Spumoni Ice Cream Sandwiches

August 19, 2016

Guys can you believe it . . . Fiona is two years old!! Well, technically she’ll be two on Monday, but we’re having family over this weekend to celebrate. I know it’s cliché, but it really does feel like she was born just yesterday. Where’d the last two years go?!! (Yikes, I’m kinda scared to look in the mirror!) Little Fiona monster has be been my roll-dog since day one. We dance, we wrestle, we cook, we read, we have coffee dates, and even the occasional happy hour. I’m so incredibly lucky to have a job that allows me the flexibility to see my daughter so often. I know it’s rare, especially these days, and in this country, and it’s certainly not something that I take for granted. Fiona, I love you.

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And now . . . spumoni time! (I always wanted to say that.) So whether you’re celebrating a birthday, stuck in the middle of a heatwave, or you’re simply just a sucker for creamy cherry ice cream sandwiched between two buttery pistachio shortbread cookies, dipped in gooey bittersweet chocolate, these beauties are for you!

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To achieve the classic spumoni trio (pistachio, cherry, chocolate) I added some homemade pistachio butter to a classic shortbread recipe. If you’d like your cookies to match that pistachio-green you see in a traditional spumoni, you can add a bit of matcha powder as a natural food coloring. It won’t alter the taste, but gives a bit of green color, if that’s something you’re looking for. I added a teaspoon, and my cookies went from a light blond, to more of a yellowish-green, natural pistachio color. Again, totally optional. For the ice cream I used store bought. I really wanted to cut the ice cream in the same shape as my cookies for a cleaner look. But, if you were looking for a delicious homemade cherry ice cream recipe, I highly suggest Alanna’s (as well as her ice cream sandwiches).

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Spumoni Ice Cream Sandwiches | HonestlyYUM (honestlyyum.com)

Spumoni Ice Cream Sandwiches | HonestlyYUM (honestlyyum.com)

Spumoni Ice Cream Sandwiches | HonestlyYUM (honestlyyum.com)

Spumoni Ice Cream Sandwiches | HonestlyYUM (honestlyyum.com)

Spumoni Ice Cream Sandwiches

A frozen take on the spumoni; creamy cherry ice cream sandwiched between two buttery pistachio shortbread cookies, dipped in gooey bittersweet chocolate



  1. To make pistachio butter, add raw, shelled, unsalted pistachios to a food processor, and process for several minutes until you reach a smooth, creamy peanut butter like consistency. You may need to periodically stop the food processor and scrape down the sides of the container. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugar at low speed to combine. Increase the speed to medium until light and creamy (about 3 minutes). Mix in the pistachio butter.
  3. Return to low speed and add the flour and matcha powder, until just combined. Do not over mix.
  4. Transfer the dough to a large piece of plastic wrap and use your hands to flatten until 1/2 inch thick. Wrap in the plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. When chilled, remove from the refrigerator. Roll the dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper until it reaches 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Use a cookie cutter to cut into desired shapes, but leave on the parchment paper. Re-cover the dough with the parchment paper and place back in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350° F, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  8. When firm, transfer the cookies to the baking sheets and place in the oven. Bake for ~12 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until they reach a light golden brown
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet on top of a cooling rack, before transferring the cookies directly to the cooling rack.
  10. If using store bought ice cream, assemble the sandwiches by cutting a pint of cherry ice cream (cut through the paper packaging) into 3/4-inch rounds. Quickly use the same size cookie cutter to cut the ice cream to the matching size. Set the ice cream between two cookies, and immediately place in the freezer to chill while you assemble the remaining cookies.
  11. Once all the assembled sandwiches are chilling in the freezer, place the chocolate in a metal bowl atop a pot of simmering water on the stove (double boiler), stirring constantly until melted.
  12. Dip the chilled sandwiches in the chocolate and roll in chopped pistachios. Serve/eat immediately, or place back in the freezer to save for later.

(images by HonestlyYUM)


Not sure what the issue was but followed directions and when baking my perfectly cut cookies just kind of spread out into flat messes. They were refrigerated before hand. Would this be a product of extreme overmixing? When taking the dough out of the mixer prior to refrigeration it was very wet/sticky.

Happy belated birthday to Fiona and all the party popper emojis!!! These ice cream sandwiches are just stunning – I want to faceplant into that stack. Yum!!!

These ice cream sandwiches are everything!! That chcooatle dunk + pistachios is the best!

Fiona is such a lucky girl to have such a cool dad!!! I’m so happy for her 🙂
About this spumoni of yours, I need a second to pull myself together as they are SO GORGEOUS!!!

Yay happy birthday to Fiona! Is this the year she becomes Fiona the Terrible? The terrible twos is a thing right?

This take on spumoni >>> every time I’ve ever had spumoni in life.

Dude your stacking skillz!! omg! is someone holding it up?? Of course not. Probably you magicked it. Happy birthday Fiona! Your dad is a wizard!

These turned out so tasty! I’m usually not a fan of pistachio but the combo of flavors all work so well together. Yum!!!

Happy birthday Fiona!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND as usual these are SO creative, the photos are spectacular and the whole thang looks SOooo delicious!!! BRAVO!!!!

Oh my goodness, do these look delicious!! Perfect for a birthday celebration! Happy Birthday Fiona!

First, congrats to you, Audrey and of course, the birthday girl, Fiona!!! It’s a huge milestone to be sure…next thing you’ll know, she’ll be off to college!!!

But as for this post, Holy Spumoni!!! (I always wanted to say that!) These look incredible; I love pistachio and combine with ice cream? Woohoo! And, as always, your photography is simply gorgeous!!

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