Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Sandwiches // A Cozy Kitchen

When you’re chilling by yourself, being busy, doing house stuff, do you talk to yourself? I grew up with a set of parents who ALWAYS talked to themselves. I remember I’d sneak up on them when they’d be doing whatever it was they were doing; gardening, cleaning out the garage, looking through drawers, and they’d just be full-on having a conversation with themselves. I remember I’d jump out and go “ahhhhh!” and of course I’d always scare them, especially my mom. She’s usually curse in Spanish and tell me to go away. I thought they were the weirdest, but then I got older…

A few days ago, when I was doing what I always do, which is make these ice cream sandwiches at home for my internet friends (that’s you, by the way) I caught myself having a conversation with.myself. Like, I was talking for the other person too. I was using my voice for my side of the convo and then responding as if there was another person there. And I’m pretty positive this wasn’t the first time, it was just the first time I’d caught myself. I felt like I was a cross between Amanda Bynes and my parents.

Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Sandwiches // A Cozy Kitchen

These ice cream sandwiches are from Cookies & Cream. It’s a book full of ice cream sandwiches. These cookies were amazing and can I discuss with you how strongly I feel about the cookie part of an ice cream sandwich.

Have you ever had an ice cream sandwich where the cookie is hard and crispy, and then you bite down on it and the ice cream squirts out of the back and you’re like, ummm firstly, that was a gross description, secondly, this is a poorly thought out ice cream sandwich. Not appreciated.

The cookies should be soft so they can give when you bite into it and the ice cream. Does this make sense? Crispy cookies have no place in the ice cream sandwich family. They’re not welcome.


These cookies were soft, chewy, chocolatey and malty! You know how I love my malt (evidence: here and here). And the ice cream is creamy, delicious, and totally perfect. The recipes in this book are really well-written (I read it like a novel) and all the ice cream sandwiches are fun! Really really fun! And Tessa is the cutest. It’s a good cookbook for summer, I tell you.

Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Sandwiches // A Cozy Kitchen

Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Sandwiches


Ice Cream:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup plain malted milk powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs

Chocolate Malt Cookies

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup plain malted milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 6 ounces 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt


Ice Cream:

  • Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice cubes and 1 to 2 cups of water. Place a medium bowl fitted with a fine strainer inside the ice bath.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, cream, 1/2 cup sugar, milk powder, salt and vanilla. Set over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is warm and begins to steam, about 5 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Carefully whisk half of the warm milk mixture into the egg yolks, one ladleful at a time, until the egg mixture is warmed. Whisk the egg-milk mixture back into the saucepan. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon and registers around 175 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about 5 to 7 minutes. Be careful not to boil the mixture.
  • Immediately strain the mixture through the fine strainer into the prepared ice bath. Cool the custard in the ice bath until it reaches room temperature, stirring often. Press plastic wrap against the surface of the custard and refrigerate until chilled, about 4 hours or up to 1 day.
  • Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacture's directions. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container, press plastic wrap against the surface of the ice cream, and freeze until firm and the flavor is ripened, at least 2 hours.

Chocolate Malt Cookies:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon baking mats.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, milk powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and sour cream. On low speed, add the flour mixture and beat until combined.
  • Roll dough into 2 tablespoon-sized balls and place on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten with the palm of your hand.
  • Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are set. Let cool on a baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Freeze the cookies until frozen, at least 1 hour. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers in the freezer for up to 1 month.

For Decorating:

  • Crushed malted milk ball candies (about 1 cup), for rolling.
  • To assemble, place the crushed malted milk ball candied in a shallow dish. Top one cookie with a coop of ice cream. Place another cookie on top of the ice cream and gently press down to form a sandwich. Roll the edges in the crushed malted milk ball candies and repeat for the remaining cookies. Freeze for at least 1 hour before serving.
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  • Reply leaf (the indolent cook) June 14, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Yes, you definitely want an ice cream sandwich that’s structurally sound for an optimum eating experience. I’m loving the malty aspect here!

  • Reply Kiran @ June 14, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Oh my gah! That’s… Amazing!!

  • Reply Belinda @themoonblushbaker June 14, 2013 at 2:52 am

    I could totally go for one of these malted milk ball ice cream sandwiches. I love malted milk, that I even made a cake inspired by one a while back. These look great.

