This Mini Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich is the perfect little something sweet to beat the heat. If you’re a coffee and chocolate lover, you’ll love this homemade mini treat! And so will the kids.
Hey friends, summer’s almost upon us. Yippee! says this formerly house-bound New England girl. We’ve had our snowy winter days and now it’s time to play. The lilacs are blooming, the birds are singing and it’s time for all things summer and outdoors.
When I think summer in New England, I think gardens. Sprinklers. Fresh cut grass on the village green. Planters cascading with ivy and trailing flowers.
Beach-side picnics and waving flags at the July 4th parade. Iced tea, iced coffee and fresh squeezed frozen lemonade. Drippy ice cream cones!
I especially love creamy coffee ice cream in summer. How ’bout you? Rhode Island, the biggest little state in the union where I grew up, is home to Autocrat, manufacturer of the world’s best coffee syrup. IMHO. Maybe that’s where my coffee love affair began…
You might think summers aren’t so hot in New England, but you’d be wrong on that. Our summers can get blistering, especially when it’s humid.
And if you don’t have AC like so many here, well then you’re plum out of luck! When it gets hot and humid like that, we call it the dog days of summer.
We didn’t have AC in the 1754 farmhouse where I grew up as kid, and sometimes the August nights were downright sweltering just lying there sweating, waiting for elusive sleep.
But it was just too hot to sleep. On a few such occasions, I was summoned from bed for an impromptu adventure.
All five of us pajama-ed little kids piled into the back of the old GMC Malibu station wagon. (The dogs too.) We headed over the river and through the woods to the closest Baskin Robbins. Which wasn’t so close since we lived way out in the country.
Dad took everyone’s ice cream orders and handed them in through the car window one by one. Seeing as we were in our pj’s and all.
What a heavenly treat it was licking an unexpected ice cream cone in pajamas on a sweltering night. And coffee was one of my favorite flavors.
I was thinking about that coffee ice cream today while making these ice cream sandwiches.
Creamy coffee ice cream is sandwiched between crispy-edged, chewy-centered homemade chocolate chip cookies. The edges are rolled in mini chocolate chips. Such a refreshing treat on a hot summer day. (These ice cream sandwiches would also be yummy with my easy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.)
These ice cream sandwiches are mini, because who doesn’t like mini? Fun to hold. Fun to eat. Just 2″ across, these are the perfect little ice cream sandwich treats for kids and kids at heart.
Even better, they are easily made ahead, wrapped tightly in foil, at the ready for the sweltering dog days of summer!
Tips to make the perfect Mocha Chip Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich:
- Use one heaping teaspoon of cookie dough to bake a 2″ cookie.
- If you really like chocolate chips (who doesn’t?) press in a few extras on top just after the cookies come out of the oven.
- Cool cookies completely before stuffing with ice cream. (I chilled mine in the refrigerator for a few minutes.)
- Soften ice cream before stuffing cookie sandwiches.
- Use a small drinking glass to flatten ice cream before adding the top cookie. (This makes a level surface to keep the top cookie from breaking.)
- Freeze ice cream sandwiches hard before rolling the edges in mini-chips.
*This cookie recipe adapted from the King Arthur Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.
Mini Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar firmly packed
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vinegar cider or white
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups King Arthur unbleached all purpose flour
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 quart coffee ice cream softened
- Preheat the oven to 375°.
- Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
- In a large bowl, combine the sugars, butter, shortening, salt, vanilla and almond extracts, vinegar and baking soda.
- Beat until smooth and creamy.
- Beat in the egg, beating until smooth.
- Scrape bottom and sides of bowl with a spatula to make sure all is thoroughly combined.
- Mix in the flour, then the chocolate chips.
- Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets, leaving 1" between them on all sides, they'll spread.
- Bake cookies for 7 minutes or more, til' edges are chestnut brown and tops are light golden brown.
- Remove from oven and cool on a baking rack. (Chill in refrigerator if you're in a hurry.)
- Repeat with remaining dough.
- Spoon softened coffee ice cream onto a cookie, then press down with a small drinking glass to flatten.
- Top with another chocolate chip cookie.
- With spatula or butter knife, scrape off extra ice cream around edges.
- Place in freezer and freeze ice cream sandwich until hard.
- Roll edges in mini chocolate chips.
- Repeat with remaining cookies.
- Serve immediately or wrap tightly in foil and freeze.
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I seriously need one of these right now!! Like I mean NOW 🙂
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says
My kids would love these!
