Thinking about ice cream sandwiches brings me back to my childhood. I remember licking the vanilla icing around the edges, the soft brown cookie closing in on itself, my fingers sticking to the crust. I also remember the first time I had an ice cream sandwich as an adult. I was so surprised at how tiny they were. Either I had gotten bigger, or ice cream sandwiches had gotten smaller since I was a child.
Let me tell you a secret: You can still have an ice cream sandwich as an adult that’s plenty satisfying. All you need are some cookies and ice cream. You just have to put them together, and you have plenty of different options.
So break out your favorite cookies (or cookie recipe), and add some ice cream. The possibilities are endless. Here are some of our faves:
DIY Ice Cream Sandwiches Ingredients
~ Oreo cookies and mint chocolate chip ice cream ~ Sugar cookies with strawberry ice cream ~ Chocolate chip cookies with caramel ice cream ~ Brownies, rolled flat with a rolling pin, and peanut butter ice cream ~ Waffles with peach ice cream ~ Cinnamon rolls with orange sherbet/vanilla ice cream mix (Just cut the cinnamon rolls horizontally through the center). ~ Pancake ice cream sandwiches with maple ice cream ~ Pop tarts and berry ice cream ~ Oatmeal raisin cookies and vanilla ice cream ~ Peanut butter cookies and chocolate ice cream
No matter what DIY ice cream sandwiches you’re putting together, here’s how to do it:
Take the ice cream out of the freezer until it’s soft enough to spread (but not liquidy or runny). Scoop some onto a cookie, and press down with the other cookie to make a sandwich. (Don’t put the ice cream on a warm cookie right out of the oven. Wait for the cookie to cool, or freeze it before adding the ice cream).
For added pizzazz, roll the ice cream sandwiches in a special treat, such as sprinkles, crushed cookies, or nuts.
Place your DIY ice cream sandwiches on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, and return them to the freezer for about 4 hours. Take them back out, wrap them individually with plastic wrap, and store them in the freezer until you’re ready to eat them.