Nutella and Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

April 19, 2011 · 39 comments

filed in: Bakery,Dairy,Desserts,Vegetarian/Vegetarian Option

Nutella and Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you’re a regular reader of food blogs then you’ve likely noticed that the whole world seems mad for Nutella™. For those of you who’ve been living in a cave or otherwise missed this trend, let me explain. Nutella™ is an alluring, proprietary spread that combines ground roasted hazelnuts, skim milk, and cocoa. Available almost everywhere, it has a comfort food appeal similar to that of peanut butter and is eaten in much the same way: on bread, in desserts of virtually every type, and (best of all for some) spooned directly from the jar into one’s mouth.

The weather is heating up where I live, and it occurred to me that Nutella™ would be a perfect flavor for ice cream sandwiches, one of my favorite childhood desserts. I’ve added both Nutella™ and extra chocolate to the shortbread layers in these sandwiches. And both ingredients are also included in the ice cream filling used here for even more deliciousness. ‘Nuff said, I think.

Ingredients

For the ice cream filling:

1 1/2 pints (3 cups) chocolate ice cream
1/4 cup Nutella™

For the shortbread:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or unbleached, all-purpose white flour
1/2 cup brown or white sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup Nutella™
1/4 cup chilled butter, cubed

Preparation

  1. Prepare the ice cream filling: The day before serving, soften the ice cream for five minutes at room temperature. Spoon the ice cream and 1/4 cup Nutella™ into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until well blended. Quickly transfer the ice cream mixture to a straight-sided, rectangular pan lined with a large sheet of plastic wrap. Fold the plastic over the top of the ice cream, press the mixture into a level 6-inch by 9-inch rectangle, and freeze until it is very firm and you are ready to assemble the ice cream sandwiches.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, and cocoa in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until well blended. Add 1/2 cup Nutella™ and the cubed butter. Process the dough until it is well blended, smooth, and begins to form a ball. Transfer the dough to a large sheet of plastic wrap, shape the dough into a thick rectangle, fold the plastic wrap over the dough, and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. with the rack in the middle position. Line one large or two small baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Roll the shortbread dough out on a sheet of parchment paper to a level 1/4-inch thickness. Press a 3-inch round or square cookie cutter into the dough to make 12 cookies (any excess dough scraps can be assembled and re-rolled to make more shortbread cookies). Transfer these to the prepared baking sheet(s) and refrigerate for 10 minutes or until the oven is preheated. Bake for 10-12 minutes, remove from the oven, and cool the shortbread to room temperature on cake racks.
  5. When the shortbread has fully cooled, remove the ice cream from the freezer and, using the same cookie cutter, quickly press six rounds or squares.
  6. Quickly assemble the sandwiches by layering the ice cream between two shortbread cookies to make six ice cream sandwiches. Makes 6 servings.

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Carol at Wild Goose Tea March 13, 2014 at 7:28 pm

I must have been locked up in a closet all these years. It never entered by
head to make ice cream sandwiches, which are one of my favorite ice cream treats. This could be dangerous. I can’t believe the Nutella Nuts—I say that kindly—out there in Food Land. I have to buy a jar of that just to see what all
the blitz is about. Aaaah local super market, here I come. What department will I find that—-jams or ice sauce or with the lemon curd? I have an adventure in my near future. Laughing—–

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sonia June 23, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Wow the icecream sandwiches are looking rocking over here. Just want to have couple of them…so sweet !

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blackbookkitchendiaries August 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm

beautiful!! great use of Nutella. i am just drooling over this right now!

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Avanika [Yumsilicious Bakes] June 15, 2011 at 7:27 am

WOW this looks soo good. I’m obsessed with Nutella like a true food blogger.

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Cookin' Canuck May 17, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Oh my – these are gorgeous. I’m certain that my family would call these the ultimate summer treat.

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Jane - The Heritage Cook May 15, 2011 at 2:48 am

Wonderful idea – I’ll take a dozen to go please!!

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Cheri Sicard May 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm

These look so good (and freezer food too, my specialty). I have always been a huge fan of Nutella. Will have to try them.

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Lea May 3, 2011 at 3:37 am

I would say they look perfect!

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Cristina May 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I luv how you presented these ice cream sandwiches and the chocolate shortbread cut-outs. What a great idea!

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Autumn @ Good Eats Girl April 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Oh, wow! These look to die for!

