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Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches -- ISO New Ideas

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I've made the ubiquitous choc chip cookie with vanilla ice cream sandwich for way too long. In search of something new.
Got a stellar combination? Please share.

What cookie would you match with dulce de leche ice cream, for example? Soft chocolate, crispy toffee, open-faced on vanilla shortbread with a drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce?

Thanks for your ideas.

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  1. Brown sugar shortbread cookies with dulce de leche might work. I tend to make my own shortbread and add a little candied ginger to the top of the cookies before baking. It's an interesting combination, espcially when you drizzle with caramel.

    Graham crackers, toffee bits, and dulce de leche works well, too.

    Chocolate wafers with mint chocolate ice cream, too. Then cover the whole thing with chocolate and ref-freeze. It's an easy snack to always have on hand.

    I also like chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with Chunky Monkey ice cream. It sounds weird, but it's really good. This also works REALLY well with Nilla wafers.

    Cherry Garcia on plain shortbread...YUM!

    1. two thoughts...

      i'd like a salty combo with dulce de leche (caramel) like a pretzel type cookie


      a florentine

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      1. re: Emme

        I agree with the salty too. Maybe those sugar cookies made with real potato chips?

        1. re: Emme

          As to other combos...
          Brown Sugar Shortbread w/ Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream

          Peanut Butter Chip cookies w/ Blueberry Ice Cream

          Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip cookies w/ Pumpkin or Butternut Squash (my fave) ice cream

          Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies w/ Ginger ice cream or w/ Chestnut Ice Cream (http://www.ice-cream-recipes.com/ice_...) ... [akin to my Butternut Squash and Chestnut Puree pie


          Granola Cookies with Honey and Spice ice cream ( http://www.ice-cream-recipes.com/ice_... )

          1. re: Emme

            I have seen pretzel crackers before by Snackworks I think?
            They are kinda small though so you'd have a ton of mini ice cream sandwiches.

          2. Chocolate mint cookies with vanilla ice cream hit the spot with my friends. I like the chocolate mint with coffee ice cream even better, myself.

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            1. re: Old Spice

              I agree... it sounds like kind of an usual combo, but I had a dessert at a nice restaurant that had mint ice cream with a chocolate/ coffee sauce, and the sauce had little crunchy bits of chocolate cookie in it, or something like that. It was one of the best desserts I've ever had!

              1. re: Old Spice

                I recently made mint chocolate chip ice cream, and was looking for a sturdy, dark chocolate cookie to make and assemble.... The ice cream was good. Maybe a plain sugar cookie would of worked even better. hmmm.

              2. For dulce de leche, I like Emme's idea of a salty cookie (I adore salted caramels). A deep, dark chocolate cookie would probably offset the caramel flavours well, too. Or maybe an espresso/coffee flavour. All classic caramel pairings.

                Are you making your own ice cream? Because then you could get even more creative. I'm currently obsessed with the pear-and-caramel combo: a pear ice cream with a caramel cookie would be delightful.

                Here's a link to a lovely, spicy, soft ginger cookie on epicurious that would be nice for ice cream sandwiches. Would go well with most flavours, I'd imagine: coffee, chocolate, vanilla.


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                1. re: Gooseberry

                  Though I wouldn't myself pair dulce de leche ice cream w/ ginger cookies (and I know that's not what Gooseberry was suggesting either), if you do go w/ a ginger cookie, this is a GREAT soft yet slightly chewy version http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Big-Soft...

                  1. re: Gooseberry

                    You just gave me the idea to try Bahlsen Afrika dark chocolate wafers w ice cream.
                    Every big grocery chain sells those, it is kinda like a crispy cookie covered in dark chocolate they are so yummy!

                  2. Toasted Eggo waffles with butter pecan ice cream sandwiched in between. Ridiculously good.

                    1. This triple-chocolate cookie with strawberry ice cream combination has become an instant classic at my house. I've never made the ice cream, but the cookie recipe is amazing.


