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5 Ways to Make a Better Ice Cream Sandwich + A Giveaway!

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When you think of summer, chances are, you think of ice cream sandwiches: finger tips sticky with cookie bits and ice cream melting down your hand.

Today, we're bringing on ice cream sandwich expert Natasha Case, co-founder of Coolhaus Ice Cream, to share some of her expert sandwich building tips -- plus, we're giving away 2 copies of the new Coolhaus Ice Cream Book

Ice cream sandwiches are clearly one of our favorite foods here at Coolhaus Architecturally-Inspired Ice Cream. So in anticipation of summer's arrival, we thought we'd share some of our insider tips on how to make the best possible ice cream sandwiches. Now, you'll have the knowledge you need to be the architect of your own dessert and blow your friends and family away. 

1. When you scoop your ice cream, make sure it's as frozen as possible. Since the sandwich will take a minute or two to devour, the ice cream will soften as you're partaking; it's better that you start with conservatively frozen ice cream, rather than conservatively soft. It's also okay to scoop the sandwich, then freeze it. Don't worry, the cookie won't harden -- it will actually get softer as it absorbs the moisture of the ice cream. 

2. Think about how the cookie and ice cream flavor profiles interact! Ice cream sandwiches are a great way to deconstruct other desserts, or even savory dishes. For example, a peanut butter and jelly ice cream sandwich could be a peanut butter cookie with strawberry ice cream; lemon meringue could mean a macaron and Meyer lemon ice cream. We always say the "sushi sandwich" is a ginger-molasses cookie with wasabi ice cream...be playful with your combinations!

More: Read our top 5 tips for making better ice cream

3. Make sure the cookie is chewy and pliable, but also soft. This way when you bite into the ice cream sandwich, the cookie will bend to your bite but still hold onto the ice cream in the center. You want it soft enough that you can bite through and have that perfect textural experience.

More: You can also go rogue and use toasted (whole wheat!) sandwich bread -- don't knock it 'til you've tried it.

Healthy Ice Cream Sandwiches on Food52

4. Don't bake the cookie too thick, and be sure to smoosh down the top cookie when the sandwich is complete. You need to be able to fit the whole sandwich in your mouth -- make sure it's humanly possible!

5. Find the un-sweet flavors to balance the dessert. With two cookies and a scoop of ice cream, there is potential for a lot of sweet here. In our opinion, the way to counterbalance that is to highlight the other palate sensations: salty, savory, smoky, boozy, tart, and so on. These layers will make the treat so much more complex, and will let you devour a whole sandwich without risking a sugar overdose.

Ready to build a killer ice cream sandwich? Get started with our Frank Beh-ry Ice Cream Sandwich inspired by architect Frank Gehry. (Get it?)

Frank Behry Ice Cream Sandwich on Food52

Snickerdoodle Cookies 

16 tablespoons unsalted butter 
1 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract 
3 eggs 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda 

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here. 

Strawberries and Cream Gelato

4 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
8 large egg yolks
12 to 14 strawberries
1 tablespoon white granulated sugar
Juice of half a lemon

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here. 

We're giving away two copies of the Coolhaus Ice Cream Book! To enter, share your favorite ice cream sandwich combination in the comments. We'll pick two winners at random next Monday, May 26th at 12 PM EST. Happy scooping!

Tags: coolhaus, ice cream sandwiches, summer dessert, ice cream recipe

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Comments (72)


10 months ago Rachel

Matcha white chocolate chip cookies & vanilla bean ice cream


10 months ago Christina Dutra

christina dutra:
i love vanilla bean ice cream w/ caramel!!


10 months ago jeannine

Hellooo! I have never tried this combination, mostly because I live in an old apartment with a gas oven and every cookie I make comes out black, but my fabourite ice cream cookie combo WOULD be coconut oatmeal cookies with dark chocolate cherry ice cream. Yum.


10 months ago Naomi

Shortbread cookie with lavendar honey ice cream.


10 months ago Noreen Landaverde

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with peanut butter ice cream


10 months ago debbie

i love the classic chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream in the middle, and if it's rolled in chocolate chips that's even better! i also love to switch up the ice cream though, mint chocolate chip is my favorite!


10 months ago Aimee

I like the classic vanilla ice cream between two chocolate chip cookes.


10 months ago Melody J

Chocolate chip cookies with mint chocolate chip ice cream.


10 months ago crazyasitsounds

Coffee ice cream with chocolate cookies. Or coffee ice cream with just about anything, really


10 months ago Carolsue

Vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip mint are tops in my book!


10 months ago AAFoodie

That top photo looks amazing, where is that recipe? In the book I hope to win? But snickerdoodle sounds yummy as well!


10 months ago kzmccaff

I like them all!! But if you're forcing me to choose... I could really go for a salted caramel ice cream with a brownie cookie!


10 months ago joan

Butter Brickle ice cream and a shortbread cookie would be my pick.


10 months ago lpenney14

Spicy peanut butter cookies with banana ice cream.


10 months ago Haily

White Macadamia cookies with raspberry ice cream.


10 months ago Claudia O'Keeffe

Rum raisin ice cream on ginger cookies. Yum!


10 months ago Chelsea Z

Lemon-basil shortbread cookies with blackberry ice cream!


10 months ago Dorisq

Chocolate chip cookies and strawberry ice-cream! I'm craving those right now


10 months ago Lauren Ruben

I have always been a fan of a ginger cookie with pumpkin ice cream! OR chocolate chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter ice cream.


10 months ago Jenny

Ginger Molasses Cookies with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream...to die for!