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August 2nd is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, and while it is great to have a day dedicated to this frozen treat, any warm summer day is a good time to celebrate by eating an ice cream sandwich. There are tons of ice cream sandwiches to choose from when you head down the freezer aisle of the grocery store, but it is a lot more fun to make your own. When making your own, you can really customize the flavors of your cookies and your ice cream filling, and you can choose top-quality ingredients, where the storebought varieties often save money by using cookies you wouldn’t eat on their own and “frozen dairy desserts” in place of ice cream. Every time you bake a batch of cookies, stash a couple in the freezer in an airtight bag and you will always have the makings of an ice cream sandwich on hand.
- Make Double Butter Pecan Ice Cream Sandwiches by pairing storebought butter pecan ice cream with homemade Butter Pecan Slice and Bake Cookies. It’s a double whammy of one of ice cream’s most indulgent flavors. Bake thin cookies so that your sandwiches will be more streamlined.
- Make Two Tone Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches by filling pairs of homemade chocolate chip cookies with half a scoop of vanilla ice cream and half a scoop of chocolate. Eat right up the middle to get a combination of both flavors, or eat one side before the other to get two different desserts in one!
- These Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are made with lower fat (but still just as delicious) cookies and showcase how you can make an indulgent treat a little lighter by baking the cookies yourself. I like raisins for a classic oatmeal cookie feel, but chocolate chips can be a great alternative.
- Try S’mores Ice Cream Sandwiches by sandwiching homemade Marshmallow Ice Cream and chocolate sauce between two graham crackers. Grahams soften nicely when they’re paired with ice cream, so you get the flavor in a sandwich that is easy to eat. I recommend chocolate sauce because it is easier to pair with ice cream than melted chocolate is.
- Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches are for chocolate lovers. Brownies aren’t quite cookies, but they do make a fantastic base for an ice cream sandwich. Homemade brownies make the best sandwiches when they’re sliced in half, so that the layers aren’t too thick. Substitute mint chocolate chip for your favorite ice cream flavor to mix things up!
Remember that you can always store ice cream sandwiches in the freezer for later, so don’t hesistate to make a big batch and individually wrap all of your sandwiches in a little bit of plastic wrap so that they’re ready to go when you’re in the mood for an outrageous ice cream sandwich.
You can make ice cream sandwiches at home with any two cookies and any kind of ice cream. These homemade ice cream sandwiches are always tasty, but they don’t have the same kind of appeal as those rectangular ice cream sandwiches that come in paper wrappers that you can find at ice cream trucks (and that so many of us ate as kids). Those rectangular sandwiches may not have been made with premium ice cream, but they set the standard for ice cream sandwiches with their look. Wilton’s Ice Cream Sandwich Pan allows you to easily recreate those classic cookies at home for rectangular ice cream sandwiches that you can make easily and completely from scratch.
The nonstick pan bakes rectangular cookies for six ice cream sandwiches (12 cookies) per batch. Each cavity is about 1/4-inch deep and has a waffle pattern that decorates each cookie as it bakes. The pan comes with two recipes for ice cream sandwich cookie bases, though you can use it with other brownie and cookie recipes if you want to do a little experimenting. You can even pour a little bit of cake batter into the pan for a softer ice cream sandwich. Regardless of the recipe you use, the cavities should not be filled all the way to the top if you don’t want your cookies to be too thick. The cookies release well and, as soon as they have cooled, they are ready to become ice cream sandwiches with the ice cream of your choice.
I love a good ice cream sandwich, and while you can simply buy a box in the freezer department of the grocery store, you get a lot more options when you make them yourself. I like to bake a batch of cookies and stock my freezer full of homemade ice cream sandwiches instead of buying them. I get better cookies this way (since the cookies in store-bought sandwiches are often “throwaway cookies” that aren’t great) and can make them in any flavor I want, for a perfectly satisfying treat on a summer afternoon. These Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are something that you will usually find in my freezer, and they feature an addictive combination of cinnamon-kissed oatmeal cookies and vanilla ice cream.
