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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Stack of three chipwiches on a plate against a yellow background.
Photograph by Isa Zapata, Food Styling by Thu Buser, Prop Styling by Stephanie De Luca

If you thought you could slap some ice cream between any old chocolate chip cookie and call it an ice cream sandwich: No. You need a cookie that’s chewy and soft yet structured, one that can emerge unscathed from its arctic adventures. An ice cream sandwich cookie should yield pliantly in its frozen state, without the risk of a chipped tooth, a shattered cookie, or ice cream squidging out the sides with every bite.

A blitz of rigorous testing revealed the path to creating the chewiest chocolate chip cookie. With the carefully considered inclusions of olive oil, agave syrup, and mini chocolate chips, these cookies clearly understand the assignment. Oil has a lower freezing point than butter, which keeps the cookies tender even straight out of the freezer. A liquid sweetener in the form of agave syrup lends sweetness, yes, but it’s also much more hygroscopic (translation: moisture-attracting) than granulated sugar, absorbing and holding on to moisture from the air and the ice cream, resulting in a soft, bendy cookie. And in a complete 360 from the many, many times we’ve implored you to use only hand-chopped chocolate of the finest quality, these cookies gleefully and unapologetically call for mini chocolate chips for maximum Chipwich effect. Mini chips have the added benefit of being so tiny they are easy to bite into and chew even when frozen.

Requiring no special equipment or—possibly worse—an overnight rest, these cookies come together in no time at all. Their sweetness will be tamed in the tundra of your freezer (science lesson: cold mutes flavor), where they can remain, tightly wrapped, for a few weeks, ready for a nightly raid or an entirely appropriate summer breakfast.

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What you’ll need


Makes 8


cup (packed; 160 g) dark brown sugar


cup extra-virgin olive oil

cup blue agave nectar


tsp. Diamond Crystal or 1¼ tsp. Morton kosher salt


tsp. vanilla bean paste or extract


large egg


tsp. baking soda


cups (250 g) all-purpose flour


cups (400 g) mini chocolate chips, divided

quarts vanilla ice cream


  1. Step 1

    Place racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 350°. Whisk ¾ cup (packed; 160 g) dark brown sugar, ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, ⅓ cup blue agave nectar, 2 tsp. Diamond Crystal or 1¼ tsp. Morton kosher salt, and 2 tsp. vanilla bean paste or extract in a medium bowl until well combined. Add 1 large egg and whisk to incorporate, then add ¾ tsp. baking soda and whisk vigorously until fully dissolved. Using a sturdy spatula or wooden spoon, stir in 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour and 1 cup (200 g) mini chocolate chips until no dry pockets of flour remain.

    Step 2

    Using a #16 cookie scoop (about ¼ cup), scoop out dough (level dough in scoop) onto 2 parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets (8 cookies per sheet, arranging in columns of 3-2-3 lengthwise), spacing about 1½" apart. (There will be a small amount of cookie dough left over; discard or bake off separately as a cook’s treat.)

    Step 3

    Bake cookies, rotating baking sheets front to back and top to bottom halfway through, until tops look dry and edges are just beginning to turn golden brown, 8–10 minutes. (To ensure cookies remain soft-ish even when cool, do not overbake.) Let cookies cool on baking sheets until chocolate is no longer melty, about 1 hour. (Or, if you’re in a hurry, let cookies cool on baking sheets 10 minutes, then, using a small offset spatula, transfer all of the cookies to 1 baking sheet, shingling them slightly to fit if needed, and chill in freezer until cold, about 20 minutes.)

    Step 4

    When ready to assemble, thaw 1½ quarts vanilla ice cream in fridge until pliable (but not melting!), 10–15 minutes.

    Step 5

    Using a measuring cup, scoop ½ cup ice cream onto bottoms of 8 cookies. Top with remaining 8 cookies, bottoms facing down. Gently press sandwiches together until ice cream is even and at the edges of cookies all the way around.

    Step 6

    Pour remaining 1 cup (200 g) mini chocolate chips into a shallow bowl. Working one at a time, dip sides of ice cream sandwiches into chocolate chips, pressing gently with your hand so they stick to the ice cream. Tightly wrap each ice cream sandwich in a square (about 10") of plastic wrap. Freeze until ice cream is firm, at least 4 hours and, preferably, up to 12 hours. (Sandwiches can be eaten comfortably straight from the freezer, but feel free to let them sit at room temperature 5 minutes before serving if you’d like.)

    Do ahead: Cookies can be baked 1 day ahead; store loosely covered at room temperature (they will become noticeably softer; that’s okay). Ice cream sandwiches can be made 2 weeks ahead; keep frozen.

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  • We wanted to love these and were super excited to try them, but the cookies left a *really* strong aftertaste of olive oil in a bad way.

    • Anonymous

    • 8/5/2022

  • I followed this recipe exactly, though made smaller cookies (~2 Tbsp. Scoop), and I would probably go even smaller next time. I bought a few different flavors of Jenni’s ice cream (chocolate, cinnamon roll, and gooey butter cake) and made 3-4 sandwiches of each. All are delicious. We usually divide one ice cream sandwich between four people, which results in about 3-4 bites of ice cream sandwiches per person, and just about the perfect amount of sweetness. The cookie does end up being the balance between softness and structure. I’ve already dreamed up other ways to adapt this recipe to other flavors like my favorite maple walnut sandwich cookies.

    • A Fan

    • Florida

    • 7/31/2022

  • Can I use date syrup?

    • Linda Flescher

    • Pawtucket, RI

    • 7/6/2022

  • "(There will be a small amount of cookie dough left over; discard or bake off separately as a cook’s treat.)" I'm sorry, what?

    • Anonymous

    • 6/30/2022