What’s Your Favorite Flavor Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

I just made three flavors of Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches–mmmm!  My husband and kids think this was the best recipe experiment ever! They were supposed to be ice cream bars but, well….  I’ll explain that later.

Stacked Ice Cream Sandwiches

Stacked Ice Cream Sandwiches

I should have learned my lesson two years ago in an earlier iteration of the Picnic Game (at Louise’s Months of Edible Celebrations blog).  That year, I had a brand new recipe to make for my letter, “L”.  How dangerous could a new recipe be?  I failed, failed again, then made something completely different–and far less exciting.

This year I decided to try making homemade ice cream bars and didn’t think twice.  Then I got a strange sense of déjà vu, as in… how many different ways can chocolate fall off ice cream?  The answer was three, then I gave up.

Now we all know that the classic definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.  But I think failing three times in different ways, then trying a fourth might be pretty close.

Ice Cream Bar Failure #2

Ice Cream Bar Failure #2

So I switched to ice cream sandwiches.  One way or another I was going to get my ice cream!  The first cookies were so hard that all the ice cream squished out when we bit in. But I persisted…

Ice Cream Sandwiches on Outdoor Table

Ice Cream Sandwiches on Outdoor Table

And I did it!!!  Once I got the hang of it, it was even easy!

And what’s more fun than an ice cream sandwich filled with your favorite premium flavor?  Chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate peppermint chunk, brownie fudge… Ben and Jerry’s was even on sale–must be fate!  Of course if you want to make this healthier, you could always make these with frozen yogurt.  But, hey, the picnic game only comes once a year!  Hmmm, do you think I’ll need dry ice???

Two flavors of homemade ice cream sandwiches

Two flavors of homemade ice cream sandwiches

So here goes…  I am going on a picnic and I am bringing:
A – Aloo Gobi
B – Blueberry Cucumber Salsa
C Crispy Curry Fried Chicken
D – Dying for Chocolate Chocolate Cake
 
E Eton Mess
F Fish In A Jar
G Golden Pillow Hee Ban
H – Hummingbird Cake
I – Ice Cream Sandwiches

Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwich

Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwich

Homemade Ice cream Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 6T butter
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 c cocoa powder
  • 1/4 t Salt
  • 2 “pints” (even the smaller pints should work) of ice cream or frozen yogurt. Premium ice cream is preferred since it freezes harder.

Directions

1.  Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg and vanilla and mix well.  Blend flour, cocoa powder and salt until well combined.  Blend with butter mixture.

Blending cookie dough

Blending cookie dough

2.  Divide into two balls and chill for a half hour.

3.  Roll out first piece on parchment paper to fit in an 8 x 8 baking pan (mine was actually slightly smaller).   Set the dough topped parchment paper into the baking pan with two ends extending out (which will be used to pull out the final ice cream sandwiches)

 

Roll out sandwich bottom

Roll out sandwich bottom

 

Set into pan

Set into pan

4. Roll out the second piece on to parchment and score into six “sandwich-sized” pieces.  Using a baking thermometer, poke with evenly spaced holes.  Place on a second baking sheet to bake.

Score top dough layer

Score top dough layer

5.  Bake both layers at 325 degrees for about 10 minutes until done but still soft.  Cool slightly, then freeze both layers for at least an hour.  In the meantime, soften the pints of ice cream in the refrigerator.

6.  Remove top and bottom sandwich layers from freezer.  Leave the the bottom (un-scored) cookie layer in the pan and top with softened ice cream.  Set the top (scored) layer on top of the ice cream.  (Don’t worry if the top breaks along the score lines since you’ll be cutting it apart later.)  Cover and place back in the freezer overnight.

Spread ice cream on bottom layer

Spread ice cream on bottom layer

Assemble ice cream sandwich

Top with scored layer

Cover ice cream sandwiches

Cover and place in freezer

7. The next day or when ice cream is very hard, run knife along the sides of pan without the parchment to loosen.  Remove sandwiches from the pan by pulling up on the parchment.  Cut sandwiches apart and wrap each one separately.

Loosen sides of ice cream sandwich pan

Loosen sides of ice cream sandwich pan

Cut ice cream sandwiches outside of pan

Cut ice cream sandwiches outside of pan

8. Eat one to test 😉

Eating Ice Cream Sandwich

Eating Ice Cream Sandwich

Happy Picnicking Everyone!

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37 thoughts on “What’s Your Favorite Flavor Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

  1. Beth

    Those look absolutely wonderful! When I was a kid, ice cream sandwiches were my favorite things. Why haven’t I ever tried to make my own?

  2. Louise

    You did it! You made Ice Cream Sandwiches and lucky for us you’re bringing them to the Picnic! (I don’t think dry ice is needed, they will be gone in seconds!)

    You are persistent, Inger and I congratulate that! I would have given up:) Lucky for me and the rest of the “gang” you didn’t and they look YUMMY!!!

    Thank you for toting them along to the Picnic Game Inger. Just wait until you see how loaded our basket is!!!

    1. Inger

      Once I figured it out it wasn’t hard–the real trick was not baking the cookie part too long, then getting the ingredient amounts to match the pan size. I am pretty sure I’ll do it again, though we have a lot of test ice cream sandwiches to eat first 😉

  3. kitchen flavours

    Wow, your ice cream looks wonderful! My daughter loves mint flavour, especially with chocolate! I’ll bring her to the picnic, she would be the first one to sit on your blanket! See you at the picnic!

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  5. Nee

    Inger , Ice Cream is good no matter hot you eat it … I will try thedse …Hey Igner , do you need another tester , See you at the picnic . 🙂

  6. Kathy

    Nothing is better than Ice cream at a picnic! Your beautiful ice cream sandwiches look perfect! I’ll be looking for your blanket so that I could try one!

    1. Inger

      Your own homemade ice cream would be even better in these! And don’t forget my offer for dinner if you ever redo a kitchen!

  7. kristy

    I am melting away with all the ice cream you guys bring along to the picnic party. Wonder if I can bring some home with me as well ! Slurp…. >o<
    Cheers, Kristy

  8. Zoe

    Despite feeling cold at our Aussie wintery weather, I’m drooling looking at your yummy ice cream stakes. Love to have this at a “real” picnic.

    Zoe

  9. Channon

    Oh I’m glad my husband is out of the room! I’m not going to make these. I am not going to make these. I am not… Wouldn’t they be great with the new chocolate and mint Ben and Jerry’s flavor?

    1. Inger

      You mean the Ben & Jerry’s chocolate peppermint crunch? That’s the chocolate one in the picture 😉 It was a great combo! I think I’ll be doing a coffee chip the next time I make these…

  10. lena

    that’s a delicious ice cream idea with cookie bar! though the picnic is now over, i’m delighted to see how you actually did it with the step pictures, thx for the effort!

    1. Inger

      Thanks Lena. We just finished up the final “test” ice cream sandwiches. Alas with the heat hitting I wish I had more!

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