Homemade cookies, brownies, and blondies are ideal for ice cream sandwiches...unless it's too hot to turn on the oven! In that case, we like using store-bought sweets for quick, effortless ice cream sandwiches. The best cookies don't get rock hard in the freezer and play well with fun ice cream flavors. Here are eight favorites:
Chocolate wafer ice cream sandwich1. Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers: These classic thins are just sweet enough and soften to classic ice cream sandwich texture in sandwiches. Everything from vanilla to mint chip to the salted caramel shown here taste great with these cocoa wafers. These are also our go-to cookies for ice cream cakes.
Waffle cookie ice cream sandwich2. Jules Destrooper Butter Crisp: For a buttery classic, go for these elegant ovals. They taste like fancy waffle cones, which makes them perfect for any flavor. Here, we've spread Three Twins' Lemon Cookie in the center.
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Chipless cookie ice cream sandwich3. Tate's Bake Shop Chipless Wonder: For a twist on chocolate chip cookies, these crunchy disks omit the chips, which tend to get super-hard in the freezer. They're great with just about anything, but are best with a chocolate chip or, better yet, chocolate chocolate chip ice cream. You get all the flavors of the classic cookie that way!
Shortbread ice cream sandwich4. Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Rounds: For a soft, buttery option, go for these thick rounds. Their delicate flavor is best paired with fruit ice creams, like summer strawberry or peach.
Chocolate shortbread ice cream sandwich5. Dancing Deer Baking Co. Triple Chocolate Chip Shortbread: If you're a chocolate lover, these fudge rounds can't be beat. They're so chocolatey, they match well with coffee, vanilla, or dulce de leche.
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Geneva cookie ice cream sandwich6. Pepperidge Farm Geneva: If you can't choose between butter and chocolate cookies, you can have both here. The crunchy nuts and chocolate layer add another dimension to this simple dessert and taste best with good ol' vanilla.
Sweet crisp ice cream sandwich7. 34 Degrees Sweet Crisps: If you're looking for a lighter dessert, use these new 8-calories-per-crisp rounds. Graham is our overall favorite flavor, but Cinnamon is nice for fruit sorbets. Soften the sorbet first to make spreading on these fragile crisps easier.
Coconut cookie ice cream sandwich8. Trader Joe's Toasted Coconut Cookie Thins: Crisp and nutty, these pretty fluted-edge rounds elevate simple sandwich to special dessert. Vanilla and butter pecan work well, and pineapple or coconut make it a tropical treat.
What are your favorite flavor combinations for ice cream cookies? Let me know in the comments!
- by Genevieve Ko
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