Chocolate and Cardamom-Orange Ice Cream Sandwiches

When you come to my house, you can expect to find ice cream sandwiches in my freezer. They are kind of my thing. And I like to be well stocked at all times. You know, in case of an emergency.

I’ve probably made about 9, 357 ice cream sandwiches in my day, and the most important rule I’ve learned is that is you HAVE to use homemade cookies. Seriously, don’t even try using store bought cookies. It’s no good. You’ll be disappointed. And nothing is sadder than a bad ice cream sandwich.

But I do think you are allowed to take a shortcut with the ice cream filling. Sure, it’s great to make your own ice cream. I do it all the time. But somedays there just aren’t enough hours in the day. And that’s when this little trick comes in handy. I take a pint of vanilla ice cream and infuse it with some ground cardamom and orange zest to take is from something plain to something really unique. Minimal effort required.

I used my Soft Chocolate Sugar Cookies for these sandwiches and you can find the recipe here.



Chocolate and Cardamom-Orange Ice Cream Sandwiches

Serves 4

Chocolate and Cardamom-Orange Ice Cream Sandwiches


  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 8 Soft Chocolate Sugar Cookies


  1. In a small bowl, microwave the heavy cream until it's warm, but not bubbling. Stir in the ground cardamon and the orange zest. Cover and let the mixture steep at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
  2. While the cream is infusing, remove the vanilla ice cream from your freezer and place it at room temperature to soften slightly.
  3. After 15 minutes, strain the cream through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl, using a spatula to press out as much of the liquid as possible. Discard the solids. Add the softened ice cream to the bowl and mix to combine the infused cream with the ice cream. Transfer the bowl to your freezer and freeze for about 30-60 minutes (the ice cream doesn't have to be rock hard, but you don't want it to be all drippy either).
  4. Assemble the sandwiches. Place a scoop of ice cream (about 1/2 cup) on the flat side of the cookies. Top with a second cookie. Press down slightly to adhere. Transfer the ice cream sandwiches to your freezer to firm up. Once firm, serve or wrap in aluminum foil for storage.

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