My goddaughter is a genius. This chocolate and peppermint ice cream sandwich recipe was a group effort between my goddaughter (Angelina), her little sister (Alanna), my mom, Carla and me, but Angelina really deserves the credit for this one. We were hanging out one night when the following conversation happened:
Alanna: Hey Lyssy, can we make ice cream while you’re home?
Me: Sure! What kind?
Me: Yum, ok!
Angelina: Maybe we can take the cream out of Oreos and put the peppermint ice cream inside them instead.
**Stunned silence as we all contemplated her brilliant vision**
Carla: OH. MY. GOD.
Me: Ange, did you just come up with that on your own? Or did you see these somewhere?
Ange: No, I came up with them myself. I was just thinking about Oreos.
I was just thinking about Oreos.
So we made a date for them to come over and create these peppermint ice cream sandwiches with Oreo cookies. We had fully planned to make the ice cream ourselves, but I woke up in the middle of the night before we were supposed to make the ice cream and realized that the canister wasn’t in the freezer.
Shortcut time! We used store-bought peppermint ice cream instead. It ended up tasting delicious, but the ice cream was a little softer than we would have liked. I hope you can find an all-natural peppermint ice cream; we couldn’t. It would probably be easier to shape the ice cream sandwiches if you use natural or homemade ice cream instead. We had to work fast because the ice cream was melting pretty quickly.
These are just fantastic. The ice cream on its own was a little sweet for our tastes, but don’t panic! Once you put it between the cookies, something magical happens. They’re the perfect balance of chocolatey, minty, creamy and crunchy.
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- 1 quart peppermint ice cream
- 1 bag Oreo Cookies
- 6 candy canes
- 2 tablespoons sprinkles
- Take the ice cream out of the freezer to soften slightly. If your ice cream is really soft or creamy to begin with, skip this step.
- Twist apart the Oreo cookies and scrape the cream out of the middle. Set aside the wafers and discard the cream.
- Remove the candy canes and place them in a sturdy ziploc bag. Use a meat tenderizer or a rolling pin to smash the candy canes into small pieces. Pour the pieces out onto a small plate and add the sprinkles. Stir gently to combine the sprinkles and the candy cane.
- Line 2 rimmed baking sheet with wax paper.
- Use a butter knife or a large spoon to scoop out about 2 tablespoons of ice cream. Set the ice cream on one wafer press down gently with a second wafer to spread the ice cream over the whole wafer to a thickness of about 1/2-3/4 inch. Use a butter knife to smooth the edges of the ice cream.
- Roll the edge of the ice cream sandwich in the candy cane mixture. Set on the lined baking sheet and freeze once a pan is full.
- These are best if eaten within 24 hours of making them. They're still delicious on day 2, but the cookie starts to get a little bit soft.