RECIPE: ice cream cookie sandwiches

by Dana on July 27, 2012

If you’ve ever lived in LA or visited UCLA, then you know of the mind-blowing Diddy Riese cookie shop….where they sell cookie ice cream sandwiches for only one dollar (or is it $1.75 now?)  Who makes money off of $1 treats??? And in LA?!

I guess the line is always 40 people long, all night long.
Because they are that yummy.
And ever since I had one (and also a pizookie from BJs across the street) they are now my favorite way to eat cookies and ice cream.
They’re also my favorite treat to take along to a friend’s house or a picnic at the park.
They start with that yummy Classic Chocolate Chip cookie recipe:
Scoop out a few dozen, keep the cookie size small and smash them down a bit so they bake flatter than normal.
Place the finished cookies in the freezer for a few minutes so they’re firm.
Then start assembling with your favorite flavors (mint ‘n chip is ideal).
Let the ice cream sit out for a few minutes so it’s soft enough to scoop, but not melty.
No rocket science here…
Place a small scoop of ice cream on one cookie, place another cookie on top, and gently press down. Keep the ice cream scoop small or it will be hard to bite through the sandwich. Return the finished sandwiches to the freezer for an hour or more till ready to serve.
Mmmm.
Now I just need to try dipping the finished cookie in chocolate (like an It’s It)

If the final destination is your own home, then start chowing.
If you’re taking them along to a party….
Place each individual sandwich in a square of wax paper and fold it up. Then carry them in a small ice chest with a good ice pack. I’ve taken these to an outdoor bbq multiple times and they stay pretty firm in there.

When the time comes, devour and savor.
Leave nothing behind.

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1 Leigh Anne July 27, 2012 at 8:17 am

Dana, those look delish! My mouth is watering right now…..wish I had one for breakfast…..haha! Your pics are always fantastic too :) Thanks for some yummy inspiration!

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2 Allison July 27, 2012 at 8:41 am

Oh yum! Those look sooo good.

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3 Palak July 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

Those are positively sinful. Oh gosh… and we have bj’s up here in north texas if you aren’t in the mood to make your own. I can’t go in them anymore, because of the pizzookie temptation.

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4 ira lee July 27, 2012 at 9:54 am

can i have one for breakfast?!?! like now!!! lol

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5 Jackie July 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

Yum. Yum.

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6 Abbey July 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

Wow, those look soooooooooo good!

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7 Sarah July 27, 2012 at 11:16 am

I love Diddy Riese. Will definately try making these at home since it is an hour + drive for me to get some.

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8 Kelly @ Studio DIY July 27, 2012 at 11:23 am

Diddy Riese is a favorite of ours too. These look DELICIOUS!!

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9 bybido July 27, 2012 at 11:38 am

We referred to it as “The DR!” (the doctor) back when I was was an undergrad at UCLA…many, many years ago.

And I love that it’s still there after so many years and so many changes to Westwood Village! I just stopped by on a trip through LA a few months ago.

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10 delia July 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

oh yum! Seriously I wish I could take a bite!

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11 sara July 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

The perfect summer treat-these look SO yummy!

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12 Shelly July 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm

BJ’s pizzookies are good, but they don’t do them exactly right. The best way is to half bake the cookie dough and then put the ice cream on top – way better than just a baked cookie!

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13 Sharon July 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I LOVE Didy Riese!! And I’m so happy that I’m movin out to the west side come February!! Where are you doing your book signing in California, Dana? can’t wait to meet you!

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14 Kat July 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm

If you love a good ice cream sandwich you have to head north to the Bay Area. Get yourself an “It’s IT”. Oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwich dipped in chocolate.

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15 Gabriela - Living La Vida Normal July 27, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Mmmmmm… now I want an It’s-It. Or maybe we’ll make some at home and get the hard chocolate shell.

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16 Christa Schärer July 28, 2012 at 7:49 am

mhmm :)

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17 Amber July 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Oohhh I used to work at the UCLA Hospital and I had forgotten all about those delicious ice cream sandwiches! Thanks for sharing!

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18 Charity July 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Mmm… I’ve made cookie sandwiches like this before with chocolate-walnut cookies… so yummy. I love ice cream like this!

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19 alisa July 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Diddy Riese is worth going out of your way for … like from anywhere in Southern CA. They are THE ONLY ice cream sandwich worth eating IMO! :) Salivating.

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20 milene micoton July 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I’ve never tried but now, sure I will ! Thank’s for the receipe

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21 simplemittens July 29, 2012 at 10:10 am

I have to make these! It will probably be the best day of my 3 year olds life (do far) haha ;)

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22 Allison Hansen July 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm

We miss Diddy!

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23 Tatjana Schultz July 30, 2012 at 7:21 am

Dear Dana,
oh my goodness – you Americans sure know how to celebrate life :-)! I just told my kids about this creation and their eyes turned gigantic. I was just wondering how far in advance you can make them. Will they still taste good if you keep them in the freezer for a couple of days? I mean, if you make so many that even three sweet-toothed kids and their friends have to capitulate…;-)
Thanks a lot for the idea and the recipe,
love from Germany,
TJ

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24 Qaseh Gifts July 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm

absolutely yummy! I am so waiting for the sunny weather to try this ice cream n cookie goodie. Thx for sharing the recipe.

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25 lisa July 30, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Looks yummy. Love that last shot. Great depth of field.

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26 kristie July 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Love that place! Happy summer!

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27 Leslee September 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I know that this post is older, but what kind of mint chip ice cream is that? I love the kind with the thinner slices of chocolate chips and I haven’t been able to find it where I recently moved.
Trying these tonight by the way!

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28 Jennifer July 1, 2013 at 8:36 am

Ha,ha,ha!! I love your last two pics and mottos! I’m literally snickering here.! Anyway, can’t wait to try these!!

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