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Semi-Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

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These ice cream sandwiches, loved by both kids and adults, put a gourmet twist on an old fashioned treat.

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Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers — they’re dark, chocolatey, and wonderfully versatile in the kitchen. My friend Melissa came up with this novel way of using the wafers to make homemade ice cream sandwiches. Unlike store-bought ice cream sandwiches, the cookies stay crisp even when filled with ice cream. Use 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

These ice cream sandwiches, loved by both kids and adults, put a gourmet twist on an old fashioned treat.

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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  • I made these for my family, and everyone loved them! Thank you. Jenn!

  • The recipe was easy to follow because the steps were detailed and easy to follow, not a lot of ingredients needed.
    I would’ve added a different cookie ( macadamia nut) and ice cream (cookies n’ creme) we used sugar cookies with chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream. I did like it, it tastes good and I would recommend it to a classmate.

  • Is there a replacement for the Nabisco Chocolate Wafers? I haven’t been able to find them and would really like to make these ice cream sandwiches. Thanks.

    • — Shelly Walldorff
    • Reply
    • Hi Shelley, I think you could get away with using chocolate graham crackers here. They won’t be quite as chocolatey, but should still work. I’d love to hear how these turn out if you try them!

  • This is such a fun dessert! I live in a small town and was afraid I wouldn’t be able to find the Nabisco wafers, but fortunately, my local grocery store had them. Using vanilla ice cream and sprinkles, my daughter and I made this, and everyone LOVED it! I look forward to trying different flavors of ice cream and toppings. This makes for a light, refreshing dessert. Thanks, Jenn!

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

    • These are so much fun! My kids loved them and adults too. Getting the ice cream temperature right is a little tricky, but rolling them in cookie crumbs helped keep them together. They also looked amazing. The Hagen dazs is key. High fat ice cream doesn’t harden as much as lower fat ice creams making it much easier to bite into straight out of the freezer. Thanks Jen!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

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

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

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

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

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