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20 Outrageous Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

These recipes and tips from Tessa Arias's book Cookies & Cream and bloggers make for a more special dessert than what's in the freezer case at the store.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwich

Arias uses homemade ice cream and cookies for all her recipes, but you can also try these ideas with store-bought ingredients. Here’s her decadent take on the classic PB&J: raspberry ice cream sandwiched between two flourless peanut butter cookies, with the edges coated in salty potato chips.

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Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Sandwich

Use crushed pretzels to add a salty crunch to a homemade chocolate stout ice cream sandwich (with chocolate stout whoopie pies) that was inspired by bar food.

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The Elvis Ice Cream Sandwich

Homemade peanut butter ice cream, banana oat cookies, and a sprinkling of crispy, crumbled bacon—this is “The King” of ice cream sandwiches. Find out why you should eat dessert every day.

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Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream Sandwich

Cinnamon roll cookies (which look a bit like the pastry, split) pair it with homemade brown butter ice cream for a fun take on the traditional breakfast.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sandwich

Homemade strawberry cream cheese ice cream—made with a cream cheese, sour cream, whole milk, and heavy cream base—slides between two graham cracker cookies; the whole sandwich gets decorated with heart-shaped sprinkles.

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Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich

Wedge a scoop of butterscotch between two chocolate-chip cookies, then roll the sandwich in mini chocolate chips.

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Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Sandwich

Roll the edges of your ice cream sandwich in a shallow dish of malted milk ball candies to create an old-fashioned flavored treat.

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Grasshopper Ice Cream Sandwich

Chewy chocolate sugar cookies and mint chocolate chip ice cream make for a cool and refreshing treat.

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Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream Sandwich

Arias calls this recipe “a giant frozen version of those famous Mounds candy bars,” with her coconut ice cream sandwiched between double chocolate cookies (that’s chocolate batter with chocolate chips). Roll in sweetened coconut flakes for extra texture. Don’t miss these things nutritionists want you to know about coconut oil.

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Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream Sandwich

After intensifying the flavor of fresh strawberries by roasting them in the oven with balsamic vinegar, Arias adds the tangy fruit to ice cream and sandwiches it between her own chocolate balsamic cookies.

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Root Beer Float Ice Cream Sandwich

As a pretty twist on the classic drink, Arias pairs vanilla bean cookies with root beer ice cream, then uses rainbow sprinkles to decorate. Don’t miss the weird history behind root beer and other sodas.

Get the book Cookies & Cream for additional ice cream sandwich ideas and full recipes, and keep reading for more ideas from bloggers.

Reprinted with permission from COOKIES & CREAM ©2013 by Tessa Arias, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

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Blueberry Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Pie already deserves to be served a la mode with a generous portion of vanilla ice cream. Why not skip doling out individual scoops and sandwich it right in? Get the recipe from Honestly Yum.

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Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches

Act quick when you make these—the hot-and-cold combo of melty ice cream on freshly fried churros is part of their charm. Dipping them in chocolate makes an extra-indulgent treat. Find the recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

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Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches

Doughnut breakfast sandwiches might not be sure if they’re breakfast or dessert, but these tasty treats are fully committed to their indulgent identity. Visit The Merrythought to learn how to make them.

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Homemade Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Talk about meta: These cookies are stuffed with even more cookies. Any Oreos fan will flip this ice cream treat that’s like a scoop of cookies and cream on steroids. Learn how to make your own from Bite Me More.

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Savory Cornmeal Thyme & Peach Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sometimes, you want something not-so-sweet to refresh your palate. Enter these after-dinner treats from Radiant Rachels. The mild sweetness is enough to upgrade your ice cream game to an artisan dessert.

Via Creme de la Crumb

Snickerdoodle Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

Dessert for breakfast? Yes please. With a cinnamon-sugar coating and healthy dose of toppings, these sandwiches go way beyond the sad dollop of whipped cream you usually put on your waffles. Visit Creme de la Crumb for the recipe.

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No-Bake Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches

We all know egg-free cookie dough is better than the baked dessert (though some raw cookie dough could make you sick), and same goes for ice cream sandwiches. We plan to make ours with cookie dough ice cream to really prove our point. Check out In Katrina’s Kitchen to learn how to make your own.

Via Good Life Eats

Chocolate Covered Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

These decadent treats are like a mix between a classic sandwich and a dipped ice cream bar—and they’re truly the best of both worlds. Find out how to make your own at Good Life Eats.

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S’More Ice Cream Sandwiches

S’mores and ice cream—two summer classics, married here in one delectable dessert. These sandwiches are piled high with chocolate, coffee, and vanilla ice cream, not to mention roasted marshmallows. Visit What’s Gaby Cooking? for the recipe.

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