Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich




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Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are my favorite frozen ice cream treat, but they can get so expensive.  I found an easy way to make a perfect personalized cookie ice cream sandwich with any cookies or ice cream you want!

*This is my cheap alternative to the Ice Cream Sandwich fad I saw roaming the internet a while back.

Step 1: What You Are Going to Use

Here is what I used.  Substitute as needed.

  • Ice Cream of Choice (I used traditional Vanilla for this, but would love to try something like Chocolate or Mint Chocolate Chip!)
  • Cookies of Choice (I made Peanut Butter Cookies and Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Decorations of choice (I used mini chocolate chips, sprinkles and Reese's Pieces)

  • Soup Can (I used a Bush's Baked Beans can because it is big and tall, fits lots of ice cream)
  • Cling Wrap
  • Can Opener

Step 2: Make Cookies

Make your cookies!  If you know how to make soft cookies, you should do that.  I fail every time for some reason.  But here are the cookies I made.

Peanut Butter Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Plan ahead!  I knew I was going to decorate the sides of my sandwich with sprinkles so I did a few of the cookies with sprinkles baked on top.  Also plan for how big you want them.  I went a little overboard at first, but after having done this, I think making cookies just a bit bigger than normal is perfect!

Step 3: Freeze Your Ice Cream

Okay, so here is where I preform my magic.

*To head off people, yes this isn't the easiest way to make ice cream sandwiches.  This is just the way I came up with that gives you nice ice cream cylinders.  Just an idea, that's all :)

I used my Bush's Baked Beans can and Cling Wrap.  (I considered Wax Paper, but wasn't prepared in time and would love to hear how this works for people.

Tear off a piece of cling wrap that is more than twice the height of the can.  Lay it over the opening of the can and with the center of the cling wrap in the center of the can opening.  Push down trying to keep the sides even.  Push it all the way down.  Now try to overlap the sides to you don't see the can poking through.  You should have extra cling wrap hanging over the sides outside the can. 

Fill your can with ice cream!  You may need to leave it out a bit to soften.  Don't forget you left it out if you do, I almost did :P

Once it is full, wrap the top of the cling wrap and freeze.

Step 4: Stack It

Now you need to get that ice cream out after you have given it time to harden back up.  I wanted to just slide it out, but that wasn't meant to be.  So I flipped the can over and opened the other end.  With both ends open, I shoved the ice cream cylinder out.

Now, it is a little messy cause the ice cream wants to stay stuck to the cling wrap, but it isn't too bad.  Have your cookies ready and cut off a slice of ice cream.  Layer your cookie ice cream sandwich and you are done!

These will keep in the freezer, but, unless you are the master of soft cookies, your cookies will harden like a rock.  It might be best to cut off slices as you need them and make the sandwiches when you are going to eat them.

*Update: So they seem alright as long as they are at least a little soft originally.  My husband had one of his peanut butter ones the next day and it was fine.  I got a suggestion fro Audrey and heated up a pan on the stove on about medium heat and lightly heated up each side of the sandwich.  This a great way to heat up the cookies without melting the ice cream.  Don't heat them up for too long or you will burn the chocolate chips.

**Update Again:  So I ate one weeks later and it was good.  It all depends on how the cookie was before it was frozen. If it was hard and crunchy then it will be the same after.  The only thing is, if you eat it right away after putting it together, the ice cream will probably be soft from being handled so then it will be messy.  But messy is tasty in this case :)

Step 5: Decorate It

Totally optional, but why wouldn't you do this?!?

Decorate the exposed ice cream sides with your topping of choice.  I did sprinkles for the sprinkle cookies, mini chocolate chips for the chocolate chip cookies and mashed Reece's pieces for the peanut butter cookies.

I'd love to hear what people try!

Step 6: Freeze 'em or Eat 'em

Okay, eat it!  Like I said earlier, you can freeze it, but the outcome of this will depend on your cookie's consistency.  If you are hungry, eat them right away and Enjoy!

