Semi-Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

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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 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 ingenious – way of using the wafers to make homemade ice cream sandwiches. The best part is that, unlike the store bought variety, the cookies stay crisp even when filled with ice cream. Add to that premium quality ice cream (Haagan Dazs Coffee is the ultimate here) and you’ve got a gourmet twist on an old fashioned treat. Kids love them. Adults love them. These are hard to beat!

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Semi-Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Servings: 12 sandwiches
Total Time: 30 Minutes


  • 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, optional (chopped nuts, grated chocolate, chocolate chips, sprinkles, candy)
  • Large, deep Tupperware 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 a bit. Right before serving, stack the ice cream sandwiches on a platter and serve.
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  • Susan

    I made these with coffee and mint chocolate chip and they were a huge hit. A hundred times better than store bought!

    • Francesca

      How long do you think these would be good for? Stored in Tupperware?

      • Jenn

        Hi Francesca, I’d say they keep well for a few days.

  • oh geeez, that looks so incredibly delicious! how was it? did you eat them all? that’s what i would have done:-)

  • Nabisco wafers are incredible and extremely undervalued. They aren’t even in the cookie aisle of the supermarket. You can only find them in the ice cream accoutrements section. So naturally they make great ice cream sandwiches!

  • Eden

    I served these at a cookout this past weekend and all my guests raved about them. You’re right about the coffee ice cream…it was everyone’s favorite. Thanks!

  • Funny, I bought a box of the wafers just last night with an ice cream treat in mind, and this looks a lot easier than my plan. I’m trying this one! My kids will be singing your praises.

  • Meg F.

    I always loved ice cream sandwiches as a kid these would be so wonderful.

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