Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches (Nance & Robyn make the same recipe)

Every week we’ll post a recipe that we both made. This week’s recipe was Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches, found over at Smitten Kitchen. Printable recipe can be found at the bottom of this post.

Robyn’s Take:

When Nance suggested this recipe, I was COMPLETELY on board. I love a good ice cream sandwich, and since the weather turned brain-meltingly hot, I’ve been eating Mayfield ice cream sandwiches because they are gooooood. But the day I made this recipe, I started off in a rotten mood because it was MOTHERFUCKING HOT AS SHIT and I didn’t want to do anything but lay on the couch under the ceiling fan. But I’d been a slack-ass slacker, putting off making them all week because that’s just how I am, and I needed to get them done. I suspected they were going to be awesome, but before you can eat the finished product you’ve got to MAKE the finished product, and I didn’t wanna. But I did. See? I do and do for you people!

The recipe, as written, has you make the cookie part of the recipe and then while they’re baking, you’re meant to spread your softened ice cream into a baking dish and putting it in the freezer to re-freeze. I opted to do the ice cream part first because I had other shit to do (somehow, the world doesn’t stop turning and kittens don’t stop screaming to be kissed just ’cause I’ve got baking to do.), and I figured that was going to be a pain in the ass, and wanted to get it over with.

So anyway, let your half gallon of ice cream sit on the counter for, oh, half an hour or so? I think I set it out and then vacuumed the house, so maybe more like 45 minutes. Then line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper, dump the ice cream in the baking pan, smooth it out, and put it into the freezer to harden.

By the way, I used Publix vanilla ice cream because (1) it’s damn good, and (2) a lot of the name-brand ice creams have quietly reduced the amount of ice cream in their “half gallon” container so that it’s less than a half gallon. The recipe called for a half gallon, I wanted a damn half gallon.

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I forgot to get a picture of the part where I dumped the softened ice cream in and smoothed it out. You’ll have to use your imagination. I used a plastic spatula.

So then I made the cookie part. These are the ingredients:

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All-purpose flour, special dark Dutch-processed cocoa powder, softened unsalted butter, granulated sugar, salt, egg yolks, and vanilla extract.

Sift the cocoa and flour together into a bowl.

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Then realize that you weren’t supposed to sift it into your mixing bowl, and be all like “Motherfucker!”, and get out another bowl and dump the sifted stuff into that.

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Then toss the butter, sugar, and salt into the mixing bowl and beat it all together ’til it’s light and fluffy.

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Add yolks and vanilla, beat some more, then add the flour mixture a bit at a time and mix until combined.

Transfer the dough to a floured surface, and divide it into two equal pieces. Now, first of all, I SUCK when it comes to dividing dough into two equal pieces, and then also I knew that I was going to have to roll that shit out and EXCUSE ME NANCE. What the fuck with the using the damn rolling pin all the damn time all of a sudden? First the crackers, now this? This aggression will not stand!

So I divided the dough and I think I did a somewhat decent job of making two equal pieces.

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It’s a really stiff dough, by the way, and apparently if it’s too soft to work with, you should stick it in the fridge for a bit. If you’re under a time crunch, this might not be the recipe for you – on the other hand, you can make the whole thing ahead of time so, you know. Whatever works for you.

Then I had to roll out the dough (NANCE), and while the instructions say to roll each batch into an approximate 10 x 8 inch rectangle, you will see that I clearly said “Fuck this, that looks good enough to me.”

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And then, since I cannot cut a straight line to save my life, I used my round biscuit cutter to cut out the cookies. I think it worked pretty well.

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But THEN, my friends, that is not all. The horror doesn’t end there with the rolling out of the dough and the cutting of the cookies. Then, you’ve gotta poke FUCKING holes in the cookies for some probably scientific reason that makes perfect sense, but I do not know what that reason is. I started out using a toothpick and being careful about spacing the holes equally, but after about cookie #2 I lost what little patience I had, and I went to using an oral syringe (we have a million of them around here for medicating kittens. It worked perfectly.) and just kind of jabbing holes in the cookies.

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So I get the first pan of cookies into the oven, and then what happens? I’ll be damned but the friggin’ INSPECTOR showed up to inspect my damn kitchen.

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“Sink full of dishes? Inspector Stompers give you ten demerits for that.”

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“Inspector Stompers think you a slob. Why you never do dishes? That’s horrifying.”

