These homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches are super easy to make, gluten free optional and SO MUCH FUN! The old school ice cream sandwich that we all grew up with is elevated with a homemade chocolate cookie and filled with whatever ice cream your heart desires. Let this be the one dessert you make before summer ends! Adapted from King Arthur Flour.
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2/3 cup whole milk
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour or a cup-to-cup gluten free all purpose flour replacement * (see note)
- 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder ** (See note)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 gallon vanilla ice cream, or any flavor of your choice (mint chocolate chip is especially good)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F, then line a half sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract, salt and milk, then mix on low speed until incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda, then add it to the mixuture and beat on low speed until combined. Don’t overmix.
- Transfer the batter to the parchment lined pan, then use an offset spatula to spread the batter all over to every edge, making it as even and as smooth as you can. This batter won’t spread out during cooking, so it’s imperative that you make it as even as possible during this step, or you’ll wind up with wonky ice cream sandwiches. It can be finicky, just do the best you can. They’ll be delicious no matter what.
- Bake the giant sheet cookie for about 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow the cookie to cool, then use a fork to prick the top in neat rows, just like the top of an old school ice cream sandwich (this step is optional).
- Cut the cookie slab crosswise into 2 even halves – make sure they’re as close to the same size as possible! – then trim the edges if desired to make more uniform sandwiches. Wrap each half (with the parchment still attached) tightly with plastic wrap, then freeze until solid – preferably on a sheet pan, if your freezer has the room. Having a cold work surface will help with assembly.
- Take the ice cream out of the freezer to soften about 15 minutes before you’re ready to assemble.
- Unwrap the cookie halves, then carefully peel the parchment from the backs. Place one half, bottom up, on the frozen sheet pan or other cold surface. Spread with ice cream, making the layer as even as you can. Place the second half over the ice cream, top-side-up. Press down gently to push the ice cream evenly between the cookie halves. Wrap with plastic wrap, then freeze until firm.
- Use a very sharp knife to trim the edges, if desired, then cut the slab into 10 individual sandwiches. First, cut down the middle lengthwise, then then cut each half into 5 even bars.
- Serve immediately, or wrap each bar in plastic wrap and store in a zip-top bag, in the freezer, for up to a month.
* I prefer the Cup4Cup gluten free flour blend and is what I used in this recipe.
** It is important to use Dutch process cocoa powder, or it will affect the leavening.
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