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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Dinner

We are vacationing at my parents’ beach condo in Del Mar, California.  It is super fun!  I wanted to be able to do more relaxing and less cooking, so I brought with me several meals I had in my freezer.  One of those was chicken enchiladas.  While my husband and I love them, my kids aren’t too hot on them.  Knowing I would be facing a battle to get them to eat at dinnertime, I decided a yummy kid-friendly dessert was in order.  Bribery is always helpful!

My parents rent this condo out, so it is not fully stocked with kitchen supplies or food staples.  So, I needed to think up something fairly easy to make.  I had brought a bag of Betty Crocker double chocolate chunk cookie mix with me.  My husband had bought a gallon of cookies and cream ice cream.  I decided to marry the two and make

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches!!


Here is how to do it. 

Gather your ingredients. (I got out one too many eggs, but you get the idea)


Make the cookies according to package directions.




I didn’t have my trusty cookie scoop so I had to use the old fashioned 2 spoons method of dropping cookies.

Bake your cookies. 

While they are baking, place your Oreos in a big zipper top bag and crush them into crumbs. Dump them into a bowl.


Make sure the cookies are fully baked…even a TINY bit overbaked.  You don’t want them falling apart on you.


After a few minutes, loosen cookies from cookie sheet and allow to cool completely.

Once they are cool assemble your sandwiches.  Before you get started, lay our pieces of plastic wrap for each sandwich.

Then start to assemble your sandwiches.  Work quickly so the ice cream doesn’t melt too much.  Place a big scoop of ice cream on one cookie.  Put another cookie on top and press it down carefully.  If ice cream is hanging over the edge just use your finger or the back of a spoon to smooth it out.


Then, quickly roll the sides in the Oreo crumbs.


Wrap sandwich in plastic wrap and put in the freezer.  Repeat until you have used up all your cookies.


I’m VERY happy to say that knowing these were in the freezer for dessert convinced ALL of my kids to eat their enchiladas!  My plan worked!!


  1. Those look so good! I have to try that with my kids. :)

  2. I must admit - these taste as good as they look.
    May I have another?

  3. These look so good! And great for a warm day!!


  4. These look so yummy! I think I might would have to keep me a stash in the freezer all the time! :)

  5. I tell you, bribery really works :) LOL! I do that almost everyday with my kids, whether cleaning up their mess or eating healthy foods.

  6. Ha!! That would def get my kids to eat dinner!! Heck it might even seal the deal with my potty training adventures!! Making tonight!
    Found you (again) on Tip Junkie!



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