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“Tomatoes on the same counter near where you make cookies? Twenty-three demerits! That’s just wrong.”

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“Inspector Stompers disapprove of the “Smitten Kitchen” business. It supposed to be smitten KITTEN, and Stompers not appreciate the play on words. That’s IT. You close this operation down!”

I paid the inspector off with crunchies and packed him off to his room for a nap, and continued with what I was doing.

The cookies were ready to come out of the oven after 16 minutes, and I put the second pan of cookies into the oven to bake, then put all of them on wire racks to cool.

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When the cookies were completely cool (I will neither confirm nor deny the allegation that I took a nap while they were cooling.) I got out the ice cream, lifted it out of the baking pan, and started cutting it with my biscuit cutter. It was relatively simple to do, and I got the ice cream put between the cookies (you know how to make a sandwich, I trust – two cookies, one slab of ice cream, put ’em together) pretty quickly. But let me reiterate, it was FUCKING hot, and the ice cream started melting immediately.

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I wrapped each sandwich in plastic wrap, and stuck them in the oven freezer.

And the verdict? I didn’t like them. The cookies were too hard, and the layer of ice cream was too thick. I tried one bite, the cookies broke, the ice cream started to squirt out, and that was it as far as I was concerned. When I can get a tasty box of chemical-filled ice cream sandwiches with only the effort of tossing them in the cart, I’ll be damned if I’m going to spend the time to make them from scratch.

On the other hand, after they sat in the freezer overnight, Fred liked them quite a bit. He agreed that the cookies were too hard (I’m thinking I cooked them too long) and that the layer of ice cream was too thick, but he told me he thought they were really really good, so there you go. I’d be willing to try making them again just for him because I am a good subservient wife (HA HA HA), but he said they weren’t so good he wanted to listen to me bitch about the annoyance of having to roll out the dough. Ha.

If I were going to make them again, I’d cook them for less time (I’d start checking them at 12 minutes), and I’d make the layer of ice cream thinner, maybe by using a larger pan to spread the ice cream into.

The pigs each got one as a special Saturday night treat.

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They gave them two snouts up.


Nance’s Take:  

I freaking love ice cream sandwiches!  LOVE THEM.  So when I saw this recipe I was all over it and I had faith that Robyn would be right there with me.  This is why I tolerate having to make things like the roasted chickpeas (barf) recipe that Robyn suggested.

True Confession Time:  Rick (my husband) is out of the country and I’ve been having a helluva time dealing with how different it is without him here.  Between the time difference (he’s 6 hours ahead of me) and our co-dependent marriage (only when he’s away, hee) neither one of us is getting much sleep.  Another thing that happens when Rick goes out of the country is that this family shuts.the.hell.down.  It takes us 3-4 days to get enough dishes in the dishwasher to run a full load and it’s mostly just coffee cups and glasses.  We don’t eat, we just graze and pick at whatever might be available.  I have pretty much existed on cheese, saltine crackers and Hershey kisses because none of us can be arsed to make or bake anything. Why am I telling you all this? Because I felt the need to explain why I was so late posting this entry and hell yeah, I’m trying to get some sympathy!

As excited as I was to try out these ice cream sandwiches, I definitely put it off until (much later than) the last minute. My friend, Regan was over visiting yesterday and she was so disgusted with my lackadaisical attitude that she took matters into her own hands.

I was allowed to take pictures.


I really wish Regan’s mother (Hi, Pat!) would talk to her about this whoreina fingernail situation.  I see the bright red tips and I can’t help but wonder if my soccer-mom friend is fixin’ to start a new career that involves dancing with a pole.*


My favorite food group. Pulled fresh from the freezer and trying to soften. Hey, I already warned you that I was unprepared (see big word above: lackadaisical).


I need to tell you about a small personality quirk (please note: I did not say FLAW) that I have. I am a control freak and I may be a little bit obsessive compulsive.  I want (need!) order in my life when it comes to anything that I do. Especially cooking. The picture above does so many things to my head that I feel faint every time that I look at it. I believe that is butter on the lid of my Hershey Cocoa can. Good Lord.


As I was trying to gain some control over the situation and get a grip on my OCD, I pulled an apron out of the drawer and handed it to Regan. The next time I looked over at her I saw this.**  I’m also ashamed to say that my very good friend has a Jorts*** situation going on.  She says they are comfortable.  There are no words.  But it does give me an insight into why she’s not offended by my mother’s tube-top/pajama bottom combo.  Can you say fashion victims?


