The only thing that hits the spot more than ice cream on a hot summer’s day is ice cream surrounded by two cookies. Both kids and adults alike love the classic ice cream sandwich, whether it's an artisanal homemade version or the freezer aisle standard. With its nostalgic charm, this cool and refreshing summer treat makes the perfect hand-held dessert for pool parties and barbecues. To level up your dessert experience, try making one of these recipes, which deliver loads of flavor with inspiring taste combinations and ingredients.
Watch Now: Mini Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches are the Perfect Summer Treat
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Kids and adults alike will go crazy for these magically delicious ice cream sandwiches that come jam-packed with nostalgic breakfast cereals. Marshmallow-bound cereal pieces create the sandwich "cookies," which get filled with bubblegum, mint chocolate chip, and strawberry ice cream. Kids and kids-at-heart will both love them.
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This easy large-format ice cream sandwich cake will make a delightful, cool dessert for any summer picnic or party. Store-bought ice cream sandwiches come together to make this simple cake, so experiment with different flavors in order to create variations to suit your party’s favorites.
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These red, white, and blue mini pie ice cream sandwiches will make you want to salute the sweets table, no matter what the occasion. Two mini hand pies—one cherry and one blueberry—create a sandwich for vanilla ice cream. The whole thing then gets rolled in white chocolate chips for a super sweet finish. Grab a napkin for these messy treats. Switch up the ice cream or hand pie flavors for fun variations.
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Blow your kids’ minds with a cake-sized ice cream sandwich that works great as a full cake or cut up for a perfect summer party dessert. This giant ice cream sandwich looks just like the classic grocery store treat we all know and love with the summer flavors that have us licking our fingers through the very last bite.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Happy hour meets dessert in this boozy, beachy, frozen summer treat. Fresh pineapple rounds take a dip in coconut rum, then nestle around coconut ice cream. Pop them in the freezer to firm up, then finish with an easy, decadent white chocolate and coconut flake dip. These go perfectly with a tipple on the deck, or waterside, with a maraschino cherry on top and Jimmy Buffet on the side.
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Is a taco a sandwich? Discuss it over these delicious ice-cream filled shells that taste like a leveled-up version of the sweet treats you may have gotten out of the freezer case or ice cream truck as a kid. This recipe uses flour tortillas, but you could also try waffle cone molds for an even simpler preparation.
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Italian tartufo is like the grown-up version of an ice cream sandwich, but with the cookies all crushed up to form a tasty shell stuffed with creamy ice cream—or gelato, if you want to get really traditional. These are easy enough to make with the kids on a lazy summer afternoon but elegant enough to serve at a dinner party.