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Basketball ice cream cookie sandwiches are a great springtime treat! Cool off after a game of hoops with this fun ice cream dessert idea. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SoHoppinGood #CollectiveBias

You know it’s time for college basketball when March rolls around and spring begins to peak our from behind winters wrath.

Spring means it’s time to break out the bracket sheets and party recipes. Today we’re making basketball ice cream cookies!

These desserts will surely help sop up the tears for when your brackets get busted, too!

Basketball Ice Cream Cookies Dessert Recipe

Basketball Ice Cream Cookies

Every March we enjoy the last bit of winter snow that moves through and begin to ring in the spring season.

This also means college basketball is winding down (or up) to the finals! We’re gearing up for the college bball finals with awesome food and desserts to share at our college basketball watch parties.

Today we’re making ice cream filled basketball cookie whoopie pies. Say that 5 times fast! We’re making it easy for you with a delicious cookie recipe and stuffing them with Blue Bunny ice cream.

So if you’re looking for a spring basketball game day treat, look no further, these ice cream cookie sandwiches are exactly what you need.

Basketball Ice Cream Cookies Recipe

Ice Cream Basketball Desserts

Are you ready for college hoops and celebrating with ice cream cookie dessert sandwiches?

Let’s get this hoppin’ recipe started! Gather your ingredients including white cake mix, Blue Bunny Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, eggs, vegetable oil, peppermint extract, food coloring, and icing.

Find the complete, printable recipe below.

Basketball Cookie Dough

Begin by preheating the oven.

Mix together your eggs, cake mix, and vegetable oil with a spoon.

No need to break out the mixer, a nice stiff spoon will do the job just fine!

Easy Cake Mix Cookies for Ice Cream Whoopie Pies

Add food coloring (make your own natural coloring if you wish). Tint the batter until you have the desired color.

I used 4 drops of food orange gel coloring. Use a pressing motion to get work the color into the dough.

Cookie Batter for basketball sandwiches

Lightly flour your hands and roll the cookie dough into 1½ to 2 inch balls and place on parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Space the cookie dough a couple of inches apart. Leave enough space to flatten the cookies out, as we’ll be doing that in the next step.

I baked six at a time, this recipe makes two batches.

Batter for basketball cookies

Flour your palm or spray cooking spray on the bottom of a drinking glass or other flat object and press the cookies down to about one-quarter inch in thickness.

Flattening dough

Optional: At this time, if you wish you can add orange sugar crystals to the cookies before baking. This will give them extra orange color, crunch, and flavor.

I added orange sugar to one of the two batches I made. Just sprinkle it generously on top of the cookies.

Basketball Ice Cream Cookies

Baking Basketball Cookies

Bake in the oven for 9-11 minutes, cool for 4-5 minutes on a cookie sheet, move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Note that the edges will just barely brown along the bottom when they’re done, it’s almost unnoticeable.

Baking orange cookies

Decorating Basketball Cookies

Use black cookie icing to create basketball lines on your cookies.

Draw four lines; one across the cookie, one up and down in the center of the cookie, then one on each end with a slight curve to make the basketball design.

Basketball cookies

Allow the cookie icing to set before moving on to the next step.

Pro Tip: If you’re not pressed for time, make the cookies the evening before so they have time to cool and the icing has plenty of extra time to set.

Fill Cookies With Ice Cream

Once the icing has set, remove the ice cream carton from the freezer 15 minutes prior to filling your cookies.

Blue Bunny Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Flip one cookie over and place a scoop of softened ice cream in the center, place another cookie on top and gently press the cookies together with your fingers until the cookies are filled.

Repeat with remaining cookies.

Ice Cream Cookies Recipe

Place on a plate (or do like I am, use the cookie sheet) and place them in the freezer until the ice cream in your basketball cookies has had time to re-harden.

Now you’re ready to serve at your college basketball game party!

Alternatively, if you plan to store them for more than a few hours, place each one in a plastic baggie and store in the freezer.

Basketball Ice Cream Cookie Recipe

Printable Bracket Sheet

Need a printable college basketball bracket sheet? Print it here.

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Basketball Ice Cream Cookies Recipe

Basket Ball Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

Scrappy Geek
Ice cream sandwich cookies decorated like basketballs.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 11 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • 1 Carton Blue Bunny Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
  • 1 Package White Cake Mix
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp Peppermint extract
  • 4 drops Orange food coloring or gel feel free to make your own!
  • 1 tube Black cookie icing
  • 2 tbsp Orange sugar crystals Optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • By hand, mix together white cake mix, veggie oil, peppermint extract, and 2 large eggs. Add orange food coloring until you get the uniform tint you want.
  • Using lightly floured hands, roll dough into 2 inch balls. Place dough balls 2 inches apart on parchment lined or non-stick cookie sheet
  • Lightly spray the bottom of a glass with cooking spray & flatten the cookies down to 1/2" or less. (optional: add sugar crystals if desired)
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes
  • Allow to cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet, move to cooling rack to cool completely
  • Use black cookie icing (hardening kind) to draw black lines on the cookie & create basketballs - One line up and one line across, then two curved lines on either side of the center line. Allow icing to harden
  • Remove Blue Bunny Mint Chocolate Chip from freezer and allow to soften for 15 minutes (this depends on how cold your freezer is, adjust time as necessary)
  • Use a spatula, scoop or spoon to place dollops of ice cream on one cookie
  • Top with another cookie and lightly press down until the cookie is full
  • Place on cookie sheet or in sandwich baggies; freeze to re-harden the ice cream. Serve and Enjoy!


Make these basketball cookie ice cream sandwiches for the finals, or to enjoy after playing a game of ball on a hot summer day.

These basketball dessert ice cream cookies are an awesome, easy dessert to serve up after your college hoops dinner – and a perfect treat for when your brackets get busted.

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