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Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches | Easy & Fun Dessert

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Four donut ice cream sandwiches in a small bowl with chocolate chunks

 

Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches are the perfect frozen treat all year round!  Made with fluffy cake mix and creamy Hudsonville Ice Cream, this dessert recipe will have your family begging for seconds!

 

It’s no secret we are big fans of breakfast in our house.  We love a plate of fluffy panckaes or protein waffles!  But, my boys’ real vice is a bag of powdered glazed donuts.  They are always stashing them away in our pantry for no one else to find. 

So, when it came time to team up with our friends at Hudsonville Ice Cream to celebrate Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (February 6th – mark your calendars!), I knew donut ice cream sandwiches were the perfect breakfast surprise.  And on man, were they delicious!  

If you are not familiar with Hudsonville Ice Cream, they are a Midwest brand in Michigan.  Their ice cream is made with the highest quality milk and cream sourced from their neighboring dairy farmers, many within 10 miles of their headquarters in Holland, Michigan.  There is a reason we buy only Hudsonville Ice Cream in our house – it’s by far the creamiest, most flavorful ice cream we have ever had. 

To find Hudsonville Ice Cream near you, use their Scoop Locator.

Love ice cream sandwich recipes as much as we do?  Then you have to try Rice Krispie Ice Cream Sandwiches and No Fuss Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches, too!  Both made with Hudsonville Ice Cream, of course. 🙂

 

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE DONUT ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

FOR THE DONUTS:

We chose to make these donut ice cream sandwiches using our favorite cake mix.  We love the light, fluffy texture paired with the creamy ice cream.  What is great is this recipe works well with any of our favorite cake mixtures.  Our favorites include:

To make life easier, you can also use store-bought donuts from your local grocery store or bakery.  We can resist a glazed donut?  Not us! 

Also, we used a nonstick donut pan to create this recipe.  However, we have also used a mini donut maker in the past.  What we love about both of these options is they create donuts in more a bite size portion as opposed to a larger donut.  

 

FOR THE ICE CREAM FILLING: 

We chose to use both Hudsonville Creamery Blend Vanilla and Hudsonville Mackinac Island Fudge for these ice cream sandwiches. 

Here are just a few of the other flavors we think pair perfectly with this fun dessert recipe: 

  • Hudsonville Brownie Batter Cookie Dough 
  • Hudsonville Cookies & Cream 
  • Hudsonville Strawberry Cheesecake 
  • Hudsonville Traverse City Cherry Fudge

You really can’t go wrong with any of their flavors! It’s worth mentioning Hudsonville Ice Cream also carries a line of Dairy Free pint options and super decadent Extra Indulgent pints, too!

 

FOR THE TOPPINGS: 

You and the family can have so much fun adding a variety of different toppings to these donut ice cream sandwiches.  Here are just a few of our favorites: 

  • Your favorite cereal (we love Lucky Charms & Cinnamon Toast Crunch)
  • Cookie crumbs 
  • Graham cracker 
  • Toffee bits 
  • Chocolate chips 
  • M&M’s 
  • Mint chips 
  • Nuts 
  • Oat clusters
  • … and so much more!  

 

Four donut ice cream sandwiches in a small bowl with chocolate chunks

 

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO MAKE DONUT ICE CREAM SANDWICHES FOR ALL OF YOUR UPCOMING CELEBRATIONS:

Donut ice cream sandwiches are so easy to make and can quickly be adjusted for every holiday.  Below are favorite donut and ice cream combinations for your upcoming festivities. 

 

VALENTINES DAY

For Valentines Day, we recommend making donut ice cream sandwiches with Hudsonville’s Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream or Traverse City Cherry Fudge (both with hints or red and pink) paried with your favorite brownie mixture or gluten free chocolate cake mixture.  Do not forget to add some heart sprinkles, too!

 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY 

A good St. Patrick’s Day celebration calls for all things green!  Opt for your favorite brownie mix with Hudsonville Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream and a mint chip or Lucky Charms cereal topping.  Add hot chocolate fudge, too?  Yes, please!

