The beauty of ice cream in summer is you really don’t need to do anything to it to enjoy it. A big unadorned bowl is a simple, delicious pleasure all on its own.
Still, sometimes we can’t help but tinker with perfection. So we decided to take the season’s finest treat and make it even finer. We created a DIY ice cream sandwich buffet perfect for any backyard barbecue event, including the Fourth of July. And we quickly discovered the possibilities were boggling.
Start with the “bread” of the sandwiches. We’re going to assume you don’t want to bake your own cookies. That’s fine, because there are all sorts of choices available at the grocer. And don’t hesitate to get creative. Graham crackers, slices of cake, even cinnamon buns or doughnuts can be pressed into service.
And don’t forget to dress your sandwiches. Smear toppings such as fudge, caramel or peanut sauce onto the cookies before adding the ice cream.
Then there are the many choices of fillings: ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, gelato, sherbet. The easiest way is to soften the frozen treats slightly so they are easily scooped and spread on the “bread.”
Use a serrated knife to carefully slice crosswise across ice cream in pint-sized cardboard tubs, then arrange the rounds on a baking sheet. Keep the rounds frozen until ready to assemble.
Ice Cream Sandwich Buffet Ingredients
For the “bread”:
Pound cake, sliced and toasted
Chocolate wafer cookies
Oatmeal raisin cookies
Chocolate chip cookies
For the spreads:
Chocolate fudge sundae sauce
Fruit jams, such as raspberry or strawberry
For the frozen fillings:
Spread 2 pieces of thinly sliced and toasted pound cake with strawberry jam, then fill with vanilla or strawberry ice cream.
Black and Red
Sandwich raspberry sorbet between chocolate wafer cookies.
Sandwich orange sherbet between vanilla sugar cookies. Add a smear of chocolate fudge sauce, if desired.
Spread marshmallow topping on 2 graham crackers, then fill with rocky road or chocolate ice cream.
Drizzle a touch of butterscotch on a soft molasses cookie, then top with lemon sorbet or sherbet, then a second molasses cookie.
Front (from top down) are Black and Red, Double Chocolate and Shortcake ice cream sandwiches served in a bowl. Make your own ice cream sandwich buffet.×
In this image taken on May 27, 2013, front, from top down, black and red, double chocolate, and shortcake ice cream sandwiches buffet for July Fourth served in a bowl as shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)×
In this image taken on May 27, 2013, ingredients for an ice cream sandwiches buffet for July Fourth are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)×