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Deluxe Ice Cream Sandwiches Are the Perfect Summer Treat

Three types of ice cream sandwiches: chocolate chip oatmeal, black forest, and chai ginger
Half Baked Harvest/Blue Bowl Recipes/Minimalist Baker

Bored with the same old chocolate-and-vanilla ice cream sandwiches? Have we got some recipes for you!

Ice cream sandwiches are a summer staple, but there’s no need to repeat the same wafer cookie and vanilla ice cream combo that you find in every grocery store’s frozen aisle. If you’re ready to jazz up your routine a bit, try one of these unique and flavorful ice cream sandwich recipes! With freshly-made cookies along with delicious, homemade ice cream, you can put together gourmet ice cream sandwiches at home that will satisfy your sweet tooth with a whole variety of new flavors.

Black Forest Ice Cream Sandwiches

A tray of brownie ice cream sandwiches with cherry ice cream
Blue Bowl Recipes

If you love Black Forest cake but don’t feel like the hassle of assembling the multi-step dessert, these ice cream sandwiches are for you! It’s a rich and flavorful take on the classic brownie ice cream sandwich, but with a delicious cherry twist. Fudgy, sturdy brownies sandwich a no-churn cherry ice cream packed with pieces of real, fresh cherries for a creamy, cool take on the classic black forest cake flavors.

Get the Recipe: Blue Bowl Recipes

Malted Milk Cookies ‘n’ Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches

A row of brownie ice cream sandwiches, sitting on their sides, with cookies 'n' cream ice cream
Half Baked Harvest

These creative and chocolatey ice cream sandwiches are a delicious combination of two classic childhood faves: malted milk and cookies-‘n’-cream. A crispy, chewy chocolate cookie forms the base, but the real star is the ice cream: a malted milk base packed with chunks of Oreos in a no-churn, creamy ice cream.

Get the Recipe: Half Baked Harvest

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Sandwiches

A stack of peanut butter chocolate ice cream sandwiches; one sandwich with a bite taken out
Handle the Heat

Is there a more classic combination than peanut butter and chocolate? Try this recipe that tastes like an inverted peanut butter cup, but in ice cream sandwich form. Chewy peanut butter cookies form the outside of the sandwich, while a classic, creamy, custard-based chocolate ice cream sits in the middle, along with crunchy salted peanuts.

Get the Recipe: Handle the Heat

Ginger Cookie and Nutmeg Ice Cream Sandwiches

Two images of an ice cream sandwich made from ginger cookies and ice cream
The View from Great Island

Get a little sophisticated with these subtly spiced flavors instead of classic chocolate and vanilla variations! The ice cream is a light and creamy nutmeg flavor, just spiced enough without being overpowering, while the cookies are deliciously chewy and crackly ginger cookies with a sprinkling of sugar on top for even more texture. They’re the perfect ice cream sandwiches to take you through summer and into the almost-fall months!

Get the Recipe: The View from Great Island

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches

Stacks of oatmeal chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches
Half Baked Harvest

Usually, we’re given a choice between oatmeal cookies and chocolate chip cookies, but what if you didn’t have to choose? These sweet and chewy ice cream sandwiches combine a delicious brown sugar oatmeal cookie (made with chocolate chips instead of the usual raisins) with a homemade chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream for a decadent combination that’s perfect for cookie lovers anytime!

Get the Recipe: Half Baked Harvest

Cookie Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Stacks of ice cream sandwiches with chocolate cookies and cookie butter ice cream filling
Handle the Heat

Combine the gooey goodness of brownies with the decadence of a cookie butter ice cream! The outside of these sweet ice cream sandwiches are thin and chewy cookies that are halfway between a brownie and a cookie texture. Then, they’re filled with a delicious ice cream that uses both cookie butter and cookie bits in the recipe for extra texture and flavor.

Get the Recipe: Handle the Heat

Vegan Chai Ginger Ice Cream Sandwiches

Several ginger ice cream sandwiches lined up; three sandwiches stacked with a bite out of the top one
Minimalist Baker

Tender, crackly ginger cookies pair perfectly with a homemade chai ice cream in this creative, warmly spiced ice cream sandwich tailor-made for anyone who’s looking to go beyond the usual chocolate and vanilla pairings. Both the cookies and the ice cream are vegan (the ice cream uses cashews as a base rather than dairy products), making them a great fit for anyone who wants a creamy treat without the dairy.

Get the Recipe: Minimalist Baker

Rhubarb Ice Cream Sandwiches

Side view of ice cream sandwiches with chocolate brownies and pink rhubarb ice cream
Green Kitchen Stories

Rhubarb might not be an ingredient you think of when you picture an ice cream sandwich, but it’s that surprising choice that elevates this slightly unusual recipe. Crispy chocolate hazelnut wafer cookies sandwich a no-churn ice cream made with a delicious and flavorful strawberry rhubarb swirl for an unexpected but tasty treat.

Get the Recipe: Green Kitchen Stories


Want to skip the sandwich and just make some delicious ice cream at home? Don’t miss our roundup of the best gourmet ice cream recipes you can make yourself! Plus, a top-notch ice cream machine is key to getting the texture just right—take a look at our ice cream machine recommendations before you shop.

Amanda Prahl Amanda Prahl
Amanda Prahl is a freelance contributor to LifeSavvy. She has an MFA in dramatic writing, a BA in literature, and is a former faculty associate focusing on writing craft and history. Her articles have appeared on HowlRound, Slate, Bustle, BroadwayWorld, and ThoughtCo, among others. Read Full Bio »

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