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    2 months ago

    I used to live on the west coast and "its its" was one of my fav treats. Here on the east coast they don't have them. Perhaps I can make my own version. Thanks a bunch!

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    Penolopy BulnickAndrewG328

    Reply 2 months ago

    For sure! It's fun to make super custom ice cream cookie sandwiches :) I need to make these again (but with better cookies, those cookies were a little too hard to make good ice cream sandwiches) :)


    5 years ago on Step 6

    Not an entirely original idea, but some ways were interesting. My mother used to make something of the same sort using a cookie dough recipe she got from her grandmother on her mother's side. the cookies came out very soft. You had to lift them in one piece with a spatula so that they wouldn't beak apart. She (my great-grandmother called them Winter Cookies as she froze them on a window sill in cold weather). she kept them on the block of ice in the icebox until summer, when she would make ice cream and treat the people in the fields nearby with something cold to eat in the heat. (they lived in the northern tip of New York, when it was still mostly forests and cleared farms, very cold in the winter, very hot and muggy in the summer. too many lakes and streams to allow for dry heat). My great-grandmother's recipes, added to my her daughter and her daughter now reside with my sister in Alaska, I keep after her to either copy the recipes into a file or just scan them at a high enough resolution so that if she sent me a copy of a .tiff file I could use my OCR to make the files plain text correct any errors and let all my friends and family as well as anyone they wanted to share them with. They are mostly very old recipes, including making ice cream of various flavors, how to bake both hard cookies, soft cookies, and cookies to be kept frozen, and still stay soft. A wealth of others, including what wild greens were edible, what berries were only edible after being soaked in water or boiled. basically Frontier Cooking which was what the Adarondac Mountains and the Fingerlakes regions were in the early 1700, when the first recipes were added to the files, as my great-grandmother was married to a 17 year old (approximately) lumberjack at 16 (approximately) and became the cook for the entire camp. I have to give their ages as approximate as they were mostly Kahneawehaw (best I could do spelling it in English, most people refer to them with the words Mohawk Indians, Mohawk comes from the Narragansett work "mouhouk" that means that can be translated as cannibal and the word that Columbus used to describe the people he found when he encountered people living near his first landing. The Kahneawehaw people are not cannibals, nor are they from India. The name was given them as an insult by the Narraganset as they resented the wealth and power of the Iroquois League (Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, and Seneca tribes), sometimes known as the Five Nations. Each tribe considered itself to be a sovereign Nation, counting not land they used but their members as the Nation. Land was the gift of the Creator, or Great Spirit, and was never owned but only used by the tribes that inhabited it. Anyway, if I ever get my hands on it I will but it all in a searchable database and post something here about where to get it.

    3 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Pleeease, chase your sister in Alaska for those recipes. I'd certainly be fascinated to learn these historical recipes, as well as the wild food information.

    I happen to have fond memories of the Adarondacs, having spent summers as a family up in the region, and then my brother went and moved up there, instigating many visits! Speaking of insult-names, I'm sure it was one of the Iroquois tribes who gave the name of bark-eater to the Algonquin speakers in what is now Northern New York, thus giving rise to the name Adirondacks that we now use. It might have even been your Mohicans, haha!


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    The Kahneaweha and the Mohicans were entirely different tribes. As a matter of fact, the Kahneaweha had many disputes with the Mohicans. The last straw was when the Mohicans bunt several villages to the ground just before the winter set in. Burning villages was considered a "war crime" by the tribes in the cold weather areas of North America.

    The fact that the Mohicans also burned stored food for the winter elevated the "war crimes" to unprecedented levels. The Kahneaweha shared food from their other villages, but in the spring, they sent a messenger to the Mohicans asking for restitution for the burned food. The messenger was killed and the Mohicans returned his severed head via a neutral tribe. Messengers were considered to be sacrosanct from any tribe, yet another "war crime".

