Ma’s Kitchen: Ice Cream Sandwiches

I’ve been cooking with Ma this week and I convinced her to do a few posts for me. Here’s Ma…

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Yes you can. You are never too old to learn. Let me explain. When my children were young, I thought I was serving them healthy stuff, and most of the time I think I did a fairly good job. But who knew back in the middle ages, that too much juice was not good for you, or too much Kool-Aid was not good for you because of all the sugar. I did at least limit candy, soda, and cookies to weekends only. Back then, most of us did not read labels, we just trusted and bought the name brands, the good brands.

Turn now to this century and this part of my life- retired, old but healthy (well, that’s debatable!) About 8 years back, I started to go to natural products, and began to read labels. I learned that all those preservatives in food aren’t good for you. I always believed in meat, starch and a vegetable. I still do this, but am more careful now because I have high cholesterol and it was discovered at age 70, my husband has only one kidney. So I watch our carbohydrates, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar in my recipes. I have learned to lower the amounts of these ingredients in my recipes and found that the food is just as good!

So Robin and the kids were coming for the week and I went to purchase ice cream sandwiches. I read the label to make sure that Deven, our nut allergy boy could have them, checked the salt content, and discovered they had so much junk in them that I decided to make my own.

I went to and found this recipe for Chocolate Wafer Cookies . I liked it but changed it a little bit. Here’s what I did…

1. Instead of 2 ozs of unsweetened chocolate, I added 3.

2. I used less baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon.

3. I used less baking soda- 1/8 teaspoon

4. A drop of Himalayan salt. (It is supposed to be the purest salt, you get more mineral value and recommended for people with high blood pressure or a low-salt diet.) I also used a no-salt butter. You don’t miss the salt when you are serving it with something sweet.

5. I also used all natural organic cane sugar in place of the sugar.

Results – they were great!! There was not a one left. I used Neopolitan ice cream, but I bet Edy’s Drumstick icecream would be to die for. My husband preferred one cookie. He said it was easier to eat, for these cookies are very crispy. Robin suggested some espresso powder to to bring out the flavor of the chocolate and I will do that the next time and maybe add a little more sugar. The directions to this recipe are great. You do have to use a lot of flour for rolling out. I used one of those plastic cutting boards to roll out and that worked great. Hope you try this recipe and enjoy. Oh, make sure you double this recipe for they get eaten up too fast. It made 8 ice cream sandwiches with one cookie left over.


Thanks Ma. Good thing we are getting those long walks in during the evenings for all that good cooking of yours!

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  1. Lori
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 7:04 AM | Permalink

    Since ice cream sandwiches are on my to do list today- I think I will try your version. I, too, hate all that added junk. While I do not perfectly abstain, I do my best to stay away.

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish)
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 7:44 AM | Permalink

    i never thought to make my own ice cream sandwiches from scratch; we always did the store-bought cookie thing and then added the ice cream. the wafer cookies sound delicious though!

  3. Sabrina
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 11:05 AM | Permalink

    Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing. I will be giving these a try.

  4. highplainsdrifters
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM | Permalink

    like the espresso powder idea.

    wondering … cutting the baking powder and baking soda … do you think that's a high altitude adjustment? should land lubbers stick with the version?


  5. Karen
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM | Permalink

    These would be great for children's birthday parties!

  6. Kathleen
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 1:59 PM | Permalink

    I've never made my own ice cream sandwiches. Yours look amazing!

  7. Juju at Tales of
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 4:18 PM | Permalink

    That looks briliant!

  8. Pam
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 4:22 PM | Permalink

    I've never made them either but have to try after seeing this. Way to go Mom!

  9. Kristen
    Posted June 15, 2011 at 1:09 PM | Permalink

    I love it when Ma comes to the Big Red Kitchen! These look delicious and perfect for this hot summer day!

  10. Biz
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 12:31 PM | Permalink

    Great Post Ma!! My mom and daughter will be at Smith Mountain Lake the week of July 4th – I sadly have to work, but am jealous whenever Robin Sue goes there – I need to find the Chinese restaurant in Roanoke that Hannah always wants to go to – I'll let you know!

  11. oneordinaryday
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 2:23 PM | Permalink

    Love this, Robin's Ma! We are huge ice cream sandwich fans and always on the look out for something yummy to make as a summer evening treat.

    And that drumstick ice cream? I made up my own version of it and we loved it!! Plus, I can actually pronounce all the ingredients, which is a big plus. 🙂 Hope you try it…

  12. miri leigh
    Posted June 18, 2011 at 7:41 PM | Permalink

    This is a great recipe…thanks to both of you!

  13. Shelby
    Posted June 19, 2011 at 7:56 AM | Permalink

    I had to pop in and tell you I was at the gym working out and of course had food network on…. And you pop up on the tv! I'm like I know who she is!! How cool 🙂

  14. grace
    Posted June 21, 2011 at 3:05 AM | Permalink

    nice to meet ya, ma–you do good work! more chocolate is never a bad thing. 🙂

  15. Mimi
    Posted June 21, 2011 at 1:29 PM | Permalink

    Great recipe. I know it will be popular with my clan. Thank Ma! I'am looking forward to more of your recipes.

  16. carrie
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 4:21 PM | Permalink

    wow, that is quite a stack! I've been buying ice cream sandwiches from trader joe's for my kids, but the cookies get too soggy. Yours look really good. Thak for the recipe 😉

  17. Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 4:59 PM | Permalink

    These look great too, chocolate is my BFF. The kids would love to help with these and knowing they can get made into ice cream sandwiches they would probably stick around and help clean up too, haha.

  18. BigBearswife
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 3:20 PM | Permalink

    Ice cream sandwichs are the best when home made! yum!

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