Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes: The Defining Dessert of Summer
Cookies and ice cream are two favorite desserts, so it's no surprise that the marriage of these two, ice cream sandwiches, is such a winning combination. Remember running across the beach as the musical ice cream truck came rolling across the gravel parking lot? You'd grab an ice cream sandwich for $1 and peel away the paper wrapper as the soft chocolate wafer stuck to your fingers. Experience that same nostalgic feeling with these homemade versions of the childhood classic. Ice cream sandwiches will win the sweet tooth in everyone.
While you can certainly follow recipes for our favorite summer dessert, consider improvising and creating your own unlikely match. Sandwich together mild, not-too-sweet green-tea ice cream between crunchy, kicky ginger cookies. Count on it to bring unexpected fun and flavor to any get together. If you're more of a traditionalist, these Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches will hit the spot, as will a twist on the ultimate chocolate and mint combo, grasshopper pie. We also like the Coconut and Almond Ice Cream Sandwiches pictured here. Made with two kinds of homemade cookies—chocolate and chocolate-chocolate chunk—and store-bought coconut ice cream or sorbet, it's a simple but satisfying combination to put together. Finish with this spectacular edging of candied almonds or toasted coconut.
For a fruity taste of summer, consider making Lemon-Spice Ice Cream Sandwich or a lighter Ice Cream Sandwich with Raspberry Frozen Yogurt, which combines adult tastes in a kid-sized snack. If you really want to wow, smoosh together two fan-favorites in the form of our Ice Cream Waffle Sandwich (yes, really!).
The best part of all these desserts is that they're the ultimate make-ahead, freezer-safe delight. Pro-tip: for easy scooping, soften the ice cream slightly. Then press between the cookies and serve, or re-freeze until firm, if desired.