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These Malted Milk Cookies n’ Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches are the homemade version of everyone’s favorite childhood ice cream truck dessert. Each chocolate cookie is crisp on the edge, but soft and brownie-like in the center. The cookies are sandwiched with no-churn cookies n’ cream ice cream made with malted milk powder. Put it all together and you have an ice cream sandwich that’s chocolatey, creamy, swirled with vanilla, hinted with toasty caramel flavor, and layered with chocolate cookies for a crunch with every bite. These sandwiches are everyone’s favorite. The perfect summer dessert to keep stocked in the freezer for the hottest days of the year.

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It’s the middle of July, so ice cream every day, right?

Ahh, yes…of course.

So here’s the story. These sandwiches are meant to take you back to your childhood summer days of chasing down the neighborhood ice cream truck or stopping in at your local ice cream shop on a hot summer day. My go-to ice cream truck order was the classic ice cream sandwich or the cookies n’ cream ice cream bar (or the strawberry shortcake one…oddly). Tried and true classics that never get old.

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And my ice cream shop order…Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup all the way. Oh wait, or maybe cookie dough. IDK, it’s a toss-up. What about you guys? What were your favorites as a kid?

Summer always makes me think of being a kid and all the foods I loved most when I was younger. And that’s where these sandwiches come into the picture. I took the idea of the classic ice cream sandwich and “sandwiched” it with another favorite, cookies n’ cream ice cream. Simple concept, but so delicious. Every bite is so good. The cookies are softer and more brownie-like, but the ice cream between the cookies is heavy on the vanilla, swirled with malted milk powder (for a nutty caramel-like flavor), and stuffed between crunchy chocolate cookies.

These. Are. Good!

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Ok, the details.

Since I wanted to keep the recipe fairly easy and straight forward I made a no-churn cookies n’ cream ice cream with heavy cream. To be honest, I kind of love no-churn ice cream. Maybe more than the “real” stuff. Not only is no-churn ice cream incredibly easy to make, but it’s also the creamiest, richest ice cream.

This version is made extra special with two ingredients, malted milk powder, and chocolate wafer cookies. Oreo’s work too, if those are your favorite.

For those of you unfamiliar with malted milk powder, it’s the best kept secret ingredient in the baking world. Malted milk is what’s typically used to make a malted milkshake, among other things. It’s made from barley wheat and gives off a nutty flavor with a natural sweetness. It reminds me of the flavors in a toasted caramel sauce with undertone notes of browned butter and vanilla.

It’s very subtle but DELICIOUS. The milk powder isn’t a must-use ingredient, but it does add a layer of flavor that keeps everyone wanting more.

For the cookies in the ice cream, I used classic chocolate wafer cookies. But of course, you can use crushed Oreos too. Both are equally great.

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To make the no-churn ice cream.

Whip the cream with the malted milk until you have whipped cream. Add sweetened condensed milk for sweetness and plenty of vanilla for flavor. Then, stir in those chocolate cookies.

And done, you now have no-churn cookies n” cream ice cream.

Freeze the ice cream in a baking dish until solid. I like to use a nine by thirteen-inch rectangle baking pan.

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Bake the cookies and finish these up.

While the ice cream freezes, bake the cookies! They’re simple. Beat some butter, add ingredients like cocoa powder, then roll the dough out just like you would sugar cookies.

Cut the dough into small rectangles and bake!

Once the cookies have cooled, and the ice cream is frozen, cut the slab of ice cream into twelve rectangles. They should sandwich nicely in-between each chocolate cookie.

Now freeze the sandwiches, just to firm the ice cream back up again. And that’s it…simple, simple.

These will take you a little time to prepare, but only because of the freezing. For the most part, I actually found these really easy and fun to make. If you have younger kids, these are definitely something they can help with!

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And with that, I think that’s all I have to say today!

If you take away one thing from all my rambles today, let it be this…

These homemade ice cream sandwiches will take you back to being a kid. They’re soft and creamy, but with just the right amount of crunch. And the best part? The flavor is delicious…chocolatey, vanillay, and swirled with notes nutty caramel and sweet cream.

Perfect summer weekend ice cream sandwich…make them and enjoy!

