11 Outrageous Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

These recipes and tips from Tessa Arias's book Cookies & Cream make for a more special dessert than what's in the freezer case at the store.

By Christina Coplon and Perri O. Blumberg
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    Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwich

    Arias uses homemade ice cream and cookies for all her recipes, but you can also try these ideas with store-bought ingredients. Here's her decadent take on the classic PB&J: raspberry ice cream sandwiched between two flourless peanut butter cookies, with the edges coated in salty potato chips.

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    Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Sandwich

    Use crushed pretzels to add a salty crunch to a homemade chocolate stout ice cream sandwich (with chocolate stout whoopie pies) that was inspired by bar food. Wash it down with a pint?

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    The Elvis Ice Cream Sandwich

    Homemade peanut butter ice cream, banana oat cookies, and a sprinkling of crispy, crumbled bacon—this is "The King" of ice cream sandwiches.

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    Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream Sandwich

    Cinnamon roll cookies (which look a bit like the pastry, split) pair it with homemade brown butter ice cream for a fun take on the traditional breakfast.

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    Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sandwich

    Homemade strawberry cream cheese ice cream—made with a cream cheese, sour cream, whole milk, and heavy cream base—slides between two graham cracker cookies; the whole sandwich gets decorated with heart-shaped sprinkles.

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    Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich

    Wedge a scoop of butterscotch between two chocolate-chip cookies, then roll the sandwich in mini chocolate chips.

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    Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Sandwich

    Roll the edges of your ice cream sandwich in a shallow dish of malted milk ball candies to create an old-fashioned flavored treat.

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    Grasshopper Ice Cream Sandwich

    Chewy chocolate sugar cookies and mint chocolate chip ice cream make for a cool and refreshing treat.

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    Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream Sandwich

    Arias calls this recipe "a giant frozen version of those famous Mounds candy bars," with her coconut ice cream sandwiched between double chocolate cookies (that's chocolate batter with chocolate chips). Roll in sweetened coconut flakes for extra texture.

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    Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream Sandwich

    After intensifying the flavor of fresh strawberries by roasting them in the oven with balsamic vinegar, Arias adds the tangy fruit to ice cream and sandwiches it between her own chocolate balsamic cookies.

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    Root Beer Float Ice Cream Sandwich

    As a pretty twist on the classic drink, Arias pairs vanilla bean cookies with root beer ice cream, then uses rainbow sprinkles to decorate.

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    Get the book!

    Get the book Cookies & Cream for additional ice cream sandwich ideas and full recipes.

    Reprinted with permission from COOKIES & CREAM ©2013 by Tessa Arias, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.


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