Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

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I’m so excited.  Never did I think making my own ice cream sandwiches would be this easy.  The chocolate cookie encasing the fresh mint ice cream is WAY better than store bought.  You’ll never want to buy the ready made ones again.

Homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches - Use any kind of Ice cream, but comes with a Frozen Yogurt Recipe - YUM!

For these Ice Cream Sandwiches, I used a homemade mint chocolate chip froyo, but you can use any of your favorite flavor of ice cream.  Just let your Ice cream soften at room temperature until it is spreadable so you don’t break your cookie.

mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

We recently made some of our own Mint Simple Syrup, so I wanted to use that up as quickly as I could.  Audrey helped me mix the yogurt mixture up for our ice cream.  Her favorite part was adding the food coloring and watching the mixture turn into that minty green color.  My favorite part is watching her curious expressions.

making homemade frozen yogurt

Our froyo took a little longer to freeze up than I thought it would, so if you are making these for company, I recommend making them the day before.

making homemade mint frozen yogurt

You don’t want to wait until the ice cream is totally solid to put your sandwich together.  I just put my cookie back into the baking pan after it was cool, poured the half frozen froyo on top and sandwiched it with the other cookie.

cookie dough for ice cream sandwiches

 

homemade ice cream sandwich cookie dough recipe

After our cookies were ready, I took the opportunity to get the kids outside and have an Ice Cream Sandwich picnic.  I put our sandwiches in a cooler along with some Wet-Naps I got at Walmart to help clean up our mess.

wet nap for picnic

They’re also great to use before the meal at a picnic because they kill 99.9% of germs.  I know my kids won’t be putting anything in their mouth along with their food that will make them sick.

ice cream cookie picnic

The kids devoured their sandwiches and I was able to clean them up quickly with just one Wet-Nap.

individual wet-nap

These things are strong, but they’re also soft and they moisturize with Aloe so I don’t have to worry about drying out their little faces.

using wet-nap

Then they were able to get on to their favorite part of the picnic, Play Time!

homemade ice cream sandwich picnic

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Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches
 
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Easy chocolate cookie dough for Ice Cream Sandwiches with a simple Mint Chocolate Chip frozen yogurt .
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Butter Softened
  • ½ Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • ½ Tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ Tsp Salt
  • ¼ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1¼ Cup Flour
  • 3 Cups of your favorite Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt Recipe Follows
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9x9 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together with a mixer and then add the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined, but do not over work.
  4. Spread half of the dough flat in the baking pan with a spatula or clean fingers.
  5. Bake for 13-14 minutes or until darkened slightly on the edges. Remove the cookie from the pan with the parchment and cool on a wire rack.
  6. Repeat with remaining dough.
  7. To assemble the ice cream sandwiches, place one cookie back in the pan along with the parchment. Top with softened Ice Cream, and then press the other cookie on top.
  8. Return to the freezer for 2-4 hours or until the Ice Cream has solidified. Remove from the pan and cut into 9 large squares. or 18 small bars.
  9. For the Frozen Yogurt: 2 Cups Vanilla Yogurt, ½ Cup Mint Simple Syrup, ½ Cup Milk, ¼ Cup Chocolate Chips, Green Food Coloring (optional)
  10. Whisk everything together in a large bowl and freeze for 2 hours or until thick and spreadable but not liquid.
  11. Spread onto Cookies for Ice Cream Sandwiches or Whisk every 30 minutes until the desired consistency.

It was a beautiful day!  What kind of ice cream will you try in your sandwiches?

going on an ice cream sandwich picnic

365 Days to a Happier Home Giveaway!

I’m joining Makeovers and Motherhood to celebrate her one year blogging anniversary with a giveaway!  Her blog aims to help mother’s have a happier home.  So she’s also sharing some amazing tips to help you make this year even better!  Let’s celebrate!

365 Days to a Happier Home

A happier home in 365 days? It seems like a long time, right? But our days are crammed with crafts and cooking, playdates and preschool, housework and hugs, and another year flies by.

Consider all the changes that occur in the first year of a newborn’s life. Their first smile, rolling over by themselves, sitting up on their own, transitioning from a bottle to baby food to solids. Each milestone is momentous, something we moms are excited sharing with all those who fawn over our babies, something we document in baby books and on social media.

One year can change a lot. As we celebrate our One-Year Blogging Birthday today, reflect on the past year, and look to the future, let me ask you…

What changes would you like to see in your home, in your parenting, with your spouse, or personally over the next year?

I polled our blogging friends and readers for tips to help you in each of these areas as we strive for 365 Days to a Happier Home. Here’s what you had to say:

Family

Simplify. We make ourselves too busy and our brains are scattered in a number of different directions, making us lose focus on what is really important. Simplify life so you can become more intentional in the majors of your life. – Jodi from Meaningful Mama

At dinner, have each person say one thing they’re good at and another they are thankful for. – Bonnie from Lady Blogger

Remember that everyone has different ways of getting things done, in chores, art, learning, and life in general. There isn’t just one right answer. – Anne from Left Brain Craft Brain

Take time every week to have a family time. Schedule it into the calendar so that everyone expects it and no one schedules on top of your special time. Then do something, anything together. Play board games, go on a walk, take a drive, watch a movie, read a book. What you do is not as important as the time that you spend with each other. – Kim from Life Over C’s

We schedule “nothing” weekends. No schedule. No appointments. No sports. No rushing around. Just chilling at the house. – Michelle V.

