Ice Cream Sandwiches: the delicious recipe for cookie ice cream sandwiches

Total time: 15 Min + Chilling time
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 16 people
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Looking for an easy, freezer-friendly ice cream recipe perfect for summer? Then this recipe for homemade ice cream sandwiches is just what you need.

To make it, two cookies are used to sandwich a delicious ice cream filling made with whipping cream and mascarpone. The thin, chewy cookies become soft, and the ice cream filling is cream…and it won’t be rock hard after freezing…it’ll be just right!

There are many ways to customize this recipe as you want, so make sure you don’t miss our tips below. If you want an exciting recipe, you can celebrate the weeks of summer with, you have to make these!

What Is an Ice Cream Sandwich?

An ice cream sandwich is not a complicated dessert. It’s simply a block of ice cream sandwiched between two cake-like cookie layers. The variations are endless. Sometimes a cake base is used, whereas other times, a cookie will also work. These days you get the giant ice cream cake sandwich, the Chipwich, or the British variation that’s called a cream wafer or vanilla slice.

The very creative (and oh so tasty) ice cream sandwich was originally created in New York City in 1899 by a pushcart salesman. Fast forward a few decades, and the Chipwich was invented by Richard LaMotta—an ice cream sandwich made by sandwiching vanilla ice cream with two chocolate chip cookies. It’s hard to imagine that the ice cream sandwich has been in our lives for more than 100 years already!

Ice Cream Sandwich Ingredients

Ice cream – for this recipe, you’ll make homemade ice cream with mascarpone and whipping cream. As with most homemade ice creams, it will be soft enough to spread on the cookie base. If you’re using store-bought ice cream instead, then see our tips below on choosing the best ice cream.

Flavoring – dark chocolate flakes and coffee is used to flavor the ice cream.

Cookies – this recipe uses a type of shortbread cookie (Tastino Petit Beurre).

Cocoa powder – used to sprinkle over the ice cream sandwiches before serving; you can also use powdered sugar.

How To Make Ice Cream Sandwiches

Make the ice cream. In a large bowl, mix the whipping cream and mascarpone with an electrical mixer until smooth. Add the coffee, chocolate chips, and wafer crumbles, and mix through with a spatula. Prepare the cookies. Dip each cookie in milk and arrange the bottom layer on the tray with the mold.

Assemble the ice cream sandwiches. Spread the prepared ice cream mixture over the cookies, then arrange the top layer of the cookies to cover the cream.  Freeze for 4 hours. Once the freezing time is over, cut the ice cream cake into sandwiches using the cookies as a guide. Dust the ice cream sandwiches with cocoa powder before serving.


The ice cream mixture must be soft enough to be spreadable. With homemade ice creams, this is usually not a problem. But store-bought ice cream contains more stabilizers which means it will be firmer. More expensive brands may contain fewer stabilizers, so it will melt quicker, making it more spreadable.

Don’t soak the cookies in the milk, just give them a quick dip. If they soak too long they will break apart.

Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Variations

You can use any of your favorite cookies, try any of the following: Chocolate chip cookies, Red velvet cookies, Brownies, Sugar cookies.

Take some inspiration from the Chipwich and roll the ice cream sandwiches in mini chocolate chips before serving.

Don’t feel like coffee and dark chocolate flakes? Feel free to use other mix-ins: white chocolate chips, crushed candy, M&Ms, crushed nuts, or cranberries.

How To Store Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

The Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches keep well in the freezer (perfect for making them ahead of time for a party!). It’s oftentimes better if stored overnight in the freezer or fridge as this gives the cookie a chance to soften.

Make sure to freeze the Ice Cream Sandwiches for at least four hours before serving. The portioned ice cream sandwiches can also be stored individually. Wrap them in parchment paper, the cling wrap and store for up to 2 months.

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150 g (3/4 cup)
Whipping cream
500 ml (2 cups)
Dark chocolate chips
100 g
1 tsp
wafer biscuits
50 g
dry cookies (like Petit Beurre)
200 g
Cocoa powder


In a bowl add the mascarpone, and whipping cream, and mix with an electric mixer.

Add the chocolate chips, coffee, then crumble the wafer on top.

Mix everything well with a spatula.

Dip each biscuit in milk and arrange the bottom layer on the tray with mold.

Place the prepared cream on top of the cookies, then spread it with a spatula.

Arrange the top layer of the cookies to cover the cream. Transfer to the freezer for 4 hours.

Once the freezing time is over, cut the ice cream cake into sandwiches using the cookies as a guide.

Dust the ice cream sandwiches with cocoa powder.

Serve and enjoy!

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