Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches are the deliciously easy holiday dessert everyone in your family will love! Make from scratch or use store bought cookies, either way dont wait to get your hands on these tasty treats!
Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches are the best better way to kick off the new holiday season. Made with soft double chocolate chip cookies and creamy peppermint ice cream, this holiday dessert will have them coming back for seconds and thirds. Did we mention how easy and quick they are to make?
While I typically like to make recipes from scratch, today’s recipe caters to those of us that are limited on time and stress this holiday season. Either way, we are including instructions before for both.
I have to start by saying, Shawn and I have made these for a holiday party last year and our guests raved about how wonderful they were. Now that we are stuck at home, we love making these ice cream treats for an evening on the couch or Christmas day recipe. They are typically gone in a minute or less in our family.
With that said, today’s Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches require less than two key items and less than 10 minutes of your time.
HOW TO MAKE NO FUSS PEPPERMINT ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
First, as I mentioned above you can either make these peppermint ice cream sandwiches from scratch or with store bought cookies. To save myself time this holiday season, I purchased store bought chocolate chunk cookies (my families favorites) and used Hudsonville Peppermint Stick Ice Cream. I have also used sugar cookies as a fan favorite, but personally love the way the chocolate and peppermint come together.
Place one cookie side down on a plate or baking sheets and apply 2-3 generous scoops of ice cream around the edge of the cookie. The number of scoops will be dependent on the size of your cookies and your desired ice cream thickness.
When placing the scoops of ice cream on the cookie, try placing them as close to the edge of the cookie as possible. This will make spreading the ice cream out over the surface of the cookie. If needed, you can always add another small scoop to fill the center.
With all of your desired scoops on top of the one side of the cookie, gently press down on the ice cream to evenly spread across the cookie. I like to put enough ice cream on the cookie so that it leaves roughly a half inch to an inch thick layer.
Place the another cookie, bottom down, on top of the ice cream to form the sandwich. Note: as I had completed making each individual cookie, I placed each back in the freezer until firm.
If you desire, you can also add fun sprinkles or crushed peppermint candies or crushed candy cane to the edge of one side, or all around, the ice cream. It’s a fun way to add a little flavor and fun to the sandwich.
Serve and enjoy!
HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES FROM SCRATCH (IF PREFERRED)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixer, combine the brown sugar, white sugar, butter and margarine until well combined. Add the vanilla and eggs, and stir together.
In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to the wet ingredients in three batches, mixing gently after each addition. Stir in the chocolate chips until well combined.
Using a large cookie scoop,create even balls of dough and place on a cookie sheet using non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 11 minutes. Remove from the cookie sheet and allow to cool completely. Follow above steps for creating each ice cream sandwich.
TIPS FOR MAKING ICE CREAM SANDWICHES:
While this ice cream sandwich recipe is almost 100% foolproof, there are a few things to note to make these even more delectable.
When possible, use soft cookies as opposed to hard ones. Softer cookies have more give and tend to have less breaking. Be gentle when you’re pressing the cookies together with the ice cream, because softer cookies are bendier.
If you are using store bought cookies you will find many are not the same size. Before adding your ice cream to each cookie, try matching the sizes of the cookies to ensure the tops and bottoms are as close to the same size as possible.
Because the ice cream can melt very quickly, I placed each ice cream sandwich in the freezer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper after making. Try to open the freezer as little as possible to avoide allowin in too much warm air.
WHO MAKES THE BEST PEPPERMINT ICE CREAM?
Our family loves Hudsonville ice cream over almost any other brand. We fell in love with Hudsonville Ice Cream over the Summer.
They are a Midwest brand right north in Michigan. Their facility are right near their farms because they believe having their cows closer means fresher milk in their ice cream. Sometimes I even add a small scoop of the peppermint ice cream to my coffee or hot chocolate for that added wow factor!
To find Hudsonville near you, use their Scoop Locator.
CAN I USE A DIFFERENT FLAVOR ICE CREAM IN THIS ICE CREAM SANDWICH RECIPE?
You most certainly can! If you’re not a fan of chocolate peppermint ice cream, you could absolutely modify the recipe to include any flavor of ice cream you might like. We recommend the following Hudsonville Ice Cream flavors:
Also, if you happen not to be a fan of chocolate chip cookies, we also recommend oatmeal cookies or chocolate wafers.
HOW TO STORE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
When possible, I prefer to wrap each individual ice cream sandwich in individual bags. Use a piece of wax paper, parchment paper or plastic wrap to wrap each sandwich after it has been individually frozen and is firm. If needed, you can secure the parchment paper with a rubber band or cooking twine.
Freeze until firm.
INGREDIENTS FOR PEPPERMINT ICE CREAM SANDWICHES:
IF USING STORE BOUGHT COOKIES:
- Package of 12-16 large soft chocolate chip cookies
- 1/2 gallon peppermint ice cream, slightly softened
- Crushed peppermint candies (optional)
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES FROM SCRATCH:
- 1/2 cup margerine
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 white sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 2 cups Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips
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