Hugs are awesome…learned that a little late in life but love hugs! – Cheryl C.

Start each day with payer and quiet time if at all possible….it puts things in perspective and gives you focus for the day. – Terry C.

Marriage

Create an environment that encourages true intimacy. Show affection daily; accept each other – as you are; and communicate openly about everything. This is my secret to a happy marriage. — Michelle from The Happiness Blogger

Learn your spouse’s love language and what makes them feel loved. They may thrive on a different expression of love than you. Respect this difference and learn how to love them as they need to be loved. — Alisha from Makeovers & Motherhood

Pick your battles. Is everything important? Will it matter 10 minutes from now, in 1 week or even one year? – Cheryl C.

Take time to remember the beginnings… I always remind my husband about little things from when we first got together. Some funny, some sad. But it’s nice to remember how our family got started. – Tonya W.

Mom and Dad have a required date night each week. It might only be dinner or a little shopping, but there are no kids present! – Melissa B.

Kiss your spouse every day. And hold hands. If you aren’t usually the initiator sexually, try to do that more. It’s nice to feel wanted. – LaMesha S.

Parenting

If yelling is a problem at your house, create dedicated “no shouting” days to help kids and parents remember to speak kindly to one another. – Brenda from Schooling a Monkey

Routine Cards. I give my daughters routine cards with different tasks listed on each one to keep them on track in the morning. — Janine from True Aim Education

Every Child is Different, they all learn different, treat each one as a separate person. — Laurie from Inspiring 2 N.H. Kids

For potty training, another parent once told me their family’s secret to success: “Give your child a prune as his or her poopoo prize!” They even come in individually wrapped packages like a piece of candy. Don’t assume your child will dislike them, give it a try! Worked like a charm for my daughter and she still eats them “regularly”…buh dum bum ching! — Laura from Lalymom

Try to hug each child 17 times daily. Even on days that you “fail”, getting some hugs in is a success! — Holly from Kids Activities Blog

Never compare your children to one another or any other child. Doing this will help eliminate your child feeling incompetent or not worthy. — Jodi from A Mom Having Fun

A good friend once told me that starting when their baby was born they had daddy do bath time to make sure he always had special bonding time with baby that included skin to skin contact. – Laura from Lalymom

Read to your kids every day. It’s great for their educational development, but it also ensures a time to step back and just focus on being together and enjoying each other (along with instilling a love for reading!). – Tina from Mamas Like Me

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Hands-On with Kids

For messy art or craft activities, place a dollar store shower curtain on the floor to minimize clean-up time. — Georgina from Craftulate

Sensory bins build social skills and language skills. Play together and talk together. Multiple children will come together over a simple sensory bin. – Sarah from Little Bins for Little Hands

Remember that your kids will wipe up. The mess can be cleaned up. You aren’t just doing crafts and making pictures… you’re making memories. Let your children create and their imaginations come to life through their projects. — Alisha from Makeovers & Motherhood

Food

Family Meals. One of the best ways to get your kids to eat healthily is to see you enjoying healthy food. — Orlena from Snotty Noses

Have a menu board in the kitchen. It keeps everyone from asking “What’s for dinner?” and it’s a constant reminder for anything that needs to be prepped during the day. – Tina from Mamas Like Me

Freezer cook. Make some meals in advance and freeze them. Even browning up hamburger/turkey and freezing it can take time off of meal prep. These frozen items are great for busy days. Plus, they are healthy and non-processed. — Alisha from Makeovers & Motherhood

To eliminate fights over healthy food with kids at the dinner table, get them involved in the cooking. It can be as simple as them helping create the menu or even placing napkins at the table. – Jessica from Jessica Wyman Wellness

Make healhty eating easier by prepping all your veggies at once and storing in clear containers. If you see it, you eat it. – Jessica from Jessica Wyman Wellness

No technology at the dinner table. If you can’t interact socially with the people you live with, how can you socialize with anyone else? – Lisa A.

Rotisserie Chicken tip:  After you de – bone the chicken, stick the bones in a large pot with water filled 4 inches from the top. If you want to get totally all “Julia Child”, then add some skin for luxury. Chop fresh celery, carrot, just about any other veggies, herbs and seasonings. Simmer 20-40 mins for the most luscious semi homemade/natural chicken stock. This literally will cost you a few pennies for the h2o and veggies. In return you will get a humongous pot of stock. You can easily put the stock through a fine mesh colander, discard cooked bones and vegetable mix & pour into Mason jars, (leave a few inches at the top for expansion) label and freeze. I love the chickens at Costco they are antibiotic free, super big and only 5 bucks! – Gabrielle J.

Let your kids pick and help make dinner once a week. – Jennifer M.

We have a list of questions we ask at the dinner table like what everyone’s favorite part of the day was, worst part etc. That gets everyone talking and since my oldest one has social disorders it makes life easier for him. – Jennifer M.

Home

Do chores with your kids and demonstrate a positive attitude. As you work together, your home will have a happier spirit. Plus, your kids will learn how to work! — Rebecca from Line Upon Line Learning

Do a load of laundry a day if you can. Keeps it from getting overwhelming. – Holly from Style from the Sticks

Kids are never too young to have chores and help around the house. Even a toddler can help pick up their toys. Chores are great for teaching kids responsibility and how to be a part of a family. – Tina from Mamas Like Me

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