M&M Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

The creamiest homemade ice cream, made with just four ingredients and no ice cream maker required, is sandwiched between two soft ‘n chewy M&M cookies to make the ultimate summer treat. 

M&M ice cream cookie sandwiches

Whenever I make ice cream sandwiches with homemade cookies, I like to make the cookies a day or two ahead of time to save time on ice cream sandwich day (can we make that a thing?). This way the cookies are ready to go and the dirty dishes are long gone. Hopefully.

This is the easiest ice cream in the entire world. There is no churning. There is no ice cream maker. Four ingredients. All the flavor! One of my favorite parts to this homemade ice cream is that it is so soft and creamy. PLUS. You can use this base ice cream recipe for a variety of homemade ice creams. Just add different add-ins and toppings.

2 images of ingredients for vanilla ice cream and vanilla ice cream in a stand mixer bowl with a whisk attachment

Heavy cream, heavy whipping cream, or double cream can all be used here. The only difference between them all is their milk fat percentage, but any of them make an extraordinary base for this easy homemade ice cream. The key to the mix? The sweetened condensed milk. This thick milk sweetens the ice cream while giving it that rich, creamy texture.

Also in the no-churn ice cream: vanilla extract. This gives the ice cream a little flavor. The three are beaten together until thick and smooth.

Next, add some M&Ms. Be careful folding these in as they can bleed a little color.

vanilla ice cream in a metal bowl with M&Ms and a spatula

Now, taste it. Isn’t that amazing?

M&M ice cream in a metal bowl with a spatula

Pour this homemade ice cream mixture into a plastic container or bowl, cover, and pop in the freezer. Congratulations you now have homemade M&M ice cream.

M&M ice cream cookie sandwiches on a white plate

BOOM. The ultimate summer treat.

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M&M ice cream cookie sandwiches on a white plate

M&M Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 day
  • Yield: 12-15 ice cream sandwiches
  • Category: Frozen Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

The creamiest homemade ice cream, made with just four ingredients and no ice cream maker required, is sandwiched between two soft ‘n chewy M&M®cookies to make the ultimate summer treat.


Ingredients

Ice Cream

  • 2 cups (16 ounces, 480ml) heavy cream
  • 14 ounces (1 can; 396g) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (200g) mini or regular size M&M®s

Cookies


Instructions

  1. Make the ice cream: Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla together on high speed until thick and smooth, about 4-5 minutes. Carefully fold in the M&M’s. The M&M’s can bleed their color, so be careful when adding them. Spoon/pour the ice cream mixture into a freezer-safe container or bowl. Cover tightly and freeze overnight. Ice cream can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
  2. Make the cookies according to the recipe’s directions. Cool completely.
  3. Assemble the sandwiches: Take a large scoop of ice cream and sandwich it between two cookies. Feel free to roll the sides in crushed M&Ms, chocolate chips, or sprinkles. Freeze the sandwiches until ready to eat. See my tip below this recipe.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: The baked cookies and prepared ice cream can both be prepared in advance. The ice cream needs to freeze overnight before using, but is tasty for up to 2 weeks in the freezer. The baked cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week.
  2. No-churn ice cream method from Martha Stewart

Keywords: ice cream cookie sandwiches, M&M cookie ice cream sandwiches

You can prepare these cookie sandwiches ahead of time. Simply prepare the cookies and ice cream, assemble the sandwiches, wrap each tightly in plastic wrap and freeze. Perfect straight from the freezer for a cool treat.

M&M ice cream cookie sandwiches wrapped in plastic wrap

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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    They look insanely good! I mean heavy cream, sweetened cond milk, M&Ms, butter, sugar, yeah if this is what summer looks like, I want summer every day of the year 🙂  Have a wonderful and relaxing holiday weekend!

    1. Tom ~ Raise Your Garden says:

      These look absolutely scrumptious! And you get at least 2 cookies with each sandwich, no complaints to kicking off summer this way. But I do have this obsessive compulsive deal with M&M’s that I have to eat a certain color first in the order of ROYGBIV Rainbow style, Weird!

      1. Yes, they do look scrumptious!!  Haha — I haven’t heard ROYGBIV for years… maybe not since our grown daughter was in 4th grade!  I kind of do that if I decorate a cake with them, etc… the different colors all have to be balanced.  Maybe we’re really all a bunch of OCD nerds.  🙂

  2. Homemade ice cream without an ice cream machine, YAY! I’ve always wanted to try making my own but could not justify buying an expensive machine. Cannot wait to try this, with those M&M cookies. Awesome start to summer:)

  3. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life says:

    Oh Sally. I feel like my skinny jeans are in serious trouble with the frozen tributes to beauty and light and all that is good in the world.
    I couldn’t care less. 
    I cannot wait to make these, and I just know my family will go crazy for them too. We are all m&ms lovers and we even managed to bring more m&m lovers into the family.
    I don’t think I could love someone who didn’t love m&ms.
    I’m off to fill my freezer with homemade ice cream cookies. And then fill my tummy 🙂 
    Enjoy your long weekend!

    1. Amy, this is so random but have you ever had FROZEN m&ms? Seriously. Put a bag of them in the freezer. They are so good frozen!

      1. Katelyn @munchie pie says:

        I actually knocked one of my wiggly teeth out when I was a kid with frozen M&Ms! Haha I love them too!

