The BEST Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

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The best ice cream cookie sandwiches start with the best ever perfectly chewy cookies. I’m happy to tell you that I’ve found the cookie recipe that works perfectly when frozen.

Over the years, I’ve made ice cream sandwiches using many different cookies. And in the end, I simply love the way the flavor in these oatmeal peanut butter cookies adds to the overall awesomeness of this frozen treat.

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Not all cookie recipes work well when frozen into ice cream sandwiches, but I’m happy to tell you that I’ve found the cookie recipe that works perfectly every single time. This cookie recipe is adapted from my grandmother’s recipe for Monster Cookies and I suspect that it may have been YOUR grandmother’s recipe as well.

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When I discovered that the Monster Cookie recipe in my best friend’s cookbook from her mom was almost the exact same recipe that my grandmother used, it became even more fun every time I made those cookies.

I love that we all have so much sentimental attachment to our family recipes.

Cookies for Ice Cream

In the past, I’ve made Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches using the original recipe, but I found that with a few tweaks, it was even better.

By adapting that recipe to make it a little bit chewier and less crunchy, it freezes and softens beautifully when it is layered with ice cream.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies for Ice Cream Sandwiches

I love making ice cream sandwiches with homemade ice cream. This recipe for Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream is hands down the easiest and best one you’ll ever make.

For these sandwiches, I churned a batch of ice cream while I started making the cookies. Then I stashed the ice cream in the freezer while the cookies were baking and cooling. The ice cream was firm enough to assemble the sandwiches by the time the cookies had cooled.

If you aren’t in the mood for making your own ice cream, pretty much any store-bought ice cream that you love will work beautifully for these Ice Cream Sandwiches. Chocolate peanut butter ice cream is a long-time favorite for these sandwiches, whether the ice cream is homemade or store-bought.

The most popular question I get is whether it’s possible to make ice cream without a machine. The answer is YES. You can make ice cream without a machine. Find the full directions here!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

FREEZER STORAGE TIPS: The ice cream sandwiches can be stacked in a large airtight container and they will keep well that way. They can also be wrapped individually in foil.

I do not recommend storing them in zip-close or sandwich bags, they will absorb some of the plastic smell and I really didn’t like that. For what it’s worth, no one else in my family was bothered by it.

Best ever cookies + homemade ice cream = AMAZING ice cream cookie sandwiches!

Kitchen Tip: I use this scoop both to measure the cookie dough and to scoop the ice cream onto the cookies when making ice cream sandwiches.

Cookies for Ice Cream Sandwiches

You’ll need the following ingredients for this recipe:

  • butter
  • light brown sugar
  • white sugar
  • eggs
  • baking soda
  • vanilla extract
  • maple syrup
  • creamy peanut butter
  • quick oats
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ice cream
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Ice Cream Recipes for Cookie Sandwiches

With over 70 ice cream recipes here to choose from, there’s sure to be an ice cream for everyone! If you’re new to making ice cream, the best and easiest vanilla ice cream is a great place to start.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream with creamy chocolate and peanut butter chunks mixed throughout is a dream come true for any ice cream lover.

I love cheesecake and I love ice cream; so Cheesecake Ice Cream calls my name whenever it’s in the freezer. It really does taste just like cheesecake frozen into perfectly scoopable bites of ice cream.

Chocolate Chip Toffee Bits Ice Cream is exactly that – a homemade vanilla ice cream fully loaded with miniature chocolate chips and toffee bits. It’s one of the easiest flavor variations and it’s popular with kids and adults.

Inspired by our love of warm caramel sauce and homemade ice cream, Salted Caramel Ice Cream is wonderfully decadent ice cream. It’s one of my favorites for sure.

Don’t miss our Ice Cream Maker Review for all the information you need to find the BEST Ice Cream Maker for your needs! Spoiler alert – our top-rated machine under $50 just might surprise you. It sure surprised me!

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Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

The Best Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

4.19 from 11 votes
Homemade Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches are a summer treat that no one can resist!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Freeze: 3 hours
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 32 cookies (approx 16 sandwiches)


  • cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, or pancake syrup
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick 1-minute oats
  • cup semi sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cream together the butter and sugars. Add the eggs, vanilla, syrup and baking soda. Add the peanut butter and then the oats. Stir well to combine and then add the chocolate chips, mixing them in thoroughly.
  • Use a large cookie scoop to scoop the dough onto a parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet. Roll each ball of dough between your hands to make it smooth and round. (Eight cookies will fit nicely on a half size baking sheet.) 
  • Bake for approximately 12 minutes, watching closely to make sure they do not over bake. The cookies should be barely browned around the edges and just past looking wet on top. Cool on sheet for 1 minute and then remove to wire rack. Cool completely.


