Gluten-Free Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

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Savor the taste of summer with our unrivaled gluten-free ice cream sandwiches.

With homemade ice cream nestled between rich chocolate wafers, these classic ice cream sandwiches are not only delicious but also perfect for those on a gluten-free diet.

A Closer Look at The Ingredients of Gluten-Free Ice Cream Sandwiches

1) Gluten-Free Flour Blend

Our recipe uses a gluten-free flour blend instead of traditional wheat flour, making it suitable for those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease.

Gluten-free flour blends are designed to mimic the texture and functionality of wheat flour in baking and often include a mix of rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca starch, among others.

They make a fantastic base for our gluten-free chocolate wafers.

2)Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Unsweetened cocoa powder is the heart and soul of our chocolate wafers. It adds a deep, chocolatey flavor without additional sugar.

The kind of cocoa powder you choose can significantly alter your wafers’ taste. Opt for a natural cocoa powder for a more robust, bittersweet chocolate flavor.

Go for Dutch-processed cocoa powder if you prefer a smoother, less acidic taste.

3) Baking Soda and Baking Powder

Both baking soda and baking powder do help our wafers rise and achieve their desired texture.

Baking soda reacts with the cocoa powder, creating tiny air pockets that help the cookies rise while baking powder provides additional lift.

4) Xanthan Gum

Xanthan gum helps in binding the ingredients together and improves the texture of the cookies, making them firm but not too hard.

It’s an essential ingredient in gluten-free baking, replacing the role of gluten in traditional baked goods.

5) Granulated Sugar

Granulated sugar provides sweetness and aids in achieving the crisp texture of the chocolate wafers.

The sugar also helps to balance the bitterness of the unsweetened cocoa powder.

6) Unsalted Butter

Unsalted butter provides richness, flavor, and moisture to the cookie dough.

It also plays a notable role in achieving the perfect crisp-yet-tender texture for wafers.

7) Milk Powder

Milk powder contributes to the tender, rich texture of the chocolate wafers.

You can substitute regular milk powder with almond milk powder for a dairy-free option.

8) Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract enhances the flavors of all the other ingredients and provides a subtle sweet aroma that complements the robust cocoa flavor of the chocolate wafers.

Pure vanilla extract is recommended for its superior flavor.

9) Ice Cream

The star of our ice cream sandwich filling is your favorite flavor of ice cream. The type of ice cream you choose can drastically alter the overall taste of your ice cream sandwich.

Whether it’s classic vanilla ice cream, rich chocolate, or an adventurous mint chip ice cream, the choice is entirely up to you.

10) Plastic Wrap

Plastic wrap is essential to keep the ice cream sandwiches fresh and prevent ice crystals from forming on the ice cream.

It also makes the sandwiches easier to handle when you’re ready to enjoy them.

Optional Ingredients

a) Melted Chocolate and Toppings

You can use melted chocolate to dip the ends of your ice cream sandwiches for an extra layer of flavor.

Choose from dark chocolate, semi-sweet, or even white chocolate based on your preference.

Toppings such as sprinkles, crushed nuts (for a non-nut-free version), or shredded coconut add a nice crunch and make your ice cream sandwiches visually appealing.

b) Dairy-Free and Nut-Free Alternatives

For a dairy-free version of the ice cream sandwiches, you can replace the milk powder with almond milk powder and choose dairy-free ice cream.

For a nut-free version, opt for toppings like crushed gluten-free pretzels or desiccated coconut.

The ingredients you choose play a crucial role in crafting the perfect gluten-free ice cream sandwich.

Not only do they contribute to the overall flavor profile, but they also determine the texture and appearance of the final product.

Ready to Make Your Own Gluten-Free Ice Cream Sandwiches?

You’re all set to embark on a homemade ice cream sandwich adventure!

To get started, head over to our Recipe Card section.

Here, you’ll find a detailed step-by-step guide to walk you through creating these delightful treats right in your kitchen.

Our Recipe Card covers everything from mixing your cookie dough, baking the chocolate wafers, and assembling your homemade ice cream sandwiches to storing them properly for the perfect texture and flavor.

So, let’s get started! It’s time to unveil the perfect gluten-free ice cream sandwich recipe you’ve been waiting for! Our recipe uses gluten-free flour blends and natural cocoa powder, along with other common pantry items.