                      1. I've seen ice cream sandwiches on a few menus lately: peanut butter cookies with banana ice cream; sugar cookies with strawberry ice cream; white chocolate chip cookies with butter pecan. I would also consider a cookie w/some fruit in it (like a cookie w/dried cherries and dark chocolate chips) with sour cream ice cream.

                        1. Dulce de leche with peanut butter, or perhaps a spice cookie.

                          I like milk chocolate chip cookies and blood orange gelatto

                          Every birthday, I get a triple type chocolate chip (milk, white, dark) cookie cooked in a pizza pan topped with ginger rosewater ice cream.

                          How about almond cookies with ube ice cream?

                          snickerdoodles with pistsacio?

                          Pfeffernuese with rum raisin?

                          Lemon cookies with sorbet?

                          Oatmeal with banana ice cream.

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                          1. re: Diana

                            We did salty peanut butter cookies filled with dulce de leche ice cream, then dipped half the sandwich in melted bittersweet chocolate. That worked very well.

                            1. re: Diana

                              rum raisin also goes great with gingerbread cookies! :)
                              (though really, I prefer a tall moist piece of hot gingerbread cake with the ice cream)

                            2. I personally would go for dulce de leche w/ salty peanut butter cookies. Unfortunately, I don't have a good PB cookie recipe.

                              I've been wanting to try making Suzanne Goin's plum sorbet sandwiched between molasses cookies in Sunday Suppers at Lucques.

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                              1. re: Carb Lover

                                epicurious.com has some good peanut butter cookie recipies.


                                Here's one from cooking for engineers:

                                You could also do oatmeal with salty peanuts.

                                1. re: Carb Lover

                                  The one in Baking From My Home to Yours (Dorie) is really good... it's not so achingly sweet that it makes your tummy hurt, like a lot of pb cookies. You use salted peanuts in them.

                                2. Great ideas!!! I was looking for a good make-ahead dessert for our upcoming backyard BBQ (40-50 people). Ice Cream sandwiches are just the ticket. I can get my girls to help and have 2-3 different varieties put together and in the freezer well before the party!! Thanks to all!

                                  p.s. Has anyone tried chocolate ice cream with peanut butter cookies?? My family are choco/PB freaks so I'm thinking I might have to make this one of the options.

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                                  1. re: HungryLetsEat

                                    Can I come? Sounds like a fun BBQ :)

                                  2. A restaurant at the Deer Vally ski resort in Utah serves its ice cream cookie sandwiches cut into quarters with a dish of hot fudge sauce for dipping. So easy, and so good!

                                    1. Molasses oatmeal ginger cookies with mango or other tropical fruit sorbet.

                                      Rosewater shortbread cookies with pistachio ice cream.

                                      Rocky road ice cream on graham crackers.

                                      1. Snickerdoodles with either butter pecan or a good French vanilla. Excellent!

                                        1. I knew I could count on you. Fabulous combinations. Thank you so much for your input.

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                                          1. re: nemo

                                            In the Tartine cookbook, they use a caramelly-dulce-de-leche-y base on a banana cream pie. So, I was thinking that some kind of banana cookie might be a nice accompaniment to dulce de leche ice cream.

                                          2. As for ideas, I recently had an AMAZING ice cream sandwich made with lemon ice cream and gingersnap at Ici in Berkeley. I'm trying today to make a lemon ice cream and will try my hand at a good ginger cookie (thanks to the recipe links here). If anyone else has tasted this wonderful sandwich and knows how to replicate it, pray tell. Thanks!

                                            1. The dulce de lace would be great with gingerbread cookies (this sounds so good, I am now craving it.

                                              1. Try the dulce de leche in between two pizelles, heaven! Love that light crispiness paired with the ice cream.

                                                1. Thanks to the OP for posting this topic. It inspired me to make Ice Cream sandwiches for my BBQ tomorrow. Here's what's in the freezer awaiting my guests. (Yes, I did cheat and bought ice cream for 3 of the sandwiches. I'm a cooking fool but not that big of a fool as to have made all 5 ice creams AND 5 batches of cookies. I have to work for a living...unfortunately.):

                                                  Snickerdoodles w/ Butter Pecan ice cream
                                                  Peanut Butter cookies w/ Choc. ice cream
                                                  Chocolate chunk cookies w/ mint choc chip ice cream
                                                  Brown Sugar shortbread w/ Toasted Almond & Candied Cherry ice cream*
                                                  Pecan shortbread w/ Roasted Banana ice cream*

                                                  *made with recipes from "The Perfect Scoop"

                                                  Should be a fun party!

