Black Pepper & Ginger Ice Cream Sandwiches Black Pepper & Ginger Ice Cream Sandwiches

Black Pepper & Ginger Ice Cream Sandwiches

These Black Pepper & Ginger Ice Cream Sandwiches are our go-to dessert for the ultimate dreamy flavor and texture combinations. They're both spicy and sweet, cooling with a little heat, cakey, crunchy, melty and downright out of this world. Perfect for a late night snack or springtime cookout dessert! 

PREP: 30 Min. | COOK: 10 Min. | TOTAL: 3 HR. 15 Min.

SERVES: 9-18


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (see Cook's Note)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 10 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper 
  • 1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup sanding sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped crystalized ginger
  • 2 quarts slightly softened vanilla ice cream

How To Make

STEP 1: Preheat to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

STEP 2: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, baking soda, cardamom, salt and 2 teaspoons black pepper; set aside. In a separate bowl, beat the brown sugar and butter together with an electric mixer at medium-high speed, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and beat to combine. Add the molasses and beat to combine. Slowly add the flour mixture and beat until just combined.

STEP 3: Roll the dough into small balls, about 1 tablespoon each, then toss them in sanding sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets and flatten slightly.

STEP 4: Bake, rotating halfway through, until puffy and crackled on top, about 10 minutes. Let cool.

STEP 5: Meanwhile fold the cayenne, 1/2 cup crystalized ginger, and 4 teaspoons black pepper into the ice cream. Allow to re-freeze for 10 minutes. Once the ice cream is hard enough to scoop, sandwich about 1/4 cup ice cream between two cookies. Re-freeze for at least 2 hours.

STEP 6: Combine the remaining 1/4 cup crystallized ginger with the remaining 4 teaspoons pepper in a medium bowl. Roll the ice cream sandwich sides in the mixture. Serve immediately. Enjoy! 

Image by Matt Armendariaz. Recipe inspired by Food Network Kitchen


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