Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches
These chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream sandwiches are amazing! Layers of chocolate chip cookie dough sandwiching creamy cookie dough ice cream. Yum!
So just to be clear, what these are NOT:
Two baked chocolate chip cookies sandwiching cookie dough ice cream.
What these ARE:
Two luxurious layers of egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough sandwiching creamy cookie dough ice cream.
Because, really, can one ever have too much cookie dough?
At first glance (especially when gazing upon the step-by-step), it might seem like too much work for ice cream sandwiches.
And you might already be wondering why in the heck I’m posting an ice cream sandwich recipe in October.
All I can say is a) these are so (like, so, so, so) simple and once you get the stacking technique down, you’ll be able to whip out a billion of these babies and b) when a girl has a craving for cookie dough ice cream sandwiches, it cannot be ignored even in October.
What is it about cookie dough that just makes me so, so happy? Right out of the freezer, the cookie dough is firm but still soft enough to bite into which results in sublime cookie dough overload.
If you want to be a total rockstar, make your own cookie dough ice cream (um, which I did not) and report back. I’ll bow down to your feet and beg for a sample.
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Three Years Ago: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches
- ½ cup (113 g) salted butter
- ⅓ cup (71 g) packed light brown sugar
- ¼ cup (53 g) granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¼ cup (178 g) all-purpose flour (see note)
- 1 cup (170 g) mini chocolate chips
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Quart cookie dough ice cream, softened to spreadable consistency
- For the cookie dough, in a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter with the brown and granulated sugar. Stir to combine. Stir in the milk, vanilla, and salt until well blended. Stir in the flour until completely smooth. Let the mixture cool completely (so the chocolate chips don’t melt) then stir in the chocolate chips.
- Line an 8X8-inch baking pan (preferably with very straight sides) with two pieces of parchment paper (cut into 8-inch strips) so they extend well beyond the edges of the pan on all four sides; this will help to lift up and easily remove the frozen sandwiches.
- Scatter half of the dough into the pan and use your hands to press it into an even layer.
- Top with a second set of parchment strips that extend over each side. Lightly coat the parchment with nonstick cooking spray. Scatter the remaining dough over the top and press into an even layer.
- Fold the overhanging parchment over the dough and freeze for at least an hour (can be frozen for several days in advance.)
- Use the parchment strips hanging over the edge to lift out the top layer of cookie dough. Then remove the second layer.
- Place another set of parchment slings (I know, enough with the parchment already!) in the pan. Peel the parchment from one square of cookie dough and set it inside the pan with the smoothest side down.
- Spread the softened ice cream over the top into an even layer. Peel the parchment from the remaining square of cookie dough and place it, smoothest side up, on the ice cream. Gently press it into the ice cream.
- Cover the pan (with the parchment overhangs, if desired) and freeze for at least 2-3 hours but preferably 6-8. Using a long, sharp knife, run it under hot water, wipe dry, and slice the cookie dough ice cream sandwiches into squares, repeating with hot water after each slice (you can lift up on the handles to remove it from the pan before slicing – I found I had to run a knife around the edges to loosen any ice cream that had stuck to the pan corners). Eat fast so they don’t melt!
Recipe Source: adapted from this post from the book I Scream Sandwich
122 Comments on “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches”
A perfect summer treat. would definitely love to make it for my family.
A tip for if the middle starts to melt a bit and the ice cream starts spilling out of the sides… Take the top off and put it under the bottom. That way the ice cream doesn’t spill out when you bit into it 🙂 a life (or dress!) saver in hot weather!
Thanks Mel! These were a great summer treat! I made them gluten free by substituting half almond flour and half GF flour. The dough seemed a little too soft so I put it in the fridge before adding the chips. They turned out great! Next time I won’t add all the chocolate chips since there were a few too many for me.
I cannot believe these have been around for 6 years and I just now found them. I messed them up
the first time. I had been cooking all day and was exhausted. I lost count on my flour amount and probably doubled it. They weren’t so good. But I knew you and decided I knew it was my own fault. Oh man. So, so good. I want another one. Now.
I made this using toasted flour (since we LOVE the flavor it adds to your cookie dough frosting recipe) and made it into little balls. I then added those delicious little balls to homemade vanilla ice cream (using the machine I won form you!) Best chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream I’ve ever had!! Thanks for another winner!
Whoa!! So yummy, Katie!
Now I’m just in love with these sandwiches, would definitely love to make it for my family.
Thanks for sharing.
You should find an alternative flour, like almond flour or something to use.
You should never eat raw flour for two reasons.
1. we do not digest raw flour. It just comes right back out.
2. because we do not digest raw flour, we do no pasteurize raw flour. It has to be cooked to be safe, you can toast it at above 200 degrees, but if you do not cook your flour you are at risk for e.coli.
