A tropical baked treat that's sure to transport you to the nearest beach! These pina colada cookie ice cream sandwiches are full of coconut and pineapple flavors and filled with vanilla ice cream. Coat the cookies with coconut flakes and top with a cherry and you've got a real treat!
With the baby on the way, I've been enjoying my fair share of mocktails. I'm finding that I'm enjoying mocktails more than actual drinks. Recently, I made a virgin pina colada and wow - it was SO good. Creamy, coconut-y, pineapple-y. All of the things. So, I experimented and decided that I'd turn a pina colada into an ice cream cookie sandwich.
Needless to say, it worked out. Exceptionally well. Get your ingredients together and bake up these pina colada cookie ice cream sandwiches.
what is a pina colada?
A pina colada is a Puerto Rican drink that has coconut cream, heavy cream, pineapples, rum, and ice. It's creamy and velvety and has been one of my favorite summer drinks for quite some time. Pina Coladas are the national drink of Puerto Rico and is served cold after blending all of the ingredients together and garnishing with a cherry on top!
Pina Colada Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches - A tropical baked treat
So, the cookie itself is akin to a sugar cookie. Buttery, sweet, and soft. However, it has the addition of coconut flavoring and crushed pineapples. I was tempted to add cherries to the cookies, but decided against it because the color would've been weird. And let's be clear, we eat with our eyes first.
Bake those pina colada cookies in the oven and wait as the smell fills your kitchen! Fill the pina colada cookies with vanilla ice cream (or any ice cream of your choice) and make a big ol cookie sandwich. Toss in coconut flakes and top with a cherry and you've got a beautiful tropical baked treat that's perfect for enjoying by the poolside.
what you'll need to make this tropical treat
For starters, you'll need some coconut flavoring - which is pretty easy to find. You can order it off amazon if your local grocer doesn't carry it. You'll also need a few staples:
- crushed pineapples (canned)
- a few basic ingredients like butter, sugar, flour
- baking powder
- ice cream
- coconut flakes
- vanilla ice cream
- Rum, optional
how do you make pina colada cookie ice cream sandwiches?
First we're going to make the pina colada cookies. Beat butter and sugar together and then add all of the wet ingredients. Mix together thoroughly. Then combine your dry ingredients and whisk together and add to your wet ingredients.
Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the cookie dough onto a baking sheet and form each cookie into a round disc. Bake for 15-18 minutes at 350 degrees F. Let the cookies cool completely before adding the ice cream or else the ice cream will melt.
If you'd like to take this a step further, you can add rum to vanilla ice cream. Now of course I didn't do this as I'm pregnant. However, I did add rum to my Husband's pina colada cookie ice cream sandwich and he loved it. Especially with the cherry on top. To do this, all you have to do is add about 2 tbsps of rum to softened ice cream, mix together and add back to the freezer to solidify.
Once the cookies have cooled completely, spoon ice cream onto one of the cookies and smash another cookie on top to make a sandwich. and you're done. It's pretty simple. Super simple actually!
more summer recipes you'll love
- Pina Colada Mocktails
- Oatmeal Raisin Marshmallow Cream Pies
- Pina Colada Tres Leches Cake
- Minty Mango Bourbon Slush
- Vanilla Bean Butter Pecan Cookies
- Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
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