This recipe for crispy treat ice cream sandwiches (perfect for summer evenings!) is sponsored by Target, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Last month, I shared a recipe for 15-minute grilled kabobs and mentioned that grilled foods were made for summer—and summer was made for grilled foods. But what about after-dinner desserts? If ever there was a dessert that was made for summertime, it was ice cream.
We are big fans of ice cream at our house, whether it’s homemade or store-bought, plain or topped with chocolate or caramel, cookies or candies. And this month, as the temperatures have gotten hotter (and have stayed hotter well past dinnertime) I’ve had more requests from family members to pick up some ice cream when I’m at the store.
This week, I grabbed a few of my kids to make a quick run to Target for a few essentials, as well as some ingredients for a special after-dinner treat. The kids had a blast brainstorming with me to find the perfect combination of ingredients for our treats.
I had been craving ice cream sandwiches ever since my husband and I were at a Toby Keith concert the previous weekend (there’s a vendor at the concert venue who sells the most amazing ice cream sandwiches) so I thought it would be fun to make some ice cream sandwiches of our own.
The kids and I set out to find the perfect cookies to sandwich ice cream in between. We scoured the cookie aisle, but I had a feeling that what we wanted would be from the bakery. We found ideal chocolate-chunk cookies (perfect size, perfectly chewy), but when I spotted the crispy-rice treats on the shelf above the cookies, I knew they were the perfect match.
We took our ingredients home and set about building our ice cream sandwiches so we could stick them in the freezer to be ready just in time for dessert. They were so easy to make and everyone LOVED them.
- 8 Market Pantry Confetti Crispy Bars
- Ice cream (4 heaping scoops)
- Rainbow sprinkles
- Wax paper
- Plastic wrap
- Set ice cream on the counter to soften.
- Gently roll out crispy treats between 2 pieces of wax paper so each piece is about ½-inch thick. Mine rolled out pretty easily, but if yours are hard to flatten, try heating them in the microwave on medium heat for a few seconds.
- Place 4 crispy treats on a flat surface that can be placed in the freezer (I used a square baking dish).
- Scoop ice cream on top of each of the 4 crispy treats and carefully spread to cover the whole treat. Top with the 4 remaining crispy treats and press gently so the ice cream is even.
- Freeze for about an hour.
- Remove crispy treat ice cream sandwiches from the freezer. Generously cover a plate with rainbow sprinkles and dip each side of the ice cream sandwiches in sprinkles. Wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap and return to the freezer immediately.
- Freeze for another 1 to 3 hours, until ice cream is firm.
I told my kids to enjoy their ice cream sandwiches outside—summer nights, messy faces, happy kids!
Here are the visual instructions so you can see just how easy these are:
Roll out crispy treats to flatten them:
Top 4 crispy treats with slightly softened ice cream:
Spread ice cream over the crispy treats:
Top with the remaining 4 crispy treats:
After freezing for at least an hour, dip sides of each ice cream sandwich in sprinkles:
Wrap in plastic wrap and re-freeze.
Note: Take my advice and don’t try to make these when your air conditioning is off.
Two things I learned: Be generous with the amount of ice cream you scoop onto each crispy treat. We wanted ours to be a little more full. Also be generous with the amount of time you keep your ice cream sandwiches in the freezer. We were anxious to eat ours as soon as they were put together, but they were really melty. Patience pays off with these treats!
What are your favorite summertime desserts? Homemade ice cream sandwiches are topping my list this year!
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