The perfect ice cream sandwich is:
Soft. Hard crunchy cookies need not apply.
Sweet and salty. Keyword: and. Not or. Like the yin and yang of ice cream sandwiches, one balances out the other.
Streamlined. Meaning, you shouldn’t have to have a mouth the size of Steven Tyler’s to eat it.
Sprinkled. Because everything is better with sprinkles.
I’ll tell you, folks, this sandwich has it all. Tessa Arias, author of Cookies & Cream: Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich, did not make it easy on me. I spent weeks endlessly flipping through the book. Not for a lack of recipes but for sheer indecision on just which recipe (or mix and match combination) I was going to make. The entire book is filled with perfect ice cream sandwich after perfect ice cream sandwich, and this malted chocolate beauty is no different.
The cookies are soft and salty. The ice cream creamy and sweet.
She rolls hers in whoppers, but in conjunction with the last of my criterion for sandwich-ability above, sprinkles were definitely in order.
Granted, I probably made them a wee bit too big (think the diameter of a halved grapefruit). I say that like it’s a bad thing. It’s totally not.
I used the technique outlined here to make my sandwiches, the result being more uniform ice cream rounds than simply scooping and smushing. But you can certainly do that too.
Be sure to click through for the recipe and a chance to win a copy of this mouth-watering book!
Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Sandwiches
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup plain malted milk powder
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened dark or Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup plain malted milk powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt
- Prepare an ice bath by setting a medium heatproof bowl inside a larger bowl of ice water. Place a fine mesh sieve on top and set aside.
- In a saucepan, combine the milk, cream, 1/2 cup sugar, malted milk powder, salt, and vanilla. Cook gently over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar has dissolved and mixture starts to steam. Remove from heat.
- In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks with remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Slowly whisk in some of the warm cream mixture, 1/3 cup at a time, until about half of the cream mixture has been incorporated and egg mixture is warm to the touch. (Be sure to gradually whisk in the warm cream; you want to temper the eggs, not cook them.) Pour egg mixture back into saucepan and return to medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spatula, about 5 to 7 minutes, or until it reaches approximately 175ºF. Do not let it boil.
- Pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into the ice bath. Stir until mixture is cool. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, carefully pressing it onto the surface of the cream mixture to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.
Line a quarter sheet pan or 9×9-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper. Churn ice cream according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spread ice cream into the prepared pan to desired thickness Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 2-3 hours or until firm.
- For cookies, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, malted milk powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in egg, followed by vanilla and sour cream. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until incorporated.
- Using a medium or large cookie scoop, drop dough by the heaping tablespoonful onto prepared baking sheet. Flatten to 1-inch thick disks with the palm of your hand. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set. Let cool on baking sheet for minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Freeze cookies for at least 1 hour before forming your sandwiches.
- To assemble, remove block of ice cream from sheet pan using the parchment or foil to lift it out of the pan. Choose a cookie cutter approximately the same size as your cookies to cut out rounds of ice cream. Place one round on a cookie, then top with a second cookie, pressing to adhere. Roll edges in sprinkles or crushed malted milk ball candies, if desired. Freeze for at least 1 hour before serving.
Recipe from Cookies & Cream: Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich.All images and text © Lindsay Landis / Love & Olive Oil
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What better accompaniment to the perfect ice cream sandwich than a giveaway? Author Tessa Arias has so kindly offered up a copy of her book to one lucky L&OO reader! Cooling temperatures be darned, with this book in hand you’re going to want to eat ice cream sandwiches all winter long.
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Congrats to Bianca, comment #204, who was selected as the winner of this fabulous book!
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I’d like to try a gingersnap cookie with pumpkin ice cream!
I don’t know if it would be unique – but I’d love a nutella ice cream sandwich with maybe a brown butter chocolate chip cookie as the sandwich part.
snickerdoodle cookie sandwich with butterfinger ice cream
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I would love nutella swirl coffee ice cream! :)
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What unique ice cream/cookie combo would you most like to try?
pumpkin ice cream with a dark choc cookie
Chocolate cookies with raspberry ice cream.
I’d be happy with chocolate chip cookies with mint chocolate chip ice cream!
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I’d love some kind of ginger cookie with pumpkin ice cream. Perfect for the transition from summer to fall!
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Strawberry ice cream rolled in coconut with a chocolate cookie. Yum!
My favorite ice cream recipe is carrot cake. I’m thinkin’ it would be perfect with oatmeal raisin cookies to sandwich it.
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Maybe blackberry ice cream with a fresh ginger cookie, and homemade sprinkles.
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I would love to try the Boston Cream Pie Sandwich as it’s my favorite dessert.
a peanut butter and fluff!
I would love to try a cookie with potato chips or bacon!!
I’d like to try a snickerdoodle cookie filled with spiced cinnamon pumpkin ice cream. But your recipe for the one on this blog is on my “to do” list too!!! cheers, Kim
I’m all signed up and tweeted. We have recently discovered salted mango sandwich cookies from the Burmese store. Mango sorbet and saltines might be a great combo
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I would probably go for a traditional chocolate chip cookie with some kind of wild ice cream. Traditional with a little flare!
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Lemon and basil…
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Pumpkin pie ice cream with a spice cookie, half dipped in dark chocolate!
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Chocolate with caramel ice cream sounds great
I love this! And my dream ice cream cookie combo is definitely something Girl Scout cookie inspired- think Samoa-ish cookie with a coconut ice cream filling. Yum!
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Coffee ice cream with a fabulous Jack Daniels chocolate cookie. Funny thing that I was just thinking this past weekend how cool it would be to do ice cream sandwiches for a birthday party.
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I would like to try a coffee/chocolate cookie with parika-dusted vanilla in the middle.
For some reason, I am thinking a ginger cookie with lemon ice cream filling.
My husband loves white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, so something along those lines would please him. Plus anything with chocolate and peanut butter!
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I’d love to try a combination of snicker doodle cookie and peanut butter and jelly. Crazy but delish!
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I’d like to try peanut butter cookies with chocolate ice cream made with coconut milk.
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I would choose a coconut cookie with passion fruit ice cream. I love ice cream sandwiches as I seem to be messy with a cone!
What a fun way to eat ice cream and cookies together.
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Peanut butter pudding cookies and fudge ice cream
My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip, I bet that would be great with chocolate cookie.
Brownie cookies with butterscotch ice cream
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Carrot cake cookie with cream cheese ice cream sounds pretty good!
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Those look so good! I’d like to try chocolate cookie with caramel ice cream. Yum!
Mung bean ice cream with gingersnap cookies — no idea if this would even go together, but both are delicious!
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Greek yogurt cinnamon ice cream with walnut and honey cookies!
Yum! These look delicious!!! Love adding malt to things, such a great, underutilized flavor.
How bout a waffle with bacon studded ice cream?!
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Chocolate chip cookies with chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. What? I love chocolate chip cookies!!
I have actually tried this already, but I would love some extra time to try and perfect an oatmeal cookie/cinnamon ice cream sandwich. Even when it’s not perfect it’s amazing.
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With fall on the horizon, It’d like to try a pumpkin ice cream between two chewy gingerbread/molasses cookies!
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I’d love a chocolate cookie, with caramel ice cream, or maybe coffee ice cream with heath bar sprinkles, hmmm, so many wonderful options….
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Yuzu Ice cream with green tea/almond cookies!
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I would love to try the peanut butter and jelly ice cream sandwich. It sounds yum!
Ok, there’s no such thing as an ice cream sammie that’s to big :) I’d love a bacon version!
Oreo cookie with tiramisu ice cream! I think it would be great!
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