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Matthew "mmWine" Horbund April 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm

It’s funny how all of a sudden Nutella is all the rage, when it was left all to it’s lonesome for years at the grocery. It does look like a delicious recipe though! Cheers, Matt

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Barbara April 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Perhaps it depends on where one lives, Matt. Although Nutella is relatively new to the US, it’s certainly been considered a highly addictive treat for many decades in other countries where I’ve lived. Peanut butter or Nutella? I must admit to being on the fence about that, given my US Southern heritage, upbringing, and peanut-growing grand-parents.

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sheri silver April 28, 2011 at 7:08 am

wow – these look amazing! we’re big nutella fans here (my older son is eating it on toast for breakfast as we speak!)…..thanks for the share and for following me too!

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Megan April 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Oh gosh Barb, I love everything about this. Chocolate, Nutella, Ice cream, Shortbread! You could sell these and get rich!

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Karen April 27, 2011 at 9:39 am

I grew up on Nutella and will go to great lengths now to avoid the Nutella aisle at the store, because if I buy it, I will finish it off within a couple of days. All I need is a spoon… Your recipe takes Nutella to a whole new level though, Barbara! This is the ultimate in Nutella decadence.

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Faith April 26, 2011 at 11:28 am

I could never turn down Nutella and I love how you made it into a sandwich! It looks out of this world. Great job. You’re very creative.

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Shop with Me Mama (Kim) April 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Oh that looks so good!

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Jenny (VintageSugarcube) April 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm

These are some of the best looking ice cream sammies I’ve seen. I really like the way the icecream and cakes are cut. The ridges really give it a SNAP, CRACKLE, POP to look at. Kudos to ya Barbara.

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Gera@Sweets Foods Blog April 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Nutella means heaven for me! And if you add chocolate in ice cream form – well heaven in double doses! – absolutely gorgeous. Cheers and Great weekend! Gera

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SMITH BITES April 21, 2011 at 8:29 am

oh dear. and on a chocolate cookie too . . .

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Maris (In Good Taste) April 21, 2011 at 8:00 am

I will dream about these all day now! Yummy!

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fooddreamer April 21, 2011 at 6:24 am

I agree, the food blog world is mad for nutella…and now they will be more so because these look delicious!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen April 21, 2011 at 5:38 am

I grew up on Nutella, it’s one of my favorite spreads. These ice cream sandwiches sound fabulous!

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sara April 21, 2011 at 12:29 am

These look fantastic! I am totally obsessed with Nutella.

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Jennifer (Savor) April 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I NEED these. Nuff said

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Devaki @ weavethousandflavors April 20, 2011 at 10:25 pm

This die hard gorgeous and delicious. Spark of genius here and I want to bite into one now!

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Feast on the Cheap April 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I’m ashamed to admit that I’m a die-hard ice cream eater, yet I’ve never made my own ice cream sandwiches. That clearly needs to change…these look delicious!

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Marly April 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Oh, I need to figure a vegan way to make this because they look so good!

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Dan April 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Those look incredible! Nutella IN the shortbread too! This is going to my baker.

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sonia April 20, 2011 at 9:38 am

Hi Barbara,
The ice cream sandwiches are looking awesome. saving this recipe to try out soon for my little one…thanks !

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bellini April 20, 2011 at 9:37 am

These sound so scrumptious and perfect for a summer evening.

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natalie (the sweets life) April 20, 2011 at 8:21 am

i love anything nutella flavored and this gives you a double dose of it! yum!

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Lana @ Never Enough Thyme April 20, 2011 at 8:10 am

I, too, just adore ice cream sandwiches. I think because of them being a childhood treat. So I definitely like this more grown-up version! Fantastic, Barbara.

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marla April 20, 2011 at 7:36 am

Ahhh yes, ’nuff said. Those shortbread cookies with quick nutella ice cream are genius. Think I would also dip my ice cream sandwich into a jar of Nutella too. Ya know, just to make the sugar buzz a bit sweeter. My kids would LOVE these! xo

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Shelby April 20, 2011 at 3:29 am

Oh how great are these! Love them!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 20, 2011 at 2:36 am

Chocolate, Nutella & Ice cream??? All of my weaknesses in one recipe??? *faints*

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Claudie April 20, 2011 at 12:59 am

I just had dinner and dessert, and yet, your pictures make me hungry again! Those sandwiches just look too good, especially with Nutella and chocolate ice cream!

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Katrina April 19, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Yum! Looks and sounds fantastic!

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