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4 New Takes on the Ice Cream Sandwich

Consider this your public service announcement: It’s National Ice Cream Sandwich Day! We’re celebrating with a bunch of different ones all in bite-sized form. Ice cream sandwiches could be the perfect dessert—they are easy to make and the flavor combinations are virtually endless.

If you want to make your own ice cream, follow your favorite recipe, but be sure you freeze it as hard as your freezer will go. That will make assembling the ice cream sandwiches easier. Looking for more ice cream sandwich goodness? Be sure to check out our PB&J Ice Cream Sandwiches as well.

Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

Okay, let’s get started!

Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwich Ingredients

– fig bar cookies

– cardamom ice cream

– checkerboard cookies

– coffee ice cream

– pretzel crisps

– chocolate chips

– salted caramel ice cream

– shortbread cookies

– strawberry ice cream


1. Make sure ice cream is frozen as hard as your freezer will get it.

2. Using a melon baller, scoop a small portion of ice cream onto the back side of one cookie.

3. Top with a second cookie, and press the two cookies together. Wipe away any drips

4. Layer on a plate or pan covered in waxed paper, and freeze for at least 30 minutes until firm.

Pro tip: If you’re making the sandwiches in advance, scoop the ice cream first and freeze it separately in the scoops. Then you can assemble the sandwiches more easily. Or you can let friends and family mix and match their own flavors without a lot of the mess.

Fig Bar + Cardamom Ice Cream SandwichFig Bar + Cardamom Ice Cream Sandwich

Who doesn’t love a fig bar? That classic, semi-healthy snack cookie from childhood. Pairing with cardamom ice cream from Three Twins (a local fave!), gives this ice cream sandwich a decidedly grown-up taste. The spice of the cardamom is the perfect pairing with the chewy fig cookie.

Checkerboard Cookies + Coffee Ice Cream SandwichCheckerboard Cookies + Coffee Ice Cream

Vanilla and chocolate checkerboard cookies just call for coffee ice cream. These just might be our new go-to after-dinner dessert to serve with espresso.

Chocolate Pretzel and Salted Caramel Ice Cream SandwichesDipping Pretzels in Chocolate

We knew we needed to do something a little extra with these pretzel crisps before layering them with ice cream. Clearly, the answer was to dip them in chocolate. Simply melt chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave, and dip half of each pretzel.

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

To get the chocolate to harden more quickly, put them on a baking sheet lined in waxed paper and chill in the fridge or freezer. The only hard part will be not eating them before you make the ice cream sandwiches.

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel + Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches

You’ll need to work quickly with these sandwiches for two reasons. First, there are holes in the pretzel crisps! And second, the chocolate will melt all over your fingers if you handle them too much. It’s a delicious, but messy, side effect.

Shortbread + Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Shortbread + Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Think of this as an updated take on strawberry shortcake. If you want to make it extra tasty, layer in a few strawberry slices with the ice cream. Yum!

Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you’re taking photos, do so quickly! Ice cream sandwiches get melty.

Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

Freeze them on the serving platter if it will fit in your freezer. That will keep the sandwiches cold a bit longer.

Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

We couldn’t resist grabbing one before the shoot was over! So tasty!

What’s your favorite ice cream and cookie combination for ice cream sandwiches? Tell us in the comments!

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

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Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

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Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)