The cookie is the most important part of an ice cream sandwich because it holds everything together and is the main flavor in the sandwich. It should be sturdy enough to hold together while you eat the sandwich, but tender enough that you can bite through the cookie easily. I prefer to make a chewier cookie when I’m going to make ice cream sandwiches, because crunchy cookies often get too hard to easily bite through when frozen. These oatmeal cookies are a variation on my lower fat oatmeal cookie recipe, made with some applesauce or yogurt in the cookie dough that helps keep the cookies very moist and tender. The cookies are good plain and when made with raisins, which add some extra sweetness to each bite of the ice cream sandwich, but you could mix things up by using other dried fruits or chopped nuts in the cookie dough, too.
I used storebought vanilla ice cream in these sandwiches. I would rather put my time into baking a batch of cookies from scratch, then take advantage of the convenience of using a (good quality) storebought ice cream with them. Vanilla goes with just about every cookie flavor you might come up with, not to mention almost every dessert out there, so I always have some in my freezer. Feel free to mix things up by using chocolate, rocky road, strawberry or any other ice cream flavor that sounds promising to make your own ice cream cookie creations!
An ice cream sandwich is a delightful hot weather treat, and they’re even more enjoyable when you can put together your own. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to bake your cookies and churn your ice cream from scratch (although that is always a good option). Instead, it means that when you are assembling your own sandwiches you have full control over the cookie flavors and the ice cream you use, so you can come up with flavor combinations that are unique to you. Cuisipro’s Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Presses are little tools designed to help you make bite sized ice cream sandwiches quickly and easily. The press is very easy to use. It is made of plastic and you simply press the open end down onto a cookie, brownie, blondie or other baked good to cut out the base of your sandwich. Next, you can scoop some ice cream right into the press using the open end like a scoop. Finally, you push the press into another cookie to seal the sandwich. You will need to move the plunger back between steps to make sure that there is enough room in the press for all of your components, then you can use the plunger to slide your sandwich out when it is finished.
The finished sandwiches with these presses are almost too cute to eat, but their small size means you never have to feel guilty. The best part about them is that they are going to increase the number of ice cream sandwiches in your life because you will be a lot more likely to make, serve, store and eat these little sandwiches all summer long.
Ice cream sandwiches are a fun summertime treat. They’re easy to make, because you can take just about any pair of cookies and stuff them full of whatever ice cream you have in the freezer for an instant ice cream sandwich. Now, some types of cookies work better as ice cream sandwiches than others. You want cookies that are tender, slightly soft and fairly thin. This results in ice cream sandwiches that you can fit in your mouth and won’t be hard as rocks when you make them in advance and store them in the freezer! But brownies often work better than cookies. Not only does chocolate go with just about every flavor of ice cream out there, but brownies are more tender than cookies and tend to make a softer, easier to eat ice cream sandwich that most cookies do.
These Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches are definitely a great choice for ice cream sandwich lovers. The brownies are rich and chocolaty, with a hint of cakiness to them that helps keep them easy to bite into even after freezing (great when you don’t have a whole lot of patience for digging into that sandwich!). The brownies are baked in a 9×13 pan and, after cooling, the whole batch of brownies is cut in half. Softened ice cream is spread onto on half of the brownies and the second half is stacked on top. Chill the whole thing and then use a sharp knife to divide up the block into small ice cream sandwiches. The brownie layers are still relatively thick (especially compared to a store bought ice cream sandwich), but I definitely like to have a good brownie:ice cream ratio.
I used mint chocolate chip ice cream inside of these brownies and added a little peppermint extract to the brownie batter, as well. The mint chocolate brownies will still go nicely with chocolate or vanilla ice cream, but omit the mint extract if you prefer to use something like peach ice cream or rocky road as your filling. If you really want to make the brownie layer thinner, cut the sheet in half, chill the brownies slightly and use a large, serrated knife to cut them in half horizontally. You’ll get less brownie in each sandwich, but you’ll end up with twice as many sandwiches this way!