These delicious Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches are a delicious spring or summer treat. Use red, white and blue chocolate M&M’s for an added a touch of patriotic fun!
Summer treats are a massive hit in our home. My boys love anything that is frozen and that also contains sugar. Enjoying summery treats is one of their favorite pastimes. Can eating sugar be considered a pastime? When I neglect our freezer and do not have it well-stocked, you’d think I had just told them sugar had suddenly been deleted from the entire world.
I have made a few batches of these ice cream sandwiches over the past few years and they always get devoured very quickly. I like to wrap them individually in plastic wrap so hungry little hands can reach into the freezer and grab them out easily. This is a great frozen dessert to bring to a summer party on a hot day. They are perfect for Fourth of July gatherings, as well, because the red, white and blue M&M’s make them festive and patriotic. We love M&M’s ice cream sandwiches and hope you do, as well!
HOW TO MAKE M&M’S ICE CREAM COOKIE SANDWICHES
STEP 1 – MAKE THE COOKIES!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, start creaming butter, brown sugar, sugar, egg and vanilla together. Mix until the mixture is creamy. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to the butter mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in 1 cup of M&M’s milk chocolate candies.
Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place onto the prepared baking sheets. Press down slightly on each ball of dough. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes, or until the edges are light-golden brown. Let cool completely.
STEP 2 – MAKE THE SWIRLY ICE CREAM!
In a medium bowl, combine a 1.75-quart container of softened vanilla ice cream with 1 cup M&M’s candies. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes, remove and stir to create a swirled effect. Return the ice cream to the freezer for a minimum of 2 hours.
STEP 3 – ASSEMBLE THE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES!
Scoop one large scoop of ice cream between two delicious cookies. Wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap. Repeat with all cookies and ice cream. Freeze for a minimum of 2 additional hours and serve!
TIPS: HOW TO MAKE THESE THE MOST IRRESISTIBLE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES YOU’LL EVER EAT!
Use any variety or color of M&M’s to match this frozen treat to your occasion! Minis milk chocolate candies work great, too.
Add up to 1 cup of chocolate chips for an extra chocolatey treat.
Creamy vanilla ice cream is my favorite way to fill these sandwich cookies, but strawberry or chocolate ice cream work great, too. Use a reduced fat variety to cut back on fat!
HOW LONG WILL ICE CREAM SANDWICHES LAST IN THE FREEZER?
All summer! But I bet they won’t last that long. If they do, try to enjoy them after 3-4 months of making them.
WHAT TO SERVE AT A SUMMER POTLUCK
I LOVE summer party food, so you have come to the right place if you are looking for recipes to make for your next potluck. Here are some options for you that will be easy, delicious and crowd-pleasing!
Fruit Pizza – The classic, crowd-pleasing Fruit Pizza has a cookie dough crust, dreamy cream cheese frosting and a colorful top layer of fruit and a tasty glaze. Great appetizer/dessert for parties of any kind, any time of the year!
Taco Ranch Pasta Salad – This delicious pasta salad gets totally devoured at gatherings, no matter the season.
Sausage Cheese Dip – Sausage Cheese Dip is easy to make (let your crockpot do the work for you!), cheesy, flavorful and totally irresistible! Serve as an appetizer at your next party and it won’t last long. Only 6 ingredients required for this delicious party food!
7-Layer Taco Dip – This is the best 7-Layer Taco Dip you’ll ever meet! It’s the perfect appetizer and party food and it is always the first thing to get devoured.
Crockpot Meatballs – These require only a few ingredients with only a few minutes of prep. They are SO EASY to make, totally packed with delicious flavor and great for game-day parties or holidays. Let your slow cooker do all of the work for you!
Spinach Artichoke Dip – This hot Spinach Artichoke Dip is a party staple! People always get excited about this dip and its so easy to make! It’s a filling, cheesy snack or appetizer that you can put on pita squares, crackers or chips. Let your slow cooker do all of the work for you!
M&M’s Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, sugar, egg and vanilla. Mix until creamy. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to the sugar-butter mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in 1 cup of the M&M’s candies.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on prepared baking sheets. Press down slightly on each ball of dough. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes, or until edges are light-golden brown. Let cool completely.
- In a medium bowl, combine softened vanilla ice cream and 1 cup M&M’s candies. Place in freezer for 15 minutes, remove and stir to create colored effect. Return to the freezer for a minimum of 2 hours.
- Scoop two large spoonfuls of ice cream onto the bottom of a cookie and top with another cookie. Wrap in plastic wrap. Repeat with all cookies and ice cream. Freeze for a minimum of 2 additional hours and serve!