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                                                  1. re: HungryLetsEat

                                                    Funny, I was planning to make ice cream sandwiches for a BBQ this weekend, too. I made the dulce de leche ice cream recipe from the May 2007 Gourmet mag - which has rightfully received raves in other threads on this board - and will pair it with chocolate cookies. Also made Santa Rosa Plum sorbet (a friend gave me tons of amazing plums), to pair with sugar cookies.

                                                    As for "new ideas," I have a set of these cute ice cream sandwich molds to use: http://www.tovolo.com/prod/molds/swee...
                                                    (scroll down a bit on the page to see them).
                                                    I actually got them a while ago to mold hot hard cooked eggs for my kids' bento lunches (a whole 'nother thread) but am looking forward to trying them for their original purpose.

                                                    1. re: 2m8ohed

                                                      Are these animal ice cream molds the same ones that are sold at Williams-Sonoma?

                                                    2. re: HungryLetsEat

                                                      Well, how did your lucky guests enjoy the ice cream sandwich bar?! And please add to the below thread on The Perfect Scoop regarding your take on the almond and cherry, roasted banana ice creams. I want to make those soon!


                                                      1. re: Carb Lover

                                                        They loved it! I made the cookies small enough that you could eat more than one...which enabled sampling. Many people had two and quite a few had three. It was, IMHO, the perfect make-ahead summer dessert.

                                                        I set them out on 5 different cake stands with labels in front of each. Nothing to cut, no utencils required. Just a napkin. The only difficulty came when people had gathered their round one choices and went outside to eat them. The remaining sammies started to melt so I had to "manage" them in and out of the freezer when people wandered inside for seconds. Everyone raved though, and loved the variety. I'll comment on the 2 types I made on the post you referenced.

                                                        1. re: HungryLetsEat

                                                          How far in advance did you make all of them? How did you wrap them up while they were in the freezer? Did you have to let them sit out a bit to soften up or were they eatable right out of the freezer? Sounds like a fun party dessert! My invitation must of gotten lost in the mail, right? ;-)

                                                          1. re: Katie Nell

                                                            Katie Nell - Truth be told, I would have LOVED to have an All-CH invite list...as there were a few picky eaters who didn't like either entree we fixed.

                                                            As for your questions - I started making the cookies Monday for a Saturday party. Finished making all cookies and stuffing sandwiches by THursday night. I stored them in rubbermaid containers in our basement freezer (didn't mix the types, of course, to avoid cross-contamination of smell/flavor). They weren't super-hard coming out of the freezer. I think they were the perfect consistency after "plating" them all and calling out to my guests to come in and get dessert....maybe 5 minutes out of the freezer. No broken teeth....so I guess that's good!

                                                            1. re: HungryLetsEat

                                                              Sounds like a plan! Can't wait until we buy a house so I can have a second freezer... apartment freezers suck! :-)

                                                    3. I really like the combination of green tea (matcha) ice cream with sugar cookies... that combo reminds me of a lot of the snacks/desserts that the Japanese department store basements sell.

                                                      1. i dont know if anyone has tried this - its been something ive been meaning to see - but i ADORE Anna's ginger snaps and thought they would be nice with some creamy vanilla or lemony ice cream in between - but they may be too thin - but they do get kinda soft if left out for a day and they are so gingery.....just a thought

                                                        1. Mmmm... these all sound so good. Last summer I made chocolate cookies with chunks of white chocolate and walnuts, and sandwiched some white chocolate ice cream (purchased from Cold Stone) in between. They were super tasty.

