Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches Using Different Kinds of Cookies

sugar-cookie-icecream-sandwichIt may be a wonderful summertime treat, but Chipwiches and ice cream sandwiches can be delicious any time of year. It’s hard to picture a more scrumptious dessert than ice cream sandwiched between two soft, chewy cookies. Yum! Store-bought ice cream novelties like Chipwiches can certainly be tasty, but making them at home adds a fun element of creativity and freshness.

Whether it’s a hot summer day or a rainy day any time of year when you’re bored, consider making your own delectable ice cream cookie sandwiches using your favorite flavor of ice cream and favorite type of cookie. You can use store-bought cookies if you must, but half of the fun is baking your own cookies to use in your ice cream sandwiches.

When making ice cream sandwiches at home, you can make them completely by hand or you can use an actual ice cream sandwich maker or mold. You can make ice cream sandwich minis or full-sized treats, depending on how much variety you want to have in your snack. Mini ice cream sandwiches can be great for parties – just make them ahead of time and freeze until you are ready to serve. My family bought me the Cuisipro Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Maker set for Christmas last year and I love it. You can make mini ice cream sandwiches in shapes of hearts, stars, and circles, in as many flavors as your heart desires. This kit is a super easy, beautiful, and fun way to make delicious, amazing, frozen treats any time of year.

I also received a different set of ice cream sandwich makers for bigger treat sizes from a friend. The Tovolo Ice Cream Sandwich Molds set allows you to make ice cream cookie sandwiches very easily with a cookie cutter type mold. The molds have a plunger type piece that allows you to gently push out the ice cream sandwich once it is ready. These ice cream sandwich molds and the mini ice cream sandwich makers are really cute and fun helpers when it comes to making your own frozen treats at home. Of course, you can always make cookies in similar sizes and simply use those without the ice cream sandwich press as well. It’s really up to you and how you prefer to assemble your treats!

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Try these tips to make a delicious spread of ice cream cookie sandwiches for your entire family or all your friends to enjoy.

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich Ingredients:
– Ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, black raspberry, black cherry, strawberry, cookies and cream, etc.)
– Ingredients for your favorite cookie recipe
– Mini chocolate chips

Recipe Steps for Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches:

1. Make up your favorite batch of cookies. Chocolate chip cookies work perfectly, but you can also make oatmeal raisin cookies, sugar cookies, chocolate sugar cookies, and more.
2. Allow cookies to cool sufficiently, at least 20 minutes.
3. Match up cookies of similar sizes.
4. Bring out the ice cream and a scooper.
5. If using an ice cream sandwich maker, follow the individualized instructions. Usually you will press the mold / cutter down onto a semi-soft cookie, scoop the ice cream into it, and press down onto another cookie. Then twist the handle until the ice cream sandwich pops out of the mold.
6. If desired, press mini chocolate chips around the edges of the exposed ice cream.
7. Store your cookie sandwiches individually in plastic baggies or in a freezer-safe plastic container with a lid.

Making homemade ice cream sandwiches is easy and fun, but you might find a little difficulty since the ice cream melts really fast. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your fun treat-making experience:

ice-cream-sandwiches-x• When making these treats in bulk, create small batches and take a break to let your ice cream get harder again. If you try to make too many sandwiches or let it take too long, the ice cream will be a mushy mess that is too tough to handle.
• Put them in the freezer in small fold-over sandwich bags, individually wrapped for best results. That makes them easy to enjoy later, too!
• Consider putting them in the freezer for a little while before you add the mini chocolate chips to the edges if you find the ice cream is too soft to manage.
• I know it’s hard to wait, but please avoid putting ice cream on the cookies until they’ve really cooled. Your ice cream will melt too fast and you’ll never be able to enjoy your cookie sandwich without a real mess!

Do you have a favorite flavor of ice cream cookie sandwich? I made the ultimate, extreme ice cream cookie sandwich using chocolate chip cookies and cookies and cream ice cream with mini chips on the edges. I also tried sugar cookies and black cherry ice cream, oatmeal craisin cookies with chocolate ice cream, and sugar cookies with black cherry ice cream. They were all wonderful, although Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches will always have a special place in my heart!

Do you want to try this? Have you already done it? Do you have any other tips to share? Please share your comments below – we’d love to hear from you!

Recipe: Homemade Brownie Pudding Pops, Full-Size or in Dixie Cups

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Summertime rolls around and frozen treats become the perfect pastime. Make yummy frozen desserts to enjoy with your kids, family, friends, and loved ones, and this will also become a fond memory of the warmer seasons. Making homemade pudding pops doesn’t cost a lot and also doesn’t take much time. It also allows you to be creative with the ingredients, mixing in your favorite things for a yummy treat you can enjoy as a snack or as dessert any time.

I am a sucker for brownies, so I wanted to make a frozen treat that incorporated tiny pieces of brownie and of course, chocolate and fresh strawberries. Are you hungry yet? If so, keep reading – you will find this recipe fairly simple and fun!

Homemade Strawberry and Brownie Pudding Pops
In Dixie cups, these yummy treats are the perfect size for the kids or a modest dessert for adults of all ages. You can also use the Zoku™ Quick Pop™ Maker for a full-sized treat.

