Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
The Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafer…it’s dark, chocolatey, and wonderfully versatile in the kitchen. Lots of recipes call for the illustrious wafer, but its true claim to fame is the retro Ice Box Cake pictured on the yellow box, a dessert my grandmother used to make that’s become fashionable again thanks to some trendy New York City bakeries. Inspired by such old-fashioned desserts, my friend Melissa came up with this novel – and I think ingenius – way of using the wafers to make homemade ice cream sandwiches. They’re so adorable and yummy, someone should really box and sell them.
When filled with ice cream, the wafers soften only slightly so unlike the store bought variety, these homemade ice cream sandwiches have a nice bite to them. Add to that premium quality ice cream (Haagan Dazs Coffee is the ultimate here) and you’ve got an irresistible treat…the perfect ending to a backyard barbecue.
Kids love them. Adults love them. These are hard to beat!
Makes 12 sandwiches
24 Nabisco Chocolate Wafers (from 1 box)*
3 pints favorite ice creams (vanilla, coffee, peanut butter, and mint chocolate chip work very well)
Toppings to coat edges (chopped nuts, grated chocolate, chocolate chips, sprinkles, candy)
Large, deep tuperware container
Parchment paper or aluminum foil
1. Take ice cream out of the freezer and let sit for a few minutes to soften slightly. Place a large, deep tupperware container in the freezer for finished sandwiches. Prepare sheets of parchment or foil to place in between layers of sandwiches. Place toppings in shallow bowls for dipping.
2. Set yourself up near the freezer. Using an ice cream or large cookie scoop (I use the OXO large cookie scoop with a spring-loaded wire scraper), scoop a mound of ice cream onto a cookie. Top with another cookie and push down slightly (press on the centers of the cookies to prevent breakage). Leave as is for a more rustic sandwich or, working over the ice cream container, use the back of a butter knife to smooth the edges. Roll in topping if desired. Place finished sandwich in Tupperware container in freezer and repeat with the next. When you have filled the bottom of the Tupperware container, cover the sandwiches with parchment paper or foil and stack more sandwiches on top. Continue until all sandwiches are made.
3. Cover with lid and let sit at least 6 hours or overnight so cookies will soften. Right before serving, stack ice cream sandwiches on a platter and serve.
*Nabisco Chocolate Wafers can be found in the cookie aisle at most large grocery stores. They can be hard to spot, so be sure to ask if you have trouble finding them. At my Giant, they are right near the Oreos. They are also available in bulk on Amazon.