What fun family memories! We used to wake the kids up late and go to the local 7-11 store to get slushies. They still tell me those are some of their favorite memories!
These ice cream sandwiches look amazing. I love coffee flavored ice cream!
Aunt Pinkie says
Wow-these look amazing! Coffee’s my favorite ice cream, too!
Kristen Chidsey says
Allie, you are speaking my love language with coffee and chocolate 🙂
Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
Wow Allie, these chocolate chip cookie ice-cream sandwiches are droolicious. What’s there not to love? chocolate + coffee ice-cream = sandwiches! We don’t have heat here, But I would still want them in life. These sandwiches are exactly what I need for my breakfast every morning! Happy weekend to you!
Sherri @ Watch Learn Eat says
Oh my, my, my! Totally licking my lips right now! 😉 When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I was on bed rest in the hospital for three weeks, and each day I looked forward to my daily “Chipwich” cookie ice cream sandwich. But this just takes it to the next level with that coffee ice cream! Amazing! Oops, I think I’m drooling! 😉 Did I mention I LOVE it? 🙂 Can’t wait to try this!
Shashi @ RunninSrilankan says
Don’t ya love how sometimes the best treats are the ones that happen at the most unexpected times – like those ice cream cones on that sweltering evening – in y’alls PJ’s!!! IMHO, Allie – I love that memory! When my sis lived in NYC, there was this one time she lived in the top floor apt of a brownstone and her AC went out in the middle of the summer – she told me she would take ice cold baths with the fan on to cool off!
Sorry to get sidetracked – but those cookies are what I need RIGHT now – those ice cream sandwiches right now would be even better and might even make me forget am at work – though reading your blog post help me escape temporarily 😉 Thanks so much for sharing these – hope your weekend is wonderful! XO
Melissa Falk says
A classic. I love the mocha.
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says
I could totally go for one of these right now. Perfect afternoon treat!
Karen Espalin says
Ice=cream sandwiches are one of my favorites. I especially love homemade ice-cream sandwiches.
I make the ice cream and the cookies.
It is cool and showery this week but eventually I’ll warm up enough to make these.
I have made these with homemade ice cream too Karen, and that is absolutely the best. Your boys are lucky they have you in the kitchen!
Susie Mandel says
What a beautiful thing. 🙂
Hi Allie! Being a formerly house-bound New England girl myself I can’t get enough of this warmer weather! These adorable Mini Mocha Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches take me to my happy place! Just so yummy! You’re so right – who doesn’t like anything/everything mini!??
Dear Allie, what fun and wonderful memories. I remember growing up in the days with AC…we survived and it forced all us kids outside. Those were the best days. These ice cream sandwiches look wonderful…this is what summer is all about! Save one for me. xoxo, Catherine
Our lilacs are blooming too. 🙂 I’ve never made ice cream sandwiches, I bet my kids would love them!
Heather Kinnaird says
I am so excited for summer, and all things ice cream, especially these mini ice cream treats!! what fun
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says
This is my kind of a treat! There’s nothing better on a lazy summer afternoon than eating ice cream…unless it’s eating ice cream with cookies! Yum
Dear Allie, I loved this post so much – reading about those unexpected adventures on those too-hot-to-sleep nights. To me, there is a freedom in those kinds of moments. When one embraces what is and breaks with routine, taking a situation and turning it into unexpected fun. For me, there was something inspiring about this post. Thanks for that. Take care! Xoxo
Allie, j’en veux un de ces délicieux sandwiches glacés! C’est une excellente recette! Ici les été sont aussi un peu humides, parfois il pleut beaucoup mais même avec une grosse pluie j’aimerais gouté tes glaces ! xoxo
Becca @ Fork in the Kitchen says
These look sooo yummy! Perfect cookies, plus coffee ice cream?! Oh my goodness – need them ASAP!
I used my own softbach cookie recipe, but this was the best post explaining realisticy how to make and store these. Also, it’s the only mini ice cream sandwich post that made any sense. Trust me I tried some of the others that involved all these silly seps like spreaking out the icecream onto a sheet pan and cutting it with a cookie cutter! This is the only post I will use. This was a huge hit at our last BBQ We served them after we ran out of smores and everyone LOVED the size and toppings around the edges. we did mimi chips, butter fingers and sprinkles. And yes it was an adult party LOL
thanks for the recipe
Hey that’s awesome Nicole – thanks for the feedback. So glad they were a hit, my family loves these nad I need to make them again soon. I can imagine these and s’mores would definitely hit the spot at a holiday party. Butterfingers and sprinkles sound perfect. Have a super week!