An Oatmeal Chocolate Chip ice cream cookie sandwich is high on the list of ‘perfect summertime treats.'
One of my fondest memories of my high school days in Virginia Beach was when we would leave a day at the beach and swing by the local 7-11 and pick up a Big Wheel ice cream cookie sandwich. In case you didn't have a 7-11 where you grew up, Big Wheels were head and shoulders above your standard ice cream cookie sandwich with a cookie that you would swear was just baked that morning and ice cream that was not your typical ‘convenience store' ice cream.
Fast forward a few years, a marriage, a move to Nashville, TN (where, shockingly, there were no 7-11s) and the birth of our two children. The whole ‘absence makes your heart grow fonder' thing probably played a part my vocal and heartfelt pining for a Big Wheel and the vivid and mouth-watering image I built up in my children's minds about the Big Wheel.
I reinforced the place that the Big Wheel held as the holy grail of ice cream sandwiches on one of our road trips back to Virginia Beach to visit my parents and promised my kids a pilgrimage to 7-11 so that they would finally know of what I spoke.
But…for reasons that I still find inexplicable, 7-11 stopped selling Big Wheels! Needless to say, my children were disappointed, but I was (and still am) heartbroken.
We really want our children to experience the joys of our childhood. To that end, we've taken them back to Terry's old neighborhood in Columbus, to football games at both of our alma maters and to my school and favorite restaurants from my youth in Hawaii. All that is fine and well, yet I will never be able to share the bliss of a 7-11 Big Wheel with my children.?
It is in trying to fill that hole in my heart that I endeavored to re-create the Big Wheel at home…and came pretty darn close with this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich recipe.
And in case you are wondering, yes…I do seem to have an ‘ice cream' thing going on this summer…but don't worry, I think I'm about done with it now. And truthfully, you do have to admit…ice cream…summer…I mean, can't blame a girl, can you?
If you want an ice cream cookie sandwich with cookies that are soft and pose zero resistance to your teeth, then the secret is to make them and immediately eat them…bypassing the freezer. Freezing will make the cookies harder (thinking that the ones at 7-11 probably had some chemical to prevent fully freezing…but that was before my label reading days).
But I wanted to be able to freeze my ice cream cookie sandwiches, so I did a little research on making the cookies as soft as possible even when frozen.
There are a couple of tips to make a chewy cookie that will still give a little even when frozen.
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For the Chocolate Chip Cookies To Assemble the Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nutrition Information: Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1087 Total Fat: 55g Saturated Fat: 32g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 19g Cholesterol: 155mg Sodium: 484mg Carbohydrates: 144g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 99g Protein: 14g
For the Chocolate Chip Cookies
To Assemble the Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
Freezing the ice cream in a clean can and then slicing the ‘tube' of ice cream was an easy way to get uniform, round slices of ice cream that were the perfect size for my cookies. I used the large OXO cookie scoop for my 3-3.5″ cookies.
So, while I've never quite forgiven 7-11 for discontinuing their Big Wheels (and in researching the demise of this tasty treat I discovered that I am not alone), I do feel that I finally have an ice cream cookie sandwich substitute that I can make at home so that I can finally have the enjoyment of watching my kiddos bite into these simple but soul-nourishing treats.
If you too feel the loss of the 7-11 Big Wheel, I hope that this ice cream cookie sandwich recipe provides some consolation. Bookmark or pin it for your future reference.
And if you are looking for other ice cream desserts, consider the following:
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