Ice cream during the summer is a staple in Amish homes, and ice cream sandwiches even more so. No wonder, who isn't a fan of ice cream and cookies? Get ready to indulge in the perfect combination of both with these easy and delicious ice cream sandwich recipes. This recipe is super easy to make, so you can whip up a batch in no time. So grab your favorite ice cream flavor and get ready to take your dessert game to a whole new level with these mouth-watering ice cream sandwich recipes.
🍨 The Amish and Homemade Ice Cream
I'm not a huge homemade ice cream fan in the sense that why go through all the trouble to make it when you can grab it in 30 seconds at the supermarket? Totally get it. But there is something that can be said about “working for it." And, historically, the Amish have not had ready access to supermarkets so pre-made ice cream would mean a 30 minute trip to the store by buggy, dealing with melting ice cream on the way back home, and then finding a spot to freeze it once they're back. So, yes, among the Amish homemade ice cream makes sense.
The good news about this Crispy Ice Cream Sandwiches recipe, you don’t really have to work for it. You can use store-bought ice cream premade ice cream. Yes, some Amish would use homemade, but store-bought works fine with this.
I was just looking for something to do with the kids on a hot summer day, Aster wanted to bake but I didn’t have a lot of time to do anything elaborate. And it was a hot hot day, so we went into one of my Amish cookbooks and found this. Now, some of you will take me to task for this not being an “Amish recipe “, but really what does that mean?
I mean, it’s a fun recipe. Actually, corn syrup is a staple in Amish kitchens so to me it fits the profile. But there’s been a lot of chatter on the website recently about “Amish recipes “ and those are really difficult to define. Amish cooking covers and encompasses such a wide area and draws from some many different culinary influences.
📋 Tips for Great Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Soften the ice cream. You don't want the ice cream to be too hard, or it will be difficult to spread and assemble the sandwiches. Let the ice cream sit out on the counter for about 30 minutes, or until it is soft but not melted. 15 minutes is often enough. And if you make homemade ice cream, that will be spreadable and soft on its own. Homemade softened ice cream is great with this recipe. Just forget about calories.
- Spread the ice cream evenly. When you're spreading the ice cream on the cookies, make sure to spread it evenly so that the sandwiches are uniform in size. You can use a spatula or your fingers to spread the ice cream.
- Press the cookies together firmly. When you're pressing the cookies together, make sure to press them firmly so that the ice cream doesn't ooze out. You can also wrap the sandwiches in plastic wrap or parchment paper before freezing them to help prevent the ice cream from melting.
- Freeze the sandwiches for at least 2 hours. This will give the ice cream time to harden and the sandwiches will be easier to eat.
- Enjoy! Homemade ice cream sandwiches are best eaten immediately, but they can also be frozen for later. Just put them in the freezer for storage.
Here are some additional tips:
- Use a good quality ice cream. The better the ice cream, the better the sandwiches will taste.
- strawberry ice cream is underrated.
- Get creative with your flavors. You can use any flavor of ice cream you like, or even mix and match flavors.
- Add toppings. You can add sprinkles, chocolate chips, or other toppings to your ice cream sandwiches. Nuts are a nice addition. Sprinkle a little brown sugar on top. A homemade or store-bought fudge sauce in an even layer over the top would be great.
- Have fun! Making homemade ice cream sandwiches is a great way to get creative and enjoy a delicious treat.
I hope these tips help you make the best homemade ice cream sandwiches ever!
📜 Step-By-Step Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe
You can use any cereal with this. We had some Cocoa Puffs on hand (I'm ashamed to say), but we had just shy of two cups, so we mixed in a few Cheerios also. I personally think this would have worked best with Rice Krispies. We had Trix (I'm ashamed to say) but I'm not sure that would have paired well with ice cream.
Obviously, the kids loved this! Vanilla ice cream was their choice, but you could use chocolate, strawberry, cookie dough, or some other flavor. Sprinke some sea salt in the ice cream if you like some sweet and salty combination.
Aster wanted to do the photo set up and shooting, so enjoy these final plated photos!
This does make for a wonderful summer dessert and kids love them. Make them, wrap them in foil and then just take out of the freezer for when the kids or grandkids (or you) want them!
🍨 Crispy Ice Cream Sandwiches Ingredients
- 1 /2 cup corn syrup
- 1 /2 cup peanut butter
- 4 cups cereal
- 1 quart ice cream
- In a medium bowl, mix together corn syrup and peanut butter.
- Then add cereal. Stir well until completely coated.
- Press mixture into a 9 X 13 inch baking pan.
- Place in freezer until firm.
- Cut frozen cereal mixture into even squares, depending on size desired.
- `Scoop ice cream and place on top of a square and top with another square.
- Wrap sandwiches in foil and store in freezer until needed.
❄️ More Cold Summer Recipes
Lancaster Lemonade - Delicious!
Freezer Pickles - Cool summer crisp!
Mennonite Freezer Cookies - Wow!
Stawberry Ice Cream - An Old Favorite!