This recipe uses packaged chewy cookies, but check your local bakery for freshly baked ones if you prefer.
Stir together softened ice cream and sandwich cookie pieces. Freeze 30 minutes. Spread ice cream evenly on 1 side of 5 large chewy cookies; top with remaining large chewy cookies. Place in plastic or wax paper sandwich bags, and freeze at least 1 hour.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Oreo Double Delight Mint 'n Creme chocolate sandwich cookies and Archway Original Dutch Cocoa chocolate cookies.
Butter Pecan Ice-cream Sandwiches: Omit mint-and-cream-filled sandwich cookies. Substitute 2 pints butter pecan ice cream for vanilla ice cream and 1 (75-ounce) package large chewy sugar cookies for chewy chocolate cookies. Proceed as directed.
Mocha-Almond-Fudge Ice-cream Sandwiches: Omit mint-and-cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies. Substitute 2 pints mocha-flavored ice cream with chocolate-covered almonds for vanilla ice cream. Proceed as directed. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Starbucks Coffee Almond Fudge Ice Cream.
Oatmeal-Rum-Raisin Ice-cream Sandwiches: Omit mint-and-cream-filled sandwich cookies. Substitute 1 (75-ounce) package large, chewy oatmeal cookies for chewy chocolate cookies. Pour 1/4 cup dark rum over 1/2 cup golden raisins; let stand 2 hours. Drain and discard rum. Stir rum-soaked raisins into softened ice cream, and proceed as directed.