When it comes to making an easy, no bake dessert recipe it doesn’t get much easier than making a Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich. Soft vanilla ice cream gets smashed between two chocolate chip cookies.
Then the exposed sides of ice cream are rolled into bits of crushed up toffee or mini chocolate chips. Once they firm up in the freezer, you will have a delicious dessert to share with someone special.
This is an easy recipe that includes only 3 ingredients. However, there are a few helpful tips to make sure that it comes together easily. In addition, there are many variations of flavor and textures that you can choose to make it unique to your taste and dietary preferences.
Best Type of Cookies To Use For Ice Cream Sandwiches
Chocolate Chip Cookies: These classic cookies are a popular choice for ice cream sandwiches. Their slightly chewy texture pairs well with creamy ice cream.
Sugar Cookies: Sugar cookies are also a good option. Not only are the sweet, they can also be flavored with a variety of extracts, such as vanilla or almond. Because these cookies can be formed into fun shapes you can add and can add some extra personality to your ice cream sandwich.
Oatmeal Cookies: Oatmeal cookies are a hearty choice that add some extra texture to your ice cream sandwich. They cinnamon flavor pairs well with the vanilla ice cream.
Peanut Butter Cookies: Peanut butter cookies are a rich and flavorful option as well. Although peanut butter cookies tend to be on the crumbly side the moisture from the ice cream helps hold them together.
Shortbread Cookies: Although not as common as the other varieties you can also use shortbread cookies. The buttery flavor pairs well with both ice cream and the toffee chips.
What Flavor of Ice Cream To Use
Now that you know that you can use other types of cookies besides chocolate chip to make ice cream sandwiches, now it is time to determine what type of ice cream to use. The classic choice that pairs well with any type of cookie is vanilla ice cream.
However chocolate ice cream is also a rich and decadent option that pairs well with chocolate chip cookies, as well as other chocolate-based cookies.
Want something a little fruitier? Strawberry ice cream is a sweet and fruity option. It pairs well with sugar cookies, shortbread cookies, and other light, buttery cookies.
Mint chocolate chip ice cream is another refreshing option that pairs well with chocolate chocolate chip cookies. It just happens to be one of my favorites.
However, one of the favorite substitutions to make with this specific recipe is coffee ice cream. It is a bold and flavorful option that pairs well with both chocolate chip cookies and the toffee bits.
Ultimately, the best ice cream for your cookie ice cream sandwich will depend on your personal taste, and also the flavor profile you want to create. Feel free to experiment with different flavors and combinations until you find your perfect match!
Non-Dairy Ice Cream Option
And if you are wondering if you cake make cookie ice cream sandwiches with plant-based ice cream the answer is yes! There are many delicious non-dairy ice cream options available today. From almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, to oat milk and more!
However when choosing a plant-based ice cream you may want to consider the flavor and texture of the ice cream. Some plant-based ice creams can be more icy or less creamy than traditional dairy ice cream. Therefore you may want to experiment with different brands and flavors to find the one that works best for your recipe.
Gluten Free Option
There are also many store-bought gluten-free cookie options available at grocery stores and specialty food stores. Just be sure to check the ingredients label to make sure they are truly gluten-free.
And the same holds true when it comes to purchasing ice cream. Various preservatives and/or additives have hidden wheat products so it is best to verify to make sure that they are truly gluten free.
How To Soften Ice Cream
The amount of time that ice cream should sit out to make cookie ice cream sandwiches can vary depending on a few factors. It will vary on the temperature of the ice cream and the consistency you are looking for.
In general, you want the ice cream to be soft enough to spread evenly onto the cookie. However not so soft that it becomes too melty or difficult to work with. Depending on the temperature of your freezer, this could take anywhere from 5-20 minutes.
One method you can use to soften the ice cream is to remove it from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature. Do this for a few minutes, or until it begins to soften around the edges. You can also scoop the ice cream into a bowl and use a spoon to stir it until it reaches a spreadable consistency.
However it’s important not to let the ice cream sit out for too long. If it sits out too long it can melt too much and become too soft to work with. If the ice cream becomes too soft, place it back in the freezer for a few minutes to firm up before continuing.
Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe
*A printable recipe card is located at the bottom of this article which contains the specific measurements, temperatures and cook times. However, continue reading below to learn about more helpful tips about this specific recipe.
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- 4 chocolate chip cookies
- 1/4 cup Heath Candy Bar Toffee Bits or mini chocolate chips
Set the ice cream on the counter and let it sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes. You want it soft enough to scoop but not so that it is melting. While you wait for the ice cream to soften place the toffee candy bits on a small plate and set aside.
Place 2 cookies, flat sides up on a cutting board and use a large cookie scoop to place 1 scoop of ice cream on each cookie. Place the remaining 2 cookies, flat side down onto the ice cream and press down until the cream reaches the edge of the cookie sandwich.
Then to finish off your chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches roll the edge in the toffee bits, using your hand to press the bits lightly into the side so that they stick.
Immediately, place the sandwiches in the freezer and freeze until firm. Wrap each one with wax paper and store in the freezer until ready to serve.
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- 1 pint vanilla ice cream,
- 4 chocolate chip cookies
- 1/4 cup Heath Candy Bar Toffee Bits (or mini chocolate chips)
- Set the ice cream at room temperature for about 15 minutes, until it’s soft enough to scoop but not is not melting. Place the toffee candy bits on a small plate and set aside.
- Place 2 cookies, flat sides up on a cutting board and. Use a large cookie scoop and place 1 scoop of ice cream on each cookie.
- Place the remaining 2 cookies, flat side down onto the ice cream and press down until the cream reaches the edge of the cookie sandwich.
- Roll the edge of each ice cream cookie sandwich in the toffee bits, using your hand press the bits lightly into the side so that they stick.
- Immediately, place the sandwiches in the freezer and freeze until firm. Wrap each one with wax paper and store in the freezer until ready to serve.
You can use a variety of cookies for this recipe including, chocolate chip, chocolate chunk, peanut butter, sugar, snickerdoodle or oatmeal raisin cookies.
Switch up the vanilla ice cream for other flavors such as toffee, coffee infused, mint chocolate chip, peanut butter or any other variety that you prefer.
Recipe provided by iCookfortwo.com
Nutrition InformationYield 2
Amount Per Serving Calories 750Total Fat 39gSaturated Fat 18gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 70mgSodium 370mgCarbohydrates 93gFiber 3gSugar 67gProtein 10g
Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.