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When I was a child, one of my favorite summer treats was the ice cream sandwiches my mom would make. Although I also liked the store-bought version, the ones my mom made were a special treat. I think our whole family felt the same way, as they never lasted for long in our freezer.
These treats can be as simple to make as you choose. You can make them without needing to bake, if you buy packaged cookies. If you want to give them an air of freshly made, you can use refrigerated cookie dough. Finally, if you like baking, as I do, you can make your own cookies for these sandwiches.
As a child, we never used packaged cookies, though my mom often used refrigerated dough to speed the process. For me, I prefer to make my foods from scratch, so I make the cookies a few hours before I need to assemble the sandwiches. I have used sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies with equal amounts of success.
If you have little helpers available, I am certain that they would be glad to help assemble these treats. With melting ice cream and decorative candies, it can be a little messy, but getting kids interested in cooking is worth the clean-up.
- vanilla ice cream, slightly softened*
- 12 cookies
- small candies
- miniature chocolate chips
- sugar crystals
- Place 6 of the cookies on a piece of waxed paper, cutting board, or other work surface. Scoop a large spoonful of ice cream and place on 1 cookie.
- Top ice cream with a second cookie. Repeat this process with the other 5 cookies.
- Place each of the desired decorative items in its own bowl. Roll the exposed ice cream edges in the decorative item of choice, coating all of the ice cream.
- Wrap ice cream sandwich in plastic wrap.
- Place ice cream sandwiches in freezer for at least one hour to allow ice cream to harden.
- *This recipe is quite flexible. Although both my mom and I have always used vanilla ice cream, other flavors certainly could be used. The same is true for the cookies. Choose a cookie that is pleasing to your family and sturdy enough to be part of a sandwich to make your own creation. Feel free to leave new cookie/ice cream combinations as a comment.