  • Reply erin June 14, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Oh, wow. Those look amazing. The first ice cream I ever made was a malted chocolate and it was incredible. I really want to try these (except it’s winter here and freezing. duly bookmarked.)
    I talk to myself all the time, often replying to myself in different voices. It’s not weird at all (it might be weird) (that doesn’t matter:)

  • Reply Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe June 14, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Oh my! I bet these chocolate malt cookies would be delicious even on their own! The whole thing actually looks like a perfect summer dessert.

    xo, Elisa

  • Reply Tieghan June 14, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Oh my! I loving all this ice cream! Malt is one of my favorite flavors!

  • Reply Marie @ Little Kitchie June 14, 2013 at 5:32 am

    So cute and YUM!

  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) June 14, 2013 at 6:27 am

    I am adoring all of these ice cream recipes! They are so fantastic!

  • Reply Jay June 14, 2013 at 6:31 am

    You are making summer look delicious! I cannot wait to see what treasures @lovehuckleberry will gleam from her time with you next week.

    Stay awesome,

  • Reply Jaclyn June 14, 2013 at 6:36 am

    They look PERFECT! I love chocolate malts, they bring me back to my childhood when my dad would make them for us as a special treat. I’m sure I’d love these.

  • Reply Heather @ A Sweet Simple Life June 14, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Loving ice cream week and these sandwiches look amazing!

  • Reply Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion June 14, 2013 at 7:18 am

    I get my ice cream maker in 7 days… I will be hitting up your site as soon as it arrives!

  • Reply Bev @ Bev Cooks June 14, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Definitely talk to myself. And deeeeefinitely want 5 million of these sammies.

  • Reply Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie June 14, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Love this. I want to try it with the new peanut butter whoppers

  • Reply sandra June 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

    those look amazing. I think it is high time I make some ice cream sandwiches. I love your malt ball touch.

  • Reply misskimberlynn June 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Off Ice Cream Topic: Whenever I read Amanda Bynes news I think of you now. Amanda Bynes’ craziness is my guilty pleasure too.

  • Reply rebecca June 14, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Please forgive my ignorance, where do I get malted milk powder and what name should I look for. Thanks.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 14, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Oh! You can usually find it next to the other milk replacements like regular powdered milk, flavored milks for coffee, etc. And it’s usually called “Malted Milk Powder” and the brand I used was from Carnation.

  • Reply Tessa @ Handle the Heat June 14, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Thank you so much Adrianna!!!! Your kind words just made my morning πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Reply Eileen June 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I think we all talk to ourselves now and then. It’s ok! My favorite is talking to the neighborhood cats, though. πŸ™‚ Ice cream sandwiches are definitely a welcome treat in the hot weather!

  • Reply Abby June 14, 2013 at 11:55 am

    oh my goodness, these look absolutely incredible! so yummy looking… i must give this recipe a try {and then get my hands on a copy of Cookies & Cream}!

  • Reply Maegan June 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Your posts are actually so hilarious. Like, in addition to the amaze photos, I just like to read your blog for the commentary!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    These sound freaking amazing!! Love this recipe!

  • Reply Zsuzsa June 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I saw your recipe this morning, and I baked the cookies already…the dough seemed a little soft – I couldn’t roll the cookies, so I dropped them by the tablespoon on the prepared cookie sheet. They turned out beautifully! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply Alyssa and Carla June 15, 2013 at 8:39 am

    We LOVE all of your ice cream posts this week! So glad summer is finally here πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic June 15, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Oh what an interesting take on an ice cream sandwich! I definitely have to check out this book. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

  • Reply cindy June 16, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Oh, I definitely talk to myself…and my dogs…and I have voices for them too.

    I loooove malted things…these look amazing!

  • Reply Amber June 16, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Yes I love a good conversation with myself, and now that I have two kids I am our official narrator of our day! Have you started to name your appliances and furniture yet? I think this is the next step! A great childhood friend of mine had theatrical parents and they named everything in their house, including their car called Sven. When Sven broke down beyond repair they got another car, named: Sven Again. Priceless!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      HA! Awesome. I haven’t started naming my appliances but maybe that’s because they suck and I don’t love them. But man, I’m so naming my car when I have a kid.

  • Reply rebecca June 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you for the info above!

  • Reply Jayne June 16, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I know!!! Hate it when the cookies are so so hard and the ice cream squirts everywhere. I like that you gave us a recipe for the cookies this time. Also, I talk a lot to myself but they are usually internal conversations. And I have different voices for different parties in the conversation. I sometimes think I’m weird.

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