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Gluten-Free Ice Cream Sandwiches

Our easy-to-follow Recipe Card not only includes the full ingredient list and clear instructions but also provides handy tips to ensure your gluten-free ice cream sandwiches come out perfect every single time.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 ice cream sandwiches
Calories 400 kcal


  • Mixing Bowls: You'll need a few large and medium mixing bowls to combine your dry and wet ingredients separately.
  • Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer: These tools are handy for creaming together the butter and sugar, and for mixing the dough.
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons: Precise measurements are key to perfect baking results, so these are a must-have.
  • Baking Sheets: To bake the chocolate wafer cookies. Make sure they're big enough to hold all your cookies without overcrowding
  • Parchment Paper: To line your baking sheets.
  • Ice Cream Scoop: Useful for creating uniform scoops of ice cream for your sandwiches.
  • Offset Spatula: This tool is great for spreading the ice cream evenly onto the cookies.
  • Plastic Wrap: You'll need this to wrap your ice cream sandwiches before freezing.
  • Knife: A sharp knife is useful for cleaning up the edges of the ice cream sandwiches.
  • Rolling Pin If you prefer to roll out your cookie dough and cut out shapes, a rolling pin will be needed.
  • Cookie Cutters: For creating uniform cookie shapes if you're rolling out your dough.
  • Wire Cooling Rack: While not strictly necessary, a wire cooling rack is useful for cooling the cookies more quickly and evenly
  • Airtight Container: For storing your finished ice cream sandwiches in the freezer.


  • 1 cup of your preferred gluten-free flour blend
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon teaspoon xanthan gum (only if your blend doesn't contain it)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons milk powder (for dairy-free option, substitute with almond milk powder)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Ice Cream Filling

  • 1 quart of your favorite ice cream flavor (softened ice cream works best)
  • Note: For dairy-free ice cream, substitute with a dairy-free option


Making Gluten-Free Chocolate Wafers

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F(175°C). Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour blend, cocoa powder, xanthan gum (if needed), baking soda, and baking powder. Be sure to whisk until no flour clumps remain.
  • In a separate bowl, using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, blend the softened butter and granulated sugar until it is creamy.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar blend, mixing until combined. The dough should be slightly crumbly but will hold together when pressed.
  • Form the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill for about an hour.
  • After the dough has chilled, roll it out between two pieces of parchment paper to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Using a cookie cutter or a knife, cut out rectangles from the dough.
  • Place the cut dough onto a the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. The cookies should be firm and smell like rich cocoa.
  • Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet. They will become crisp as they cool.

Creating Your Gluten-Free Ice Cream Sandwiches

  • Once your cookies have cooled completely, take a scoop of your favorite softened ice cream and place it onto one cookie.
  • Place another cookie on top of the ice cream scoop and press gently to form a sandwich. Repeat with the remaining cookies and ice cream.
  • Wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container. Freeze for at least 2 hours, or until firm.
  • Enjoy your homemade gluten-freeice cream sandwiches as is, or for an added treat, dip the ends in meltedchocolate and then into your favorite toppings like sprinkles, chocolate chips,or crushed nuts for a nut-free version.


  • For the best results, enjoy your homemade gluten-free ice cream sandwiches on the same day you assemble them. However, they can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two weeks. To avoid ice crystals, ensure that the container is sealed properly.


The richness of the chocolate wafer cookies combined with the creaminess of your favorite ice cream makes these gluten-free ice cream sandwiches an indulgent and delightful treat.
Whether it's a hot summer day, a special occasion, or just a day ending in 'Y', these gluten-free ice cream sandwiches are a sure way to bring joy to any moment.
Remember, the key to the perfect ice cream sandwich lies in the details: The soft yet firm texture of the cookies, the quality of the ice cream, and most importantly, the love and care put into making them.
Variations and Substitutions
For our dairy-free friends, replace regular milk powder with almond milk powder in the cookie recipe and use a dairy-free ice cream of your choice.
For a nut-free option, you can dip your sandwich ends in melted chocolate and roll them in crushed gluten-free pretzels or desiccated coconut.
You can also experiment with flavors in your gluten-free ice cream sandwiches. Love the combo of mint and chocolate? Go for mint chip ice cream.
Fan of cookies and cream? Try sandwiching your cookies with cookie dough ice cream.
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Creating your own ice cream sandwiches at home is a fun and rewarding experience.

Not only does it allow you to customize the flavors to your liking, but it’s also a great activity to share with family and friends.

Our recipe for gf ice cream sandwiches guarantees a dessert that is as delicious as it is accommodating to dietary restrictions.

So go ahead, give it a try and see how easy it is to make an ice cream sandwich that’s not only gluten-free but also incredibly delicious!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are ice cream sandwiches gluten-free?

Typically, traditional ice cream sandwiches are not gluten-free. They are usually made with cookies or wafers that contain wheat flour, which contains gluten. However, the recipe we've shared in this article is specifically designed to be gluten-free. The cookies are made with a gluten-free flour blend, making them safe for those with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance. Always make sure to read ingredient labels carefully when shopping for gluten-free items or when dining out.

Do Fat Boy ice cream sandwiches have gluten?

Fat Boy ice cream sandwiches are not gluten-free. They contain wheat flour in the cookie wafers, which is a source of gluten.

I don't have a gluten-free flour blend. Can I make these with regular flour?

Our recipe is specifically designed to be gluten-free. Using regular flour may alter the texture and flavor. If gluten isn't an issue for you, you could try, but we recommend sticking with a gluten-free flour blend for best results.