This recipe is one more way to indulge in gooey butter deliciousness that is enjoyed in cake and cookie form all over my city of St. Louis. It begins with a batch of Gooey Butter Cookies. All you have to do is spread a scoop of ice cream between two cookies, and you've got the yummiest ice cream sandwich of them all! These cookies maintain their soft texture even when they're frozen making them easy and enjoyable to eat.
Once you've made a batch of Gooey Butter Cookies, it's a snap to assemble these and keep them in your freezer for an indulgent treat whenever you like. I also like to serve them when we have company. Everyone loves them, and they are so easy to serve since they are already pre portioned in individual servings.
Step 1. Assemble:
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Step 2. Allow ice cream to soften slightly at room temperature until it's easily scoopable. Place a cookie, top side down, on the counter, add a scoop of ice cream, and spread it with a table knife or small offset spatula. Place a second cookie on top and press firmly to adhere ice cream to top cookie.
I usually assemble 4 or 5 ice cream sandwiches at a time, stick them in the freezer, and proceed to assemble another batch, continuing until they're all assembled.
Step 3. Place the ice cream sandwiches on a tray in the freezer as soon as they're assembled. Let them harden for at least an hour, and then wrap each of them individually in plastic wrap or a small plastic bag. If you're making them more than a day ahead, place the individually wrapped sandwiches inside a large freezer Ziploc bag and squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing. They will be good for up to a month.
That combination of soft, melt-in-your-mouth cookies with cool, vanilla ice cream is fabulous!
You can mix it up by using different flavors of ice cream. Here are some I made with strawberry ice cream--delish!
A great way to feed a crowd! I periodically make lunch for my sons' company Less Annoying CRM. Somehow a fun tradition got started of making a variety of flavors of ice cream sandwiches for dessert. It's easy for me to assemble them at home, keep them in my freezer, and transport them in a cooler when I'm providing lunch for this hungry crew. Since they are pre-portioned, they're easy to serve. They are a sure hit every time! In the photo below, they're enjoying a slider buffet for lunch followed by a choice of gooey butter cookie or chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. It's fun to play around with different cookie and ice cream combos.
Want more ideas? Here's an awesome cookbook by Tessa Arias that has hundreds more ice cream sandwich recipes:
My personal favorite is gooey butter cookies with vanilla ice cream. It's hard to beat!
Make it a Yummy day!