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4th of July Ice Cream Sandwiches

By Tessa Arias
  |  
June 15th, 2022

These festive and patriotic 4th of July Ice Cream Sandwiches are the perfect easy summer dessert! Made with M&M chocolate chip cookies and customizable with the ice cream flavor of your choice. Perfect 4th of July dessert recipe for a crowd!

Yield: 13 ice cream sandwiches

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Cookies + ice cream are a match made in heaven.
Texture: Texture PERFECTION. Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie with a slight crunch from the chocolate chips and M&Ms. Paired with fresh, rich, melty ice cream.
Ease: Very easy! The trickiest part is just assembling before the ice cream melts too much.
Pros: Can be made ahead of time for a super easy 4th of July dessert.
Cons: None!!
Would I make this again? I make these every year for the Fourth!

I make these 4th of July Ice Cream Sandwiches pretty much every year for the holiday. My guests LOVE them. I mean, I did write an entire cookbook about ice cream sandwiches after all!

They’re easy to make. They’re festive and patriotic. They can be made ahead of time. Annnd they’re total crowd pleasers – both kids and adults love these!

These homemade ice cream sandwiches with vanilla ice cream are the perfect dessert for your fourth celebration!

There’s truly nothing that feels more like summer than biting into a soft cookie sandwich with slightly melty ice cream while watching a fireworks show.

These festive ice cream sandwiches make such a fun treat.

Make sure to check out the pink tip box below, where I share tons of tips for making perfect homemade ice cream sandwiches that taste and look amazing.

How to Make 4th of July Ice Cream Sandwiches

What Type of Cookies are Best for Ice Cream Sandwiches?

For these cookies, I used my famous Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies as the base and swapped in festive red, white & blue M&Ms. Those M&Ms are actually filled with peanut butter which I think takes these cookies to a whole other level.

What Kind of Ice Cream for Ice Cream Sandwiches?

The best part about ice cream sandwiches is that they’re totally customizable! I went with homemade vanilla bean ice cream, but you can select just about any flavor you’d like. Here are some other ideas:

Can I Make Ice Cream without a Machine?

Absolutely! Check out my full article on a variety of ways on how to make ice cream without an ice cream machine!

Can I Make Ice Cream Sandwiches in Advance?

Definitely! Ice cream sandwiches are perfect to make in stages to accommodate your busy schedule! You can make the cookies ahead, cool completely, freeze until solid on a baking pan, and then transfer to an airtight container until ready to use! You can make your ice cream and transfer it to an airtight container and freeze until ready to use. The assembled sandwiches can also be individually wrapped in plastic wrap, placed in an airtight container, and frozen for up to 1 month.

how to make patriotic ice cream sandwiches for a 4th of july dessert recipe

How Can I Decorate My Ice Cream Sandwiches?

You can roll the outside of your sandwiches with:

  • Sprinkles (red, white and blue sprinkles for an extra patriotic look!)
  • Finely chopped nuts
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Crushed cookies (thinking Oreos!)
  • Top with mini American flags toppers
  • Or anything else small or crushed up that you desire!

If the shape of your sandwiches isn’t round or square/rectangular, you can place the sprinkles/nuts/etc. in a bowl, and press them onto all sides of the sandwiches evenly with your hands.

You can drizzle the cookies with melted chocolate/white chocolate, before assembling – and add sprinkles/nuts/crushed cookies etc. before the chocolate dries, if desired, too!

How Do I Store My Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches?

To freeze the sandwiches for longer than a day, wrap them individually in plastic and pop them in an airtight container for a week. They may keep even longer than that, depending on your freezer!

How Should I Serve My Ice Cream Sandwiches?

If your sandwiches have been in the freezer for an extended period of time, you may want to allow them to sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. This way they’re not rock solid!

How Do I Achieve Perfect Edges? / How to Make the Sandwiches Look Perfect:

To make the sandwiches neat and pretty, I like to lay out a large sheet of plastic wrap on my work surface. Take a scoop of ice cream and place it on one side of the plastic. Stretch the other side of the plastic wrap over to cover. Use the bottom of a measuring cup or a glass to press down on the scoop until it is a perfectly flattened disk that matches the diameter of the cookies. Use your hands to cup the edges to smooth them out. Then unwrap the plastic and place the ice cream disk on a cookie and sandwich.

You can also trim off imperfect edges (once frozen solid) if possible (shape permitting).

More Fourth of July Dessert Recipes:

How to make
4th of July Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yield: 13 ice cream sandwiches
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Inactive time 1 hour 20 minutes
These festive and patriotic 4th of July Ice Cream Sandwiches are the perfect easy summer dessert! Made with M&M chocolate chip cookies and customizable with the ice cream flavor of your choice. Perfect 4th of July dessert recipe for a crowd!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (380 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 sticks (227 grams) unsalted butter, at cool room temperature (67°F)
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (247 grams) lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (255 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (96 grams) red, white, and blue M&Ms, milk chocolate or peanut butter
  • Homemade or store bought ice cream, in any flavor of your choice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and eggs. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and the M&Ms with a spatula.

  4. If time permits, wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours but no more than 72 hours. This allows the dough to “marinate” and makes the cookies thicker, chewier, and more flavorful. Let dough sit at room temperature just until it is soft enough to scoop.
  5. Divide the dough into 3-tablespoon sized balls using a large cookie scoop and drop onto prepared baking sheets.

  6. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. If it's a hot day, freeze the cookies before assembling the sandwiches.

  7. Place your chosen ice cream in the fridge for about 20 minutes to evenly soften. Spoon a generous scoop of the ice cream and place on the bottom of a cookie.

  8. Place another cookie directly on top, and press together gently to form the sandwich.

  9. As you assemble, you’ll likely need to pop the fresh ice cream sandwiches in the freezer before they’re all assembled. Start with everything cold so you don’t have to fight against melting. But you can always return the ice cream to the freezer if it gets too warm as you assemble.

  10. Repeat for remaining cookies, working quickly. If ice cream begins to melt, return to the freezer until firm again.
  11. Freeze sandwiches until firm, at least 1 hour, before serving.
  12. Sandwiches can be individually wrapped in plastic and stored in the freezer for up to 1 week. Let sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Course : Dessert
Cuisine : American
Keyword : 4th of july, ice cream sandwiches

Photos by Joanie Simon | The Bite Shot

Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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