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Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

Updated on April 30, 2013
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Vespa's recipes have appeared in "Midwest Living" & "Taste of Home" magazines. She belongs to "Cook's Recipe Testers" for Cooks Illustrated.

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich
Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich | Source

How to Make Ice Cream Sandwiches

As a child, nothing consoled me like an ice cream sandwich. When the ice cream man puttered down the street, ringing his bell and calling all the neighborhood children outside, my immediate craving was for an ice cream sandwich. It was the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day.

As an adult I still love ice cream sandwiches, although my standards are a bit more stringent now. I prefer sandwiches made with homemade cookies and homemade ice cream. It's not just the textures that do it for me: soft, chewy cookies paired with creamy, smooth ice cream. It's also the bittersweet richness of these fudgy chocolate cookies complemented by the sweet, mild flavor of vanilla that makes this a combo that's hard to beat. In a pinch, purchase a high-quality brand of ice cream and make sandwiches with homemade cookies. See tips at the end of the page for delicious variations. Enjoy!


Table of Contents

  • Tips for Making Homemade Ice Cream

  • Recipe: Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

  • Tips for Making Homemade Cookies

  • Recipe: Fudgy Chocolate Cookies

  • How to Assemble Ice Cream Sandwiches

  • Ice Cream Sandwich Variations

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream | Source

Tips:

  • Choose high quality milk and cream. We prefer organic if available.
  • Be patient while tempering the eggs. Although it may seem unnecessary, this step is important so you don't scramble the eggs and ruin the custard.
  • As soon as the custard passes the coating test, immediately remove from burner, strain and chill.
  • If using a vanilla bean, split the bean and add to milk and cream during the heating process. Reduce vanilla extract to one teaspoon.


4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Fudgy Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 1 quart of vanilla ice cream

Ingredients:

Adapted from The Perfect Scoop, by David Lebovitz


  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar, preferably raw
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

ready to temper eggs and sugar
ready to temper eggs and sugar
coating test--time to chill the custard
coating test--time to chill the custard

Instructions:

  1. In a thick-walled saucepan, heat the milk and cream until steamy. Be careful not to boil.
  2. Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl. A ladleful at a time, slowly pour the heated milk into the egg/sugar mixture, whisking constantly so egg yolks are tempered instead of cooked. Return egg/milk mixture to the saucepan.
  3. Stir the mixture constantly over medium-low heat with a wooden spoon, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the custard thickens and coats the back of the spoon. Drag a finger across the spoon and when the coating doesn't drip, the custard is ready. Remove from heat at once.
  4. Pour hot custard through a medium sieve. Add vanilla extract and salt. Stir.
  5. Chill custard at least eight hours, preferably overnight, before freezing in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.


Fudgy Chocolate Cookies

Fudgy Cookies
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Tips:

  • Don't over-mix the cookie dough. Once you've combined dry and wet ingredients, stir just until dough comes together.
  • For a less sweet version of this recipe, don't roll the cookies in sugar before baking.
  • Be careful not to overbake the cookies.
  • Briefly stashing baked cookies in the freezer prevents messy, melted ice cream during sandwich assembly.
  • Cookies freeze well if you'd like to store them for later use.


chilled cookie dough
chilled cookie dough
ready to bake
ready to bake

Fudgy Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Cookies so fudgy, they're like cookie-shaped brownies


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • extra sugar, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to cream the butter. Add brown and white sugars and mix until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and beat for twenty seconds longer.
  4. Pour dry ingredients into the butter/sugar/egg mixture, beating until just combined.
  5. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Roll teaspoonfuls of dough in the extra sugar.
  7. Put sugared balls on a baking sheet and into the preheated oven.
  8. Bake 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are fragrant and cracked and the edges are beginning to crisp
  9. Cool and store in freezer for at least 30 minutes before preparing sandwiches.


Yield: 2 dozen chocolate cookies

Assembly:

  1. If using store-bought ice cream, soften until it is firm enough to be scooped but soft enough to be shaped.
  2. If using homemade ice cream, chill in a tupperware stored in the freezer until it is of the right consistency.
  3. Place a small scoop of ice cream on one cookie. Place another cookie on top of the ice cream. Gently pressure the cookies between your palms until the ice cream spreads to the outer edges of the cookies to form a sandwich.

Makes 12 fudgy ice cream sandwiches

Bon Appetit!

Variations:

  • Make ice cream sandwiches with your favorite type of cookies: molasses, chocolate chip or sugar cookies. You could even make sandwiches with blondies or brownies.
  • Try different ice cream flavors such as chocolate, coffee or mint chip.
  • Once you've assembled the sandwiches, roll them in mini chocolate chips, mini M&M's or decorative sprinkles so the ice cream layer becomes encrusted with candy.


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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    bestentryDSLR, I´m glad you like the sound of this ice cream sandwich. It´s one of our favorite quick desserts. Enjoy and thanks for coming by.

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    bestentryDSLR 3 years ago

    These look so freaking amazing. I think that this is what I want to eat right now and every weekend. Thanks for the simple recipe. Voted up!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks Peggy W, there's nothing like homemade ice cream sandwiches!

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Came back to read this again and this time will tweet this recipe. Am sure that many people would enjoy this! :)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Moonlake as you can imagine, homemade ice cream sandwiches are a lot more yummy than the kind you buy at the grocery store. You could use any type of cookie and pair it with this homemade vanilla, which is my favorite. Enjoy and thank you for coming by.

