Ice Cream Sandwiches

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on July 9, 2012

There’s something about imperfection that is just so beautiful.

Store bought food is perfect. Perfectly round. Perfectly square. Perfectly boring.

Give me something oddly shaped, homemade and exploding with flavor, and I’m a happy woman.

Give me something perfectly shaped, store-bought and completely lacking in flavor and I’m sad that I subjected my taste buds to it.

I’m all about finding beauty in imperfection.

For this month’s Secret Recipe Club, I found a simply beautiful recipe, even if it’s a bit messy. Even if it’s oddly shaped.

Scratch that. Not even if. Especially because it’s oddly shaped.

I was assigned the hard working host of my group, Jane from The Heritage Cook. She is the one responsible for making sure everyone has their assignment, answering our questions and checking to make sure that everyone posted. And when problems arrise, she’s the one to straighten them out.

It’s a big job, but she does it with grace and ease. Just like she writes her blog.

You know what I like best about Jane? It’s not that she hosts Chocolate Mondays, although that is reason enough to love her. It’s not her technical, informative and creative recipes and posts, even though I learn something new from each post.

It’s not her recipes for Black and White CookiesThai Fried Rice or Chocolate Cookies for homemade ice cream sandwiches.

It’s this quote, where she talks about why she cooks, that I like best:

Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

Because that’s me. That’s why I bake.

Well, that and my insanely sweet tooth.

The recipe I finally decided on, after much thought and obsession, are these sweet chocolatey cookies that, when sandwiched between ice cream, turn heavenly.

Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

It takes a certain type of cookie to pull off an ice cream sandwich. It has to be solid. It has to stand up to the freezer without turning rock hard. It has to hold it’s own against melting ice cream without turning into mush.

It has to have flavor that complements, not overpowers, the ice cream.

And, it has to be beautifully imperfect, a little messy, and totally decadent.

Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

I did very little tweaking with Jane’s recipe. I always use fine sea salt when I’m baking, I just love the flavor and it allows me to cut the amount in half without sacrificing any flavor. I also lightly sprinkled coarse sea salt on top of the cookies just before baking, because I’m a sucker for that sweet and salty combination. Then I went and doubled the recipe just so I could try it with two of my favorite kinds of ice cream, Cookie Dough and Rocky Road (Rocky Road was totally the best choice). Now, I really, really wanted to make my own ice cream, but life just didn’t allow for it this time. But I do think that dark chocolate and sea salt caramel swirl ice cream or blueberry cheesecake ice cream would be just divine in between two of these cookies.

Don’t you?

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade ice cream sandwiches with chocolate cookies lightly sprinkled with sea salt.


  • 3/4 cup Hershey's Dark cocoa powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Course sea salt, optional
  • 3 quarts of your favorite ice cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in the eggs and vanilla, mixing until combined.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients until throughly mixed.
  7. Chill the dough for 1 hour in the fridge - optional, but I found this helps when forming the balls.
  8. Form the dough into 32 balls by dividing the dough in half, then each half into two, the four…and so on until there are 32 equally-sized balls.
  9. Place 6 balls on each prepared baking sheet. Using a lightly floured glass, flatten each ball to a 3-inch circle.
  10. Sprinkle lightly with coarse sea salt (optional) for a nice burst of flavor and contrast to the sweet cookie.
  11. Return remaining dough to the fridge to chill while cookies bake.
  12. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through.
  13. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  14. When completely cool, place in the freezer for at least 1 hour.
  15. When the cookies are frozen, place one rounded scoop of your favorite ice cream (let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes to soften) on top of one cookie. Place another cookie on top, lightly pressing until the ice cream spreads to the edges of the cookies.
  16. Place ice cream sandwiches on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Freeze until the ice cream has hardened, then transfer to a freezer bag or container.


Adapted from The Heritage Cook, who adapted it from The Perfect Scoop


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1 Jaida July 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

These look delicious!! I had your blog this month, so come check out what I made!!!

2 melissa@IWasBornToCook July 9, 2012 at 11:57 am

Mouthwatering! I need to make these soon.

3 Micha @ Cookin' Mimi July 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I love ice cream sandwiches and really love the fact you used my favorite ice cream flavor in one batch. Rocky Road is almost always the best choice.

4 Erin @ Making Memories July 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm

These look delicious! And messy is sometimes good =o)

5 CookingRookie July 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Your chocolate cookie ice cream sandwiches look amazing! There can be no better recipe for summer!

6 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust July 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Oh, these look addicting. And wonderful. All that chocolate!

7 Lisa~~ July 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I think that your ice cream sandwiches look perfectly delicious and a perfect treat this time of year.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry Double Chocolate Mousse Cake

Cook Lisa Cook

8 Kitchen Belleicious July 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

ice cream sandwiches are my weakness! I am loving these

9 NO REASON NEEDED July 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm

These look like little morsels of heaven…. :)

10 Veronica July 10, 2012 at 1:42 am

What a perfect treat for this hot time of year! Ice cream sandwiches just may be my favorite ice cream treat and your homemade ones look FABULOUS!

11 sarah July 10, 2012 at 8:29 am

These ice cream sandwiches look so yummy! I would love for you to share them at my link party going on now

12 Holley July 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

I’m with you! Messy, imperfect, and tasty are my favorites! These sandwiches look delicious. Thanks for hosting the linky, and we’d love it if you’d share your sandwiches on our Tasty Tuesday linky at!

13 cheapethniceatz July 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

Well you had me at messy and decadent. They look SO GOOD and its hot here so I would eat 3. Great choice for src!

14 Lisa July 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm

At first glance I thought these looked so much like the flying saucers at Carvel, but obviously 1000 times better. So perfect for summer and rowdy kids (and adults, of course)! Messy is a good thing in this case! Fantastic SRC choice!

15 Jodi July 11, 2012 at 1:11 am

I just pinned your ice cream sandwiches. They look fabulous.

16 Natasha July 11, 2012 at 11:12 am

look delicious

would love it if you could share this on my link party –

17 ash July 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

Looks yummy. What a fun blog check out my blog if you get a min and have not already :).

Have a great day

18 Yvonne @ StoneGable July 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm

These look so good! I agree with you… store bought food is just plain boring! Your ice cream sandwiches looks delicious… and very beautiful!

Please join me at StoneGable for ON THE MENU MONDAY, my weekly foodie/recipe/menu linky party. Linky goes live every Sunday night at 8:00pm. Hope to see you and your recipes there!

19 Miz Helen July 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Your recipe is awesome! Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

20 Margaret July 13, 2012 at 10:15 pm

What could be better than this Ice Cream Sandwich on a hot summer day!1\ YUM!!

21 tanya July 16, 2012 at 6:18 am

Looks messy and delicious as it should! Yum, nothing better than homemade ice cream sammys!

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