Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwiches

What do you get when you cross an ice cream obsessed household with leftover gingerbread dough?... Ice Cream Sandwiches!

The concept is so simple, yet the possibilities are endless. You can get as creative as you wish. Cookie type of your choice - Flavor of your choice. But wait! That's not all! Roll that sandwiched deliciousness in any candy or sprinkles and WAHLAA! Your perfect ice cream sandwich.

I had leftover Gingerbread from making Gingerbread Houses so I decided to make my sandwiches with soft and chewy Gingerbread Cookies. I tried two different ice creams and both proved to be a delicious pairing. I used Apple Pie Ice Cream, and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. I garnished the Vanilla Bean with Crushed Candy Cane.

These are great projects for your kids to help with. They are also wonderful to make ahead, wrap individually in saran wrap and pop in the freezer for in a freezer bag.  Pull them out for a late night snack or for company.

The Sky is the Limit!
A few other flavor pairing suggestions:
- Chocolate Chip Cookie and Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich rolled in Mini Chocolate Chips
-Sugar Cookie and Mint Ice Cream rolled in Chocolate Chunks or Candy Cane
-Oatmeal Raisin Cookie and Butter Pecan Ice Cream Rolled in Nuts
-Sugar Cookie with Cheesecake Ice Cream Rolled in Crushed Graham Crackers
Feel Free to suggest more!

Ice Cream Sandwiches

-Gingerbread Cookies or any cookie of your choice
-Ice Cream frozen well - flavor is your choice
-Candy, Sprinkles, Mini Chocolate Chips, etc

-Make a cookie of your choice. Do not over bake. Bendy soft cookies are best. Crunchy cookies are too messy for ice cream sandwiches. I used leftover cookie dough from this Gingerbread Recipe. Rolled the dough in 1 1/2 - 2 inch balls. Pressed them down on cookie sheet to be about 2 1/2- 3 inches wide and baked at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until just starting to crackle on top.(See pic below)...
-If you do not want to make homemade cookies, the store bought break apart and bake will do just fine as well.
-Let cookies cool on wire rack.
-Take one cooled cookie and flip it over so it is bottom up.
-Scoop desired amount of ice cream onto the bottom of the cookie. Press down slightly with spoon.
-Top with the bottom part of a second cookie and gently squeeze until sandwich is your perfect thickness.
-At this point choose if you wish to garnish the ice cream edges with candy, sprinkles, etc.
-Place sandwich on cookie sheet.
-Repeat until all cookie have been used.
-Throughout the sandwich making process you may need to go throw the made sandwiches in the freezer so they don't drip.
-When Sandwiches are made, place them on cookie sheet in the freezer until hardened up nicely again.
-After an hour or so they are ready to eat. Or if you are storing them for the future, wrap each sandwich individually with saran wrap and then toss in a freezer bag in the freezer.

Ready to come out of oven. Just starting to crackle on top.


  1. YUM! I will have to make these with the boys.

    1. Oh yes! Fun for kids to help with assembly and decorate the edges. And easy to do with any soft cookie:)