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Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Total Time

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


16 servings

Updated: Oct. 15, 2022
My mom sent me this recipe for homemade ice cream sandwiches. We love it, and so does company I serve it to. —Kea Fisher, Bridger, Montana
Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 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. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, shortening, butter, egg, water and vanilla until well blended. Divide into 4 equal parts.
  2. Between waxed paper, roll 1 part into a 10x6-in. rectangle. Remove top piece of waxed paper and 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 at 350° 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 16 slices, each 3x2-1/2x1 in. Place ice cream slice between 2 chocolate cookies; wrap in waxed paper or another wrap. Freeze on a baking sheet overnight. May be frozen for up to 2 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 your freezer for up to 3 months. If you’d like your sandwiches to look pretty, wrap each first in parchment or wax paper, tie a piece of colorful twine around it, then wrap in plastic to store in the freezer.

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

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

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