Strawberry Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches

Strawberry Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month?  Apparently Ronald Reagan proclaimed July 1984 to be National Ice Cream month and the tradition has continued since then.  I suppose it makes sense that the hottest month of the year goes hand in hand with the coolest treat around, but I hadn’t really heard of National Ice Cream month until I was contacted by Tillamook to see if I was interested in playing with some of their ice cream to create a treat to celebrate this special month.  I certainly don’t need an excuse to consume ice cream in the summer, but it was a lot of fun sampling some new Tillamook Ice Cream flavors and coming up with an ice cream treat to share with my family and with you.

Tillamook Ice Cream

Just look at what arrived on my doorstep!  SIX different flavors of ice cream.  I didn’t have room in my freezer for these so I took them over to my grandparents to store in their extra freezer and to share with the rest of my family since everyone stops to visit Nana and Grandpa regularly.  The flavors we had to sample were: Old Fashioned Vanilla (my grandpa’s favorite), Oregon Strawberry (Phil’s favorite), Tillamook Mudslide (my Aunt Kathy’s favorite), Marionberry Pie (one of my favorites), Chocolate Peanut Butter (my other favorite), and Fireside S’mores, which everyone seems to like.  It’s been a good month of ice cream.

I decided I wanted to end the month with some cookie-based ice cream sandwiches and as I was browsing through the cookie recipes on Pinch My Salt, I ran across these Giant Lemon Sugar Cookies that I made years ago and thought they would be perfect for an ice cream sandwich.  Since lemon and berries go so well together, these sandwiches would have been great with either Oregon Strawberry or Marionberry Pie Ice Cream.  I decided on the strawberry lemon combination just to keep the flavors simple and straightforward.

Since I had never frozen these cookies before, I wasn’t sure how they would work.  There’s nothing worse than an ice cream sandwich that’s too hard to bite through!  But the cookies worked great.  Even after sitting in the freezer overnight, the cookies were firm but easy to bite through.  Everything holds together well and the combination of sugar cookie and ice cream is perfect.

Strawberry Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches

Big Lemon Sugar Cookies
yield: approximately 2 dozen 4-inch cookies

2 cups sugar, divided
zest of 2 lemons, divided
1 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 3/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda

Prepare lemon sugar: In a mini food processor, blend 1/2 cup sugar with 1 tablespoon lemon zest. Pulse several times until the lemon zest is incorporated into the sugar. Put sugar mixture in a shallow bowl and stir lightly with a fork to break up any clumps. Set aside.

Prepare cookie dough: In a medium bowl, stir together flour, salt, cream of tartar and baking soda. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and remaining 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Blend in eggs, one at a time then add vanilla, lemon juice, and remaining lemon zest. Add flour mixture, one cup at a time, blending well after each addition, until all flour is incorporated.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Shape the cookies: Using a jumbo cookie scoop or a spoon and your hands, shape two tablespoonfuls of dough into a ball and roll in lemon sugar. Place ball of dough on parchment-lined cookie sheet and press down lightly with the bottom of a glass until cookie is about 1/2 inch thick. Repeat. Six cookies will fit on one 18? x 13? baking sheet.

Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees, until set but not browned.  Remove cookies to wire rack and let cool completely.

Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches

Big Lemon Sugar Cookies (completely cooled)Tillamook Oregon Strawberry Ice Cream (or ice cream of your choice)

Let the ice cream sit at room temperature for a few minutes until softened and scoopable.  Put one scoop of ice cream (the amount is up to you) on the bottom of one lemon cookie and cover with another cookie. Push down until ice cream reaches the edges of the cookies.  Run a spoon (or a finger) around the outside of ice cream sandwich to catch any ice cream that tries to escape.  If the ice cream is very soft and starting to run, place sandwiches on a tray in the freezer unwrapped for 15 minutes to allow the filling to harden before wrapping.  Wrap ice cream sandwiches in waxed paper and store in freezer.  Sandwiches are best eaten after sitting in the freezer for at least an hour or two.

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Disclosure: Tillamook provided me with free ice cream but I was not compensated in any other way and all views expressed in this post are my own.

  1. Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare

    I love Tillamook ice cream (and cheese :)), and I’ve been wanting to make my own ice cream sandwiches for a while! These look absolutely awesome! What great flavor combinations.

