In The Kitchen: Nilla Wafers

A few years back, I walked into a friend’s home to find her making these tiny sandwiches using flat, round discs.  Luckily, I got there in time to help put the finishing touches on each of them.  It wasn’t that it was my first encounter with ice cream sandwiches or Nilla wafers, but it never dawned on me to use something other than two chocolate chip cookies to serve as bookends.

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These bite sized desserts are a great way to indulge in a sweet treat without going overboard.  And they are so easy to make, no baking required, although I hardly mind an excuse to whip up a batch of cookies.

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  • Nilla wafers
  • Ice cream in any or all of your favorite flavors
  • Fun toppings, like mini-chocolate chips, rainbow sprinkles, sea salt, or chopped almonds, to name a few

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1.  Line a baking sheet with wax paper.  Place Nilla wafers, round side down, flat side up, on the sheet.

2.  Scoop your choice of ice cream onto one of the wafers and press the other wafer gently on top.

3.  Use a spoon or a knife to run around the perimeter of the sandwich, scrapping the excess ice cream and smoothing the edges as you go.

4.  Roll the sandwich over sprinkles or chips or your preferred toppings, so that they stick to the ice cream.  Place in the freezer immediately after completing and for best results, leave in overnight.


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{My Favorite Combinations}

1.  Ben and Jerry’s strawberry cheesecake goes great with the Nilla wafers, no need for toppings!

2.  Haagen Dazs’ dulce de leche with a bit of sea salt is delicious.

3.  Ben and Jerry’s chocolate fudge brownie, no extras.

4.  Plain old vanilla (any brand) with rainbow sprinkles or mini-chocolate chips is classic.




  1. pumpkin + rose

    April 28, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    was out late last night with friends and this was an awesome treat waiting for me in the freezer for when i got home 🙂

  2. Susan Giordano

    April 29, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Making some later…just need a little something to brighten up a dreary day!! Thanks fot sharing!!!

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