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    moonlake 4 years ago from America

    These look so good. I love the ice cream anyway and I like ice cream sandwichs and this reminds me of them. Voted up and more.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Mjkearn, it's nice to meet a fellow ice cream lover. There's nothing like homemade, of course, so I hope you enjoy the recipe. Thanks so much for the votes, share and comment.

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    mjkearn 4 years ago

    Hi vespa

    Absolutely adore this. Love all ice cream, it's my weakness. I'll have to print and file this one. Amazing job. Voted up, all ticks and shared,

    MJ.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Sujithbeta, thanks for your comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ishwaryaa22, I always enjoy hearing from you. I'm glad you enjoyed reading the recipe, even though you don't have the patience to make it. It's so true that sugar is the ultimate comforter! Thanks so much for the vote and share.

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    Sreejith k 4 years ago from Kerala, India

    Yummy. I love ice cream dishes very much. Thanks you for sharing such a recipe

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    Yummy! I have a sweet tooth and love anything that is sweet! You are completely right about sugar being the ultimate comforter. Chocolates, sweets, candies, etc are considered as anti-depressants because of presence of sweetness in them! Your homemade recipe sounds delicious by the way of your drool-worthy photos! I guess I myself have no patience when it comes to making long-procedural recipes! I guess I have to do with organic cookies and ice-cream for a quick recipe! Again I say that nothing beats homemade recipes! Well-done!

    Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Turkic, thanks for coming by!

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    Turkic 4 years ago

    It looks and sounds delicious. Your hubs are great to

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Anjili, ice cream sandwiches are a great treat for kids. Enjoy and thank you for commenting!

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    Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

    This looks good and yummy. I should try it out for my kids one of these days. I never thought of an ice cream sandwich before. Thanks for sharing something to reduce our stress too. Voted up

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    glinnmgraw 5 years ago from India

    First thanks for vespawoolf in good idea for my evening party. We have going GOA to be recipe a party only uses fudge ice cream sandwiches!!!!!!

    Thanks for shairing....

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    Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    I am having a sugar craving just looking at this wonderful recipes. While I am normally a ice cream addict, these cookies look so good and so perfect. I will definately put this on one of the things to make on treat day over the summer.

    Even better... I looked into ice cream makers... and I hinted that I wanted one really really bad so I might get one for Mother's Day! ;)

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for your comment, greatstuff!

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    Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

    This is a great recipe, I have pin it in My favourite recipe folder

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for a great idea, IndieJoe. Next dinner party we have it's going to be ice cream sandwiches!

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    IndieJoe 5 years ago

    The ice cream sandwich is all grown up! This looks like a fun dessert for any dinner party. Thanks for sharing!!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for taking the time to read my recipes, prasetio30!

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    prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

    You make me hungry and I really enjoy your recipes. Ice cream sandwich looks so delicious. Thanks for writing and share with us. Good job and rated up!

    Prasetio

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for dropping by and commenting, Happyboomernurse. I'm glad I met you on HP!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    These look oh so decadent and yummy.

    Have never made my own ice cream but I thought it was cool that you included directions how to do so in this hub.

    Voted up across the board except for funny.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    It's always nice to hear from you, alocsin. Thanks for dropping by and I'm glad the information could be of some use to you. : )

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    alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

    Fortunately, I read this delicious hub after dinner. Unfortunately, it's made me hungry -- so off I go for ice cream. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    You're right, Express10, homemade is always tastier. Thank you for dropping by!

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    H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

    This is a very handy recipe and awesome hub. None of the prepackaged stuff could ever taste like this!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Yes, homemade and grocery store ice cream sandwiches are light years apart. Thank you for dropping by and commenting, Peggy W!

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    Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I can't remember the last ice cream sandwich that I had as it was so long ago. However, it was not homemade like yours. Yours look and sound ever so delicious!!! Thanks! Rated up and useful.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Yes, the cookies freeze well. Just wrap in foil and store in a freezer ziplock. The cookies always get rave reviews from the kids! : )

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    Debbie Roberts 5 years ago from Greece

    Hi vespawoolf, I will let you know for sure although it may not be for a couple of weeks. My daughter your hub as I was reading it yesterday and her little eyes lit up!!

    Do the cookies freeze well?

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for dropping by, Organicpixie, and please let me know what you think of the sandwiches!

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    Organicpixie 5 years ago from London

    I am literally salivating just seeing the picture...haha Homer Simpson moment :) Voted up and going to make this weekend

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Debbie Roberts, thank you for your kind comment. It's nice to meet a fellow ice cream maker, as well! Please let me know what you think of the cookies when you have a chance to try them.

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    Debbie Roberts 5 years ago from Greece

    This recipe is right up my street, I love the sound of the fudgy chocolate cookies with the ice cream. I do make my own icecream, but will certainly be giving the cookies ago.

    The set up of your hub makes for easy reading too.

    Voted up and shared.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    It's nice to hear from you, VendettaVixen, and swap recipes. : )

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    VendettaVixen 5 years ago from Ireland

    This looks so delicious, Vespawoolf!

    This one's going in my recipe folder for sure. Thanks for the fantastic recipe.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for dropping by, Vinaya Ghimire!

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    Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

    Thanks for visiting my page and leaving wonderful comment.

    I enjoyed reading this recipe hub. Ice cream sandwich looks delicious.

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