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[how to] custom ice cream sandwiches

March 14, 2012

(aka my non-geek friendly tutorial on how to make android ice-cream sandwiches!)

I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one interested in learning how to make an ice-cream sandwich in the shape of a strange green critter, so to reward your comments, emails and general supportiveness of my tomfoolery, here’s a (mostly) clear and (not very) concise post setting out just how I made them!

You can apply the same principles to make your own strange and wonderful creations, google android shaped or not.

(And if you do, let me know in the comments, I’d love to see them. Seriously!)

step one: obtain a google android cookie cutter

I didn’t have a google android cookie cutter and the google android store only sold them (at $6! *weep!*) to people who lived in certain countries. Countries that didn’t include Australia.

So I made a cookie cutter using an aluminium baking tray, pliers, scissors and a thick pair of gardening gloves. Also a lot of cussing. It took me an hour and a half. I may have cried at the end of that process.

Lesson? Try to buy a cookie cutter. If you can’t, pick a shape that doesn’t have lots of curves and fiddly bits.

step two: bake yourself some cookies!

I used this handy recipe to make my cookies. Why? It’s a no-spread recipe, which means that the cookies will retain their shape really well when they’re popped into the oven. It’s easier for a recipient to discern what shape a cookie is meant to be when it isn’t all smushed and spread. True story.

You’ll get 14 cookies (plus scraps) measuring 11cm in height out of half a batch of dough.

(There aren’t any pictures of this step. I was too busy recovering from the ordeal that was making a cookie cutter and baking cookies on a remarkably hot and humid night to take any photos. Also, they would have turned out all blurry from the aforementioned cussing and crying.)

step three: the ice-cream

Because of the aforementioned fiddly bits, it’s better that the ice-cream is cut to shape as well and frozen.

To do this, buy yourself a tub of mint choc-chip ice cream (or any green ice cream you can find… I mean, you could make it but why make a long project even longer?)

You will also need:

1. Your android cookie cutter

2. A knife

3. A chopping board

4. Sheets of greaseproof paper

5. Cold hands and a quick wit

Un-mould the ice cream onto a chopping board and chop a 2cm thick slice off the end. Use your cutter to cut out an Android. Quickly (and loosely) wrap the cutout onto a piece of greaseproof paper and pop it back into the freezer to solidify.

If you can stand it, do this a couple of hours before assembling so you don’t end up with a sticky mess.

step four: the icing

Grab a block of ready to roll icing and mix it up with green and yellow food dye. Why green and yellow? Because plain green will make your androids look too foresty. We want lurid glowing android green!

Cut 14 figures out of the icing and lie them on more greaseproof paper.

You’ll then need to cut out some bits. Slice off a strip on each side between the arm and the body. Cut off its head with another strip.

On seven of the fourteen (only seven!) use a drinking straw to poke out two eyes.

step five: cookie + icing

Mix up some glucose syrup with a touch of water to make it about the consistency of spit. (You heard me.)

Use a brush to quickly brush the backs of the icing and stick it onto the cookies, pressing down a bit around the edges to help it mold to the cookie.

Let the icing dry out until it isn’t squishy anymore. It should be dry to touch before you continue. If it isn’t, you’ll end up with weird thumbprints in them later.

If you want to put some details on (like bow ties and hair ribbons, do it now).

step six: assembly

You will need one front facing cookie and one back facing cookie. You will also need one frozen, pre-moulded android-shaped slab of ice cream.

Sandwich them. Press lightly to join. Stand them up on your kitchen counter and take photos whilst they slowly melt and fall over and leave drips everywhere.

Toss them back onto the greaseproof paper (in layers so they don’t stick together) and pop them in the freezer for eating later. Once they’re frozen, they can be cling wrapped or put in freezer bags.

step seven: eat!

the end 🙂

(if you somehow didn’t catch my madcap dream sequence involving these crazy critters, check it out here!)


  • #1
    March 14th, 2012

    Soooooooooooooo cute!!!! Thanks for the instructions Shez! I’ll have to keep that cookie recipe in mind when I make cut-out cookies of my own

  • #2
    March 14th, 2012

    Your ice cream cookies are so cute!! The little bow tie is adorable. I love your step by step insutrctions too.

  • #3
    March 14th, 2012

    thats uber clever and the ice cream cookies are SOOOO cute!!!!

  • #4
    March 14th, 2012

    haha lov that last shot of u … so cheekY! these look really cute!

  • #5
    sophie min
    March 14th, 2012

    OMG thanks so much for posting this! the pictures are great too 😀

  • #6
    March 16th, 2012

    Absolutely love what you have done here – pure genius to make your own android cookie cutter. So many edges that I commend you for even wanting to make it. Loveeee that last photo 😉

  • #7
    March 16th, 2012

    Well done Shez and what a fantastic effort at making your own cookie cutter. That is sheer determination and it paid off, they look awesome!.

  • #8
    March 16th, 2012

    Amazing shez! can’t believe you made your own cookie cutter too awesome!

  • #9
    March 16th, 2012

    How cute and what a beautiful colour! What a great way to serve ice cream. I’m in awe! xx

  • #10
    March 17th, 2012

    Not only are these so cute you had me in fits of laughter all the way through – mammoth effort!!

  • #11
    March 17th, 2012

    LIKE!! This has got to be one of the most fascinating Ice Cream Sammies evahhh… You continue to amaze us with your talent, missy. And I like the last photo of the android with the head bitten off lol. Your smile is so cheeky back there too hahaha… Nice..!

  • #12
    March 19th, 2012

    I am super impressed by your metal work skills in making this adorable cookie cutter! Thanks for the tute!

  • #13
    March 27th, 2012

    you’re so cute! love these icecream sammiches

Shez