    2:12 pm  Jul 31st, 2013
  2. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    I never have had Tillamook but now I’m dying to try! These sandwiches look delicious! YUM!

    4:04 pm  Jul 31st, 2013
  3. DessertForTwo

    I’m so excited they’re producing ice cream. I bet it’s just as delicious as their cheese!

    4:32 pm  Jul 31st, 2013
  4. Nikki

    These looks good. Berries & lemon most certainly do go together. They go together in my mouth at any chance I can get lol

    7:49 pm  Jul 31st, 2013
  5. USA Kiwi (Kylee)

    I had NO idea that Tillamook made an icecream! I bet it’s fabulous, it would really have to be. You can’t take a brand like that, with all the expectations and then put out something less than amazing.

    I’m officially excited.

    10:07 am  Aug 1st, 2013
  6. Richard Blaine

    I had no idea that Tillamook made ice cream either? When did they start doing that? No matter I will find some tonight when I go shopping. The ice cream sandwiches look totally delicious and just the right idea for the hot days we are having here in Las Vegas. We are getting up to 117 degrees and up to 60% humidity so your ice cream sandwiches are a total winner!

    2:46 pm  Aug 1st, 2013
  7. sara

    These look awesome – so delicious! I always thought of Tillamook as cheese…that ice cream looks great!

    6:49 pm  Aug 1st, 2013
  8. Jen @ Savory Simple

    I need this in my life immediately. Gorgeous!

    7:04 pm  Aug 1st, 2013
  9. jene

    Wow. That looks so yummy. Hats off for the creativity!

    4:33 am  Aug 5th, 2013
  10. Michael Sacciocha

    I just wanted to say that is the most delicious thing i have seen in a longg time…im savin this recipe for good i cant wait to bite into this. Great post and ill read more from you in the future!

    8:32 pm  Aug 5th, 2013
  11. Encinitas Chiropractor

    Loved it! Another great way to eat ice cream. Thank you for this awesome post. Is it okay to use orange instead of lemon?

    8:53 pm  Aug 6th, 2013
  12. Hood cleaning

    I like cream sandwiches very very much.Its good to read about my favorite dishes.This is really delicious and my favorite.
    Hope you will write more.

    7:07 am  Aug 14th, 2013
  13. Tea Time

    Great recipe, i want eat these photos but i can’t i must do it first ;D

    9:25 am  Aug 17th, 2013
  14. shop vouchers

    that’s very nice. Can I make it like that? i want more more cream 🙂 Tks for your great recipe

    9:24 am  Aug 23rd, 2013
  15. alex clarkson

    Lovely recipe, yummy mouth watering ice cream sandwiches.

    12:49 pm  Sep 4th, 2013
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  17. The Twilight Chef

    These look so yummy – cannot wait to try them and to be honest, I reckon I could eat them all year round!!

    6:49 am  Sep 16th, 2013
  18. Tamara Coleman

    OH MY! Sign me up! This is the second Strawberry & Lemon Combo Recipe I stumbled across and now I’m craving it! 🙂

    3:49 pm  Sep 17th, 2013
  19. Sally

    Those ice cream sandwiches look scrumptious! I love your blog. I have a food blog about cooking on a boat circumnavigating the world called Sally in the Galley I would love to hear what you think! *sigh*, wishing we had a better/bigger freezer on the boat.

    10:01 am  Sep 18th, 2013
  20. Jeremiah

    This recipe looks delicious and your photo’s are excellent. I have just started my own blog and I hope that I can one day make it look as good as yours.

    11:20 am  Sep 20th, 2013
  21. Sharmila

    My crushing disappointment with ice cream sandwiches is that I always break at least one cookie as I smash down on the ice cream. 🙁
    These look so good!

    6:43 pm  Sep 22nd, 2013
  22. Danny

    Those ice cream sandwiches look really nice!!

    9:57 am  Sep 27th, 2013
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    Lemon Sugar cookies remind me of my grandmother’s cooking. There is nothing like waking up to the smell of fresh baked sugar cookies! Add some strawberry ice cream inside and – wham, heaven.

    10:21 am  Oct 15th, 2013
  24. ayna

    looks delicious!

    1:39 am  Oct 29th, 2013
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