Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + freezing Bake: 10 min. + cooling


16 servings

Updated: Dec. 23, 2023
Why settle for store-bought ice cream sandwiches when you can have ones that taste even better and aren't that difficult to make? —Kea Fisher, Bridger, Montana
Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, shortening, butter, egg, water and vanilla until well blended. Divide dough into 4 equal portion parts.
  2. Between sheets of waxed paper, roll 1 portion into a 10x6-in. rectangle. Remove top piece of waxed paper; invert dough onto a ungreased baking sheet. Remove second piece of waxed paper. Score the dough into 8 pieces, each 3x2-1/2 in. Repeat with remaining dough.
  3. Bake until puffed, 8-10 minutes. Immediately cut along the scored lines and prick holes in each piece with a fork. Cool on wire racks.
  4. Cut ice cream into sixteen 3x2-1/2x1-in. slices. Place 1 ice cream slice between 2 chocolate cookies; wrap in waxed paper. Repeat. Freeze on a baking sheet overnight. May be frozen for up to 3 months.

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches Tips

How do you store homemade ice cream sandwiches?

Ice cream sandwiches can be wrapped individually in a double layer of plastic wrap and stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. If you’d like the sandwiches to look pretty, wrap each first in parchment or waxed paper, tie a piece of colorful twine around it, then place in a storage container to store in the freezer.

What’s the best way to assemble homemade ice cream sandwiches?

First, leave the ice cream out for about 20 minutes so it is soft enough to spread onto the cookies. Be sure not to overfill the sandwiches by putting on too much ice cream (tempting as it is!). Spread the ice cream to be about ½-1 inch from the edges of the cookie. Top with the second cookie, and gently press down so the ice cream comes to the edge of the sandwich. To avoid melting, wrap the ice cream sandwiches promptly as you make them, and slip them right into freezer. Chilling the cookies on a sheet tray before assembling the cookies will also help to prevent melting. Find more tips on how to make ice cream sandwiches.

What are some different flavor combinations for homemade ice cream sandwiches?

The wonderful thing about ice cream sandwiches? The combinations are almost endless! Some of our favorites include salted caramel ice cream with double chocolate cookies or homemade vanilla ice cream with snickerdoodle cookies, but there are so many other irresistible ice cream sandwich combinations.

Research contributed by Mark Neufang, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 315 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 321mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.