While I may be a fan of pumpkin spice everything, my kids aren’t. If you are going to have kids over for your holiday celebrations, make sure you have something very kid-friendly for a dessert. I’m really excited to partner with the Dancing Deer Baking Co. to give a fun and festive entertaining dessert idea for this holiday season. This one’s designed for the kids, but I bet adults will love this too!
I will totally admit that I am not much of a baker, even though I enjoy cooking. Plus I don’t have the time, as I am a busy mostly-work-from home mom. So when I serve desserts when I entertain, I usually will do something semi-homemade that can really be jazzed up for wowing my company. This DIY Ice Cream Sandwich Bar, using cookies and brownies from Dancing Deer Baking Co., ice cream, and toppings like rainbow sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, and mini M&M’s, definitely fits the bill.
Check out my video on how easy these are to make:
To make it fun for your little guests, decorate your table in bright, but washable tablecloths and accents. For a pop of color, I used a festive bright yellow tablecloth, with a fun runner with gold edging and a garland of stars, which I picked up at my local big box store. You don’t have to go all out, but make everything look festive!
Next, I set up a platter of Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies, Molasses Clove Cookies, and Chocolate Chunk Brownies from Dancing Deer Baking Co. Their Classic Holiday Brownie and Cookie Gift ($44.99) would be perfect for this.
Next, set out your toppings. I used rainbow sprinkles, mini M&M’s, and mini chocolate chips. You could also use sliced up candy bars, chocolate sprinkles — anything dry that can sliced up or is small. While I am a big fan of fruit, it’s not going to stick to your ice cream!
Next, take several spoonfuls or scoops of the ice cream flavors of your choice. I chose vanilla and mint chocolate chip. Each person may use between 2-3 spoonfuls per ice cream sandwich. Figure that kids may have 1 ice cream sandwich and adults may prefer to have 2 of them, so make sure you have enough cookies from Dancing Deer Baking Co.!
The trick is to set the ice cream out at the last minute (the weather may be colder here in the Northeast, but you don’t want ice cream soup!).
Then let kids get creative (and yes, a little messy) making these. You can have big t-shirts to serve as aprons and have plenty of napkins around for clean up.
Show kids what to do first and then let the ice cream sandwich making commence!
My daughter loved making her ice cream sandwich.
It was easy for her to scoop the ice cream onto the cookies.
She wanted to use all the toppings!
The end result? Delicious!
Dancing Deer Baking Co. is company of people who are passionate about food, nature, and aesthetics. Their products are known for a truly superior taste, artful but simple packaging and pure, high-quality ingredients. They blend traditional artisan baking with innovative flavor combinations and they think packaging should be as artful, honest and as good as the food.
They make a perishable product without preservatives because they believe in the principles of purity and freshness in food. Their products are always baked from scratch and Kosher (which is terrific for my holiday entertaining, as my brother-in-law’s family is Kosher and we spend many holidays with them).
Kid-friendly Holiday Entertaining Idea: DIY Ice Cream Sandwich Bar
- Ice Cream each sandwich will use 2 tablespoons of ice cream
- Toppings: M&M's spinkles, mini-chocolate chips, etc
- Take 2 cookies.
- Place two scoops of ice cream on the "back" of one cookie.
- Place the "back" of the other cookie on top of the ice cream
- Roll ice cream sandwich in bowls with toppings
- If Ice Cream sandwich is too melty, stick in the freezer for 1 hour to firm up.
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What would kind of topping would you use on your DIY Ice Cream Sandwich?
I would make these for myself. My favorite ice cream is mocha chip.
ellen beck says
I lovemaking these or having kids help make them and have been doing these for years. Most times it is sans sprinkles but they are good non the less. They freeze very well also. I have to admit my personal favorite is the warm cookie method with the ice cream melting between two soft cookies !
justin tan says
This is a great idea. My son’s birthday is approaching soon and the kids will love making their own ice cream sandwich!!
Brenda Haines says
So awesome! My son can help make them and then help devour them!
I love this idea. Looks yummy and fun
Amy Orvin says
Look – My 2 favorite desserts in one. I am in Heaven just looking at this!
Janet W. says
This looks super easy to make and fun for my grandsons! So delicious!
Julie Wood says
I want to have an ice cream bar for the Holidays. Make it festive with all the sprinkles and have everyone get their own dessert and put toppings that they would like. This is a fun idea for the kids for sure!
These look like lots of fun to make!
Tiffany Casanova says
LOVE THIS! Great DIY and easy for the kiddos!
valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
This is a fun idea. I imagine this would be really popular at a birthday party, and the decorations for the cookies could even coordinate the party.
Lauren Jimeson says
Wow! These look so good! And such a fun thing to do with the kids!
Looks delicious! Such a cute idea.
Uh oh. I stopped by when hungry… ?
I want to come over and make cookies with you!!!
Audrey McClelland says
Holy moly! That’s the best idea in the history of ideas. Ice cream sandwiches are the best. I must do this with the kids.
What a cute idea!! I want to do this when my kids get together with their cousins! I bet they’d love it!
Nilsa Karimi says
DIY’S are the BEST! What kid doesn’t love an edible mess! Looks so yummy too!
April J Harris says
What a fabulous, fun, activity for kids! It would be perfect for a birthday party or just about any occasion! It’s definitely a great way to introduce kids to how much fun it is to spend time in the kitchen. Pinned!
Hi!!! Can I come over please?! These look amazing and your daughter looks like she’s got it down!
love the idea of a DIY bar!
Destiny Paquette says
I love this idea. Such a fun activity and something the kids will actually enjoy eating (adults too!)
Heather @ US Japan Fam says
Oh what a fun idea!!! Thanks for sharing!
melissa velazquez says
This is such a simple idea even I can do it! Thank you.
So easy and they look delicious! Love edible activities with the kids when we have people over.
Love this so much!!! So simple fun and easy for the whole family to enjoy.
Lyla Gleason says
What a great dessert idea! My daughter and her friends would love making (and eating!) these adorable creations.