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

May 21, 2014

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

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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 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!

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Rachel May 26, 2014
Matcha white chocolate chip cookies & vanilla bean ice cream
Christina D. May 25, 2014
christina dutra:
i love vanilla bean ice cream w/ caramel!!
jeannine May 24, 2014
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.
Naomi May 24, 2014
Shortbread cookie with lavendar honey ice cream.
Noreen L. May 24, 2014
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with peanut butter ice cream
debbie May 23, 2014
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!
Aimee May 23, 2014
I like the classic vanilla ice cream between two chocolate chip cookes.
Melody J. May 23, 2014
Chocolate chip cookies with mint chocolate chip ice cream.
pretty_pathetic May 23, 2014
Coffee ice cream with chocolate cookies. Or coffee ice cream with just about anything, really
Carolsue May 23, 2014
Vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip mint are tops in my book!
FoodieDawn May 22, 2014
That top photo looks amazing, where is that recipe? In the book I hope to win? But snickerdoodle sounds yummy as well!
kzmccaff May 22, 2014
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!
joan May 22, 2014
Butter Brickle ice cream and a shortbread cookie would be my pick.
lpenney14 May 22, 2014
Spicy peanut butter cookies with banana ice cream.
Haily May 22, 2014
White Macadamia cookies with raspberry ice cream.
Claudia O. May 22, 2014
Rum raisin ice cream on ginger cookies. Yum!
Chelsea Z. May 22, 2014
Lemon-basil shortbread cookies with blackberry ice cream!
Dorisq May 22, 2014
Chocolate chip cookies and strawberry ice-cream! I'm craving those right now
Lauren R. May 22, 2014
I have always been a fan of a ginger cookie with pumpkin ice cream! OR chocolate chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter ice cream.
Jenny May 22, 2014
Ginger Molasses Cookies with Vanilla Bean Ice die for!