Oh how I love Summer! Living in San Francisco, we get about three weeks of actual Summer weather. One thing I miss about a traditional Summer is ice cream. I only like to eat it if it’s warm outside. I’ve been waiting for warmer weather to make ice cream sandwiches. Today it’s finally going to happen. I have several pinned over at Pinterest that I’ve been waiting to try, and thought I’d put my own Disney spin on it for our girls.
These ice cream sandwiches are really easy to make. First mix up your favorite cookie dough recipe. I chose a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe. Mix up your cookie dough and spread it out in a 9 x 13 baking pan. Once baked according to recipe all the way through, let the baked cookie dough sit and cool for a few minutes. Then use a cookie cutter to make the cut outs. (Here’s the Mickey Mouse cookie cutter I bought from Amazon. Note the extra thickness needed for sandwiches.) Use a spatula to lift the cookies out of the pan.
Let your cookies cool completely. Once they’ve cooled, prepare your ice cream. I bought one of those round half-gallon containers of ice cream, knowing I could just slice the entire container sideways. This way, I got the exact thickness of ice cream I was hoping for, and there was very little mess. Once the ice cream is sliced to your preferred thickness, use the same cookie cutter to cut out your ice cream to shape. If you are making a lot of cookies, and your ice cream is getting too soft, you might need to put your container back in the freezer for a few minutes to allow it to firm back up.
Align one cookie on top of the cut-out ice cream. Then with a pastry scraper or spatula, flip it over and add the second cookie. I found it easier to arrange each cookie on top of the ice cream, rather than try to position the ice cream on top of a cookie. You can enjoy a plain ice cream sandwich, or add sprinkles for extra fun. Since Halloween is just around the corner, I tried some colored sprinkles to give our cookies a little Halloween flair.
Once your ice cream sandwiches are completely assembled, put them back into the freezer to firm them up again. Take them out just before you’re ready to serve them.
You can do so much with a simple ice cream sandwich. With different cookie cutter shapes, different cookie batter recipes, and various ice cream flavors, you could create just about any combination. These fun treats are ideal for any occasion. Or… just because it’s the perfect Summer day.