Statistically, if everyone who stumbles across this from pinterest made this and ate it, you would have encouraged hundreds of cases e.coli. It isn’t like a one and done, it is a random percentage of the population that gets affected, based on immune system and when and where the flour was harvested and processed.
Thank you for your comment ! I was worried some people might get seriously sick when I discoverd this recipe. I wouldn’t recommand anyone to try this recipe as it is. If I were the author of this article, I would change this recipe in order to prevent people from harming semselves.
It is not safe to eat uncooked dough and it is not even supposed to be eaten that way. Flour as to be cooked and, in my opinion, nothing tastes better than a well-baked crispy cookie coming right out of the oven (maybe with a bit of ice cream…)
Please be carreful !
A perfect summer treat – this is so, so delicious!!
have you ever doubled it to make it in a 9×13 pan?
I haven’t, but I bet it would work great!
So freaking good. I used Tillamook Chocolatey Chip Cookie Dough ice cream and they were heavenly. You’re the bomb!
These were a bust. Way too rich. My kids licked out the ice cream and didn’t like the cookie part. Sort of like eating a sheet of butter. I love sweets but couldn’t enjoy this one, sadly!
Strangely, we did not love them at my house. The frozen cookie part seemed so much harder than the ice cream. We will stick to baked cookies with icecream in between. We had fun making them together, though!
too good to be true, a fail on my end
Looks grea…I will definitely try BUT just be aware of the raw flour you are consuming…. most people think you get sick from cookie dough because of salmonella from eggs BUT you can get E. coli from the flour.. might I suggest putting the flour in the microwave first before you make this???
they look really yummy and I#d like to make them. So the question is did you use US cups or metric cups ?
I used US cups.
Mine is too runny??? I’ve made it now twice. It definitely doesn’t looked clumped for putting in the pan like in the pictures…. not sure what I’m doing wrong??
Try adding a bit more flour, Josie.
I have a funny story about these. My husband picked them for his birthday dessert on the Sunday before his birthday. (Because cookie dough and I’ve created are literally his two favorite things) while I was cutting them up to eat, my mom texted me a picture of them (I think you had posted them on Instagram or something that day) and said “You should make these! Your hubby would love them!” We all had a great laugh about how fortuitous it was! Also, these are seriously bomb. Probably one of my favorites from your site! Mel does it again!
Haha! That is a great story! Thank you for sharing!
I was just wondering how far in advance can you make these? And how lon can you have them?
You could probably make these at least a week in advance.
I’m also curious to know what milk did you use to make this. Regardless, this is a fabulous recipe.
I use 2% milk
Hi! What milk did you used??
Hey thanks for this recipe! I’ve been looking for something like this to replicate the ice cream sandwich I had in San Francisco last year and here it is! I didn’t know how the thin cookie was made and now I do. Can’t wait to do it.
Wow. I sure wish we could add those to one of our cookie dough fundraising programs.
Unfortunately the ice cream is the killer.
But you definitely got my taste buds interested : )
Love the way you post your recipe and directions, including the photos. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks Mel
Thanks for this great recipe! I am posting a low carb, gluten/grain free, and sugar free version today. I linked to this and encouraged my readers to come look at your step by step photos.
My daughter made theses 5/28/2016 they are amazing!!!!
i’m going to try making these with earth balance buttery spread, almond milk, ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips, and so delicious cookie dough ice cream so it’s vegan/dairy free! thank you! <3
they turned out great!!!
Awesome recipe. I just have one question as I’m from Germany and not familiar with the units of volume. Does one quart mean one liter? I really hope we have all the ingredients over here. :/
One quart isn’t exactly interchangeable with one liter but it is pretty close. 🙂
Could I bake the cookie dough???
I haven’t tried baking this recipe for cookie dough – you’ll have to experiment.
I made this tonight for our Independence Day celebration and let me just say, they were AMAZING! I was so excited about them and am so glad they turned out as good as I hoped. Thank you for another great recipe. You never disappoint me. 🙂
I was noticing in the photos that it seems the first layer of parchment paper under the first layer of cookie dough and the second layer of parchment paper under the second layer of cookie dough are cut differently…..it seems like the second layer of parchment paper only over hangs two sides of the pan rather than four sides like the first layer. Is there a reason for this? I was also confused when you said it is cut in 8″ strips. I apologize for the technical confusing question but I really want to try this and could use more direction on the parchment paper dimensions and positioning. Thanks 🙂
Hello Amy – Mel is out of town and unable to answer questions this weekend due to no internet but I can answer your question. Cut the pieces 8″ wide so that they fit in the pan, but about 12″ long so they hang out on the sides of the pan for easy pullout. Lay one, and then put the other 8×12″ piece the other direction so you have pieces hanging out on all 4 sides. Good luck!
#SO GONNA MAKE THESE AGAIN
Sooooooooo good . I made it twice! can you use regular vannila ice cream if you don’t have cookies & cream? Thanks!
