Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches

Colorful sprinkles mixed into a sugar cookie recipe and filled with vanilla ice cream, making these funfetti ice cream sandwiches the ultimate summer treat.

My Grandma made the best cookies called snickerdoodles. We make them often and even set them out for Santa every year. Since it is summer, we mix in colorful sprinkles and give them a makeover as funfetti ice cream sandwiches. Aren’t they the prettiest?

stack of 3 funfetti ice cream sandwiches

Why you’ll love this recipe:

Tips for Making the Cookies

  • Plan ahead. The cookie dough will need to chill for at least 20 minutes before baking. This is to ensure the cookies don’t spread too much.
  • Use room temperature butter. Set out your butter at least an hour before mixing the cookies. This will ensure your butter is at the correct temperature for mixing. You want the butter to give slightly when you touch it, but not be so soft that it is melty.
  • You can refrigerate the cookie dough in a ball…or you can scoop the cookie dough first, then refrigerate so you don’t have to work with dough that is too hard.
  • Don’t overbake! You want to remove the cookies from the oven before the get brown. This will help keep your cookie sandwiches easy to bite into.

How to Easily Fill Ice Cream Sandwiches

There are two options for making ice cream sandwiches:

  1. Freeze the cookies before filling. That way when you press the ice cream between two cookies, the cookies will not bread.
  2. You can also soften the ice cream, spread it in a 9×13 pan and freeze. Then use a cookie cutter the same size as the cookies to cut circles of ice cream to easily sandwich between the cookies.
scooping vanilla ice cream on a cookie

Fun tip the kids will love: Roll the freshly filled funfetti ice cream sandwiches in extra sprinkles! Because extra sprinkles are always a good idea.

rolling ice cream sandwich in sprinkles

Make Ahead Ice Cream Sandwiches

You can make a bunch of these ahead of time, wrap them in plastic wrap, store them in the freezer and have them ready to go at a moment’s notice. Neighborhood kids will be thrilled to come in from outside to enjoy one of these as a snack!

wrapped funfetti ice cream sandwich

You can fill these ice cream cookie sandwiches with any flavor of ice cream you prefer or even make a pink lemonade version!

5 funfetti ice cream sandwiches in a box
5 funfetti ice cream sandwiches in a box

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches

4 from 1 vote
Colorful sprinkles mixed into a sugar cookie recipe and filled with vanilla ice cream, making these funfetti ice cream sandwiches the ultimate summer treat.
Servings 8
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sprinkles + more for decorating
  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream*

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar in a stand mixer on high (or with a hand mixer).
  • Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and sprinkles.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat on low until a smooth dough is formed. Dough will be very thick.
  • Chill the dough for 20 minutes.
  • Using a cookie scoop, drop cookie dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Make 16 cookie balls.
  • Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, rotating halfway through baking time.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on baking sheets.
  • *Once cookies are completely cooled, make ice cream sandwiches. Place about ¼ cup of ice cream between each of two cookies for one sandwich.
  • Wrap each sandwich individually in plastic wrap and allow to freeze for at least four hours before serving.
  • The ice cream sandwiches can be stored in the freezer for up to one month.

Notes

*How to Easily Fill Ice Cream Sandwiches
There are two options for making ice cream sandwiches:
  1. Freeze the cookies before filling. That way when you press the ice cream between two cookies, the cookies will not bread.
  2. You can also soften the ice cream, spread it in a 9×13 pan and freeze. Then use a cookie cutter the same size as the cookies to cut circles of ice cream to easily sandwich between the cookies.
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 8 ice cream sandwiches, with 1 serving being 1 ice cream sandwich (all of the ice cream used). Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 597IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 412
Keyword birthday, picnic, summer

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you use cookie cutters for this recipe?

This cookie recipe will not keep its shape during baking. The cookies will spread. If you’d like a ice cream sandwiches in the shape of cookies, try this soft cut out cookie recipe.

Can you make these cookies smaller?

Yes! If you want a more bite size ice cream sandwich, make the cookies smaller. You could easily get 16 smaller cookie sandwiches. Just watch the baking time. Because they are smaller they will not take as long to bake.

Can you make the cookies (or even the cookie dough) in advance?

Yes! If you want to keep cookies on hand for the summer, make them in advance and freeze in an airtight container. You can even just freeze the cookie dough. Find our cookie dough tips here.

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I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Brittney
7 months ago

4 stars
Super cute idea! I decided to try but wish I had not put the sprinkles in the mixer because now the cookies aren’t white they’re a brownish color. I would suggest to fold the sprinkles in after everything is done in the mixer. They do taste good!