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Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

Who can resist the nostalgic charm of a classic ice cream sandwich? The fusion of freshly baked cookies and creamy ice cream creates pure magic—especially when infused with the zesty brightness of lemon. Imagine soft lemon cookies, perfectly balanced with a gentle sweetness and crisp edges, maintaining their tenderness even after a stint in the freezer. These cookies stand out on their own, but when paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, enhanced with a hint of lemon zest, they reach a new level of delight.

Store these delicious sandwiches in the freezer for up to a month, but remember to let them thaw for a few minutes before serving to achieve the perfect bite. This recipe yields six generously-sized sandwiches, ideal for a satisfying dessert—though you might find yourself sneaking back for a second one. Get ready to savor every bite of this delightful twist on a classic favorite.

Recipe from Tasting Table

PREP TIME: 1.25 hours

COOK TIME: 13 minutes

SERVINGS: 6 Ice Cream Sandwiches


  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, softened

  • ⅔ cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons (for rolling)

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, divided

  • 1 egg, room temperature

  • 1 ¼ cup bread flour

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened


  • Cream the butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, and half of the lemon zest together until light and fluffy.

  • Add the egg and beat until combined.

  • Add the flour and baking soda. Mix until a soft dough forms.

  • Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

  • Mix the vanilla ice cream and remaining lemon zest and set aside in the freezer.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Portion the lemon cookie dough into 1 ½ tablespoon balls.

  • Roll each dough ball in sugar and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.

  • Bake the cookies for 12-13 minutes and then allow them to cool completely.

  • Place a scoop of ice cream on a cookie. Top with another cookie.

  • Repeat until all cookies are sandwiched.

  • Freeze to set firmly, or serve immediately.


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