She’s using the wrong bowl and making a mess! Ugh! I probably should have just went and laid down right then and there. But somebody had to take the pictures so I soldiered on.  I do want to mention that Regan did clean up her mess.  Wearing that goddamn apron around her neck the entire time.


All I can see is that flour/cocoa on the top of the paddle that will not get mixed in correctly.  I may have developed a twitch.


This is what it looked like rolled out. Regan made the executive decision (before she tried to roll that shit) that we would roll out and bake 2 giant cookies. Then we would slather the softened ice cream in between them and throw the whole thing in the freezer.  After the ice cream firmed back up we would cut them into individual sandwiches. I agreed with her because it made sense to me too. Do you know what this means?  It means that Regan and I are both dumber than dirt.


Regan allowed me to help out by having me poke holes in the whole mess. Can you see my hidden message? We giggled like 12 year-old girls. After the cookie part was baked Regan went home and left me to figure out the rest of it.  How rude!  Okay, she does have a family to tend to, but still.  LEFT ME HIGH AND DRY.

Turned out that the cookies were still a bit too fragile. I grabbed the parchment paper underneath the cookies to put them on my counter (for the slathering of ice cream) and it all went to shit. It started cracking and I had to stand there pressing it back together. It was time for me to pick up my son from work so I left the cookies on the counter thinking that maybe they needed to cool more. By the time I came back they were hard. Real hard.


We did manage to get one put together for a photo and I forced my kid to try it. He said, “Oh, gross. It’s too sweet. I can’t eat this.”


Proof that he tried it. Heh.

I put another one together for my mom and she said that they weren’t very good and maybe I baked them too long. I thought the cookie part was pretty good when I was munching the broken pieces, but it was not anything like the ice cream sandwiches that I remember.

I think if you have the time and patience to babysit this recipe (hell, just to read it because whoa, WORDY) and you’re one of those people that wants homemade treats then give this recipe a shot. But if you’re like me and just want a tasty ice cream sandwich go buy a box at the grocery store and save yourself the mess.

** Nutbags Magee wore that apron around her neck the entire time.  I couldn’t even look at her.
*** Jorts = jean shorts. A huge fashion no-no. Don’t kill the messenger.


Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches (Nance & Robyn make the same recipe)
Prep time
Cook time
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Original Source/Author:
: snack, dessert
Serves: 10 - 12
  • Cookies:
  • 2⅔ cups (335 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup plus ¼ cup (75 grams) extra dark or Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1¼ cups (2½ sticks or 285 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon table salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Filling:
  • ½ gallon (8 cups or approximately 1050 grams) ice cream, your choice of flavor, softened
  1. Line the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan with parchment paper, allowing it to overhang on two sides so it will act as a sling. Spread the softened ice cream into the pan, smooth the top, and freeze until firm - 1 hour or longer.
  2. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Sift the flour and cocoa together into a bowl that is NOT the mixing bowl you're about to cream the sugar and butter together in.
  4. In the bowl of a standing mixer with a paddle attachment beat butter, sugar, and salt together until light and fluffy.
  5. Add egg yolks and vanilla and mix until combined.
  6. Add flour mixture a little at a time and mix until combined.
  7. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and divide into two equal pieces. (If the dough is too soft to handle, wrap and chill in the fridge for no longer than 30 minutes.)
  8. Roll each batch into a ¼-inch thick rectangle, about 10x8 inches. Cut into 2x4-inch rectangles or use your favorite cookie/ biscuit cutter.
  9. Reroll the scraps of dough and create more triangles if that floats your boat.
  10. Transfer rectangles to the prepared sheets, leaving only an inch of space between them. Use the tip of a thermometer, toothpick, oral syringes, whatever is close at hand, to poke the cookies with holes. Smitten Kitchen recommends more than 14 holes per cookie.
  11. Bake the cookies for 16 - 18 minutes or until they stay firm when tapped in the center. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Repeat with remaining cookie dough, rerolling scraps as needed (or not).
  13. Remove your pan full of ice cream from the freezer and run a knife along the exposed sides of the pan to loosen the ice cream.
  14. Lift ice cream out of the pan and onto the work surface. Using one of the cookies as a template (or using cookie cutter again), cut ice cream into bars (the number of cookie pairs your batch yielded.)
  15. Assemble sandwiches (one cookie, ice cream on top, second cookie on top of that), wrap in plastic wrap, and stick in the freezer.



Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches (Nance & Robyn make the same recipe) — 48 Comments

    • I. Am. DYING. That apron around Regan’s neck made me snort loudly.

      Also, Fred tried to talk me into doing the giant cookie and putting the ice cream between them and then cutting it. SO glad I didn’t!

      • All I can say is that no flour ended up on my shirt or my jorts. And wearing the apron like that was well worth the looks from Nance and the cackles from Shirley! I am a FASHIONISTA!!!

      • Shirley was only gleeful because for once someone looked more stupid than her. Fashionista, my ass. AND OMG, Don’t call them JORTS on purpose!

      • Better jorts than jeggings. I walked into a mall department store last fall and saw the word jeggings and lost a hundred brain cells on the spot.

      • Dude, I have a pair of jeggings! But I don’t really wear them because OHMYHELL, that would be as bad as wearing JORTS! Hee!

  1. Hmm, looks like an interesting treat…at least the pigs enjoyed them! Lol
    P.s. Robyn, why did you put yours in the oven after you wrapped them in plastic wrap? Lol

  2. Are Bermuda denim shorts considered jorts and did you make that up, Nance? I am a fashion vicitim too it seems. Would this apply to dark denim or white denim too-inquiring minds need to know. Damn those were considered my good shorts too-straight off the end of the season clearance rack last August. At least my pork is covered up as my bff likes to say. I think of fashion mainly in terms of the boobs up. No tube tops here because wayyyy too big but the situation amuses me no end.

    Does the cookie part taste like the chocolate wafer cookies you buy to make crusts for cheesecake, etc? Like the raspberry sauce covered chocolate one I made a few times that my ungrateful unsophisitcated family didn’t appreciate? Was a big hit at my job where I took it.

    Klondike makes an oreo ice cream sandwich with cookies and cream ice cream that is to die for. I’m too lazy to make my own.

    • Any denim short is a JORT. And no, I sure as hell didn’t make the word up! I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure it applies to any color of short as long as it is denim (jeans).

      No, the cookie part doesn’t taste like the chocolate crust for cookies, but you cracked my ass up with the raspberry sauce comment.

      I’m going to have to remember the Klondike info for the husband. He loves anything oreo. Gross!

  3. BABY STOMPERS!!!!! Squeeeeee… best post ever (at least until next week when you put Baby Stompers, Spanky, and Miz Poo in the same photo because you love me. Right, Robyn? Right??)

    What does it say about my brain that I saw Nance’s message in the cookie, laughed heartily and gave her an “Amen, Sister” before I continued reading? The fact that I found it so easily (and before it was pointed out in the following paragraph) worries me just a touch. A brain that loves baby kittens, ice cream sandwiches, and vulgar cookie messages in the same few moments is bound to have issues.

    I am disappointed this didn’t work out better. Although I’m not sure I would have put the work in on these anyway. I always make chocolate chip cookies (Tollhouse for the win) and smoosh a scoop of ice cream between two for an easy ice cream sandwich.

    • That’s exactly what I’d do next time, I think, make chocolate chip cookies and put ice cream between them. I KNOW I like my favorite cookies!

      And if Baby Stompers, Spanky, and Miz Poo were in the same space, I’m pretty sure the house would burn down from all the hate rays Miz Poo and Spanky would be shooting at each other and the wee bebbeh. 🙂

  4. This is why there is no substitute for good old Good Humor. You guys crack me up, which I think I say in every comment I make. I love all the pictures, the pigs enjoying the fruits of your labors, Regan with the apron around her neck like a big bib.

    Some things aren’t improved by being homemade, like cake. I have made cakes from scratch, and cakes from mixes, and I swear the cakes from mixes always taste better. Betty Crocker, you are my hero 🙂

    We have a compadre to Inspector Stompers in my house, it is Foreman Simba. Anytime there is a project, something to be measured-he is there to make sure all calculations are correct, and everything is done to specification. He is also an orange kitty, is this an inherited trait??

    • I’m with you, those mix cakes are pretty damn good!

      And I think nosiness is a trait of the orange kitties. 🙂 Wait, what am I saying? ALL kitties!!!

    • I have an orange inspector named Simba too!!!!! Did you also have small children who insisted on naming the cat after the Lion King? 😉 Mine takes up much more counter space than Baby Stompers. Sigh… he used to be so stinking cute.