    The chiefs of the various villages met, and it was decided to ask the Clan Mothers Council if they could declare war as the only ones with the authority to declare war lay with the women of the tribe. The Clan Mothers consulted with the other women, then met in Council and authorized a war without limitations. (Usually the Council established specific actions only, as well as limiting the length of time that a War could last without getting an extension of time from the Council.)

    Therefor the Kahneaweha exterminated the Mohicans. James Fennimore Cooper's book "Last of the Mohicans" never referred to why Uncas and Chingatchcook were "the last" but it was because the Mohicans had put people out in the snow with no shelter or food. The Mohicans had made themselves an "outlaw tribe" by these offenses, and none of their allies were willing to support them. So the Mohicans were wiped out as a people, in a campaign that took two years. Almost all the tribes' fighting men were killed, the women, children and old people were told to get adopted into the Kahneaweha or another tribe. As they no longer had men to hunt and fish, they were eager to get adopted by a tribe that could take them in, some chose the Kahneaweha, some chose another tribe. (non-combatants, like women, children and elders were never killed in First Peoples warfare.)

    This elinination of a whole tribe had only happened a few times before, but it was deemed fitting according to the traditions and customs of all the Northern peoples. No other tribe ever suggested that the Kahneaweha had done nothing more than their duty to the First People as a whole by eradicating a tribe that had so egregiously overstepped what was considered proper behavior and were then considered not a tribe, but a band of outcasts.

    Please do not speak about what you do not understand. Stick with cookies and things you are better informed about. My great grandmother was what was called a Speaking Woman, as she had apprenticed with an older Speaking Woman, and had to memorize the entire History and all the Songs of her people. Beaded belts were used to jog the memory in the non-essential affairs, but the Speaking Women were able to recount the history since before Hiawatha (No, Longfellow did not make him up, he really existed. All Longfellow invented was the rest of the story.) organized the League of Five Nations.

    If you are interested, Iroquois is a language not a tribe. Most of the inhabitants of the Northeast spoke either true Iroquois, or a divergent dialect. Linguists have even decided that the Sioux, the Lakota Sioux, in particular, speak a variant of Iroquois. It is a matter of much humor among all the Iroquois speaking tribes that linguists refer to their language as being of the Algonkian Family of languages. The Algonquin were a peripheral tribe, not considered important enough to even be invited to join the League.

    It was only that the English immigrants first encountered the people on the fringes, and gave that name to the language. The French, coming directly upon the League mistook the name of the language we spoke for the name of the League. Our name for the League was Haudenosaunee.

    Columbus did not discover America, nor that the world was round. We were already here, it would be more accurate to say we discovered him. The Athenian natural philosophers knew the world was round, they even measured it, and were only off by less than a hundred miles. All educated people in Europe knew the world was round. That was why Isabella was willing to finance the expedition.

    Cristobal Columbo was just an ignorant Italian shipbuilder who thought that since the Mediterranean was small so was the Western Ocean. He had the world figured out to be about half the size it really was, and never did figure out his mistake.

    The name America was given to the continents in the way of the so called "western route to the Indies" by an Italian mapmaker named Amerigo Vespucci who put all the reports of "large islands" together and decided it was a continent, so he named it after himself. I guess were lucky, as he chose his first name, and we don't live in North Vespucian.

    We are not Indian either, they lived on the other side of the world from us. We call ourselves the First People, to distinguish us from the second wave of immigration. The reason I say we, when I refer to the Kahneaweha and all the First People is the the Kahneaweha and all the Haudenosaunee, trace descent matrilinearly. As my mother's mother's mother was a member of the tribe, so am I. As my father's ancestors were Anglo-European who trace descent patrilinearly, I am also Anglo-American. That gives me two nations, the US and the Kahneaweha.

    Other governments may not agree that the Kahneaweha are a Nation, but their first treaties with us were treaties with a Sovereign Nation. It is not our fault the Whites broke their own word to make us a fair target for land acquisition.

