Get pumped. Not only is it Ka Pai Cooking's one year anniversary, but it's the beginning of spring and all things WARM. So you know what that means? Homemade ice cream sandwiches!
To commemorate all of these wonderful celebrations, today's ice cream sandwiches are extra special - they combine my incredible White Chocolate Chip Funfetti Cookies with the best store-bought ice cream to make Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches!
Normally this section of my blog posts is about 100 words, give or take. I go over all the unique ingredients, why I chose them, where you can find them, and if you can make substitutions. Not today my friends!
Today's recipe is quite simple - there's only two main ingredients standing in between you and your new favorite homemade treat!
It all starts with the perfect cookie. And may I just say, these Funfetti Cookies are my best cookies to date! They're a magical adaption from my soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies, made with rainbow sprinkles, white chocolate chips, and a generous teaspoon of almond extract to really boost that "cake batter" flavor.
I wrote an entire blog post just for these irresistible Funfetti Cookies, so for detailed step-by-step instructions on preparing the cookies, click here.
One of the reasons I love these Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches is because they're so simple to make! Just like every other basic chocolate chip cookie recipe, cream the wet ingredients, mix in the dry ingredients, shape into cookie dough balls, and bake.
Once the cookies are cooled, all that's left is preparing the ice cream. Don't worry, we're not making homemade ice cream today, that's an adventure for another day. This recipe calls for only the best ice cream: Halo Top Protein Ice Cream!
Not only is their ice cream about 350 calories per pint, but it's the perfect diameter for the size of cookies you prepared. Simply open the pint of ice cream and use a large, sharpened chef's knife to loosen the ice cream off the sides of the container. Slowly squeeze the block of ice cream out until you have about 1" of ice cream showing. Use the chef's knife to slice the ice cream. Repeat two more times to get a total of three "ice cream sandwiches." You'll need two pints of Halo Top Birthday Cake Ice Cream for this recipe, for a total of 6 ice cream rounds.
Take two cooled funfetti cookies and press an ice cream round between the two bottoms of the cookies. Note: I've found that slightly twisting back and forth as you press helps the ice cream stick to the cookie better and also creates a more even ice cream sandwich. Wrap your Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwich in tin foil and freeze for at least 20 minutes before eating.
Can these Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches be made gluten-free or dairy-free? Probably, but you'd have to switch out so many of the ingredients that you might as well find another recipe. However, I did include some suggestions for these substitutions in my original cookie blog post. If you don't require either of these adaptations, this is the only ice cream sandwich recipe you'll need!
Can I use another brand of ice cream? Of course! I chose Halo Top (not sponsored) because I wanted to make sure there was a source of protein in these birthday cake ice cream sandwiches to balance out the carbs and fat, but any birthday cake ice cream you choose will work. Just make sure you can slice the ice cream into the right size!
How long can I store my homemade ice cream sandwiches in the freezer? I recommend storing these treats no longer than one month in the freezer. I doubt they'll last that long though!
Can I eat my birthday cake ice cream sandwiches right away? If you have a strong jaw, totally. My husband has no patience, but I prefer them a little softer. I usually pull them out of the freezer 10 minutes before I'm ready to enjoy!
I'm celebrating Ka Pai Cooking's one year anniversary, but whatever you're celebrating, I know these Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches will make your festivities that much more special. And if you're making these homemade ice cream sandwiches just because, well, that's a good reason too!
Be sure to leave a star rating and review below if you make my recipe so other readers know how you liked it! You can also tag me on Instagram so I can see those beautiful homemade ice cream sandwiches (or what's left of them!). Happy celebrating!
These homemade Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches are made with birthday cake protein ice cream and homemade funfetti cookies. They are so easy to make and the perfect summer treat!
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