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Looking for other ice cream recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Bars

No Churn Minted White Chocolate Swirled Ice Cream

Easiest Raspberry Shortcake Ricotta Ice Cream

Lastly, if you make these malted milk cookies n’ cream ice cream sandwiches, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Malted Milk Cookies n' Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 12 sandwiches
Calories Per Serving: 668 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Cookies n' Cream Ice Cream



  • 1. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
    2. Using an electric mixer, whip the cream and malted milk powder in a large bowl until soft peaks form, 3-4 minutes. Add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and salt and whip until combined and fluffy. Fold in the crushed cookie crumbs. Spread the ice cream out in an even layer in the prepared pan, freeze 2-3 hours, until firm.
    3. Meanwhile, make the cookies. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the egg and mix until evenly combined. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined and the dough forms a ball. If your dough feels too wet to roll out, add the additional 2 tablespoons flour.
    4. Divide the dough in half and flatten each half into a disk. Roll out the dough out on a flour piece of parchment paper to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut 24 (4x2 inch) rectangles. Carefully transfer the cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roll out the leftover scraps, and repeat with the remaining disk of dough.
    5. Bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
    6. Lift the ice cream slab out of the pan using the parchment paper. Working quickly, cut into 12 rectangles. Sandwich each ice cream rectangle between 2 cookies, pressing the cookies into the ice cream gently to adhere.
    7. Freeze the sandwiches 2 hours, until firm, or up to three months. Let the ice cream sandwiches sit at room temperature 5 minutes, then enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    These are so incredibly scrumptious!! I made a tiny change that seems to make assembling the sandwiches a bit easier. Instead of cutting into rectangles, I used a scalloped biscuit cutter to cut the out the cookies. While they were baking, I used the same biscuit cutter to make ice cream cut-outs. I placed the ice cream cut-outs directly into the freezer, after each cut, on a cold metal cookie sheet lined with parchment, in order to keep them frozen. When the cookies were cooled, assembly was a snap! This could probably be done with any shaped cookie cutter, opening up the possibility for various holiday shaped sandwiches! Thanks so much for this recipe!

  2. Curious- you’re in Colorado, I’m in Colorado. Are your baking recipes designed for high altitude baking or should I make adjustments? Thanks for your wonderful cooking & baking inspiration!

    1. Hi Robin!! You should be fine following the recipe exactly! I hope this turns out well for you! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    Made these for my mother-in-law’s 84th birthday (she’s a chocoholic) and they were a hit! Incredibly easy to make as well. The cookies by themselves are wonderful too! 🙂 Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    These are so yummy and so indulgent!

    While they were a bit of work with multiple steps and phases, it wasn’t too bad. My least favorite part was cutting the cookies. The dough was easy to work with I just wasn’t sure of the best approach to measuring the rectangle. Using a pizza cutter helped and chilling the dough a bit helped as well.

    It’s really good if you have a helper during the assembly phase as the ice cream gets soft quickly.

    Very satisfying to make and a big hit all around!!

    1. I am really glad these turned out so amazing for you, Kimberly!! Thank you so much for trying it! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    Pretty amazing. I made a few errors but the final product still turned out great. The ice cream is DELICIOUS. I wish I spent more time rolling out the dough because the pieces were a little too thick. Still delicious and they are easy to make look presentable.

  6. Can’t wait to make this! Is it possible to replace the condensed milk with just adding sugar to sweeten it?

    1. Hey Lainers,
      I would highly recommend the sweetened condensed milk or you could make your own coconut version by doing this:

      1 can full-fat coconut milk
      1/2 cup granulated sugar
      1 teaspoon vanilla extract

      Add the coconut milk, sugar and vanilla to a small medium pot. Bring to a low boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer on low for 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours. Once the milk has thicken and reduced by half remove from the stove and allow to cool. Pour the milk into a glass jar and store in the fridge until ready to use or up to two weeks. Use in place of 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk.

      I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  7. . I see you said these can be frozen for up to 3 months. Have you done that yet? Wondering if you have a recommendation on what to wrap them in for the freezer.

    1. Hey Mary,
      I would wrap them in plastic wrap and then keep in an airtight container in the freezer. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hi Madison,
      The calories are per sandwich, please note this is just an estimate based on our calorie counter. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  8. Just bought all ingredients for this recipe. Can’t wait to try it out tonight or tomorrow. Thank you T.

    1. Hi Sara,
      Sorry for the confusion, the recipe has been fixed, it is 16 tablespoons of butter. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Its all about balance! ? I am really glad you like this one, Clare! I hope you are able to try it soon!

  9. how fun! can’t wait to try these. any suggestions for a substitution for malted milk powder? I don’t have that on hand. Should I skip it or is there something else I could add instead? thanks!

    1. Hey Kara,
      You can simply omit the malted milk powder! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  10. These look amazing and I’m definitely going to try soon – the metric conversions (on the butter, cocoa, eggs etc) look wrong though, could you please have another look and confirm for me? I’m making your recipes in Ireland and everybody is loving them! Thanks so much

    1. Hi Maeve!! I am so glad you have been loving my recipes! Yes, I am having issues with the metric conversions, and I will take another look! It may be easiest to use an online calculator to get the metric! xTieghan