  4. cherry garcia ice cream with chocolate dark chocolate chip cookies and then rolled wagon wheel style through sweetened coconut flakes. your teeth will ache!

  5. Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous) says:

    This ice cream sounds great! I made a batch of no-churn matcha a couple of months ago with just whipped cream and that worked out great, but I’m curious how the sweetened condensed milk will affect it. Can’t wait to try making it!

  6. I love these. They look really delicious. Been reading your blog for a while. And I love getting inspiration.

  7. Joe @ Baking Planet says:

    I really need to get braver and give this a try, I tried making ice cream before but was more an ice cube. This looks delicious so thanks for ice cream recipe X

  8. Collaborating with M & M is like working with fluffy bunnies or shiny unicorns. In other words, sounds like a dream come true!
    I’m a huge fan of no-churn ice cream and when you sandwich it between soft cookies, it’s a win!

    1. Yes. It’s kind of exactly like working with bunnies and unicorns. And CANDIES!

  9. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says:

    Sally – I don’t have an ice cream maker at my house yet, so this version is perfect for me. 🙂 Whenever we go into the city, I make it a mission to grab some M&Ms at M&M World. It’s an extremely dangerous place to let me roam unchaperoned. These ice cream sandwiches are the perfect way to enjoy the holiday!

  10. Lynn @ Fresh April Flours says:

    I recently saw a little video on Buzzfeed (I think?) about making ice cream like this, and now that you’ve proved it to be real life, I’m afraid for my health this summer as ice cream and an ice cream cake are both on my list to do soon. Oh boy… Better break out the stretchy shorts (OH NO)!

  11. Oh my these look delicious! I think they’ll be making an appearance at a summer party around here!

  12. Oh Sally, these look so amazing and summery. It has been raining here pretty much nonstop for three weeks, and I am desperate for light and COLOR. I think m&ms are a step in the right direction! I love your photographs…so clear and well-designed. 😀 I hope your tour-planning is going well!

  13. Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday says:

    I’ve been absolutely craving ice cream sandwiches lately! These look PERFECT – a total summer must-make! Pinned!

  14. Not only do these sandwiches look absolutely incredible (seriously that ice cream?!), they look like my idea of summer in a nutshell. It’s getting fairly warm here; I can’t wait to make lots of desserts like this — that just scream summer 🙂 

  15. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext says:

    LOVE these cookie sandwiches, Sally! They look so good! 😀 

    I just made some no-churn ice cream today, it’s my favourite, really easy to make and tastes amazing too. 

    Definitely cannot wait to give these a go! Happy Weekend! 

  16. Oh yummy – I am SO making these for this long holiday weekend.  Perfect timing – I can pick all the ingredients needed when grocery shopping later.  ~smile~  Happy Memorial Day!

  17. Yum! If it’s a sandwich, I can have it for lunch, right? 🙂 Looks great, Sally. Have a great weekend!

  18. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat says:

    These cookie sandwiches look amazing! I would love to enjoy a few of these right now!

  19. Your M&M cookies were the first thing I ever made from your blog. LOVE THEM! I was planning on a little something different for our memorial day BBQ, but I think I may need to change our dessert to these! So fun.

  20. Lena | la fille lumineuse says:

    Wow, these just look so good!
    I don’t think I will ever be too old for getting overly excited about the colourful candy shells of M&Ms 😀

  21. Hi, Sally! Happy Memorial Day weekend! I was wondering if I can freeze the dough for a long time, at least a month? I don’t want to bake a lot of cookies, but I want to have some dough whenever I want cookies. Thanks!

    1. Absolutely! I recommend freezing the cookie dough balls. So, chill the cookie dough as directed, then roll into balls and freeze them. See my make ahead tip in the recipe.

  22. Elle @ Only Taste Matters says:

    M&M’s are my favorite candy! Getting contacted by them must have been so exciting! This recipe looks fantastic! Did you use the minis for the ice cream as well?

    1. I actually used the full size M&Ms for the ice cream and the mini’s for the cookies!

  23. Joan Hayes says:

    These look SO delicious, and so fun! : )

  24. These look amazing! A perfect memorial day treat!

  25. This is so colorful and fun! Looks delicious also. Wouldn’t mind making this for our Memorial Day weekend party =)

  26. Linda @ Veganosity says:

    These are so fun Sally! I actually posted a vegan chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich on my blog today. It must be almost summer. 🙂 

  27. I love colorful desserts. It makes things ten million times better. Example: rainbow vs. chocolate sprinkles. Or a cake with just oodles of sprinkles on the frosting. An embarrassing story? I went to the ice cream store with my mom and asked for “Jimmie sprinkles”. Yeap… this was about a week ago. I was delirious.

  28. OMG Sally, I just made a batch of the cookies and I can hands down say they are the BEST cookies I have ever made!  I always had trouble with my cookies sinking and getting flat after they came out of the oven but these were perfection.  Thank you SO much for all of your amazing recipes! <3 

    1. So glad to hear it, Ella! Thanks!

  29. Yay! These look AMAZING! i’m going to make these tomorrow for my friends at school on monday 🙂 thanks for the recipe! <3

  30. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    I will always prefer soft serve ice cream so this is perfect! And the cookies – they look incredible! Pinning! 

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