Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches


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My parents switched schools on me when I was in 7th grade. I was super nervous and pretty upset to be changing schools because I had been with my friends since kindergarten. On my first day of the new school I found out that they sold ice cream sandwiches after lunchtime. SCORE! When my friend Caley bought me one to welcome me, it was then when I knew my parents made the right decision. It was also then that I knew I had made a solid friend.

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This is my first time making ice cream sandwiches and it definitely won’t be the last. There’s something so satisfying about spreading
melty ice cream over a sheet of cookie and squishing another cookie on top to make a sandwich. And when you cut out individual sandwiches, it’s like jackpot!! Who wouldn’t want this ice cream sandwich loot in their freezer?

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These sandwiches are packed with flavor! The lemon zest & juice really enhances the vanilla ice cream. It’s tastes blueberry muffin ice cream! The blueberry swirl captures my heart and adds such a pretty color to what would have been a very monotone ice cream sandwich. I’m quite smitten with these and I’m sure you’ll agree when you share your first (of many batches!) with your loved ones. Ice cream sandwiches are how friends are made.

And we’re off!

First we are going to make the blueberry swirl in our ice cream sandwiches.

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All of this goes into a pot. You reduce it a bit, pull out the lemon peel and BOOM. Blueberry compote.

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Now we move onto our sandwich component. Let’s make the cookie layers!

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Cream butter & sugar. Add in egg & vanilla. Add the flour mixture in two stages.

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Done! You will need two 8 inch baking pans for this recipe. Borrow one from a neighbor!

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Split batter in half. Spray a parchment lined baking sheet with cooking spray. With an off-set spatula smooth the batter into each baking pan. We’re gonna make cookie cake!

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Done did.

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Baked! Let them cool.

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Vanilla ice cream gets melted. Lemon zest gets stirred in & so does lemon juice. Instant lemon ice cream!

Now lemon ice cream gets its blueberry swirl on.

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Transfer ice cream to the bottom layer of cookie cake!

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Fill it all up. Take the top and SANDWICH!

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SANDWICHED! You’re gonna wanna freeze this for a while before you cut into it.

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Trim the edges and start cutting into it. Make sure it’s frozen solid!

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I cut mine into 12 pieces.

 

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Insanely good.

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So much goodness in here.

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This is just the beginning! I can’t wait to experiment with more flavors this summer.

Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

makes 12

recipe adapted from Gourmet Magazine

For lemon ice cream:

  • 2 pint premium vanilla ice cream
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

For blueberry compote:

  • 1 cus blueberries
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 2 (3-by 2 1/2-inch) strips lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

For sandwich layers:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Make lemon ice cream: 
Let ice cream sit out for 10-15 minutes at room temperature, until it reaches the consistency of soft serve. Transfer ice cream to a large bowl and stir in lemon zest and juice. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and freeze while making compote and sandwich layers.

Make blueberry compote:
Cook blueberries, sugar, and zest in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat, thoroughly crushing blueberries with a potato masher, until juices are released and sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes.

Stir together lemon juice and cornstarch, then stir into blueberry mixture. Boil, stirring, 1 minute (mixture will thicken).

Transfer blueberry compote to a bowl and chill until cold, about 1 hour. Discard lemon zest.

Make sandwich layers while compote chills:
Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle. Butter baking pans and line with foil, leaving a 1-inch overhang on each side, then butter foil.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Beat together butter and brown sugar in another bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. At low speed, add flour mixture in 2 batches, mixing until just combined.

Divide batter between baking pans and spread into thin, even layers with offset spatula. Bake until golden-brown but still tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely in pans, about 30 minutes.

Assemble sandwiches: 
Dollop tablespoons of blueberry compote all over ice cream, then swirl it gently through ice cream with a spoon. Spoon all of ice cream over 1 sandwich layer (in pan) and spread evenly using clean offset spatula. Invert second sandwich layer over ice cream, pressing gently to form an even sandwich. Wrap baking pan in plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours.

Transfer sandwich to a cutting board using overhang. Trim edges if desired, then cut into 12 pieces.

 

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  • June 10, 2013

    Looks crazy good!!! Mouthwatering!
    WANT RIGHT NOW!!!!! :P

  • These look absolutely amazing! I can’t wait for you to experiment with other flavours. Maybe a chocolate fudge?

  • June 10, 2013

    So pretty and what a fun combo!! The lemon and blueberry ice cream sound so good!

  • Amanda
    June 10, 2013

    i have no words… simply drooling over here!

  • I’m dying. This looks so good! Thank you for posting a recipe for ice cream that doesn’t involve an ice cream maker.

  • Alison
    June 10, 2013

    Looks wonderful! Any idea how long they’ll keep in the freezer if I want to make them in advance?

    • Tracy
      June 10, 2013

      You can make them several days in advance! Just wrap them up tightly!

  • I love the way you made these sandwiches! So perfect and pretty (and YUMMY).

  • Emily
    June 10, 2013

    This sounds so ridiculously delicious-and much easier than doing the usual making separate round cookies or even making fancy roll-out ones.

    • Tracy
      June 10, 2013

      That’s too much work!!! And I’d end up eating so many cookies that way…before they were ever turned into sandwiches!

