We “do-nut” understand how we made it this far without doughnut ice cream sandwiches.
Everybody in the world screams for…doughnut ice cream sandwiches! The best ice cream sandwich, as described by Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman), consists of a scoop of ice cream between two fluffy yeast-raised doughnuts. We’ve never been disappointed by her sweets before, not even her infamous brownies, so we had to give this a shot.
Doughnuts, ice cream, and your choice of sauces, syrups, and toppings are all you need to whip up this easy dessert.
Read on for our three-ingredient recipe for doughnut ice cream sandwiches and three of our favorite flavor combinations.
Making Ice Cream Doughnut Sandwiches
- A half gallon of softened vanilla ice cream
- 6-pack of yeast-raised, sugar-coated doughnuts
- Your choice of toppings (rainbow sprinkles, chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, caramel sauce, chocolate shell, hot fudge, fruit preserves, etc.)
Step 1: Ice cream ready to go
Prepare a 13 by 9-inch baking dish by lining it with parchment paper and allowing it to hang over the sides so the ice cream can be removed without breaking. With an offset spatula, spread the softened ice cream into an equal layer on the pan’s bottom. This layer should be between one and two inches thick. Put the dish in the freezer for at least an hour and up to two.
Step 2: Cut the doughnuts in half
In the meantime, cut the glazed doughnuts in half, so you have a top and bottom like a burger bun. Dedicate a separate space for.
Step 3: Use a round cookie cutter to create ice cream circles
You may take the ice cream out of the freezer after it has reached its desired consistency. The handles you made from the parchment paper will let you carefully remove the ice cream from the pan. Remove the parchment paper and stamp out six identical ice cream discs with a cookie cutter.
A word from the editor: Use up those scraps! Leftover ice cream may be stored in a freezer-safe container and enjoyed later with a spoon or used in another recipe for ice cream. You may use an ice cream scoop to spread it on top of additional doughnuts, creating ice cream sandwiches with a homey feel.
Step 4: Put It Together
Put a small ice cream circle on each doughnut’s bottom and rapidly sandwich the two halves together. Then, top the ice cream with a scoop of caramel, fudge, or fruit preserves if you choose. Make a sandwich by placing the top of the doughnut over the ice cream.
Step 5: Adorn it
Gently roll the doughnut ice cream sandwich’s edges into the toppings of your choice. Enjoy!
Multiple Flavors of Ice Cream Doughnut Sandwiches
The fact that you can fill a doughnut ice cream sandwich with anything you want is our favorite part about them. While the above is a tasty base, feel free to experiment with other doughnuts, ice cream flavors, and toppings to build something one-of-a-kind.
Connoisseurs of Chocolate
Everyone who loves chocolate will appreciate this. Fill an old-school chocolate cake doughnut with chocolate ice cream and a layer of chocolate ganache. To finish, I rolled the edges in a combination of micro chocolate chips, chocolate sprinkles, and crushed chocolate wafer cookies. Then, top with a magic shell, hot fudge, or chocolate doughnut glaze drizzle.
The universally beloved peach dessert served at every celebration inspired this one. Fill a traditional glazed or sugared doughnut with vanilla ice cream for a delicious treat. Roll in a combination of crumbled graham crackers and chopped candied pecans, then add a few thin slices of luscious, ripe peach and top with the other half of the doughnut.
Apples with Caramel Filling
Substitute salted caramel ice cream for the ice cream in the middle of an apple fritter. Sprinkle chopped nuts over the top and drizzle with sticky caramel sauce to finish.
A Guide to Making Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches
Here are some of our best recommendations for homemade doughnut ice cream sandwiches.
As a quick fix, you may use an ice cream scoop.
Are you pressed for time? You may skip the spreading and cutting by scooping the melted ice cream onto the doughnuts with an ice cream scoop. Remember that the doughnut ice cream sandwiches you make using this approach will have a more homemade look and feel.
Doughnuts must be heated before serving.
Warm doughnuts in a 350°F oven for 2–3 minutes, then slice and fill with ice cream for a decadent treat. There is nothing quite like a warm, gooey doughnut topped with a scoop of ice cream.
You may eat the ice cream doughnut sandwiches at room temperature.
To get the full flavor of a doughnut ice cream sandwich, it should be eaten as soon as possible after being made. Doughnuts should be eaten at room temperature, not frozen. If you like your doughnuts to be more solid and frozen, you may keep doughnut ice cream sandwiches in the freezer for up to three months.
The ice cream sandwiches should be made in advance.
Prepare your ice cream discs through step three in advance if you need to make doughnut ice cream sandwiches. Then, instead of putting them all together, freeze them in individual parchment or plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container. If you’re planning a party or celebration for kids, this is an excellent alternative for making a doughnut ice cream sandwich buffet.