Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Crisp Belgium waffles with a hint of cinnamon sandwiched with cool vanilla ice cream rolled in colorful sprinkles for a fun summer treat! A plate with two waffle ice cream sandwiches rolled in red, white, and blue sprinkles.

This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.

In the summer I like to have a little treat in the freezer so that whenever it’s hot outside I have something to help cool me down. Usually I just buy a container of ice cream of a box of ice cream sandwiches but sometimes I like to make something myself.

Whenever I have the time I make no churn ice cream.  I have tons of great no churn recipes on the blog but you have to wait 4-6 hours in order to eat the ice cream so it isn’t always my first choice.

So I started looking at ice cream sandwich recipes.  I figured if I had to bake a cookie I only needed to wait about 10-15 minutes before I could put ice cream in the middle. 

While you can certainly use homemade ice cream when I make ice cream sandwiches I usually make the sandwich part then use ice cream from the store. In this case I made a batch of my delicious Belgium waffles.  I added in a little cinnamon and a little bit of vanilla but you can add other spices and flavors to match your ice cream. A Belgium waffle sitting on a plate.

Ingredients:

  • flour
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
  • egg
  • vanilla
  • milk
  • ice cream
  • sprinkles (optional)

To make the waffles combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.  Mix and set aside. In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, egg, vanilla, and milk.   Add in the flour mixture and mix until there are no more lumps.

Heat a waffle iron and spray with cooking spray.   Put 3/4 cup of batter onto the waffle iron and close.  Cook until the waffle iron lights up to say it is done. Remove the waffle then repeat 3 more times so that you have 4 waffles. 

Allow the waffles to cool completely.   Spread two waffles with softened ice cream then top with another waffle making sure that the cut marks line up. Cut on the cut lines and quickly dip one or two edges into the sprinkles.  Freeze for 15 minutes then enjoy.

One thing I did was leave the waffles on the iron for a minute after it indicated they were finished.  This made for a crispier waffle which is better in this case.

I took the ice cream out of the freezer 10 minutes before using.  I found that it softens up enough to be spreadable but not so much that it is melting everywhere.

The sprinkles are a little bit difficult as the colored ones start to run once the ice cream hits them. I tried to pour just a small amount on the plate in between each dipping so the new sprinkles would get on the sandwiches. Pin Image: Top view of a plate with two waffle ice cream sandwiches rolled in red, white, and blue sprinkles, text, a cutting board with a cup of flour, a bag of sugar, an egg, sprinkles, a bowl of spices, and sugar on it.

Can I make the waffles ahead of time?

Yes!  You can make them up to a day ahead of time then simply spread on the ice cream before ready to serve.  You could even cut the waffles into quarters and serve with several types of ice cream that way people could make their own!

Do I have to make the waffles from scratch?

No, you can use a waffle mix to make them.  I wouldn’t recommend frozen ones as they aren’t thick enough and usually don’t have the cut lines.  However, using a mix then making the waffles on a waffle iron is totally fine.

Can I use homemade ice cream?

Of course!  Make your favorite flavor then spread it on the waffles.

What else can I dip the ice cream sandwiches in?

If you don’t like sprinkles there are other options.   Several ideas would be to roll the ice cream into mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or crushed chocolate cookies.

How long do these keep?

If you aren’t eating them the same day you make them I recommend wrapping them in plastic wrap and storing in a freezer baggie for up to 1 month.  When ready to eat remove from the freezer about 10 minutes before eating in order to soften up the waffle and ice cream. A plate with Waffle quarters filled with ice cream stacked on a plate.

These waffle ice cream sandwiches were so much fun to make!  I rolled mine in red, white, and blue sprinkles because we had them right before the Fourth of July.  You can totally roll them in sprinkles customized to any event!

The taste was great.   I could taste the hints of cinnamon in the waffles and the vanilla bean was strong in the ice cream.  I like how sturdy the waffles were.  They definitely held up to the ice cream.

Some other combination to try would be adding ginger to the waffles and pairing with peach ice cream.  You could add cocoa powder to the waffle batter and serve with chocolate ice cream.   Another fun combination would vanilla bean waffles with chocolate ice cream rolled in graham cracker crumbs for a S’mores themed waffle ice cream sandwich.

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A plate with two waffle ice cream sandwiches rolled in red, white, and blue sprinkles.

Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

Crisp Belgium waffles with a hint of cinnamon sandwiched with cool vanilla ice cream rolled in colorful sprinkles for a fun summer treat!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 Waffle Sandwiches
Author: Hezzi-D

Ingredients

For the waffles:

  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoon sugar I used Dixie Crystals
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1⅓ c. milk

For the ice cream sandwiches:

  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  • Heat a waffle iron.
  • In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and sugar. Mix well.
  • In a medium bowl combine the egg, vanilla, and milk. Mix well.
  • Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until smooth.
  • Pour ¾ cup of the batter onto the waffle iron and cook until the light tells you it is done. Repeat until all batter is used.
  • Cool waffles completely.
  • Meanwhile, remove the ice cream from the freezer 10 minutes before ussing.
  • Place 2 waffles on a cutting board. Divide the pint of ice cream in half and spread half of the ice cream on each of the two waffles.
  • Line up the cut marks and put another waffle on top of each of the ice cream waffles.
  • Quickly cut on the cut lines so that each waffle now makes 4 waffles sandwiches.
  • Pour the sprinkles onto a dish. Quickly dip one or two sides of each waffle sandwich in the sprinkles if desired.
  • Freeze for 15-20 minutes to firm up the ice cream then serve.

Notes

A Hezzi-D Original recipe

A plate with two waffle ice cream sandwiches rolled in red, white, and blue sprinkles.

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11 Comments

  1. I love the use of waffles in the ice cream sandwich and the sprinkles are so festive.

  2. Oh my gosh, this is genius! Why have I never thought to use waffles before? I can’t wait to make these with the kids!

  3. Oh my gosh, these are so fun! I’m always looking for new things to make with my niece and she’ll love these!

  4. These waffle sandwiches look sooo fun for 4th of July celebrations. Although I would want to have them every day during summer!

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