I learned it is very important to let the mixture cool thoroughly before adding the chips. I waited but got impatient. They ended up melting thoroughly into the dough. The end result was still very delicious but I had to use a fork to eat them, since biting through frozen chocolate is tough on the teeth. I’m making them again, and adding a peanut butter swirl to the ice cream because I can.
These look amazing!!!! Would the flour cook with only the temperature of the macrowaved butter with the sugars?
It seems as if the flour would stay raw?
I came across this recipe just now on Pinterest and OMG I AM FREAKING OUT RIGHT NOW. THIS IS AMAZING!
Do you use salted or unsalted butter?
Stacy – I use salted butter.
can I use normal chocolate chips instead of the mini ones?
Mary – Sure!
This is amazing! I just tried them out for myself and of course linked back to this page. LOVE THEM! cannot stop eating 😀
Check it out: http://pinchpurrfect.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/happy-belated-national-ice-cream-day/
What brand of ice cream did you use?
Lindsey – Usually Breyers.
Good golly, those look AMAZING! Can’t ever go wrong with cookie dough and ice cream.
Oh my! 🙂
Could you provide a picture of just the pan that you used for this? I’m trying to figure out how you were able to cover every inch of the pan with parchment paper…
Yaa – It’s just an 8X8-inch square pan. The corner lines aren’t covered with parchment – just the flat part of the pan and all the straight edges. Hope that helps.
Wow these look insanely good! I MUST try them! What a great idea 🙂
These are great!!! I’m only 17 and I just made them with my moms assistance but for the most part by myself I can’t wait to try them tomorrow but they were really easy especially with your step by step instructions and pictures. Thank you so much!!!
Hi Mel. Is it possible to wrap the sandwiches up after cutting them to put back in the freezer for quick desserts? Or would the warm knife melt the ice cream too fast? Also I have to tell you how grateful my family is for your site and all the recipes you post. Almost all my dinners come from this site. My husband and little boy love the food and I enjoy cooking so much more now, so thank you!
Brenna – yes, I definitely think you could wrap the sandwiches and freeze them individually like that! (Thanks for the sweet comment!)
I made these for my daughter who is a cookie dough fiend. She says she would eat them every day if she could. Thanks!
OMG!! *drool* these are just too good for words to describe!
Could you replace butter with oil? Will the results be the same?
Nadia – I’ve never tried that variation but good luck if you decide to experiment!
I’m in a dream! These look absolutely delicious! The best of both words, cookie and cookie dough ice cream. I’m speechless!
Girl, these bars look amazing! Sharing on my Facebook page later today 🙂
I made this today except I pressed all the dough (except a tiny little bit) into the bottom of a spring-form pan and then topped with ice cream and crumbled the rest of the cookie dough on top. We sliced it up like a cookie dough pie! Thanks for the recipe.
I am dying…oh these look so amazing! Cookie dough is my absolute favorite!!! The idea to use cookie dough to sandwich the ice cream is ingenious….no words…haha can you tell I’m craving cookie dough yet?!
Oh my goodness! I need these ice cream sandwiches in my life! Thanks for the recipe!
I am making them now for later and can’t wait to try them!!! I will tell that I got all the parchment paper ready while the mix was cooling off before I put the chocolate chips in and that worked out great!! My kids are so excited to try it later!! Quick question how long should I let the ice cream sit out so its spreadable? Thank you for this!!!
Hi Nicole – hope you love them! I’d say a good 20 minutes on the counter should soften the ice cream right up.
Made them tonight and they came out great!!
I am SO excited to try this! Love that it’s egg-free & safe 🙂
I made these the day you posted them. And ate more than my share, but gosh they were so good, I couldn’t help myself! I am a cookie dough fanatic. I am also a homemade ice cream fanatic. I have two frozen canisters for my ice cream machine, so I can make more without the waiting. I make and eat it all year round. I made homemade cookie dough ice cream for this,and used the dough from the recipe for the dough chunks in the ice cream. It twas delicious beyond words. Now I’m dreaming of a brownie batter version.
There are no words. I need to make these with a lot of supervision so I don’t eat them all.
I’m not going to promise that i’ll not eat the whole pan… So good!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can imagine the taste 🙂
You are a genius, that is all =)
Love it! Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite… so adding more cookie dough is a fabulous idea. I made something similar a couple months ago and it was kind of hard to cut… your warm knife tip would have really helped!
Well this is brilliant. Cookie dough in every bite? Yes please. Thank you!
These look wonderful! I love the step-by-step photos at the end of the post. Keep it up!
Mel, I have decided to try the gluten free route for a while, I know blasphemy right? I NEED to lose this baby weight, but I kept thinking about how I wont be able to make your recipes anymore like I used to:-(. However, you actually have a lot of GF recipes, so I will continue to make those over and over! I’ve got the steel cut oats soaking right now. So glad you shared that little secret!
