindsey — June 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Rachel!

    My sister and I made the last night and they were awesome! We used a different cookie recipe but we used all of your tips for making the actual sandwich part!

    We originally saw the photo on pinterest!

    Lindsey
    http://www.inspiredbypinterest.blogspot.com

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    Angie @ Bigbearswife — July 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I made some cookie ice cream sandwiches a while ago! they are so good! I was just thinking this afternoon how I wish I had some left!

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