Rainbow Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Deliciously soft and sprinkle funfetti sugar cookies with ice cream! These rainbow ice cream cookie sandwiches are so much fun! Use any flavor ice cream! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Fully embracing summer right now as I take another bite out of an ice cream sandwich that’s so full of rainbow goodness, a bowl of lucky charms would be jealous. While also kicking my feet up with the AC blasting and all the blinds closed because (1) summer and (2) 7 months pregnant.

Hand me another ice cream sandwich because it’s HOT. Luckily this recipe makes a mountain them.

Deliciously soft and sprinkle funfetti sugar cookies with ice cream! These rainbow ice cream cookie sandwiches are so much fun! Use any flavor ice cream! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

These rainbow cookie ice cream sandwiches are a pretty big deal. And here’s 4 reasons why:

  1. sugar cookies with excess sprinkles
  2. cold creamy and satisfying ice cream– use your favorite flavor
  3. 6 words: DIY ice cream cookie sandwich bar
  4. and MAN these are fun!

I’m not sure if you remember me telling you this, but my dear friend Katy got married last October. Her favorite dessert on the planet are chipwiches. Do you know what those are? Chocolate chip cookie sandwiches filled with vanilla ice cream and rolled in mini chocolate chips. At her wedding, she and her husband had a DIY ice cream cookie sandwich bar. Like 8 different cookie flavors, 10 different ice creams, and all the fixings to roll the sides in. I had snickerdoodles + pumpkin ice cream + rainbow sprinkles. Most definitely the most memorable wedding dessert!

So this is sort of the same thing only we’re starting with sugar cookies. Sprinkles are mandatory, but I feel like you already knew that.

Rainbow funfetti sugar cookies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Rainbow funfetti sugar cookies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

We’re starting off with my favorite sugar cookies. This cookie dough produces soft sugar cookies– and I find a SOFT cookie is very important in ice cream cookie sandwich-ing. And here’s why: you don’t want a rock hard and crispy cookie that will then be frozen… making it even more difficult to bite into. I mean… it’ll probably break your teeth.

Rather, start with a soft cookie that will be a little bendy and chewy, even when frozen. And these soft sugar cookies, especially after soaking up some ice cream, are just that.

Rainbow funfetti sugar cookies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

For the sugar cookies, all I did was add a generous handful of rainbow sprinkles and a touch of almond extract. If almond extract really isn’t your thing– you can totally leave it out. Depending on which ice cream flavor you’re using, you can flavor the dough with tasty extracts like lemon extract (yum with vanilla or strawberry ice cream!) or peppermint extract. Get creative!!

I used a 2 and 1/2 inch round cookie cutter, so this recipe made about 40-45 cookies. Which was about 20ish ice cream sandwiches. And which means the next several evenings will look like this: us in the recliner eating cookie ice cream sandwiches.

If there’s a food that can get away with that stuff and not even make me fetch some paper towels immediately, it’s a rainbow cookie ice cream sandwich.

Rainbow funfetti sugar cookies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Deliciously soft and sprinkle funfetti sugar cookies with ice cream! These rainbow ice cream cookie sandwiches are so much fun! Use any flavor ice cream! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Deliciously soft and sprinkle funfetti sugar cookies with ice cream! These rainbow ice cream cookie sandwiches are so much fun! Use any flavor ice cream! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Dibs on the ones with extra sprinkles.

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Rainbow Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 20-25 ice cream sandwiches
  • Category: Frozen Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Filled with your favorite flavor ice cream, these rainbow cookie ice cream sandwiches are absolutely addicting in the summertime!


Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles (I used these)
  • half gallon or a full gallon of ice cream (depending how much you use!)

Instructions

  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the granulated sugar and beat on medium-high speed until creamed, about 2 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract (if using) and beat on high speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed to combine.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. Beat in the sprinkles. If the dough seems too soft, you can add 1 Tablespoon more flour until it is a better consistency for rolling.
  4. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Roll each portion out onto a piece of parchment paper or a lightly floured silicone baking mat (I prefer the nonstick silicone mat) to about 1/4″ thickness. The rolled-out dough can be any shape, as long as it is evenly ¼-inch thick.
  5. Stack the pieces, with parchment paper between the two, onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours and up to 2 days. If chilling for more than a couple hours, cover the top dough piece with a single piece of parchment paper.
  6. Once chilled, preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Remove one of the dough pieces from the refrigerator and using a 2.5-inch circle cookie cutter, cut into circles. Re-roll the remaining dough and continue cutting until all is used. Repeat with 2nd dough piece.
  7. Arrange cookies on a baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-11 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges. Make sure you rotate the baking sheet halfway through bake time. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before assembling ice cream sandwiches.
  8. Assemble the sandwiches: Take a large scoop of ice cream and sandwich it between two cookies. Feel free to roll the sides in sprinkles, crushed M&Ms, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, anything! Freeze the sandwiches until ready to eat.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: For longer storage or for making ahead, I like to wrap the cookie sandwiches individually in plastic wrap and store for up to 1 month.

