5 Ice Cream Sandwiches to Make and Eat ASAP

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Is there anything better in this world than an ice cream sandwich on a hot summer afternoon? From the classic straight-from-the-truck sandwich with slightly melted vanilla ice cream and cakelike chocolate cookies to more adventurous pairings like red velvet or oatmeal cookie sandwiches, it’s easy to mix and match your favorite flavors for different combinations all summer.

Here are five of our favorites, plus an extra to try if you’re feeling like a challenge.

Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Drop a dollop of butter pecan ice cream between two oatmeal-raisin cookies and roll the edges in chopped pecans for an ice cream sandwich with a little bit of crunch. Raisins not your thing? Feel free to swap in chocolate chips — lots of chocolate chips. As with all homemade ice cream sandwiches, make sure to cool your cookies completely after baking before you begin assembling sandwiches.

Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

Giada De Laurentiis gives these good-lookin’ sandwiches an extra dose of decadence by spreading melted chocolate and crumbled bits of chocolate-toffee candy bar on one half of her cookies (which become the tops of the sandwiches) and a thin layer of banana slices on the other half.

The souped-up cookies spend about an hour in the freezer before a scoop of vanilla or banana ice cream brings them together to form the perfect summer party treat.

Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches

Looking for a fun 4th of July dessert? Consider festive red velvet cookie sandwiches with vanilla bean ice cream. Use a cookie or biscuit cutter to help measure the right ice-cream-to-cookie ratio as you assemble your sandwiches, then freeze them for at least four hours to prevent any premature melting.

Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches

Make throwback-style sandwiches with classic chocolate cookies and vanilla ice cream, or get creative with pints of different flavors like mint chip, salted caramel, or cookies and cream (for a chocolate-cookie double whammy). Instead of scooping the ice cream out of the containers, place each pint on its side and cut straight through with a serrated knife — the disks should be the perfect width for the cookies.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

An easy winner at kids’ parties this summer, Ree Drummond’s chocolate chip cookie sandwiches get a festive pop of color (and even more sugar) by having their edges rolled in chocolate candies. After rolling your cookies in the treat of your choice, wrap the sandwiches and put them back in the freezer until the ice cream firms up and the candies stay put.

Challenge: Giant Ice Cream Sandwich

Though this behemoth of a sandwich from Food Network Magazine may look imposing, it’s the perfect (and perfectly easy to make!) dessert for an ice cream-loving crowd. Before you get started, make sure you’ve got space in your freezer to fit the finished product — it’ll be about 7 inches wide and more than a foot long — and keep an eye on the clock, as your dessert will need about two hours of freezing before it’s ready to be served.