{technique} Ice Cream Sandwiches

Every summer I want to make ice cream sandwiches, and since that time is just about here… here they are! These are a great thing to make for a group. They are not that hard to make- in fact, I find that the trickiest part is generally making enough space in the freezer to store them.

I made the cookies from scratch but used store-bought ice cream. A tip: if you buy the type of ice cream that comes in a rectangular cube, the process of making these is a lot easier and less messy. Of course, if you’re a perfectionist you could make your own ice cream then freeze it in a layer in a 9×13 pan that’s been prepped with plastic wrap. And if you’re the more on the quick fix side, then you could use store-bought cookies. I’d recommend a soft and chewy type of cookie.

I’m a purist so I went with chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream, but obviously the sky’s the limit! For 1 batch of cookies I used one block container of ice cream.

If all of this sounds exhausting… I hear you can order It’s Its online now! It’s Its are a fabulous San Francisco tradition, and have been making yummy ice cream sandwiches since 1928 right here in the Bay Area.

Ice Cream Sandwiches


  • cookies
  • ice cream


  • If you make cookies from scratch, use a scoop to make sure they are all roughly the same size. A flatter cookie works better than a puffier cookie.
  • Find a circular cookie cutter or glass that’s the same size as the cookies.
  • Peel the cardboard off of the ice cream. Cut the ice cream into 3 or 4 equally thick slices (depending on how thick you want the slices to be.)
  • Dip the the cookie cutter in hot water and cut circles. Place circles on cookies and top with another cookie. Put sandwiches on tray.
  • When you’re done, put the tray in the freezer until serving time.

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