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Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Meet the Cook: My mom sent me this recipe. We love it, and so does company I serve it to. I inherited my love of cooking from my mother. She's a former home economics teacher. When we were growing up, each of us five kids had a night a week when we planned and prepared supper for the rest of the family. Our home is "way out in the sticks", 15 miles from town and 5 miles from the nearest neighbor. My husband and I have a son, 20, and a daughter, 17. -Kea Fisher, Bridger, Montana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + freezing Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 gallon ice cream


  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, shortening, butter, egg, water and vanilla until well blended. Divide into four equal parts.
  • Between waxed paper, roll one part into a 10x6-in. rectangle. Remove one piece of waxed paper and invert dough onto a ungreased baking sheet. Score the dough into eight pieces, each 3x2-1/2 in. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until puffed. Immediately cut along the scored lines and prick holes in each piece with a fork. Cool on wire racks.
  • Cut ice cream into 16 slices, each 3x2-1/2x1 in. Place ice cream slice between two chocolate cookies; wrap in plastic. Freeze on a baking sheet overnight. May be frozen for up to 2 months.
Editor's Note: Purchase a rectangle-shaped package of ice cream in the flavor of your choice for the easiest cutting.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 326 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 289mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • TimedOut
    Sep 15, 2016

    I keep coming back to this recipe because it reminds me of the ice cream sandwiches I ate as a kid. Instead of making them square, I usually make a round shape and have varied the size from a 2" circle to a 3" circle. ANY flavor of cake mix works. Using a lemon cake mix was a refreshing change from chocolate. This recipe is a quick prep!

  • janleck
    Aug 6, 2014

    OMG! These are grrrrrrrrreat! Better than the stores. Didn't last at my house and there's only two of us! Husband is already wanting more. I think he's addicted! I appreciate you sharing the recipe.

  • LuluJohn
    Jul 8, 2014

    I cant have shorting and can I try 1/2 cup butter instead of 1/4 cup of shorting and 1/4 cup of butter. please send [email protected]

  • cathiemh
    Jul 29, 2013

    So easy and so good. Tastes just like the store bought. Hubby loved them too.

  • gwashington1961
    Aug 16, 2012

    In High School Ice Cream Sandwiches were my favorite dessert at lunch. I have wished for years to find a chocolate cookie to make really good sandwiches - well now - I Have! This recipe for the chocolate cookies is perfect. The shapes and flavors are exactly right. I do love the chocolate as these deliver very well. I am also inspired to think that cookies of other flavors, could work out well. I'm thinking Raspberry and/or Orange would work out very well. The variety of Ice Cream gives you a world of special flavor combos with the new cookie flavors.

  • stone481064
    Jun 3, 2012

    I have been looking for a recipe that mimics store bought ice cream cookies. This is the first one that appears to be close. Can't wait to try it! I will review again after I have tried them.

  • Alice_101
    Jan 1, 2012

    I made this for my little sister and the kids in the neighborhood... they gobbled them up within a minute!

  • Denka
    Jul 22, 2011

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