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.
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Giant Ice Cream Sandwich
Blow your kids’ minds with a giant 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.
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Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sandwiches
If you are a fan of the Turkey Hill Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sandwiches, you will love this easy homemade version! Just like the inspiration, these homemade ice cream sandwiches are made with blended cream cheese and a strawberry swirl between two graham crackers.
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Cereal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Kids and adults alike will go crazy for these magically delicious cereal cookie 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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Fried Ice Cream
Fried ice cream is also a bit of a stretch in the sandwich department, but it definitely deserves a spot on this list. It's a dessert made of a scoop of ice cream that is frozen solid and covered in a crispy coating or batter before being flash-fried in hot oil to crisp the outside while keeping the ice cream cold on the inside. It's a delicious combination of creamy and crunchy.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Mochi Ice Cream
Mochi ice cream may not be the classic definition of an ice cream sandwich, but we think it still counts! A confection made from Japanese sweet glutinous rice flour with ice cream fillings ranging from vanilla and strawberry to Kona coffee, green tea, plum wine, and red bean. A Japanese-American woman named Frances Hashimoto is credited with inventing mochi ice cream after her husband conceived an idea of wrapping ice cream in a rice cake.
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Red, White, and Blue Mini Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches
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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Pina Colada Ice Cream Sandwiches
Happy hour meets dessert in this boozy, beach pina colada ice cream sandwiches 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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Ice Cream Tacos
Is a taco a sandwich? Discuss it over these delicious ice-cream tacos 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.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Easy Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
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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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.