This post contains affiliate links. I will be compensated for purchases made through those links at no additional cost to you. All views expressed are my own. Thank you for your support!
When you have grandchildren around like my husband I do this summer, you'll discover that it is important to have Popsicles and other cool treats on hand for the middle of a hot day stuck at home. Those treats always seem to cheer everyone right up! One day, I happened to find some chocolate cookie ice cream sandwiches on sale at the grocery store and they quickly became a favorite around here. My grandkids and I decided to try to make a batch of our own! They came out really good and delicious and making them together added to our fun!
We made our basic cookie recipe, but left out the butter and substituted all shortening because we didn't want the cookies to spread too thin. When they are made with shortening, they tend to stay a little thicker and hold their shape better. We were also careful to use a cookie scoop filled just right so that our cookies would be uniform for the sandwiches. My granddaughter became quite adept at it.
The kids couldn't decide if they wanted chocolate, vanilla or strawberry ice cream filling, so we bought Neapolitan and made everyone happy! There are so many flavors to choose from! I just kept it simple this time. Personally, I would have chosen mint chocolate chip!
After the cookies were baked, we matched them up with each other for the sandwiches. Next, I tore off the cardboard from the ice cream and sliced it into layers. My grandson used a cookie cutter that was the same diameter as the cookies themselves to cut out circles of ice cream. My granddaughter scooped them up with a little brownie server and placed them into the cookie sandwich. I wrapped them up with plastic wrap and put them into the freezer. We had quite the assembly line going!
We put the scraps of ice cream in a bowl and refroze them! I have a special surprise using them coming on a post in the near future!
The cookie sandwiches froze up nicely!
As you can see, I wasn't too careful about the depth that I sliced the ice cream, so some of the sandwiches are thicker that others. But, no one has complained yet!
Another nice thing about making these treats in advance, they are easy to pass out with no mess! I hope you try this special summer treat!
Don't miss these other cool treats to make with kids:
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!