I am so addicted to fruit these days it’s insane. If I could live off strawberries, cherries, and nectarines I could. But unfortunately my body requires other nutrients so I am forced to expand my diet beyond the irresistible aisles of fruit in the grocery store. Nutrients such as calcium and fiber are necessary, which is obviously plentiful in ice cream and whole wheat graham crackers, right?? Yes, the answer is yes. And that’s why these Cherry Crisp Ice Cream Sandwiches are the absolute perfect summer treat right now. Thankfully Whole Foods Market has been generous enough to provide a gift card for a giveaway today so you too can stock up on cherries and make these ASAP. Keep reading for more details!

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It’s been way too long since I’ve posted a frozen treat here on the blog, and there’s nothing like National Ice Cream Month to inspire me to bust out my ice cream making attachment and load up on heavy cream. Coupled with an email from Whole Foods asking me to develop a cherry recipe to go along with the giveaway, this dessert combo was a no-brainer. Serving in-season fruit in a seasonably-appropriate manner is as good as its get, because since I don’t like warm fruit and its a billion degrees outside, frozen is where its at! Ice cream can be boring (and difficult) to photograph, so I’ve stepped things up a bit here and presented this amazing ice cream as ice cream sandwiches. Although using store-bought graham crackers can be considered cheating when it comes to homemade ice cream sandwiches, after your friends take one bite and hear that the ice cream is made from scratch, there will be further questions!

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I am not exaggerating when I say that these ice cream sandwiches were truly amazing. The graham crackers get a little soft from the ice cream, kind of like the texture of a classic chocolate/vanilla ice cream sandwich, and it makes the ice cream so much fun to enjoy. The ice cream itself is a base of vanilla with roasted cherries and a streusel crunch mixed in. The tartness of the berries with the sweetness of the added sugar and crunch of the streusel are all so great together! There are a few steps involved in the different components of the ice cream, but its well worth it. Skipping the homemade cookie part helps simplify things, plus graham crackers are a perfect size and go with the cherry crisp theme nicely.

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If you admire the produce displays at Whole Foods as much as I do and are a fruit-addict as well, then you’re definitely going to want to enter this giveaway for a $50 Whole Foods Gift Card to take advantage of the peak-of-season cherries they have this summer! Here are the details on how to enter, and be sure to check out the recipe for these ice cream sandwiches below.

Giveaway Details:

  1. Like my page on Facebook and/or follow me on BlogLovin’
  2. Leave a comment on this post and make sure to leave a valid email address so I can message you if you win. Don’t worry, it won’t be made public!
  3. You may enter one day every day until the contest ends
  4. Contest ends Tuesday July 22nd at 5PM EST. Winner will be announced on my Facebook page!

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Enjoy the ice cream, happy summer, and good luck with the giveaway!! Now here’s the recipe, and hurryyyy – cherry season will be over before you know it :)

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Cherry Crisp Ice Cream Sandwiches

Recipe adapted from Annie's Eats

Yield: 12 ice cream sandwiches


for the crisp streusel:

4 tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
3 tbsp packed light brown sugar
1/8 tsp salt
Dash of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp old-fashioned rolls oats

for the roasted cherries:

2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
2 tbsp granulated sugar

for the vanilla ice cream base:

2 cups whole milk, divided
1 tbsp + 1 tsp cornstarch
3 tbsp cream cheese, at room temperature
Pinch of salt
1-1/4 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp light corn syrup
1 tbsp vanilla extract

for the ice cream sandwich assembly:

24 graham cracker squares


for the crisp streusel:

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except the oats. Combine the ingredients with a pastry blender, 2 forks, or your fingertips until the mixture is crumbly and resembles coarse sand. Then add the oats and mix well.

Spread the mixture out on the baking sheet and break up any clumps with your fingers. Bake, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is browns and crisp, about 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool, then put in the freezer until ready to use.

for the roasted cherries:

Preheat the oven to 450˚ F. Combine the cherries and the sugar in a small pan and toss well to mix. Bake the cherries for 10 minutes, or until the cherries start releasing their juices. Let the cherries cool to room temperature on the counter, then store in the fridge until ready to use.

for the vanilla ice cream base:

Combine 2 tbsp of the milk with the cornstarch in small bowl and whisk until smooth. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese and salt and whisk until smooth and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine the remaining milk, cream, sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla extract. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Return to the heat and bring back to a boil, stirring with a spatula until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.

Whisk the hot milk mixture into the bowl with the cream cheese until smooth. Transfer the mixture to the refrigerator to chill thoroughly before churning, I recommend overnight. Once chilled, freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

for the ice cream sandwich assembly:

Line a 9x13" baking dish with tinfoil so that extra hangs off the sides to make handles. When the ice cream is done, transfer to the prepared baking dish and add the cherries and streusel. Use an offset spatula or butter knife to gently fold in the components until you have a nice swirl, but avoiding turning the entire batch solid pink. Cover and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.