    In addition the Algonquin did not live in Northern New York, they lived in Southern New York. Vermont, New Hampshire and parts of Eastern Canada. My people lived in the area of Quebec and Ontario down to what is called the Mohawk valley and the Mohawk river. We still bear a grudge against the French, because they pushed us south of the Saint Laurence river.

    The English treated us fairly, so we allied with them in what is called here as the French and Indian War. Both sides had Indian Allies. During the American Revolution we were still allied with the English, so we fought for them. We put such a crimp in George Washington's campaign that he sent troops to burn out our villages and our crops still in the field. Sound like you have heard how the tribes generally regarded that type of action? It cost Washington the alliance of the few tribes that did ally with the future US. He may be called "the father of his Country" but the tribes called him "Town Burner". The few scouts he had left were thieves and murderers, banished from their own tribes.

    Please do not try to sound informed in matters that you do not fully understand. If you are an expert baker, I will defer to your judgement in the matter of baked goods. If you are also a good cook, I will also defer to you on that matter. But I will not defer to you on the matter of tribal lore. I know my heritage better than you do. If you check my original post, you will see the word Mohawk rather than Mohican. If you get the two confused, it makes you are not at all informed on the matter of the original inhabitants of this land.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Please accept my apologies for offending you Patcheye, 

    I'm sorry for my poor choice of words suggesting the association with the Mohican tribe.  I wasn't trying to sound informed, I was merely sharing a story which was related to me by an Algonquin, in a cabin near Keene valley, eg the origin of the name for a beautiful area of (mostly) natural beauty.  Nor was I suggesting anyone defer to me, in any way.  I do now know more than I did, for which I am always grateful, but I recognise that there is still much, much more that I don't know.  I'm by no means the smartest bear in the woods... 

    Apologies also to Penelopy Bulnick for the thread-jack.



    5 years ago on Step 6

    One way I know to make soft cookies is to use Crisco Butter Flavour Sticks in place of the butter. It's for baking and tastes good. The sticks look like butter, but don't need refrigeration and you can get them at most grocery stores by the oils. Now, here's what I did. I used the same bean can size you did, but what I did - because I'm just that lazy - is I shoved the can through the ice cream block, sans plastic wrap. Then, I took a very warm and wet washcloth and wrapped the can with it until the ice cream slipped out. You can rewarm the cloth in the microwave for a hotter cloth, it might take a couple of times. I then sliced the ice cream, left it can shaped and wrapped the ice cream in plastic wrap and put it in the freezer. Then, I washed the can out, made the cookies and cut them out with the can. Size is the same as the ice cream, but they may spread some. No big deal. Hope this is easier for you and works out. It did for me. As for Patcheye, wow, what an interesting story! Get after your sister to get you the recipes! Tell her a bunch of people are eager to see them:)

    2 replies

    Awesome, awesome! I'm going to have to look into Crisco Butter Flavour Sticks because I loooooove soft cookies :) Thanks for the tips! I'm glad you made them!


    Great idea with the can as a mold! I don't particularly like them for any other reason, but the type of can opener that cuts the side of the can will helpfully remove the thick ring/s at the top or bottom, allowing the ice cream out more easily. I made a couple of scone/cookie cutters like this, leaving one ring to press on of course so I don't slice my palm open, haha!

    Another tip for soft cookies is to replace some of the white sugar with brown, and/or (some of) the brown sugar with honey or another liquid sweetener, like maple syrup, agave nectar, or corn syrup.

    Also, interestingly, I've found that with the formed sandwiches stored in something air-tight in the freezer, the cookies absorb some moisture from the ice cream, softening them over time. I'm not saying that crunchy cookies become chewy, but certainly softer...


    5 years ago on Introduction

    There goes my gluten free diet, but they look yummy!


    5 years ago

    This looks good. My mouth is watering!!!!!


    5 years ago

    This looks sooooooo good!