What happens when you take the concept of the classic ice cream sandwich and give it an over-the-top homemade twist? True happiness is born. If you've never made ice cream sandwiches at home before, you have no idea about the endless possibilities of dessert bliss that await you.
We're not talking your average chocolate shortbread style cookie with a vanilla or Neapolitan filling. Oh no. We're talking Nutella ice cream stuffed between salted pretzel chocolate chip cookies and mini strawberry rhubarb pies with a strawberry ice cream center. We're talking cinnamon and sugar dusted churros stuffed with ice cream!
Okay, rather than keep going, I'll let these 14 homemade ice cream sandwiches do all the talking. Grab your ice cream scooper, you're going to need it.
1. Homemade Samosa Ice Cream
If your favorite Girl Scout cookie is the Samosa, then you are going to want to devour these. Vanilla ice cream is sandwiched between two shortbread cookies that have a coating of coconut caramel and are dipped and drizzled with chocolate. Talk about irresistible.
2. No Churn Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwich
No summer is complete without an ice cream sandwich and we've got just the one for you, this No Churn Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwich. Fresh blueberry ice cream is sandwiched between two giant oatmeal cookies, and the best part is, no ice cream maker is required. Get the recipe here.
3. Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches
Can you resist the sugary cinnamon goodness of a churro? How about a scoop of ice cream? Me neither. These ice cream sandwiches combine the best of both worlds in one bite.
4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Stuffed Waffle and Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich
Homemade waffles plus homemade chocolate chip cookie dough plus a scoop of chocolate ice cream?! I believe the appropriate response to this is oh heck yes!
5. Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Spoil the family and treat them to a massive ice cream cookie sandwich. Take your favorite Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, load on your favorite store-bought ice cream like peanut butter ice cream or chocolate chip ice cream, and go to town.
Chef's Note: While this recipe uses Otis Spunkmeyer, your favorite homemade cookie or cookie brand will do. And for an extra bonus, roll the sides in your favorite ice cream topping.
6. Homemade Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches
If you just so happen to love Oreos, then go cookie monster crazy with this recipe. Getting a triple whammy, this recipe calls for an Oreo cookie crust, Oreo cookie ice cream, and Oreo cookies for garnish. Skip the milk, it's ice cream sandwich time.
7. Chocolate Black Bean Ice Cream Sandwich with Banana and Avocado Ice Cream
For the adult, or child with exceptional eating habits, there's this recipe. Not too sweet, a healthy yet tasty banana and avocado "ice cream" is smashed between two protein packed chocolate black bean cookies. You'll be surprised how much you dig this low-sugar version of the classic dessert.
8. Chocolate-Dipped Coffee Ice Cream Glazed Doughnut Sandwich
This may be over-the-top, but we don't care. It's got coffee ice cream, a glazed donut, and chocolate. We'll hit the gym tomorrow, today is doughnut ice cream sandwich day.
9. Snickerdoodle Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich
If you loved snickerdoodles and waffles as much as I did as a child, then you'll want to try this recipe. Prepare the waffles by brushing with butter then dipping in cinnamon and sugar. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top then top it with another waffle. Drizzle on some syrup and grab a fork because you're going to need it.
10. Salted Pretzel Nutella Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich
Let me just say this, gooey homemade pretzel thumb-printed chocolate chip cookies and rich Nutella ice cream. If you were to look up the word irresistible in the dictionary, I'm pretty sure that's the definition.
11. Raspberry Brownie-Ice Cream Sandwich
When you're a child, your ice cream sandwich usually involves a chocolate shortbread type cookie and either vanilla ice cream or Neapolitan ice cream. When you're an adult, it comes in an elegant form like this.
12. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches
It's not all about the chocolate. Just look at this strawberry rhubarb sandwich. It's springtime comfort all wrapped up in one deliciously sweet dessert.
13. S'mores Ice Cream Sandwich
You don't need to have kids as an excuse to make these s'mores. Celebrate the sweetness of life and sandwich a fluffy golden brown marshmallow in between two graham crackers with your favorite ice cream flavor and some chocolate to match.
14. Strawberry Shortcake Ice cream Sandwiches
If you're as obsessed with strawberry shortcake as I am, you are going to be overly delighted with this great recipe. Strawberry ice cream is made from scratch then loaded in between two homemade sugar cookies.
While you may be tempted to assemble these as soon as the cookies come out of the oven, it's best to let them cool completely on a wire rack so you don't wind up with melted ice cream. I know it's hard, but it's worth the wait.