Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches

You can make from scratch vanilla ice cream sandwiches using a handful of ingredients and following a few simple steps. Tip: Use store-bought ice cream for a shortcut.

ice cream sandwiches stacked

We love using vanilla ice cream in dessert recipes. If you want a quicker recipe, use our No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream to make these homemade ice cream sandwiches. Our No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream works great too.

These ice cream sandwiches are amazing in an ice cream sandwich cake. You can also make Butter Pecan Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches are another reader favorite.

Why You’ll Love Them

  • Vanilla ice cream sandwiches are simple to make. I’ve included step by step photos for you.
  • With only ten ingredients start to finish, and a few simple steps, you’ll want to add these vanilla ice cream sandwiches to your to-make list.
  • You are making them from scratch, so you’ll have control over the ingredients in them.
  • You can make a couple of batches at a time and leave them in the freezer for future enjoyment.
top down view of ingredients in ice cream sandwiches


  • Flour – For the outer cookie like layer that you use to sandwich the ice cream.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – We love Dutch processed cocoa, but you can use your favorite cocoa.
  • Salt – If you use salted butter you can leave this out.
  • Baking powder – Helps with the rise and texture of the outer ice cream sandwiches layer.
  • Unsalted butter – You can use dairy-free butter but make sure you omit the salt.
  • Brown sugar – For a touch of sweetness and flavor.
  • Granulated sugar – To add additional sweetness and moisture.
  • Egg – I don’t have a egg-free option at the moment.
  • Vanilla extract – For flavor and to add depth.
  • Vanilla ice cream – You can use dairy-free ice cream or your favorite ice cream flavor.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

For the complete list of ingredients and instructions for how to make vanilla ice cream sandwiches, please see the printable recipe below.

angled view of ice cream sandwiches with vanilla ice cream


If you want to make a few ice cream sandwiches to have on hand, for when you have a craving, simply wrap them in foil, or store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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angled view of ice cream sandwiches with vanilla ice cream

Easy Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 22 minutes

You can make from scratch ice cream sandwiches using a handful of ingredients and following a few simple steps.


  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • ¾ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cups brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 qt vanilla ice cream or ice cream of choice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until combined.
  4. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
  5. Gradually add in the flour mixture and mix until no more streaks of flour remain.
  6. Scoop the cookie dough out onto a piece of parchment paper. Place another piece of parchment paper on top of the dough and roll the dough out to a very thin and large rectangle, about the size of a half sheet pan (13”x18”).
  7. Remove the top layer of parchment paper and set the bottom layer of parchment paper with the dough on it onto a half sheet pan.
  8. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes, until the cookie is cooked through and no longer shiny on top. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
  9. Trim the edges to form a perfect rectangle and slice the cookie slab down the middle to create two smaller rectangles, about 8”x12” each.
  10. Place the baking sheet with the cookie slabs into the freezer for 10 minutes, this will allow the slabs to be handled without breaking apart.
  11. Once frozen, place one of the cookie slabs bottom side up on a cold surface.
  12. Top with ice cream and spread with a spatula until completely covered.
  13. Top with remaining cookie slab. Freeze for until firm, about 2 hours.
  14. Once firm, remove from the freezer and slice into 12 rectangles. Serve immediately or individually wrap and freeze for later.


  • Dairy-Free Option: You can use dairy-free butter and dairy-free ice cream to make these dairy-free.
  • I like to roll my cookie dough in between two pieces of parchment paper. This way, you don’t have to add additional flour to the dough and the cookies remain really smooth and chocolatey.
  • Ice cream can be finicky to work with because it melts so quickly. In order to make it easier to spread the ice cream onto the chocolate wafer cookie slab, I cut the ice cream box and unwrap it from the very cold ice cream. Then I cut the ice cream into chunks and place them on top of the slab. Using a warm offset spatula (you can run the spatula under hot water and then wipe it dry with a towel) I gently smooth out the ice cream. It’s much easier and cleaner to do it this way than to let the ice cream soften naturally.
  • These ice cream sandwiches melt quickly, so once out of the freezer serve immediately. If you would like to store for later use, individually wrap them in parchment paper or in individual freezer safe bags.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 150mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 5g

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