  • When the cookies are completely cool, scoop ⅓ cup of ice cream onto one cookie. (I use a generous scoopful of ice cream made with the same cookie dough scoop I used to make the cookies.) Then top with a second cookie and press gently to spread the ice cream evenly between the cookies.
  • Fill all the cookie sandwiches and then place the ice cream sandwiches on a large tray in the freezer until firm. Enjoy!


FREEZER STORAGE TIPS: The ice cream sandwiches can be stacked in a large airtight container and they will keep well that way. They can also be wrapped individually in foil.
I do not recommend storing the sandwiches in zip-close or sandwich bags, they will absorb some of the plastic smell. For what it’s worth, no one else in my family was bothered by it, but I didn’t care for it.
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{originally published 7/19/18 – recipe notes and photos updated 6/14/24}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Patty says

    Will one batch of your homemade vanilla icecream be enough for this recipe. Making these beauties Saturday ! Thanks for such a wonderful recipe.

    • Mary says

      The peanut butter is required for the structure of these cookies. However, there are oatmeal cookie recipes here on the site that should work nicely instead.

  2. Stephanie says


    I want to try making these for my grandson’s birthday party next week. I’m confused about the oats. Are quick 1 minute oats the same thing as old fashioned oats?

  3. Dana Bynum says

    A lot of rich flavors competing here, but the peanut butter won. We found it overwhelming, and we Love peanut butter.3 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Sorry to hear you didn’t love them, Dana. They’re one of our favorites. Luckily, there are plenty of other cookie recipes that can be used for ice cream sandwiches.

  4. Elaine says

    I Love (love,love)your ice cream cookie recipe!!! I’m not sure where I went wrong but using the scoop that you use I get a much smaller batch. I reduced the size of each ball by going back and pinching off from each . Recipe yielded 12 cookie sandwiches(actually 25 cookies and I ate the extra!). My cookies were much thinner than your picture shows
    but still made a nice ice cream sandwich. I like the idea of a thicker cookie but I can’t seem to figure out why I am not getting the same yield as you. Any suggestions???5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hmmmm, I’m not sure. I will remake these this summer though and double check my measurements and yield. It’s entirely possible that I wrote something down incorrectly. I’m thrilled that you love the cookies, Elaine! Thanks for the heads up that the yield was off.

  5. noelle says

    This recipe looks wonderful. I do not ever think I have aver seen a cookie recipe without flour. Maybe that is the trick to making a good frozen cookie treat?? Thoughts??


  6. Lily Edgar says

    Makes a great amount of cookies. The batter was very liquidity. I added some more oats and it made it a bit better. My only suggestion is, a bit more dry ingredients. But thank you for this!4 stars

  7. Rachel Berryhill says

    These were amazing!! I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out perfect!! I shared with friends and they LOVED them as well!5 stars

  8. Deb says

    This is my GO-TO ice cream sandwich recipe (not something I ever imagined myself saying, but I make these often) and I love the cookies so much we make them at least once a month. I’ve been making these for a while now and I’m finally leaving a comment to say thanks for the AWESOME recipe.5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Deb – Your comment make me laugh this morning. While I have a lot of GO-TO recipes having a GO-TO ice cream sandwich one never crossed my mind. I am so glad I can be that for you. Enjoy a summer of ice cream sandwiches!

  9. Sue Shifman says

    Good MorningMary,
    I was wondering how your husband is feeling, after that bad bout with COVID-19? My heart went out to your family… Hopefully everything is back to normal … I was wondering if you have any LARGE PRINT COOK BOOKS? My girlfriend has a big problem ( immaculate degeneration) and I would love to buy a her a few cook books.

    Be Safe and be Well,

    P.S. I love your recipes

    • Mary Younkin says

      Thanks so much for asking, Sue. Sean is doing great. He’s healed better than we even hoped! Thank God.

      Unfortunately, none of my cookbooks are available in print in a large print edition. I do think the Kindle version could work though, as your friend would be able to adjust the screen size to the preferred font.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the recipes!

  10. Jonelle says

    Excellent recipe! I made these on a whim today as I was having company over and wanted to have a dessert(and knew I had vanilla ice cream on hand). They were a HUGE hit! Super easy recipe, and very chewy & delicious! Also I loved that they are gluten free. Will definitely be making them again. They were wonderful with Costco Kirkland signature vanilla ice cream as the filling!! Just a note— I made mine pretty large so it made 24 cookies (12 sandwiches).5 stars