Once the ice cream has firmed, pull the ice cream from the dish using your tinfoil handles and transfer to a cutting board. Use a graham cracker square to serve as a stencil and cut 12 squares of ice cream with a sharp knife. I find it helpful to wipe the knife with a warm, damp towel between cuts to keep things clean and nice. Sandwich the squares of ice cream between 2 graham crackers and place in an airtight container in the freezer. To get perfectly squared edges I recut the sandwiches after an initial freeze, but you can skip this step if you're not quite as anal :)

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64 Responses to “Cherry Crisp Ice Cream Sandwiches”

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    Elyse Sudhoff — July 15, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

    Looks delicious!

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    Neiddy — July 15, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

    Your ice cream sandwiches look yummy! Thank you for the chance to win.
    PS. I like you on facebook as Leidy Ruiz

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    Christina — July 15, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

    Yum! I follow you on Bloglovin.

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    Laura — July 15, 2014 @ 3:49 pm

    Love cherries and would love a Whole Foods giftcard!

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    Lisa Brown — July 15, 2014 @ 4:14 pm

    they look yummy, thank you!

    • Erica — July 16th, 2014 @ 1:57 am

      Glad you like them! Just wanted to let you know that I deleted your other entry since you can only enter once a day. But make sure to come back every day this week and leave an additional comment :)

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    Farhana Sarker — July 15, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

    Already follow you on bloglovin and facebook! I’m picking up supplies for the vanilla ice to try this weekend!

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    Rachel @the dessert chronicles — July 15, 2014 @ 5:42 pm

    Ever since I saw this flavor on annies eats I have been dying to make it! Cannot believe you turned this into ice cream sandwiches. Genius!!

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    Erika S. — July 15, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

    I LOVE summer fruits too & have been eating cherries and watermelon daily!

    I love the combo of semi-homemade ice cream sandwiches…I can’t wait to try…!

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    annie — July 15, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

    I love this! sounds delicious :)

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    Andrea | Cooking with a Wallflower — July 15, 2014 @ 8:15 pm

    This looks so amazing. I’ll have to make them soon before cherry season is over!

  11. #
    rachel — July 15, 2014 @ 9:13 pm

    I’m a FB fan! :)

  12. #
    Annie — July 15, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

    I can’t wait to make these this weekend! I’ve been looking for a new ice cream flavor!

  13. #
    Bree — July 15, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

    Looks delicious!

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    sharon — July 16, 2014 @ 1:41 am

    These look so good!

    • Erica — July 16th, 2014 @ 1:58 am

      Glad you like them! Just wanted to let you know that I deleted your other entries from today since you can only enter once a day. But make sure to come back every day this week and leave an additional comment :)

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    Joanne — July 16, 2014 @ 1:55 am

    These look amazing! Especially in these humid summer days!

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    HS — July 16, 2014 @ 2:10 am

    Follow on BlogLovin’, love this recipe of cherry!

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    RaJhai Spencer — July 16, 2014 @ 2:26 am

    These look great Erica! I’m going to have to try this recipe.

  18. #
    Marisa P. — July 16, 2014 @ 3:37 am

    Piterica is the most amazing baker I know! These ice cream sandwiches were just so delicious!

  19. #
    Farhana Sarker — July 16, 2014 @ 7:11 pm

    Just put my ice cream maker back in the freezer this morning before work and headed to the grocery after work :)

  20. #
    Jenn — July 16, 2014 @ 8:42 pm

    These look incredible!

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    Maggie — July 17, 2014 @ 1:18 am

    I can’t wait to make these. I have been putting graham cracker crumbs on my ice cream for years. My favorite topping! Now I see somone
    else gets it!

  22. #
    Neiddy — July 17, 2014 @ 9:23 am

    I will be making these ice cream sandwiches very soon. Thanks for sharing!

  23. #
    Joanne — July 17, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

    Graham crackers are a great idea for ice cream sandwiches instead of big heavy cookies!

  24. #
    Farhana Sarker — July 17, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

    Can’t wait to get home and whip my ice cream batter, which is waiting in the fridge!

  25. #
    Jennifer King — July 17, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

    These looks so amazing!!
    Followed you on Bloglovin!

  26. #
    Carrie — July 17, 2014 @ 5:55 pm

    Just liked you on FB!

  27. #
    sharon — July 17, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

    My daily entry – and thanks for the recipe!

