I am such a sucker for anything holiday related. As you can assume, Thanksgiving and Christmas are my absolute favorite holidays, but the Fourth of July is close behind! I love the warm summer weather and the fireworks that take over our city and some that are even viewable from our backyard. I also love traditions (you’re shocked by that fact, I’m sure) and having our annual Fourth of July BBQ has become something we look forward to every year. And along with that comes patriotic themed decor, outfits (check out my Instagram to see what O and I are wearing this year! @mymamaproject), and of course, red white and blue food! Cue the blueberry and strawberry skewers and this year…red and blue cookie ice cream sandwiches. Because who doesn’t love cookies and ice cream?!?!
Now as a mom of a super active toddler, I will be the first to admit that I just don’t have as much time as I used to for well, anything! So I am always looking for ways to maximize my time and productivity. With that in mind, I give you an exhausted mama’s version of the cookie ice cream sandwich….yes, that is pre-made cookie dough and I feel absolutely no shame!
*Vanilla ice cream – or any flavor you want
*Red and blue sprinkles
*Your favorite cookie recipe – I love chocolate chip and these were the perfect solution as we needed a quick dessert and didn’t have time to bake our own from scratch. Plus I love the smaller uniform size of these cookies so the sandwiches aren’t too big.
I have a few tips and tricks that will make your cookie ice cream sandwiches a much easier treat to make. Take it from me, I have made quite a mess in the past trying to construct the sandwiches and have learned a few lessons along the way.
Tip 1: Using a serrated knife, lay the ice cream tub on its side and cut roughly 1 inch wide slices as shown. You can cut them thinner or wider depending on how thick you want the ice cream layer to be. This makes a perfect sliced amount of ice cream for you cookie sandwich.
Tip 2: Choose a glass that is about the same size as the cookies you baked. Use the glass to make perfect ice cream sandwich circles. So easy to construct! Just sandwich the ice cream between 2 cookies. Done!
Tip 3: Wrap the ice cream cookie sandwiches in plastic wrap and store them in the freezer for a few hours before serving. This will help the sandwiches stay together better when it’s time to eat them.
Tip 4: If your sprinkles are as small (fine) as mine are, don’t add the sprinkles until it is time to serve the sandwiches as the sprinkles will melt into the ice cream a bit if added too early. However, if your sprinkles are larger, you can add them whenever you like. I love the look the fine sprinkles give the sandwiches.
There you go, the perfect last minute Fourth of July sweet treat for your backyard bbq or fireworks viewing celebration. I hope that you enjoy these patriotic cookie ice cream sandwiches as much as I do!
Happy Fourth of July, everyone!