WOW. This is….unbelievably fantastic!
These look sooo good! I am one of those people who makes the cookie dough and then eats it all before the cookies make it to the oven. Can’t wait to try them!
Cookie dough is the actual sandwich part? I love it!
Mel I’ve been trying to avoid sugar and get over my cold before my baby is born. This is not helping! I need these! This spoke straight to my cookie-dough-loving soul! My husband calls me cookie monster cause I am always found sneaking cookies from the pantry or balls of frozen cookie dough from the freezer when I think he’s not looking!
It’s still so hot in Austin, so there’s nothing I wouldn’t give to sink my chompers into one (or three) of these ice cream sandwiches! What a wonderful treat!
I have never seen anything like this before! It looks yummy.
I just wanted to let you know that you are amazing. These rock my socks and I’m craving them (and I have a crock pot of pulled pork in front of me too and these are trumping that smell!). 😀
Girl, this is too fabulous to even wrap my mind around. Are we twins separated at birth? If so, you owe it to your long lost sister to fly to Arkansas and bring me some of these.
Huh…so I wonder if you could do the same thing with other kinds of cookies and ice creams. Maybe your chocolate mint chip ice cream sandwiches? I don’t know how the cookie part would turn out without eggs, though.
Yes. That is all I have to say. Yes.=)
I’m savin’ this for my daughter’s birthday! She LOVES anything cookie dough related!
Yummy! I have to say the very last line of your post in its ‘matter-of-fact’ tone (like it truly was part of the recipe) made me laugh out loud. Even if your recipes weren’t fantastic I would read every day simply for your great sense of humour (sorry I’m Canadian that’s how we spell humour) 🙂
Oh. my. cookie dough anything is my weakness–any month of the year. cookie dough love has no season 🙂 Thanks for making my day with this recipe! btw–made your white texas sheet cake–oh.my! divine!
have i mentioned how much i love your search bar at the top? and even though you forgot to pick me for an apron, i’ll still be your friend. 🙂
Wow this takes chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream to a whole new level! I definitely don’t think I can wait until next summer to try one of these.
Ok, I want, no NEED this in my life right.bout.now!
Oh mah gahhh! These are ridiculous in the best way EVERRR.
HELLO!!! These ice-cream sandwiches look incredible!!! A cookie dough lovers dream come true…
Of course I would try to start a diet right before you post this. I have my priorities straight – the diet will just have to wait!
These look so fun and yummy! I love cookie dough even more than the baked cookies. Thank you for the step by step photos.
If only it was possible to eat these things through my computer screen like I wanted to do. I’m all for ice cream in October, especially when it involves cookie dough!
Oh my goodness, you’re a genius! This is such an amazingly delicious idea! my husband would love these. Not sure I’d be able to keep enough cookie dough uneaten to sandwich the ice cream between 😉
Oh. My. Word. You are an evil cookie dough genius.
OMG… I must make for my family.. This Christmas
Such great photos of putting these together! Love, love the recipe and would probably eat them all myself:-)
Question – why do you have to take out the bottom layer of cookie dough and reline the pan before you take the parchment off and put the cookie dough layer back down? Can you just leave the bottom layer of dough in there and then add the ice cream and top it with the other cookie dough layer? Or does that invite some kind of disaster? Just wondering. It seems like an extra step/extra parchment. Thanks! My son would die to see these. Maybe I will make them for him soon!
Larissa – that’s a great question and I thought the same thing but yes, it is important to take out both layers of cookie dough and unpeel them from the parchment because during that first freezing time (when the cookie dough has been pressed into the pan), the cookie dough solidifies and really sticks to the parchment. Not so much that you can’t peel it off, but it would be a mess to try to get it off once the cookie dough sandwiches are already formed with ice cream. Unpeeling the parchment and putting the cookie dough down on a fresh piece makes the finished removal much, much easier.
I had the same question!! So glad I read this!!
Hi Mel; has something changed with your site? For about a week, when I open it, it freezes internet explorer 8 right up, and I have to force a quit. On my phone it works fine though. Never had the issue until about a week ago.
Patrick – hmmm, that’s strange! I don’t use IE, but my site has been working just fine in Chrome and Firefox. I’ll open up IE today and check it out.
I like you food that you make
Wow. Do they look good! I love the step by step photos.
hello!! yum 🙂
seriously, you really are a go-to for the best recipes.
Oh my…these look AMAZING, Mel! My daughter is a cookie dough nut, and I know she will love these!
O-M-G! I am dying! These look amazing!
These are beautiful! Cookie dough is so hard to resist. I have had a similar recipe pinned for a while now, but with such great intructions and a perfect photo tutorial – these are moving to the top of the list! There must a celebration of some sort coming up….