For many years I attended camp every summer. There are a few things you could always count on from the kitchen. The first night for dinner we would always eat frozen pizza. You know the tasteless kind that comes in a square. Being tasteless didn’t matter because you could guarantee the roof of your mouth would be burned on the first bite and you couldn’t taste anything for the next few days.
I would rarely eat Oreos throughout the year, but at camp, Oreos & milk (out of cardboard pints) were a must. For some reason they would order name brand Oreos but we would always be served generic “chocolate chip” cookies. I use quotes because it was hard to find more than one chip. You know the kind I’m talking about.
After many years of these bland, one chip, cookies, we were fortunate to have an amazing cook who spent her afternoon scooping ice cream on to each cookie to create homemade ice cream sandwiches. What a difference a little ice cream makes for a group of hungry, sweaty, teens. Okay, perhaps the teens would have eaten anything, but as a sophisticated, adult, staff member, I really appreciated the effort!
If you want to create a simple treat that impresses your kids, (or at least the adults at your next backyard BBQ), homemade ice cream sandwiches are the way to go.
Start with your favorite chocolate chip cookies (homemade or store bought).
Add a scoop of your favorite ice cream.
Top with another cookie. If you want to get really fancy, roll the side of the ice cream sandwich in sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.
These are a great treat to make before hand and leave them in the freezer. Pop the ice cream sandwiches on cookie sheet and freeze. Once frozen you can place them in a Ziplock bag or in a freezer proof container. That way when you want a snack you can grab one without the assembly process.
This summer I purchased a bunch of silicon baking cups for a project. They are awesome and I don’t know why I didn’t have them on hand before. Josiah really doesn’t like sticky hand so I stuck an ice cream sandwich in the baking cup and there was no mess and no fuss.
My summer camp years are far behind me now, but these simple ice cream sandwiches are packed full of great memories!