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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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I love cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies. But some occasions call for something a little more than a cookie and cookie lovers know how to turn simple cookies into dessert. You might think of ice cream sandwiches as a mid-day frozen treat but they are perfect dressed up for dessert after a casual barbecue or any family meal.

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Assembling Ice Cream Sandwiches

What could be easier than two cookies sandwiched with ice cream? Here are a few tips to make the process simple and give you the results you expected.

  • -Keep your cookies in the freezer and start the assembly with  frozen cookies.
  • -Individual portion cups of ice cream are already the right shape. Slice them in half to give you two disks about the size of a cookie.
  • -Use small cheese knives or spatula to loosen the round of ice cream out of the portion cup and onto a wax paper lined baking sheet.
  • -After assembling the ice cream sandwiches put them back in the freezer for at least four hours.

Get The Tools

You hardly need tools to make an ice cream sandwich but there is always some little thing that makes a job easier.

Ice Cream Scoops – An obvious tool for ice cream desserts and a million other jobs in the kitchen. I have three sizes and use them all.

Cheese Knives – I have a few sets of tiny spreading knives sometimes called pate knives or cheese knives. I have a small cup full of them that I put on the counter for all kinds of little jobs to encourage ‘single use’ and avoid cross contamination.  These little spreaders can easily be found in kitchen stores and on Amazon:

I keep a small cup full of espresso spoons for and use them in the same way.

From Everyday to Gourmet

To go ‘gourmet’ decorate your cookie ice cream sandwiches any way you like. Kids love to express their creativity so the decorating part could be done right after dinner. Here are a few ideas:

  • -Roll the sides in colourful sprinkles, shaved chocolate, chopped nuts or crushed candies.
  • -Drizzle melted chocolate over the top or dip the whole sandwich half way into melted chocolate. Let harden before serving.
  • -Serve ice cream sandwiches on a pedestal tray with candles or sparklers for a fun birthday dessert.
  • -Serve in a bowl like a sundae – drizzle with hot fudge, caramel sauce, strawberry sauce or raspberry sauce. Top with dollop of whipped cream and a cherry.
Gluten Free Homemade Caramel Sauce
Homemade Caramel Sauce -photo credit Jim Little
Raspberry Sauce, perfect to pour over ice cream, brownies or grilled peaches.
Raspberry Sauce -photo credit Jim Little

Yes The Cookie Matters

Of course the cookie matters. Do you have a favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe yet? Below is a list of recipes to choose from so use the one that works for you. Chocolate chip cookies are a classic but use any favourite cookie.

If you haven’t quite mastered making gluten free cookies her is a blogpost and a podcast interview all about cookies.

The Blog Post – Tips for Making Gluten Free Cookies

Tips For Making Gluten Free Cookies
Tips For Making Gluten Free Cookies -photo credit Jim Little

The Podcast – Sue Jennett of A Canadian Celiac Podcast episode 43 interviewed me about my blog post on making cookies. Podcasts are the modern version of radio and you can listen while you drive, workout or bake cookies. A great way to stay up to date on all things  gluten free.

To stay up to date in the gluten free space – listen to A Canadian Celiac Podcast.

Let me know in the comments below how you served your chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches and what cookie recipe you used.

More Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

Chocolate Chip Cookies made with my gluten free flour mix

A baking rack of gluten free Chocolate Chip Cookies and a glass of milk.
Chocolate Chip Cookies -photo credit Jim Little

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Teff Flour

A stack of Chocolate Chip Cookies with teff flour.
Chocolate Chip Cookies with teff -photo credit Jim Little

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza is a fun dessert but the recipe, that uses just quinoa flour, can be used to make individual cookies too.

A pizza box with a gluten free Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza -photo credit Jim Little

I cut these Cappuccino Cookies into diamond shapes for a dainty treat over the holidays. For a cappuccino version of an ice cream sandwich I would cut them into larger squares.

Cappuccino Cookies
Cappuccino Cookies -photo credit Jim Little


12 chocolate chip cookies (a sort-of-soft cookie works the best)
6 individual portion sized gluten free vanilla ice cream cups
GARNISH - colourful sprinkles, chocolate chips, nuts or crushed candy


Freeze cookies.
Line baking sheet with waxed paper. Remove cookies from the freezer.
Remove 1 ice cream cup from the freezer. Using a small spreader knock the round of ice cream out of the portion cup onto the tray. Using a table knife slice the ice cream in half to make two disks. Place each disk on top of a cookie.
Top ice cream with another cookie. Immediately place both ice cream sandwiches in the freezer. Repeat until all 6 sandwiches are made.
The ice cream sandwiches can be individually wrapped in wax paper held together with an elastic band. Alternately store in an airtight container. Freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
Serve straight from the freezer or place in the fridge to soften slightly for 15-30 minutes before serving.
The sides of the ice cream sandwiches can be garnished with sprinkles after assembly or right when served.


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