 

JULY 4TH

For your red, white and blue festivities try switching out the strawberry cake mix with red velvet sandwiched with Hudsonville Creamery Blend Vanilla ice cream and red, white and blue sprinkles.  

 

HALLOWEEN 

For Halloween, the spooky ice cream sandwich combinations are endless!  Our favorites include brownie mixture for the donuts paired with vanilla ice cream or Hudsonville’s Orange Pineapple ice cream.  Top with M&M’s, mini gummy worms, seasonal candies and more! 

 

CHRISTMAS 

To ring in the Christmas festivities, you have to try Limited Edition Hudsonville Peppermint Stick ice cream paired with a glazed donut.  And, if you like peppermint you have to try our No Fuss Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches or Peppermint MilkshakeBoth made with Hudsonville Ice Cream, of course!  All three make for the perfect Christmas day recipe.  

 

Three donut ice cream sandwiches in a small bowl with chocolate chunks

 

LOOKING FOR OTHER DELICIOUS ICE CREAM RECIPES?  HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF OUR FAVORITES: 

 

A stack of three donut ice cream sandwiches made with Hudsonville Ice Cream

 

DONUT ICE CREAM SANDWICH INGREDIENTS: 

TO MAKE THE DONUTS: 

FOR ICE CREAM FILLING: 

FOR TOPPING: 

  • Your favorite cereal (we love Lucky Charms & Cinnamon Toast Crunch)
  • Cookie crumbs 
  • Graham cracker 
  • Toffee bits 
  • Chocolate chips (also used for chocolate drizzle, if preferred. We used melted white chocolate chips)
  • M&M’s 
  • Mint chips 
  • Nuts 
  • Oat clusters

 

HOW TO MAKE DONUT ICE CREAM SANDWICHES: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Spray donut pan or donut maker with nonstick cooking spray. 
  3. In a large bowl or mixer, add cake mix, water, oil and eggs and mix until well combined.  Carefully add batter to donut pan or maker filling about 2/3 of the way.  Be sure not to overfill.  
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 10-2 minutes or until a toothpick placed in the middle of donut comes out clean.  
  5. Once fully cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.  
  6. Once cooled completely, carefully cut each donut in half.  
  7. Place a generous scoop of ice cream onto the middle of one donut half and spread evenly to the edges with a spatula or back of a spoon.  Place the rremaining half of the donut on top of the ice cream forming a sandwich.  
  8. Place ice cream sandwiches on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 2-3 hours.  
  9. When ready to serve, roll half of the ice cream sandwich in your favorite topping and drizzle melted chocolate on top.  
  10. Serve and enjoy!  

 

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Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches | Easy & Fun Dessert

5 from 1 vote
Delicious and easy donut ice cream sandwiches made with fluffy cake mix.
SERVES/MAKES: 12 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients:

TO MAKE THE DONUTS: 

FOR ICE CREAM FILLING: 

  • 1/2 pint of your favorite Hudsonville Ice Cream (we used Hudsonville Creamery Vanilla Blend and Hudsonville Mackinac Island Fudge)

FOR TOPPING:

  • Your favorite cereal (we love Lucky Charms & Cinnamon Toast Crunch)
  • Cookie crumbs 
  • Graham cracker 
  • Toffee bits 
  • Chocolate chips (also used for chocolate drizzle, if preferred. We used melted white chocolate chips)
  • M&M's 
  • Mint chips 

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Spray donut pan or donut maker with nonstick cooking spray. 
  • In a large bowl or mixer, add cake mix, water, oil and eggs and mix until well combined.  Carefully add batter to donut pan or maker filling about 2/3 of the way.  Be sure not to overfill.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 10-2 minutes or until a toothpick placed in the middle of donut comes out clean.
  • Once fully cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.  
  • Once cooled completely, carefully cut each donut in half.  
  • Place a generous scoop of ice cream onto the middle of one donut half and spread evenly to the edges with a spatula or back of a spoon.  Place the rremaining half of the donut on top of the ice cream forming a sandwich.  
  • Place ice cream sandwiches on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 2-3 hours.  
  • When ready to serve, roll half of the ice cream sandwich in your favorite topping and drizzle melted chocolate on top.  
  • Serve and enjoy! 

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