Deliciously soft and sprinkle funfetti sugar cookies with ice cream! These rainbow ice cream cookie sandwiches are so much fun! Use any flavor ice cream! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Deliciously soft and sprinkle funfetti sugar cookies with ice cream! These rainbow ice cream cookie sandwiches are so much fun! Use any flavor ice cream! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com
Deliciously soft and sprinkle funfetti sugar cookies with ice cream! These rainbow ice cream cookie sandwiches are so much fun! Use any flavor ice cream! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

59 Comments

  1. DIY ice cream sandwich bar?! Such a cute idea! Good thing we have so many summer birthdays in my family. Thanks for the party inspiration!

  2. I don’t even care that it’s winter in Australia these are happening this weekend!!! I’m going to invite my favourite people over and have a ice cream sandwich party!!!!

  3. Oh I love these, such a cute idea to have diy ice cream cookie sandwich bar.  We just got ice cream from a local shop last night and all I could think about was how I wish my twist with sprinkles was sandwiched between two cookies! 

  4. These look decadent and amazing. I recently went to a wedding with a candy bar (!!!) but I certainly think a DIY ice cream sandwich bar tops that! Hope you stay cool & comfortable in this heat, Sally. I’m sure all the ice cream sandwiches help 😉

  5. Hi Sally! I absolutely adore you and the blog and I hope you don’t mind if I make a teeny tiny suggestion about the post format. I think it would be much better to suggest another recipe at the end of the post instead of at the beginning (where it says “And try my M&M…”), because it kind of takes away from the novelty and excitement of the current post. Like the last thing I wanna do is be directed to another recipe when I’m so excited about this one, but I will gladly explore similar recipes as soon as I’m done reading (which is why you always include 3 wonderful suggestions after every post). So I just wanted to give you some feedback and I hope this helps in any way. You’ll always be my favorite blogger!

  6. I love your energy at 7 months pregnant. I wanna say that I signed up for many blogs just for the recipes but yours I actually read!( sorry everyone) Your just so down to earth!! That’s why I read your blog then the recipes (lol)
    Ice cream sandwiches hello

  7. Okay, so on your ever evolving list of recipes to make would you please consider doing ice cream??? I have made your ice cream for the other ice cream sandwiches at least 20 times because it is my husband and my favorite!! LOve this and can’t wait to get to the store!!!!

      1. I have your first book but the other one I haven’t ordered yet. You have just given me another reason to purchase it!! Thank you so much for your reply☺

  8. I LOVE the idea of including sprinkles in the cookies dough. I’ve never done roll-out cookies, but the idea is fabulous. I saw a related idea on FB of including herbs in dough for noodles. 
    I’m currently perfecting drop cookies (I just did White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia and Black & White Chocolate Chunk for my website) . 
    I saw the pic of this recipe on Instagram too…I like how you do multiple ice cream flavors to express the versatility of the recipe. 

  9. Rain, hail or shine, ice cream sandwiches are the best! It’s my favourite 2 desserts in one! 🙂 We keep a copious amount of ice cream in our freezer all year round – We are trying for a baby, so I asked the hubby if he would go out for me, any time, day or night, when I’m pregnant and buy me ice cream, if the many flavours in our freezer aren’t doing it for me…he said yes! Yay! Have you ever sent out Kevin with an odd request for a craving you must have right there and then? Can’t believe you’re 7 months already! Enjoy it Sally!

    1. Best of luck to you and your husband! Truthfully, I haven’t had any weird cravings. Ground meat has lost all of its appeal to me and all I really want is fresh fruit and spicy/salty foods. 🙂

  10. Thank you for sharing all your amazing recipes with us! We seriously can’t live without them!!
    Okay, so here’s a stupid question: how big is a large egg? Do you maybe know the weight of one large egg.. it seems to me, there’s a difference with the egg sizes from US to DK

  11. The pictures in this post are amazing!!! All the pretty colors!!! What a fun idea for a 4th of July cookout 🙂

  12. Hey Sally!  Just had to thank you for doing all that you do– you are putting a lot of good out in to the world and I appreciate it!  I especially loved reading this recipe and looking a these happy pictures today during the stupidest metro commute this morning!  

  13. I’ve just gathered up all the ingredients to make these rainbow cookies – we’ll add the ice cream and roll the sides this weekend…so fun! I made the watermelon slices last weekend and they were a huge hit. Thank you for all the inspiration – you’re the one baking/cooking blog I keep coming back to!

  14. Super yum! Sally, what is your want to make your own ice cream? Do you have an ice cream machine maker you’d recommend?

  15. Making this now with my kids…Am I blind or does this recipe omit the part about mixing sprinkles into the cookie dough???

  16. Hi, I made this and it was good! Very fun 🙂 I have a question…how can I make these into chocolate sugar cookies?

  17. These look delicious. I’m intimidated by cutout cookies etc. This recipe may be my first attempt since I’ve never failed with any of your recipes. Thanks for another great one.

    1. Yes, you must try this recipe! Just be sure to roll out the dough and THEN refrigerate it for the most successful cut outs!

  18. Hey Sally! I am so excited to make these. I am doing an ice cream sandwich bar for the Fourth of July. Do you think I could use a 3 inch round cookie cutter instead of 2.5?

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