5 Tricks We Learned From The Trader Joe's Ice Cream Aisle

Photographed by Jackie Alpers.
Aside from our deep obsessions with cookies and ice cream, what else do we spend our free moments pining over? The marriage of those two sensational sweets, of course. Ice cream cookie sandwiches are summer dessert goals (or maybe just the dessert goal in general). This genius combo has taken ice cream from inedible bowls or soggy-drippy cones straight to our finger tips for palm-to-face munching action.
Many ice cream joints now offer up their own sophisticated takes on the childhood dessert classic — made fresh with gourmet cookies from local bakeries and festive churned cream flavors. But instead of dropping your summer dough on just one of those, how about spending that $$$ on only three items that will whip up over a dozen?
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Trader Joe's makes it SO easy with a sweet smorgasbord of specialty cookies, spreads, and frozen creams. Ahead we've put together the makings for five ice cream sandwiches (all bite-sized and freezable for easy feasting later on). From Joe-Joewiches to Dunkerwiches and many more, get ready to hack your own ice cream sammy spread at home all summer long on the cheap.
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The Creamy-Cashew Joe-Joewich



Makes 28 for $15.97 ($0.57 a piece)



1. Start with a stack of Gluten Free Joe-Joe's.

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Joe-Joe's, $3.99, available at Trader Joe's.
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The Creamy-Cashew Joe-Joewich



2. Then slather a dollop of TJ's creamy salted cashew butter on one side of two separate Joe-Joe's.

Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Cashew Butter, $7.99, available at Trader Joe's.
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The Creamy-Cashew Joe-Joewich



3. For the finishing touch, place a spoonful of Soy Creamy (either cherry chocolate chip or regular vanilla) on one of the cookies and sandwich between the two cashew-buttered Joe-Joe's.

Trader Joe's Soy Creamy, $3.99, available at Trader Joe's.

*Hot Tip: Make a whole plate full and store in the freezer for a fast treat anytime.
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The Coffee-Butter Dunkerwich



Makes 36 for $12.67 ($0.35 a piece)



1. Start with two of TJ's famous chocolate-coated Dunkers.

Trader Joe's Dunkers, $4.99, available at Trader Joe's.
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The Coffee-Butter Dunkerwich



2. Spread some cult-fave Speculoos Cookie Butter between those two dunkeroos...

Trader Joe's Cookie Butter, $3.69, available at Trader Joe's.
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The Coffee-Butter Dunkerwich



3. And then sandwich in some Coffee Bean Blast Ice Cream!

Trader Joe's Coffee Bean Blast Ice Cream, $3.99, available at Trader Joe's.
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The Caramel-Cookiewich



Makes 24 for $8.57 ($0.35 a piece)



1. Begin this sweet treat with a pair of Speculoos...

Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookies, $1.99, available at Trader Joe's.
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The Caramel-Cookiewich



2. Then dive into to spreading on a layer (or two) of TJ's Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce...

Trader Joe's Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce, $1.29, available at Amazon.
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The Caramel-Cookiewich



3. And finish by pressing some Cookie Butter Ice Cream in-between.

Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter Ice Cream, $4.49, available at Trader Joe's.
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The Cocoa-Almond Chip Wafflewich



Makes 24 for $12.77 ($0.53 a piece)



1. Buttery Belgian waffle cookies are best served with...

Trader Joe's Belgian Butter Waffle Cookies, $2.79, available at Trader Joe's.
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The Cocoa-Almond Chip Wafflewich



2. ...A hefty, sweet, and nutty smear of TJ's Cocoa Almond Spread.

Trader Joe's Cocoa Almond Spread, $3.99, available at Trader Joe's.
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The Cocoa-Almond Chip Wafflewich



3. Finish it off with finesse with some Vanilla Fudge Chip.

Trader Joe's Organic Vanilla Fudge Chip, $5.99, available at Trader Joe's.
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The Mango-Mallow Toasted Cocowich



Makes 72 for $11.97 ($0.16 a piece)



1. TJ's Toasted Coconut thins are thin and crispy...

Trader Joe's Toasted Coconut Cookie Thins, $3.99, available at Trader Joe's.
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The Mango-Mallow Toasted Cocowich



2. But with a little layer of melted marshmallow...

Trader Joe's Marshmallows, $2.99, available at Trader Joe's.
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The Mango-Mallow Toasted Cocowich



3. And a dollop of Mango & Cream Ice Cream, they make for one mean Cocowich.

Trader Joe's Mango & Cream Ice Cream, $4.99, available at Trader Joe's.
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