5 Sophisticated, Delicious Recipes for Grown-up Ice Cream Sandwiches

posted: 05/31/17
by: Blythe Copeland

It's hard to find a better throwback dessert than the classic ice cream sandwich, whether you prefer the chocolate-and-vanilla rectangle version or the thicker chocolate chip cookie alternative. But the same qualities that make the traditional recipes such a hit -- the combo of ice cream and cake or cookies, the convenience of eating it with your hands -- also make these sophisticated upgraded recipes a perfect summer dessert choice for family friendly cookouts or classy al fresco dinner parties. Start with a simple swap for the outer parts of the sandwich, trading cookies or chocolate wafers for donuts, cinnamon rolls, Rice Krispie treats, waffles, churros, or coffee-spiked brownies, or give the entire recipe a makeover with flavors including raspberry swirl, key lime pie, strawberry shortcake, or maple bacon.

Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich
Sugar Hero
1. Brownie Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream Sandwich

You can make a variety of upscale pastries and desserts with raspberries, chocolate, and cream -- or you can make these brownie raspberry swirl ice cream sandwiches from Sugar Hero for a casual eat-with-your-hands treat. Layer homemade brownies with store-bought vanilla ice cream and Chambord-spiked raspberries for a foolproof flavor combination in a crowdpleasing format.
Maple Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich
Food and Wine

2. Maple Bacon Ice Cream Sandwiches

The sweet-and-salty pairing of maple syrup and bacon turned the flavor into must-try variety for everything from donuts to marshmallows to jam. With this recipe for maple bacon ice cream sandwiches from Food and Wine, homemade maple bacon crumbled into from-scratch ice cream results in a rich, creamy sandwich that contributor Dennis Prescott served on chocolate chip cookies made from his mom's favorite recipe.

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwich
Pint Sized Baker

3. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches

These strawberry shortcake ice cream sandwiches from Pint Sized Baker couldn't be cuter, with their pink string wrapping and strawberry garnish -- but they're also incredibly easy. Let store-bought vanilla ice cream soften and then stir in cubed strawberries to make your own strawberry ice cream; use slices of frozen pound cake for the outer part of the sandwich and top with fresh berries.

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Tutti Dolci

4. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Laura from Tutti Dolci made these beachy Key Lime Pie ice cream sandwiches from scratch, with homemade ice cream and DIY honey graham cookies. The ice cream recipe calls for lime zest and lime juice paired with coconut milk and a splash of rum, then sandwiched between cinnamon sugar-dusted graham cookies shaped with a pretty fluted biscuit cutter.

Shortbread Dulche Ice Cream Sandwich
Tasty Kitchen

5. Shortbread Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Sandwiches

Shortbread dulce de leche ice cream sandwiches from Tasty Kitchen are a delicious combination of rich shortbread, sweet homemade dulce de leche ice cream, and crunchy walnuts. Using a round cookie cutter for the shortbread leaves you with precise circles, and freezing the ice cream in a 9x13 pan before using the same cutter to remove slices for the cookies makes for an Instagram-ready finished product.

And if you're no in the mood for something cold, there's always Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes!

Sofia Makes Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

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Sofia Valastro makes cupcakes with a twist! Watch how she makes tie dye cupcakes in ice cream cones.