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Get the best of both worlds in this recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. Made with homemade chocolate chip cookies and storebought vanilla ice cream, they’re the best summertime treat to bring to parties or enjoy on your own!
You’ll never eat cookies and ice cream separately again
When summer is in full swing and you need a sweet and creamy treat to cool you down, turn to these Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. Vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two homemade chocolate chip cookies - what could be better than that?
Toll House Ice Cream Sandwiches were my go-to treat as a kid and made me never want to eat cookies and ice cream separately. As I grew up, I started to crave those rich and chocolatey flavors again! And so began the journey to making homemade cookie ice cream sandwiches and replicating the sweetness from classic Toll House and Chipwich desserts.
The process is quick and easy! The cookies for ice cream sandwiches are chewy with crispy edges, making them sturdy enough to hold the delicious vanilla ice cream in the center. These copycat Chipwich’s are also easy to customize, meaning you can use chocolate, Homemade Sweet Cream, chocolate chip cookie dough, or any kind of ice cream you love!
While this may be the “adult” way of eating a cookie sandwich at home, they’re fun to put together and will make anyone happy. Bring a batch to the party along with my Pretzel and Cereal Bars and Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches for a platter of delightful summer desserts!
What is a cookie ice cream sandwich?
Cookie ice cream sandwiches are frozen desserts made from vanilla ice cream and cookies. Both Toll House Ice Cream Sandwiches and the Crave Better Foods Chipwich sandwich the ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies. It’s an easy copycat dessert you can make at home using any flavor of storebought or homemade ice cream and cookies!
Homemade ice cream sandwich ingredients
You don’t need complicated ingredients to make cookie sandwiches at home. Homemade chocolate chip cookies are easy to make and are the perfect sandwich to surround the storebought ice cream in the middle. This is what you need:
Cookie dough begins with a dry mixture of all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, brown sugar, and white sugar. The two sugars are necessary to get the classic sweet, deep, and molasses-like flavors. Dark brown sugar will give the cookies the most depth, but if you don’t have any, light brown sugar will do.
Next, we need a wet mixture to achieve a soft and gooey chocolate chip cookie. All you need are some eggs, melted unsalted butter, and vanilla extract. Using melted butter as opposed to soft or room temperature in cookie dough will always make a softer dough and a chewier cookie.
The cookie dough will be very wet and loose once it’s put together. This means that chilling the dough in the fridge before baking is crucial! If you skip this step, you’ll end up with cookies that are too thin and crisp.
Spruce up your cookies with a high-quality chocolate chip. I love the Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips because they melt well and spread a bit in the cookie.
For a bit of texture, use a mix of big and mini chocolate chips. The minis are a great choice for decorating the sides sandwiches as well!
The best ice cream for ice cream sandwiches is any kind you love. My favorite is vanilla because it pairs so nicely with the rich and chocolate cookie flavors. Keep things simple using a storebought brand, like Ben & Jerry’s, McConnel’s, and Haagen Dazs, or pull out the ice cream maker to make your own.
How to make cookie ice cream sandwiches from scratch
This easy and fun recipe for homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches is straightforward. Make the cookies, add the ice cream, and freeze for a delicious summertime treat! This is how it’s done:
Step 1: Start making the cookie batter by whisking the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. Whisk the melted butter and sugars together in a separate bowl.
Step 2: Mix the egg and vanilla into the bowl with the butter and sugar.
Step 3: Fold the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients until combined. To finish the batter, fold in the chocolate chips. Cover the bowl and let the dough chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
Step 4: Scoop even balls of the chilled cookie dough onto a prepared baking sheet.
Step 5: Bake the cookies until they're brown around the edges. Let them cool completely before assembling the ice cream sandwiches.
Step 6: To assemble, add ⅓ cup of ice cream to the bottom of one cookie. Top with another cookie and gently press to form a sandwich. Immediately place the sandwiches in the freezer on a baking sheet. Freeze until you're ready to serve!
Decorating cookie ice cream sandwiches
Take these cookie sandwiches up a notch with a few decorations. Coat the edges of the ice cream, dress up the cookie with a drizzle, or dunk the entire sandwich in something delicious! Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Ice cream decoration: Fill a small bowl with mini chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, sprinkles, or nuts. Move the sandwich around in the bowl until each edge of the ice cream layer is covered. Leave them in the freezer to set.
- Cookie drizzle: Once the sandwiches are assembled, drizzle each one with melted chocolate, white chocolate, or caramel. Leave them in the freezer to set.
- Dunk the cookie: Make a chocolate magic shell and dunk half of the frozen sandwich inside. Sprinkle some crushed nuts, sprinkles, or chocolate chips on top then place them in the freezer to set.
Make ahead tips
You’re in luck - every element in this recipe can be prepared ahead of time! It’s great when you’re in a rush and need a dessert in a pinch:
- Make the cookie dough up to 24 hours before baking the cookies. Keep it covered in the bowl in the fridge.
- Chocolate cookies freeze nicely for months when kept in a sealed bag or container.
- Individually wrap the sandwiches in plastic to prevent freezer burn. Freeze them all summer long for an easy treat!
Let's talk dishers, ice cream scoops, or whatever you want to call them! A disher is basically an ice cream scoop that comes in different sizes and either has a thumb press or squeeze handle to help get the food out. If you want to really get into the differences between ice cream scoops and dishes Websteraunt Store has a great article.
For this recipe, I recommend using two different-sized disher. One for the cookies and one for the ice cream.
Use the #30 scoop for the cookie dough. It fits about 2 tablespoons of this cookie dough and will make scooping the dough a breeze!
For the ice cream, use a #12 scoop. It works so well for getting just the right amount of ice cream into the sandwich.
It's time for some dessert!
Alright, friend! It's your turn to make a batch of these frozen treats. When you do, leave a comment below so we can hear what you think!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup tightly packed dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 2 cups ice cream
Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.
- Whisk sugars and melted butter together in a large bowl.
- Add egg and vanilla and whisk until uniform and thickened.
- Using a silicone spatula stir flour into the sugar mixture until just mixed together.
- Stir in chocolate chips,cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Scoop into 12 evenly sized balls, about 2 rounded tablespoons each, and evenly place on the parchment lined baking sheets.
- Bake until the cookies have browned around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes.
- Allow the cookies to cool completely, about 30 minutes, and transfer to the freezer until ready to assemble the ice cream sandwiches.
- If needed, take the ice cream out of the freezer until soft enough to scoop, about 10 minutes.
- Place one cookie top side down and place a ⅓ cup scoop of ice cream on the cookie. Top with another cookie and gently press to form a sandwich.
- Immediately place in the freezer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining ingredients.
- Freeze until ready to serve!
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