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                                                          1. re: hollyeve

                                                            There were some interesting recipes in a book I recently took out of the library- "A Passion for Ice Cream" by Emily Lucchetti. Wish I could remember specifics. Also- don't know if their menu is available on line- but Diddie Riese in Westwood, LA, near UCLA has some interesting mix and match combos for ice cream/cookie sandwiches.

                                                          2. Homemade cardamom ice cream between two soft crackly gingersnaps....YUM!

                                                            1. For dulce de leche, I'd do a shortbread cookie and then toss some toffee chips with some really great sea salt and mash that into the edges around the cookie.

                                                              A sugar cookie spread with some grape jelly with peanut butter ice cream in between is great and unexpected because you don't realize the jelly is there until you bite into it.

                                                              I make cookies loaded with all sorts of things and put vanilla and Rice Krispies ice cream in between.

                                                              And this is way lowbrow but mint chocolate chip in between two Oreos - and I mean two whole Oreos not one that you split - fabulous.

                                                              A great party dessert is to put out a tray of three or four different types of cookies and three or four types of ice cream along with various "bits" you can use to dip the cookie edges into. While kids love it, adults seem to have even more fun with it.

                                                              1. I made some chewy but firm oatmeal cookies with raisins and chocolate chips last night. In need of a snack today, I sandwiched some vanilla ice cream between two cookies, drizzled with chocolate, and have just enjoyed my favorite (un-fancy) ice cream sandwich. I froze the sandwich in wax paper and plastic wrap for an hour before adding chocolate and eating. It sounds blah, but WOW it was delish! : ) Lots of raisins and a little extra salt in the cookie mitigated the sweetness.

                                                                1. Great thread...I see that I'm going to need to get the ice cream maker going this weekend!

                                                                  I love the idea of a Pistachio ice cream with a Rosewater (and cardamom) cookie...a while back made two versions of ice cream with these flavors and was thinking it would be fun to combine the flavors - this would be a great way.

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                                                                  1. re: catroo

                                                                    Ok...I've seen a couple of posters mention "Rosewater" ice cream. Pardon my ignorance but what is Rosewater? Is it an ingredient (and if so, where does one typically buy it?) or is it a type of ice cream? ....and what does it taste like?
                                                                    Thanks in advance.

                                                                    1. re: HungryLetsEat

                                                                      Rosewater is a clear liquid distilled from rose petals that is used in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine. I get it from a Middle Eastern market. It has a very intense flavor and fragrance, so a little goes a long way like any extract. I think you either like it or hate it.

                                                                      Lately, I've been adding the tiniest amount to fresh sliced strawberries w/ a smidge of sugar for dessert. I also use orange blossom water in this way. I think making strawberry ice cream w/ either of these flavoring agents would be lovely. In keeping w/ this thread, it could be sandwiched between pistachio macaron halves or some sort of almond cookie.

                                                                  2. guys have your tried hot ice cream cookie... i thought it was weird at first... we tried it once from a friend, it was kinda cool and interesting... just a taught... if your need vanilla beans try checking out myvanillashop where you could find premium natural vanilla beans and vanilla powder directly from Madagascar at a bargain value... have fun and happy eating ^^

                                                                      1. Dulce de leche on slightly warmed belg. waffles with a grilled pineapple slice!

                                                                        1. I've seen a couple of bakeries adding crushed pretzels to cookies. A very fancy one does it with a basic shortbread cookie. That would make a perfect combo with the dulce de leche ice cream. The other adds it to a chocolate chip style cookie.
                                                                          And how about a chocolate chip/hazelnut cookie with nutella ice cream ?

                                                                          1. I don't know if the OP is still looking for ice cream sandwich ideas ... but I've always liked ginger with lemon. Maybe ginger cookies and lemon ice cream/sorbet?

                                                                            1. Today's yummy must try in the ice cream cookie sandwich category includes:
                                                                              Haagen Daz Five in Ginger spread between two large (homemade of course) Gingersnaps!

                                                                              1. Not completely out of the ordinary in terms of flavor but I made these for July 4th with vanilla and chocolate ice cream. My guests loved them (I think the adults liked them better than the kids!).