Sweet Sandwiches for Breakfast, Snacks, and (Especially) Dessert

Photo: Bryan Gardner

We've sandwiched all kinds of delicious fillings between bread, cookies, crepes, and more.

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nutella and banana pockets served on a green plate
Lennart Weibull

There is more to the sandwich than lunch. Sure, it's a simple solution when you need a meal that can be picked up easily and eaten without too much mess, but the concept of two slices of bread enclosing a filling works as well when we need a treat as when we need something for sustenance. Here we've gathered a delicious selection of dessert sandwiches, everything from French toast to crepes to nutella and banana pockets, seen here, to clever takes on the s'more and classic ice cream sandwiches.

Classic sandwich cookies like fancy macarons and tender whoopie pies are great, and we all know how well they go down with a glass of milk or cup of coffee, but since we believe the filling of a sandwich is as important what is used to sandwich it, we've compiled a set of sweet sandwiches that go beyond creamy frosting fillings. Most of these treats can be taken out for a spin to the park or on a picnic; some are perfect brunch fare. If you have less of a sweet tooth, and cheese with fruit is your dessert of choice, there are sandwiches for you, too.

Of course, an ice cream sandwich is the all-American summertime classic. Many of us grew up on Good Humor and Hood's paper-wrapped, ice cream sandwiches, the soft chocolate wafers sticking to the block of fluffy vanilla ice cream between them, eaten on the playground or in the school cafeteria. There are three versions to choose from here.

The beauty of a sandwich has always been that you give up any formalities; you don't have to sit down and make table talk, and you can forget about forks and knives. So, for a relaxed, sweet ending to any gathering, hand out a few extra napkins and share in the good times.

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Banana-Nut French Toast

Banana-Nut French Toast Sandwiches

You know it's a special meal when someone has taken the time to make French toast for you. In this case, it's even more special because the bread is loaded with a gooey brown sugar-banana mixture before being sandwiched, dipped, and fried.

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Coconut Crepes with Fresh Mangoes


Looking for a dainty sandwich? Triangles of coconut-milk crepes enclose freshly sliced mango for a delicate breakfast, snack, or dessert.

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Apple-Honey-Almond Sandwich

Aaron Dyer

When we say the filling is important, we mean it. Sweet doesn't always mean sugar, and it doesn't always mean dessert. You decide if you want this sandwich open or closed.

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Sweet Potato and Marshmallow Sandwich


If you can eat marshmallows with Thanksgiving dinner, then it seems you should be able enjoy this sweet potato sandwich just about any time you like.

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Wein Palatschinken


This Austrian custard and whipped cream delight makes a decadent sandwich for teatime or dessert.

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Brownie-and-Peanut-Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches


A good brownie is one of the best ice cream sandwich elements to keep on file. If you can't find peanut butter ice cream, vanilla ice cream can easily be softened and swirled with creamy peanut butter to make a salty-sweet filling.

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Lemon-Spice Ice Cream Sandwiches

Bryan Gardner

Here is an ice cream sandwich of understated sophistication, and a great all-round cookie layer to sandwich the flavors of your choice.

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Marshmallow Cookie Sandwiches


When you want to pull out all the stops, try this decadent, festive "Moon Pie." The homemade graham wafers are dipped in chocolate and peanuts before sandwiching a pillowy square of fresh marshmallow.

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Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

heart cookie sandwich valentines
Zubin Shroff

To recreate the ice cream sandwich of your childhood you'll need this soft chocolate cookie. Once baked, it can be cut into any shape you like, but these heart shapes couldn't be sweeter.

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Hazelnut S'mores Sandwich

Andrew Purcell

When is a s'more more than a s'more? When it's a filling for a sandwich! This is campfire brilliance! The crumbled graham crackers provide added texture, and everything is enclosed in grilled bread.

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