Everything (ok, almost everything) tastes better when made from scratch, and nowhere does that apply more than in the realm of fresh-baked cookies and homemade ice cream. If you fancy yourself a true dessert master, why not do both and make your own DIY ice cream sandwiches? You can never go wrong with classic vanilla and chocolate chip cookies—we've got great recipes for both—, but don't afraid to let your creativity soar and get funky with your combinations.
Our test kitchen experts have paired some of our favorite cookies with our favorite ice creams for magic made in sugar heaven. We're talking about Vietnamese coffee ice cream nestled between snickernoodles, mascarpone with Meyer lemon curd, and raspberry ice cream with chocolate chip cookies. Now, if you really want an adventure in your mouth, we've bookended an ice cream made with coconut and pandan—the vanilla of Southeast Asia—with spicy pineapple linzer cookies.
Now that you've chosen your flavor, remember to let the cookies cool down before adding the ice cream. Resident ice cream whisperer Max Falkowitz recommends letting them sit for about 30 minutes until cool, and advises storing them in the freezer to keep them firm. Whether you're a baking amateur or a pastry wizard, here are 7 ice cream sandwich combinations to inspire your next confectionary endeavor.
Mascarpone ice cream tastes amazing on its own, but even better when it’s sandwiched in between two Meyer lemon curd shortbread cookie sandwiches. (Did someone say sandwich-ception?) The Meyer lemon, likened to a cross between a true lemon and a mandarin orange, offers a unique citrus flavor that perfectly accent the fruity ice cream. Get the recipe for Mascarpone Ice Cream and Meyer Lemon Curd Shortbread Cookies »
These delicate, sugar-dusted palmiers are a more-than-suitable home for a scoop of orange saffron ice cream. Let the flaky French cookies provide the crunch that the light, fluffy ice cream lacks. Get the recipe for Palmiers and No-Cook Saffron-Orange Ice Cream »
This exotic, savory twist on coconut ice cream tastes incredible when enjoyed in between two spicy linzer cookies. The über-buttery cookies contain the Japanese yuzu koshu paste, which gives these delectable treats their kick. Get the recipe for Pandan-Coconut Ice Cream and Spicy Pineapple Linzer Cookies »
SAVEUR’s very own ice cream whisperer Max Falkowitz show us how to whip up this summer’s best fruity ice cream. The fresh raspberry taste of this easy-to-make ice cream goes all too well with our chocolate chocolate chip cookies. Thought cookies couldn’t get more chocolatey? Think again. Get the recipes for Raspberry Ice Cream and Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies »
Ah yes, the classic. An Italian take on classic vanilla ice cream uses cornstarch and egg yolk to achieve a silky-smooth texture, which is decadently nestled inside two of our favorite chocolate chip cookies in this archetypical pairing. Get the recipe for Sicilian Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Chip Cookies »