    • I’m sad there are no new episodes of “Good Eats” anymore, I <3 Alton Brown. One of the older episodes was about cake and even he said that of all the baked goods you could buy mixes for, the only one you should buy is a cake mix because those companies have it down pat. Everything else should be made from scratch – including the frosting. But Duncan Hines/Betty Crocker cake mixes? Have at it.

  5. I am just going to have to be a fashion disaster then because I wear denim shorts practically every single day (not bermuda shorts though). If they are truly a fashion disaster, why do they continue to sell them in the stores? I guess that is rhetorical since they sell leggings and that is truly a fashion disaster (leggings are not pants!).

    About the recipe, I love the ice cream bit, so I would skip all the steps except for the spooning it into a bowl and enjoying. Love the kitchen inspector as well.

  6. There’s no way that I’d ever go to that much trouble for an ice cream sammich, when I can drive to the store, bring them home and….Done! Especially when noone liked them after all that work. But thanks for trying the recipe and the story was hilarious and worth the read. Any recipe where you can write messages on how you feel about the whole thing in cookie dough, can’t be all bad. My favorite part was when Inspector Stompers showed up and shut the whole thing down. Yay!

    • At least we all now know that making homemade ice cream sandwiches isn’t worth it. And it did get a lot of us thinking about ice cream sandwiches and how much we love them. Spreading the love and reminding people that they are still out there in the grocery store is definitely a WIN. hee!

  7. You guys belong on the Food Network! Except with your language, your program would have to be on after midnight! Loved Inspector Stompers and Regan and her apron. Just like the Food Network shows, you guys had guests. So funny!!! Sorry Nance, your sandwiches looked almost inedible.

    • We do not belong on the Food Network – we’re too special for that shit! We’ll just stick with this goofy little web site where everybody can get involved without a bunch of rules. And Sue, you’re right about how they were inedible. Everything went to the garbage can that very night. Except the ice cream. I only made up a few sandwiches because I wasn’t about to waste my ice cream on that hot mess!

  8. I’m sorry the ice cream sandwiches weren’t yummier – the picture looked good. I’m too lazy to go through all that, when I want to be a fancy-ass I go buy bakery M&M cookies and dump a scoop of ice cream in between, mash it down. The end, unless you want to go the extra mile and roll it in sprinkles. (Spoiler alert, I don’t.)

    I’m going to start wearing my apron like Regan and call it “European Style”.

  9. Store bought ice cream sandwiches, 8 seconds in the microwave…heaven. Wonder if Robyn’s whoopsie pie recipe (the chocolate part) would make a good ice cream sandwich or if it would be too cakey?

    • Oh, that is a great idea and I never thought of it. I love cake and ice cream so that might actually be like a portable birthday party! As soon as I get five minutes I’m going to try that because I am all about real cake and ice cream – this could be a winner, thanks!

  10. bahahahaha! Followed Robyn’s link from Love and Hisses and am SO glad I did!
    you both cook/bake like I do- with lots of swearing! and regret. snort

  11. OMG! Yes, Nance, I LOL’d…a lot! What a great post! Robyn, you slay me!!! Somehow, profanity makes cooking much more enjoyable! Best cooking blog E’VAR!!!!

  12. The first time I told my boyfriend about Smitten Kitchen he thought I was saying Smitten Kitten because I read too many blogs devoted to kittens. He still thinks it should be called smitten kitten despite the awesome things I cook off of there.

  13. The hole punching is to keep the cracker from puffing up and becoming a ball instead of flat. I know that’s true because I saw it on TV.

    I’ve seen ice-cream sammiches made with chocolate chip cookies on top and bottom, which might be easier because you don’t have to roll them out, so if you can make those soft enough to bite into you could re-try it that way.

    Plus you can call them ‘rustic’ if they are all uneven and lumpy.

    • And now I’ve seen it on the internet, which makes it extra true! 🙂 That makes sense, I suppose it’s why we had to poke holes in the cheese crackers we did a few weeks ago.

      I think ice-cream sammiches made with real (much easier to make) cookies are about guaranteed to be awesome!

  14. Store bought ice cream sandwich cookies are really hard, if you get them right away as soon as they are boxed. I love them that way. It is only after they sit for a couple days that they soften up, which is icky.

    In other words, I need to make these, as I’d probably like the hard cookies.

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