  • June 10, 2013

    my god….ice cream sandwiches will never be the same. game changer!

  • June 10, 2013

    WOW

  • June 10, 2013

    I like that you used store bought ice cream! I HATE taking out my ice cream maker. I don’t know why. I wanted it so badly before finally getting it. Anyway, these look crazy good!

    • Tracy
      June 10, 2013

      I find that if I make ice cream, I don’t eat ice cream. Isn’t that CRAZY?? By the time it’s done, I’m over it!!

  • Oh man…I only made ice cream sandwiches once and it took FOREVER! This is way easier! Yum!

  • June 10, 2013

    These are totes noted for an upcoming girls weekend, thanks Tracy! We will be stuffing our faces with these, because calories don’t count on fun weekends, right?!

    • Tracy
      June 10, 2013

      They sure don’t!!!

  • June 10, 2013

    ummm yes. this needs to happen in my life ASAP

  • June 10, 2013

    I love how the blueberries get deliciously swirled into the mix. I can’t wait to see what other flavor combos you come up with.

  • June 10, 2013

    These ice cream sandwiches look so good! Definitely the perfect dessert to bring out at the end of a long weekend barbecue. :)

  • marjorie muggleston
    June 10, 2013

    These look so delicious – and they are so pretty! Also, really a great idea that you can make them a couple of days ahead if you are having them for an occasion – and 12 is a lot.

  • Amy
    June 10, 2013

    I’m definitely going to make these for my mom this week…she’s lemon-obsessed & will love them! Also that fabric in the photos is gorgeous! Well-done, friend!

  • June 10, 2013

    love, love all the colors!

  • June 10, 2013

    I always make ice cream sandwiches with two individual cookies sandwiched together, but this method looks so much better and makes so much more sense! I love this technique of making bar cookies and then sandwiching the ice cream in between and THEN cutting. Gorgeous!

  • June 10, 2013

    These look like so much fun! I love that you used lemon and bluberry instead of the traditional chocolate ice cream sandwiches. Nice fresh flavours that are perfect for summer. I changed schools in 7th grade too, I sure wish I had go-to treat like this one!

  • June 10, 2013

    These look absolutely incredible! I love all your photos and so love the swirly ice-cream!

  • June 10, 2013

    Mmmmm…. amazing! Love your work, Tracy!! :)

  • June 10, 2013

    These look sooo good! I love the combination of lemon and blueberry, I’ll have to give this recipe a try… SOON!! Thanks!

  • June 10, 2013

    these are BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  • Stacey
    June 10, 2013

    Hubba hubba. I love all of these things! Also, cannot wait to hear about your trip to ATX!

  • Perber
    June 10, 2013

    beautiful pictures, i love the set-up you have for that first shot. I want to make these soo badly!!

  • June 10, 2013

    You must have really sharp sharp knives to cut through frozen ice cream. :-) I love how easy you’ve made this. My favourite cake is lemon blueberry buttermilk cake. This is the ice cream sandwich incarnation. So happy!

  • Jenny
    June 10, 2013

    Love the way you spiced up plain lemon ice cream! I would never have thought of that. And it looked like it froze well too.

  • Ok, things I love about this: 1) Upcyling your bought vanilla ice cream. Genius. 2.) Making two cookie cakes and then cutting out the sandwiches, instead of trying to fill individual cookies with the ice cream. So smart! And gorgeous. And gimme one nowwww

  • June 11, 2013

    I’m completely dying right now.

  • marci
    June 11, 2013

    absolutely beautiful!

  • June 11, 2013

    These are stunningly beautiful! I would eat them up in a snap. YUM!!

  • June 11, 2013

    I looked at these yesterday, thinking how good they looked. Then I thought about them allllll last night, wishing I have everything to make them. Now I’m back, looking at them AGAIN. Stopping at the store tonight will be necessary as I need these in my house. Stat.

    • Tracy
      June 11, 2013

      It’s a sign!! YOU NEED THEM.

  • Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac
    June 11, 2013

    Love that you just jazzed up vanilla ice cream here for the filling! I see so many recipes that require an ice cream maker and cannot make them! Definitely adding this to the to make list!!

  • June 11, 2013

    OH… my… WORD. Must, make, now…

  • June 13, 2013

    These are beautiful! An ice cream maker is one kitchen item I’m not yet ready to shell out the space for – so happy to read you just tweak store-bought ice cream for this!

    • Tracy
      June 13, 2013

      twerk it!!!!

  • June 18, 2013

    These look and sound so refreshing, maybe I’ll try them out for a 4th of July party. Although I still haven’t made your coconut cake from last year…maybe I’ll bring two desserts and make twice as many friends? :)

  • June 18, 2013

    i just made these on my blog – one word.. delicious!!

  • Tara
    July 8, 2013

    I made a batch of these for the 4th of July and all I have to say is, WOW!!!!! They were better than the fireworks outside our window over the Hudson. My husband and I love ice cream sandwiches, especially homemade ones at a wine bar in our ‘hood… but these CRUSHED those!!! I already have requests to make more for parties next weekend and the weekend after. Thanks for changing our dessert world forever. :)

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