Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

5 from 19 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cooling Time: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
ice cream sandwich cookies

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Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches are a quick and easy dessert option that you can throw together before dinner and have ready when it is time for dessert. Truly easy, use the ingredients you have on hand to make a fun and fantastic ice cream treat that the whole family will love.

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The homemade ice cream sandwiches recipe has been around forever, however the first commercial variety was sold in Pennsylvania around 1945. Find out all the details here.


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What We Love About This Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

These sandwiches are so much more economical and customizable to your family’s taste, they will be a true favorite. Use giant cookies or mini cookies depending on your ideal dessert.

  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or freezer.
  • Family Friendly: You can customize the size and flavors, making it an ideal family treat.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-cal, low-fat or dairy free, etc.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: They last a few weeks so have an ice cream treat any time.
ingredients needed to make the ice cream cookie sandwiches recipe

Ingredient Notes

  • Ice Cream: Vanilla, chocolate or your favorite flavor
  • Cookies: 16 cookies store bought or homemade. The best cookies for ice cream sandwiches are a firmer, crispy cookie.
  • Toppings: Mini chocolate chips, walnut pieces, coconut flakes, sprinkles, etc.
a stack of several different versions of an ice cream sandwich cookie

Equipment Needed

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

These are the basic steps for making Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

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STEP 1: PREP

First, prep all your decorative ingredients by placing them in bowls that are big enough to get the cookies into. Place ice cream on the bottom side of one cookie then top with the bottom side of another cookie.

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STEP 2: DECORATE

Roll the cookie in the decorative toppings of your choosing, then wrap the cookies and place in the freezer for at least 10 minutes.

STEP 3: SERVE

Finally, when you are ready to serve, unwrap and allow to thaw slightly.

Prep and Storage Tips for Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

These are ideal to make in advance. Wrap in wax or parchment paper and then in plastic wrap, and store in an airtight container in the fridge. When assembling these sandwiches work in small batches to keep everything as cold as possible.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store the wrapped sandwiches in the freezer until ready to serve, then allow to sit out for a minute or two to soften slightly before serving.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches will last up to six weeks in the freezer. Wrap individually then place in an airtight container so they do not get crushed.

Frequently Asked Questions about Ice Cream Sandwich Cookie

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Use a KETO, low sugar or low-fat ice cream. Sugar Free Cookies and candies. It still makes a great treat.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT CANDIES?

Of course, try using Reese’s pieces, mini peanut butter cups, junior mints or whichever candy pairs well with your cookies and ice cream flavors.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, make the amount that you need for your family, or better yet, for a fun party treat.

HOW TO WORK WITH THESE INGREDIENTS?

Really the colder the better, therefore freeze the cookies if you have time, also try putting the ingredients back into the freezer if they are melting too much.

six  homemade ice cream sandwiches on a white platter

Expert Tips for Making This Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches Recipe

  • Ice Cream: Strawberry, chocolate or mint chocolate chip, choose your favorite
  • Add Different flavored chips: butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, dark chocolate chips can be great in this recipe
  • Nuts: Almond slivers, macadamia nuts, pecans or peanuts are so good in this recipe
  • Cereal: Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Pebbles or your child’s favorite
  • Alternate ingredient: Sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, peanut butter cookies are a great alternative cookie
  • Dietary consideration tip: Dairy free ice cream can be used in this ice cream sandwich recipe

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ice cream sandwich cookies

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

5 from 19 votes
Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches are a quick and easy dessert option that you can throw together before dinner and have ready when it is time for dessert. Truly easy, use the ingredients you have on hand to make a fun and fantastic ice cream treat that the whole family will love.
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooling Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • Half Gallon Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 16 cookies Store-bought MnM’s
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Coconut flakes
  • Sliced almonds
  • Walnut pieces
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  • Put your toppings into individual bowls.
  • Turn a cookie upside-down and put a scoop of ice cream onto it.
  • Place another cookie on top, right-side-up, pressing gently.
  • Use a knife or icing spatula to even out any ice cream that has come out of the sandwich.
  • Roll into the topping of your choice.
  • If it doesn’t seem to stick, use your hand to press the topping onto the ice cream.
  • Place the finished ice cream sandwich on a cookie sheet covered with a piece of parchment paper.
  • Put in the freezer for 10-20 minutes to harden.
  • Store by wrapping each ice cream sandwich in a piece of parchment paper and place in a gallon freezer storage bag.
  • Store ice cream sandwiches for a few weeks.
  • When you are ready to have one, place it on a plate at room temperature for a few minutes before eating, as the cookies will be hard.

Expert Tips

 
  • Ice Cream: Strawberry, chocolate or mint chocolate chip, choose your favorite
  • Add Different flavored chips: butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, dark chocolate chips can be great in this recipe
  • Nuts: Almond slivers, macadamia nuts, pecans or peanuts are so good in this recipe
  • Cereal: Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Pebbles or your child’s favorite
  • Alternate ingredient: Sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, peanut butter cookies are a great alternative cookie
  • Dietary consideration tip: Dairy free ice cream can be used in this ice cream sandwich recipe

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches”

  1. 5 stars
    These were heavenly! We had them instead of cake at our family birthday dinner. Instead of nuts, I chopped M&Ms for the sides. These were a definite win and loved by young and old alike. Thank you!

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