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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

An oatmeal chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich is high on the list of ‘perfect summertime treats.’ Sharing this recipe for a summertime favorite.

One of my fondest memories of my high school days in Virginia Beach was when we would leave from 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 Chocolate Chip 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 in 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 that the Big Wheel was 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 Cookie Ice Cream 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. In case you missed all the other ice cream-y treats we’ve been enjoying, check out these Iced Mocha Latte Popsicles and these berry-filled Red, White and Blue Popsicles.

But truthfully,  you do have to admit…ice cream…summer…I mean, can’t blame a girl, can you?

Childhood memories of the perfect Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich prompted me to figure out the recipe for this summertime treat.
wrap and freeze your ice cream cookie sandwiches

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 Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich that will still give a little even when frozen.

  • Use a cookie dough that is at least 50/50 white and brown sugar or even more weighted to brown sugar; brown sugar preventing the ‘crispness’ you often get with white sugar.
  • Use shortening instead of butter in your dough as the shortening will prevent your cookies from freezing more than butter will. I am mentally unable to use shortening in my baking (just one of those things that makes me all ‘ugh’), but if you don’t share the same thinking, then this is a good tip.
  • Underbaking your cookies by about 1-2 minutes will also keep them from getting rock hard.This Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich recipe is easy to make and is the perfect summertime dessert.

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Use an empty can to form the ice cream
Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Lynn at Nourish and Nestle
An Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich is high on the list of 'perfect summertime treats' with vanilla ice cream nestled between chewy cookies.
4.80 from 10 votes
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Assembly Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Baking Recipes + Tips
Cuisine American
Servings 12 ice cream cookie sandwiches
Calories 1087 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 48 ounce container of Vanilla Ice Cream or your favorite flavor
  • 24 Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1 bag mini chocolate chips

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups oats
  • 12 ounces mini chocolate chips

Instructions
 

For the Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350'F 
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mat
  • Cream butter and both sugars on high for 3 minutes until light and fluffy
  • Add in vanilla and eggs and mix until just combined
  • Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and then add to the butter mixture until just combined.
  • Add chocolate chips and oats and mix until just combined
  • For this recipe, I used a large cookie scoop so that my cookies were of the same shape and size. Space your dough scoops about 2-3 inches apart on your mat
  • Bake for 13-14 minutes until just browning on the edges but still soft in the center.
  • Let cool on wire rack

To Assemble the Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

  • My cookies were about 3-3.5 inches in diameter and I wanted my ice cream rounds to be about that size. As Kismet would have it...a typical tin can is about 3" in diameter. So I washed out a used tin can, removed both top and bottom, packed vanilla ice cream in, place the can in a ziplock bag and put it back in the freezer for about 2 hours or until frozen solid. 
  • Once the ice cream was frozen, I was able to cut it into 6 slices. Then I refroze another 'can' of ice cream and cut it. If you want to do it all at once, then use 2 empty cans. You may need to pop your sliced ice cream rounds back in the freezer if they start to melt.
  • It was then just a matter of making the sandwiches and rolling them in the mini chocolate chips.
  • They are practically perfect in every way when eaten now...but if you do need to freeze them, they can sit at room temperature for 5 minutes without melting and then the cookie is just that much softer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 1087kcalCarbohydrates: 144gProtein: 14gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 32gPolyunsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 484mgFiber: 7gSugar: 99g
Keyword chocolate chip, cookie, ice cream, oatmeal, sandwich
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Easy to make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip 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.

Add top cookie

So, while I’ve never quite forgiven 7-11 for discontinuing their Big Wheel Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich (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 Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich recipe provides some consolation. Bookmark or pin it for your future reference.

ice cream cookie sandwich

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7 Comments

    1. Hey there sister-friend! We had a ball visiting you and yours and looking forward to our next gathering. Give my hugs and kisses to all.

  1. Lynn,
    I love your Bigwheel story! I vaguely remember the ice cream. My whole memory of Foster Freeze shops is a happy one! And lo and behold we have one in our tiny town in Northern California!
    I also love all your baking tips! I’ll have to try this with my mom’s chocolate chip cookie, and it just doesn’t come out the same as hers, so I’ll play around with the ingredients. Thanks for a great post and recipe!

    1. Hey Janine, how luck for you that have a childhood ice cream shop in town! I’m sure you are loving that the memories you made are now being shared by your kiddos! Bliss!
      And hope some of those tips come in handy…I know how important the perfect chocolate chip cookie is…nothing to be taken lightly.

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. Lynn my girl is always on the lookout for a good dessert and this one from your childhood memories certainly fits the bill. I’ll be sharing this one with her pronto.

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