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Ice Cream Sandwiches with Homemade Chocolate Wafers

This chocolate wafer recipe is simple, chocolatey, buttery and full of flavour. It's an easy way to elevate a homemade ice cream sandwich! Switch up the ice cream to make your favourite flavour or keep it classic with mint chip, vanilla or chocolate.

Baked by Alie Romano

Professional Baker and Recipe Developer

* Make sure to read the entire blog post. Every step matters, and I’ll provide helpful tips along the way!

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

There’s nothing better than a cold treat to cool things down on a hot summer day. Especially when it’s homemade ice cream sandwiches made with chocolate wafers and paired with mint chocolate chip ice cream, a combination that can’t be beat!

Making your own wafers is an easy way to elevate an ice cream sandwich. And this recipe is simple, chocolatey, buttery and full of flavour.  You can also use the wafers to make any ice cream combinations you’d like. 

Ingredients

  • Kawartha Dairy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cocoa powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt

Ice Cream Sandwich Varieties

  • Classic; chocolate and vanilla ice cream
  • Caramel ice cream
  • Strawberry ice cream
  • Peanut butter ice cream
  • Add sprinkles to the exposed edges
  • Add chopped nuts to the exposed edges
Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

How to Get the Perfect Ice Cream Rounds 

There are a few ways to build homemade ice cream sandwiches but to get that perfect looking, store bought shape there is only one key tip! Yes, you can just scoop the ice cream and sandwich the cookies together, but if you want the perfect looking and ratio of ice cream to cookie, here’s an easy way to do it.

First, take your entire ice cream tub and remove the liner to expose the entire contents of the ice cream (you can leave half of the paper liner on so the ice cream holds its shape or so it doesn’t get too messy).  Next, with a large knife slice horizontally, 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick slices (creating large rounds) down the ice cream mold. Then using a large round cookie cutter, cut out individual rounds. Shape and press any leftover ice cream together and re-cut to use up all the ice cream. Finally, place an ice cream round on top of a cookie and top with another cookie. Volia! The perfect ice cream sandwich.

You can change up the ice cream or even cookies to make a few different varieties.  Last summer I made ice cream sandwich cookies with my Toll House Cookie recipe and paired with strawberry ice cream!! They were a big hit.

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Step One: Make chocolate wafers and let them cool. Unwrap the entire ice cream tub, and slice 1- 1 1/2 inch slices.

Step Two: Using a large round cookie cutter, cut out round ice cream shapes. Place an ice cream round on top of a chocolate wafer and top with another wafer to make a sandwich.

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
Chocolate Wafer and Mint Chip ice cream sandwich
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Home Made Ice Cream Sandwiches

This chocolate wafer recipe is simple, chocolatey, buttery and full of flavour. It’s an easy way to elevate a homemade ice cream sandwich! Switch up the ice cream to make your favourite flavour or keep it classic with mint chip, vanilla or chocolate.

  • Author: Alie Romano
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 mins
  • Yield: 1012 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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Chocolate Wafer Cookies

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Line two baking sheets with a sheet of parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt until blended.
  4. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; beating until blended. Don’t worry if the batter is thick, it’s supposed to be.
  5. Divide batter in half and shape into 2 flat discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, approx. 1 hour. Note: This is a very soft cookie dough, it’s easier to work with and roll out when the dough is cold. If your dough is too soft, place it back in the fridge to firm up.
  6. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  7. On a lightly floured surface roll dough out 1 disc at a time to approx. 1/4 inch thick.
  8. Using a 3-inch fluted cookie cutter, cut out approx. 20 cookies. Place on your prepared baking sheets approx. 1-2 inches apart.
  9. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until slightly crisp on the outer edges. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely (or place in the freezer).
  10. Pull ice cream out of the freezer. Remove the packaging from the ice cream tub to expose the ice cream (see images above for reference). Using a large knife, slice 1″-1 1/2″ inch thick slices (horizontally) through the ice cream.
  11. Using the same size cookie cutter, cut out ice cream rounds. Working quickly, place rounds on cooled chocolate cookie wafers, and sandwich together. Place ice cream sandwiches into the freezer and re-freeze for about 30-60 minutes.

Notes

If your unbaked cookies are too warm and soft before baking, they will spread out and lose their shape. For best results, place your baking sheet of cookies in the freezer (or fridge) to firm up for 5 – 8 minutes before baking. This will give you the perfect-shaped cookie.

Ice cream sandwiches will last 1 month in the freezer.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 of 12
  • Calories: 175
  • Sugar: 1.4g
  • Sodium: 195mg
  • Fat: 13.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 13.3g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Protein: 2.8g
  • Cholesterol: 47mg

Keywords: Ice-Cream, Sandwiches, Summer, Chocolate Wafers

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FAQ’s

How do I get the perfect rounds for homemade ice cream sandwiches?

The best way to get perfect rounds for homemade ice cream sandwiches is by first, taking an entire ice cream tub, unwrap the tub, and slice 1-1 1/2 inch slices. Then use a round cookie cutter that is approx. the same size of the cookies to cut out your ice cream rounds. Finally, place an ice cream round on top of a cookie and top with another cookie. Volia! The perfect ice cream sandwich. See the blog post for a picture tutorial.

How long do homemade ice cream sandwiches last?

Homemade ice cream sandwiches will last one month when stored properly. Wrap ice cream sandwiches in wax paper (or plastic wrap) and then seal them in an airtight container or a freezer bag.

Do I have to make my own cookies for ice cream sandwiches?

No, you can use any of your favourite cookies to make homemade ice cream sandwiches. The chocolate wafers in this recipe do make the perfect (soft) texture to pair with firm ice cream. I highly recommend making your own.

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Janice
Janice
3 years ago

I have just finished putting this recipe together and am now questioning the amount of cocoa called for….2/4 cups????? (plus one tablespoon). I have never seen a measurement like that. I used a 1/2 cup plus one tablespoon, hope I was right! It is currently resting in my fridge and hence I cannot rate this recipe yet!

Thomas Brassell
Thomas Brassell
3 years ago

Your recipe says 2/4 c cocoa plus the T did you just not convert it and mean for it to say 1/2 cup or is it a complete typo?..

Susan
Susan
2 years ago
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These ice cream cookies were delicious and a fun way to end a casual summer bqq! The chocolate wafers were so much nicer than the store bought ones, not as brittle and had more flavour. The combination of mint chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate wafer was refreshing!

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