coconut-vanilla bean ice cream sandwiches


Hot August nights call for cool and creamy frozen treats, specifically coconut-vanilla bean ice cream sandwiches. My go-to vanilla bean ice cream is equally excellent with coconut milk subbing in for the dairy, and it seemed only natural to turn the ice cream into an over-the-top ice cream sandwich.

Coconut-Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches | Tutti Dolci

Here coconut-vanilla bean ice cream is sandwiched between brown sugar cookie bars in a taste for the senses. The salty-sweet coconut caramel drizzle is not to be missed and absolutely makes this dessert! (Pro tip: Leftover caramel sauce is best eaten by the spoonful, but I’m certain you knew that already).

Coconut-Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches | Tutti DolciCoconut-Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches | Tutti Dolci

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Coconut-Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches

  • Yield: 12 ice cream sandwiches




Ice Cream

  • 3 cups full fat coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp coconut rum or vodka

Cookie Bars

  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened (at the consistency of softened butter)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 6 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted


  1. For the ice cream, combine coconut milk, sugar, salt, vanilla bean seeds, vanilla, and rum in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Cover and chill mixture in the refrigerator for four hours. Pour chilled ice cream mixture into frozen cylinder of ice cream maker; freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spoon mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze overnight until firm.
  2. For the cookie bars, preheat oven to 350Β°F and line a 13 x 9-inch pan with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat coconut oil and sugars in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy; beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated.
  3. Scrape dough into prepared pan and use a piece of parchment paper lightly coated with nonstick spray to press dough evenly into pan. Bake for 14 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove pan from oven and transfer directly to the freezer (line shelf with a kitchen towel) to chill for 40 minutes.
  4. Lift parchment to remove cookie bar from pan and place on a cutting board; cut in half with a sharp knife. Use an offset spatula to spread two cups ice cream over one cookie bar rectangle; top with remaining cookie bar rectangle. Return stack to pan and wrap tightly to weigh it down; return to the freezer for 4 hours, until fully firm.
  5. For the salted caramel sauce, combine brown sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook mixture below a simmer, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes until brown sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and pour into a small bowl; whisk in vanilla and salt. Add melted coconut oil and whisk well until combined. Cool for 30 minutes, then whisk again.
  6. Remove stack from pan and place on a cutting board; trim edges and cut into squares with a sharp knife. Drizzle with salted caramel sauce just before serving. Wrap sandwiches individually in wax paper and store in the freezer up to two weeks.


Caramel sauce adapted from The Scrumptious Pumpkin. The rum or vodka prevents the ice cream from freezing too firmly; omit if you wish.


  • Calories: 325
  • Carbohydrates: 42
  1. These ice cream sandwiches, Laura! Oh my goodness; they’re absolutely incredible! Gorgeous photos, and I’m loving the coconut/vanilla flavor combination. <3

  2. What’s not to love about the union of coconut, vanilla & caramel! Yes, I’m well aware of how to polish off “leftover” caramel sauce with a spoon. πŸ˜‰

  3. LOVE the addition of salted caramel combined with coconut – some of my favourite flavours! These look amazing – way prettier than the ice cream cookies I attempted at home recently which ended with ice cream being a little too soft and squishing out of each side of the cookie! Love your blog πŸ™‚ x

  4. Regarding the COCONUT-VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM SANDWICHES, the Full Fat Coconut Milk.
    Is that CANNED full fat coconut milk ?
    Is that BOXED full fat coconut milk?
    Is that the BOTTLED full fat coconut milk usuallty found in chilled dairy case?
    I’m making this recipe for large crowd day after tomorrow- your reply would help!
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Kristin, it’s the canned full fat coconut milk (such as Thai Kitchen brand). Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

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