Last night, we hosted for dinner a family which has just returned from three years overseas.  As their boys are elementary school-age, we had the perfect excuse to pull out the legos, nerf guns and swords, and water pistols – which had only recently been retired at House Morell. Given the soaring lego castles, animated battles, and sopping wet outfits, I think it is safe to assume a good time was had by all.

I obsessed about the perfect All-American dessert to serve to our returning friends (I always obsess about such things), and with a little help from our youngest son, struck upon ice cream sandwiches.  “Just don’t do anything weird to them – the kids won’t like that” was his sage advice.  He’s quite sensible that way.


So we baked up a batch of M&M cookies and filled them with yummy vanilla ice cream.  And they disappeared.

Really, sometimes the simplest of recipes are the best.


In a recent post, I shared my chocolate cookie recipe, which I believe has been darn-near perfected over many decades of baking.  I simply swapped out the chocolate chips for happy little M&Ms.


When the cookies were cooled, I placed a big scoop of softened ice cream between a pair of cookies, and popped them back in the freezer:


At the end of the evening, it was hard to know whether the ice cream sandwiches or the nerf swords were more popular.  Perhaps it was the sword fighting while eating the ice cream sandwiches.

I do know that our friends are coming back next week, so I’ll have to dream up another awesome All-American dessert.  Stay tuned.

M&M Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Serves: About 15
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1½ cups packed brown sugar (I like the Trader Joe's brand)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I like Rodelle brand)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1½ cups plain M&Ms
  • One quart Ice cream of your choice
  1. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl, and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy.
  3. Add the egg, and beat well.
  4. Gradually mix in flour mixture, but DO NOT over mix.
  5. Stir in M&Ms by hand.
  6. Pop the batter into the refrigerator for AT LEAST an hour, but preferably overnight.
  7. When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  8. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Let cool for 2 minutes, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Soften vanilla ice cream for about 5 - 10 minutes
  11. Working quickly, place a scoop on the bottom side of a cookie, then top with another cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies and serve immediately or place them in the freezer to serve at a later time.





16 Responses to "M&M Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches"
  1. Michelle says:

    I haven’t had an M&M cookie in decades. But I can remember just what they taste like, and those look perfect!

  2. I totally agree, sometimes the simplest of desserts are the best! And I’m sure these would be a total hit at our house too! Hope your summer is going fabulously!

  3. Yum! The hubs and I were obsessed with M&M cookie ice cream sandwiches the summer before we got married. They always take me back! 🙂

  4. These look amazing! I always loved M&M cookies as a kid and anything with ice cream is perfect for summer!

  5. This has all of my favourite things in it. Perfect for summer 🙂

  6. Ruth says:

    I love it when simple recipes turn out to be everyone’s favorites! Makes it easier on the cook and wallet 😉 Plus, you know it’s good when m&m’s are involved!

  7. Julianna says:

    What a perfect kid-friendly dessert!! 😀

  8. Jenny says:

    This dessert looks like something that would disappear very quickly at my house!! Thank you for the great idea!

    • mb says:

      I’m on my third batch in a week… they certainly aren’t lasting very long around here! Thanks for stopping by, Jenny!

  9. Sarah says:

    Oh boy! I need this in my life 😀 Yumm!

  10. Suchitra says:

    My kids love them every time I make them! These look amazing!

  11. Love, love, love the look of these cookie sandwiches!!

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