Last weekend I made ice cream sandwiches for my best friend’s baby shower and thought I’d share the deets. These are so simple! I had never made them before but now I think they’ll be my go-to dessert, especially in the summer months. If you’re short on time but want to make something fun and a little different, these are for you!
What you’ll need:
- cookies (homemade or store-bought)
- ice cream
- ice cream scoop
- food colouring & sprinkles or additional toppings to roll the edges in (optional)
- small spoon or something to smooth the edges of the ice cream
- parchment lined cookie sheet
I put blue food colouring in half of the ice cream sandwiches, because my friend is having a BOY! There are so many delicious combinations you could create, this time I went with chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream.
Step 1: Lay out ingredients and supplies and allow the ice cream to thaw a bit.
Step 2: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and pop it in the freezer. Once you start making your sandwiches it will help to be able to just put them on an already chilled pan so they can firm up quickly.
Step 3: Pair up the cookies to like sizes so your sandwiches are as symmetrical as possible.
Step 4: Have a few scoops of ice cream pre-scooped so you can get right down to business 😉
Step 5: Place your scoop of ice cream on one side of the cookie. Make sure your ice cream isn’t too soft, but soft enough to be pushed down without being too drippy. Very technical terms being used here.
Step 6: Place the other half of the cookie on top of the ice cream and gently push down.
Step 7: Take a small spoon and run it along the edges of the sandwich to clean up any uneven spots. As the ice cream gets softer, this will be more challenging. Don’t worry too much about making them perfect.
Step 8: Place them in the freezer as soon as you’re finished each one.
Step 9: If you’re doing another colour, put the remainder of your ice cream in a bowl or Kitchen Aid mixer and mix in the food colouring.
*I wanted these to be a pastel blue so I only added 2 drops of the colouring. If you want a marbled look, very lightly mix the colour around, do not thoroughly mix.
Step 9: Repeat the steps above. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours to firm up. Once they are frozen and not sliding around when you touch them, you can transfer them to an airtight container. If you have any leftovers, they will keep in the freezer for at least a week!
Step 10: Keep your ice cream sandwiches in the freezer until you’re ready to serve.
Note: Work fast because once your ice cream softens too much, the cookies will slide around everywhere. Next time if I make a big batch like this again, I’ll do it in two shifts to keep the ice cream from thawing too much. I made 30 sandwiches, used 6 dozen cookies, and one tub of ice cream.
If you make these, send me a photo or let me know how they turned out. I hope you enjoy!