Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches

by Shawnda on July 2, 2011

in Cookies and Bars,Ice Cream

Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you are what you eat, we are currently part margarita (although I think we’re permanently part Margarita :) ), part zucchini, part peach, and part ice cream sandwich.

We’ve been making ice cream sandwiches as a fun way to cool down at the end of the 100+ degree days. The possibilities for homemade ice cream sandwiches are nearly endless: any ice cream, sandwiched between any two cookies. It can be as quick and easy as you need, or as fussy as you want.

For the last batch that I made, we chose fussy over quick. Festive over classic. I converted a standard chocolate ice cream sandwich cookie recipe into a red velvet cookie. A soft, very red cookie with barely a hint of cocoa. Very pretty. And since red velvet is often paired with cream cheese, we filled the sandwiches with a tangy frozen yogurt.

You can cut any shape you like with that drawer full of cookie cutters or simply opt for the classic rectangle cookie. Either way, it will be a little messy. And a lot of fun.

Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches

A festive twist on the classic ice cream sandwich.


  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting work area
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp red gel coloring
  • 1 1/2 pints softened ice cream or frozen yogurt


  1. Whisk together dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add vanilla and egg, mixing until combined.
  4. Add red food coloring to the bowl and then slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixer and mix on low.
  5. Turn the dough out onto plastic wrap, press into a disk, wrap well, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Roll dough out to 1/8-inch thick on a well floured surface.
  7. Cut 12 4-inch circles out of the dough and transfer to 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. Re-roll any dough scraps to cut more cookies.
  8. Poke holes in the cookies with a fork and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 350.
  10. Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes for soft cookies, 8-10 for crunchier cookies (the crunchier cookies hold up better to all the handling/smooshing/filling).
  11. Let cool before sandwiching cookies with ~1/2 cup softened ice cream.
  12. Place into the freezer for at least 15 minutes to refreeze the ice cream.
  13. Store in the freezer.


Yields: 6-8 ice cream sandwiches

Cookie recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Estimated time: 1 hour 45 minutes


{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren July 2, 2011 at 10:13 am

You are a *genius*- I am all over this one.


2 Kelly (Seaux Southern) July 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

This looks soooo good. And just in time for the 4th of July! YUM!!


3 Blog is the New Black July 2, 2011 at 11:13 am

Aweosme idea! I love how perfect your cookies look! Awesomeness!


4 Tracey July 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

Gorgeous – so festive too! Have a great holiday weekend :)


5 vanillasugarblog July 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm

you are just so fabulous.


6 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm

These look amazing! If I was what I eat, I’d be part vegetable, party cookie dough and part peanut butter right now:-)


7 Joanne July 3, 2011 at 6:04 am

some of the best desserts in life are messy. Case in point.

I am currently part coconut lime sugar cookie. And my thighs are super unhappy about it. One day I’ll be part salad. One day.


8 Abby July 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm

omg, you are my hero


9 Maureen July 3, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I made ice cream sandwiches out of coconut macaroons and they’re sort of “rustic” but yours are gorgeous!!! I want one right now!


10 Danmy July 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Looks amazing!!!


11 Raquel @ Erecipe July 3, 2011 at 10:03 pm

wow this is great for parties, kids will surely love it =)
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12 Raquel @ Erecipe July 3, 2011 at 10:03 pm

wow this is great for parties, kids will surely love it =)


13 Haley July 4, 2011 at 12:41 am

I just made these for a barbecue and they were a huge hit! Thanks for the great recipe! :)


14 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts July 4, 2011 at 6:17 am

So yummy! These look amazing. Love the perfect red color!


15 Annie July 4, 2011 at 6:45 am

I love this idea!


16 Lindsey July 4, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Yum! Forget the Skinny Cow, I’m having these for dessert next week!


17 susan July 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm

shaunda, these are so clever and gorgeous!


18 Joyce July 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Love this! I really like red velvet anything.


19 Mrs. Jen B September 1, 2011 at 9:26 am

OMG I can only imagine how amazing the frozen yogurt tastes with those cookies. I can also imagine myself in a food coma, laying in the middle of my kitchen floor, my face stained red, ice cream in my hair…but I’d be smiling. ;)


20 Jane September 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

Tres pretty! I love the bright colors


21 meg February 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Just made these and they are delicious. Mine didn’t come out bright red though. More of a brownish red. Did I add too much cocoa or not enough red gel. I did go by measurements in recipe. Thanks for your help-and the recipe.


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