  28. #
    annie — July 18, 2014 @ 5:25 am

    looks fannnnnntastic :)

  29. #
    Elle — July 18, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

    Those ice cream sandwiches look delicious! Cherries are a favorite of mine.

  30. #
    Elle — July 18, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

    I follow on bloglovin’

  31. #
    Neiddy — July 18, 2014 @ 8:17 pm

    Daily comment – Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe and for the chance to win! Have a happy weekend

  32. #
    sharon — July 18, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

    My daily comment – thanks so much for the chance, and the awesome recipes!

  33. #
    Areta — July 19, 2014 @ 1:52 am

    I am following you on Facebook and Bloglovin’!

    I would love to make Grilled Chicken With Spicy Cherry Sauce!

  34. #
    farhana sarker — July 19, 2014 @ 2:51 am

    Forgot to stop by yesterday :( but we just had the ice cream I made yesterday and it was amazing!!

  35. #
    Elle — July 19, 2014 @ 5:03 am

    Thanks for having this great giveaway. I love Whole Foods!

  36. #
    Nicole Dz — July 19, 2014 @ 6:15 pm

    Like on FB & followed on bloglovin. These ice cream sandwiches look awesome. Would love to serve these at my next party! YUMMY! And who doesn’t love cherries!

  37. #
    sharon — July 19, 2014 @ 9:45 pm

    Craving cherries tonight :)

    thank you for the extra entry!

  38. #
    Neiddy — July 19, 2014 @ 10:32 pm

    I could eat one of these right now, this mamma needs snack! Have a happy Saturday

  39. #
    Nicole Dz — July 20, 2014 @ 3:27 am

    A daily comment for 7/20! The fresh cherries here in Michigan have been so good!

  40. #
    Elle — July 20, 2014 @ 11:21 am

    I am literally typing this right now as I munch on some freshly washed cherries. Yum!

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    Erica — July 20, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

    Liked you on FB! I just bought some cherries at the farmer market, and they are so good! I was planning on making something with them, but ate too many by themselves I didn’t have enough. Guess I’ll have to buy more!

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    Linda — July 20, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

    I follow your blog on bloglovin

  43. #
    Linda — July 20, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

    ice sandwiches are a favorite of mine and what better ice cream to use than one with cherries in it!

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    GB — July 20, 2014 @ 7:10 pm

    Those ice cream sandwiches look great. I wish I could reach into the screen and eat them right now.

  45. #
    Joanne — July 20, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

    I hope cherry season is long this year!

  46. #
    wendy — July 20, 2014 @ 8:48 pm

    I REALLY love cherries, but I don’t have an ice cream maker. Maybe try with store bought ice cream?

  47. #
    sharon — July 20, 2014 @ 9:00 pm

    Thank you for another daily entry – still craving cherries!

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    Kelly m — July 20, 2014 @ 9:22 pm

    These look fantastic! I love whole foods but don’t have the budget for it right now….would love to win the gift card!

  49. #
    Diana G — July 20, 2014 @ 10:12 pm

    I love ice cream sandwiches and cherries are so great. These look really tasty

  50. #
    Ellen Gervits — July 20, 2014 @ 10:56 pm

    I am in love with Cherry Crisp Ice Cream Sandwiches

  51. #
    Deb moretti — July 20, 2014 @ 11:37 pm

    Follow on FB as debnmike moretti. Your recipe looks delish!

  52. #
    Nicole Dz — July 21, 2014 @ 2:33 am

    My daily entry for 7/21! Just went to whole foods yesterday and picked me up some fresh cherries.

  53. #
    Elle — July 21, 2014 @ 7:13 am

    I plan on going to Whole Foods today for fruits and veggies.

  54. #
    Gigi S. — July 21, 2014 @ 8:20 am

    I just love cherries. the more tart the bettter

  55. #
    Neiddy — July 21, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    My little ones eats tons of fruit, winning the gift card would be a big blessing for our family. Thank you for the chance to win!

  56. #
    Deb moretti — July 21, 2014 @ 11:53 am

    We love cherries and Whole Foods.

  57. #
    farhana sarker — July 21, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

    can’t wait to make another batch of this ice cream!

  58. #
    sharon — July 21, 2014 @ 9:29 pm

    For variation, maybe a bit of nutella stirred in?

  59. #
    Nicole Dz — July 22, 2014 @ 3:37 am

    My daily entry/comment for 7/22! Fingers crossed, I love whole foods!!!

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    Joanne — July 22, 2014 @ 9:56 am

    One last comment for good luck!

  61. #
    Deb moretti — July 22, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    I think I may really have to try your recipe.

  62. #
    Neiddy — July 22, 2014 @ 11:11 am

    My last comment for this giveaway. Best wishes to all those who entered and thank you Erica for the chance to win!

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