Mix up your favorite flavors and experiment with different combinations to see what you like best!

dixie-pudding-pops Ingredients:

Strawberry layer
3/4 cup fresh-cut strawberries
2 tsp Honey
1/8 tsp Vanilla extract
3/4 tsp water

Pudding base
1 8-oz package Chocolate or Vanilla Instant Pudding (plus required ingredients on pudding packet)
1/2 cup (4 oz.) whole or 2% milk
1 and 1/2 Tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp Vanilla extract

Other:
One or two brownies, broken into pieces
Sliced strawberries
Dixie cups
Mini popsicle sticks
Instructions:

  1. Create the strawberry sauce by combining strawberries and water in a food processor.
  2. Move to measuring cup and add in honey and vanilla.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Mix together all the ingredients for the pudding base.
  5. Starting with the pudding base, layer ingredients as desired into little Dixie cups. Add in slices of strawberries or bits/chunks of brownie as you go. When the cup is about 3/4 full, add in a popsicle stick if desired.
  6. Put brownie crumbles atop any remaining pudding or fruit layers around the stick.
  7. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours but possibly longer.
  8. Enjoy!

pops_2281I adapted my recipe from a great book of popsicle recipes entitled Zoku Quick Pops, for use with the Zoku™ Quick Pop™ Maker. We have the pop maker and I actually did use it to make these very same pops. We noticed the ingredients ended up being a bit thick for the pop maker, but it was also our first attempt, so I’m looking forward to giving it a shot with a different recipe, perhaps a more juice-based pop recipe.

We had some leftover pudding, strawberries, brownies, and strawberry sauce, along with some bananas, so we made the rest of the batch into the Dixie cups version of pudding pops. It worked out great and I look forward to doing this together with my little girl when she is old enough to enjoy it.

Adorable Easter Dessert Ideas to Enjoy or Share

Easter is a time of year that brings to mind wonderful, delicious sweets and treats – coconut Easter eggs, jelly beans, candy as far as the eye can see, cupcakes, pastries, decadent cakes in the shape of bunnies, and so many other yummy and adorable Easter desserts. No matter if you are hosting Easter yourself or looking to make something you can bring with you to someone’s home for the holiday, consider these fun and adorable Easter dessert ideas you can make yourself!

Before you get started, make sure you have the necessary supplies. If you are planning a few days to a week or two in advance, that should give you sufficient time to order or purchase any ingredients or materials you need to create your very own delicious Easter desserts and treats.

Coconut Easter Bunny Cake
This popular favorite Easter dessert gets better and better every year. Your kids and younger relatives will absolutely love this adorable bunny shaped cake!

Ingredients:
Box of cake mix (or your own recipe)
Can of vanilla frosting
Shredded coconut
Jelly beans for eyes and nose
Shoestring licorice for whiskers
Fruit Rollups for Ears
One marshmallow for cotton tail
(Makes 2 bunny cakes)

Instructions:
1.    Bake a cake in two round pans.
2.    Remove from pans and allow cake to cool on cooling racks.
3.    Frost the top of one cake layer once cool.
4.    Put the second cake layer on top of the one you just frosted, as if you are making a traditional round cake.
5.    Cut the round cake in half and place each half on a plate, flat side down.
6.    Frost the cake with vanilla frosting and immediately coat the entire half-cake with shredded coconut.
7.    Using scissors or a steak knife over a cutting board, cut out two bunny ear shapes from the Fruit Rollups.
8.    Attach the Fruit Rollup Ears with frosting to the side of the cake where the head will be. (Usually where the cake is arcing upward is a good place for the ears, just before it levels out.)
9.    Add two of the same colored jelly beans for eyes and a pink or red one for a nose. Place them appropriately based on where your ears are located.
10.    Add a big white marshmallow or a dab of frosting and more coconut for a tail.
11.    Repeat steps 6 – 10 for the second bunny cake.

Tip: If you like, sprinkle jelly beans or other Easter candy around the platter where the bunny cake sits.

Alternative Shape for Bunny Cake: Easter Bunny Sheet Cake
If you like the idea of an Easter bunny cake but you don’t want to mess with the sideways positioning and cutting a cake in half and all that, you can make an Easter Bunny Sheet Cake instead. Make your cake as usual, and instead of frosting it all at once, keep one round cake intact and cut the other so that you have a bow-tie and two ears. Arrange the pieces of cake on a foiled board or platter and frost all pieces. Decorate with pink sugar crystals, jelly beans, and shoestring licorice for whiskers. This yummy bunny cake can be a delicious way to celebrate Easter!

Easter Basket Cupcakes
Sometimes cupcakes are easier for certain gatherings than a whole cake. If you prefer to make some adorable Easter basket cupcakes, try this fun and easy Easter dessert recipe.

Ingredients:
Cake mix
Frosting
Jelly beans, M&Ms or other Easter candy
Twizzlers or other licorice

Instructions:
1.    Bake cupcakes in cupcake wrappers according to instructions on packaging.
2.    Allow to cool and then frost each Easter basket cupcake as desired. You can use a cake decorating gun to make the frosting look like Easter basket grass that you put in the Easter baskets.
3.    Gently poke both ends of the licorice vine into the cupcake to make it look like a basket.
4.    Add jelly beans or M&Ms or any Easter candy you like to each Easter basket cupcake for decoration and additional sweetness.

Tip: Consider using different colors of frosting for a fun and varied look or all the same color so no one fights over the last pink one!

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