The best projects are the ones that don’t take a ton of effort, yet still turn out super cute AND make people really happy. Am I right, or am I right?! This is one of those projects. 🎉 AND it’s an edible one to boot – hence the part about making people REALLY happy. 😉
And even though the 4th of July is coming up quickly, there’s still plenty of time to whip up these adorable Patriotic Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. I know you’re going to LOVE how they turn out! You’ll need 4 things to make them: 1) sugar cookies, 2) vanilla ice cream, 3) a star-shaped cookie cutter, and 4) red/white/blue sprinkles.
I used Krusteaz® Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix for the cookies and used the “Cut Out Cookie” recipe on the back of the box, which entails adding 1/3 cup butter + 1 egg to the mix. Easy-peasy. The cookies are exactly what the name says. Buttery. Vanilla-y. Sugar-y. YUM. 😋
Free 4th of July Printables
Full instructions for the ice cream sandwiches are below, but I have one more fun thing to share first… a brand new batch of patriotic printables that you can download here for FREE!
I started with designing some Mini Party Flags to dress up these ice cream sandwiches but decided they needed some accessories to match, so you’ll find an 8×10 Sweets Sign, two 4×6 Signs, and a USA Banner here as well. (Click on the links to download.) Enjoy!
Banners add a big dose of fun to any party! You can also print extra copies of the decorative panels on this one to make additional non-text banners that alternate between the flag/country and heart graphics:
I used the Mini Party Flags on toothpicks for the ice cream sandwiches, but they also look really cute on straws! (See above.) Since these party flags are on the shorter side, you’ll need to fold them in half, glue the 2 sides together, then hot glue them to straws. You can glue them around the toothpicks though.
And now back to the ice cream sandwiches…
Patriotic Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
1. Make your star-shaped sugar cookies.
I used Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix (+ 1/3 cup butter & 1 egg) for these. Make sure to chill the dough for a while to make it easier to cut with a cookie cutter.
2. Make ice cream stars for the center.
Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Scoop store-bought vanilla ice cream into it, then let it soften for a bit until it can be spread out across the pan. You want it somewhere around 1″ or so in thickness. Refreeze until firm, then cut out your stars, using the same cutter you used for the cookies.
3. Sandwich time!
Place an ice cream star between 2 cookie stars. Flip the bottom cookie upside down so that both sides of the finished treat show the “pretty” side of the cookie.
4. Pour on the Sprinkles
You actually want the ice cream stars to be a teensy bit soft/melty so that the sprinkles will stick to it, so you might need to wait a couple of minutes after making your sandwiches for it to soften up. Dump generous amounts of sprinkles on while turning your cookie sandwich over a bowl.
Done! Return to the freezer immediately until ready to serve.
Since we were taking pictures of these, they were out of the freezer longer than usual and got super melty. Still tasted awesome though! I kind of think the look on my daughter’s face says it all. ;)
HAPPY 4th of JULY!
This project is brought to you in collaboration with Krusteaz®. As always, all thoughts, designs, and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the companies that make it possible for me to keep the creative content coming your way! I am truly grateful.