Here’s the story of how Frozen Nutella Graham Cracker Sandwiches were born. Several years ago, a friend of mine encouraged me to try freezing Cool Whip between two graham crackers. She assured me this easy recipe would taste very similar to an ice cream sandwich. Honestly, I thought she was crazy. She mentioned it was a favorite Weight Watchers Recipe. I’ve not looked that information up to verify it, but I’m hoping it was accurate. Anyway, I was sure there was no way it was going to taste anywhere close to an ice cream sandwich, but I’ve got to say – she was right! The flavor was closer than I would have ever thought possible!
Over the years, that frozen “ice-cream sandwich treat” has become a favorite in our house.
As a mom, I love that it involves less sugar than your typical store-bought ice cream sandwich. However, more recently, I ruined that whole less sugar thing by adding another layer to this treat.
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I took our favorite treat from Frozen Cool Whip Graham Cracker Sandwiches to what I now call Frozen Nutella Graham Cracker Sandwiches. Sure, the Cool Whip is still there doing its thing, but a new star has arrived on the stage – Nutella!
When I snapped the photos for this recipe, I was actually using a generic hazelnut spread I had on hand, and it worked just fine.
You may be thinking there is no way you would use anything but the name-brand option. That’s fine. I was just trying to use what was sitting there in the pantry. It’s a little game I like to play with myself quite often. I didn’t realize my adult-life would include things such a pantry games, but I’m happy and thriving. ha!
Now let me tell you how we make these yummy frozen treats!
Frozen Nutella Graham Cracker Sandwiches
First, decide whether you want to use full-size graham cracker sheets or graham squares. Either will do! Sometimes I make a variety – some made with the whole graham cracker sheet and some made with just graham cracker squares. The half-size ones are easier for the littlest hands in my house to hold.
Next, spread an even layer of Nutella on your graham crackers. You can use a little Nutella or a whole lot of Nutella. You decide!
Next, spread an even layer of Cool Whip on the second graham cracker.
Sure you can layer the Cool Whip directly atop your hazelnut spread of choice. That can sometimes get a little messy, but either way works.
Now it’s time to put your sandwiches together!
I like to build mine on top of foil sheets, so I can more easily wrap them up when I’m finished building them. (Wrapping them up individually like this makes them easier to pass out to my crew later.)
We typically purchase the pre-cut aluminum foil sheets from Sam’s Club or Costco. They come in handy for so many things!
You may prefer to use parchment paper or plastic wrap for yours. Either one of those works, too!
Once your frozen treats are wrapped up, it’s time to pop them in the freezer.
I usually just throw them into one of the freezer shelves, but if you’re more civilized, you may choose to use a baking sheet at this step. ha! Or if you don’t want to wrap them individually before freezing, you could always toss them in there in a single airtight container.
I typically build mine and put them in the freezer the day before I plan to serve them to my kids. However, they really only need a few hours of freezer time to be ready to go.
There’s no waiting for these to get to room temperature or anything like that. This easy graham cracker treat is ready to enjoy right out of the freezer.
The next time we make these, I’m tempted to try a peanut butter layer. Do you think your family would like that option? Maybe crunchy peanut butter and chocolate chips swirled together in a mixing bowl – layered with Cool Whip?
What other ideas are coming to mind? Have you tried this simple recipe? What did you layer between the graham crackers? Did you do a single layer of each ingredient or build yours higher?
Ideas to Try
- chocolate graham crackers – Oooo! Chocolate grahams would be so yummy!
- a marshmallow layer or mini marshmallows
- vanilla pudding
- chocolate pudding
- mini m&m candy
- vanilla ice cream instead of Cool Whip to make Graham Cracker Ice Cream Sandwiches
- leftover frosting
- Cream cheese could be an option, but I’m still thinking through that idea.
This is one of those recipes where the kids would love helping put it together! The only problem in our house is that when I invite them to assist with easy desserts like this, they have a hard time waiting to eat them. I get it, kids. Mama and her sweet tooth feels the same way.
Perfect Summer Treat
These quick icebox sandwiches are great for special celebrations like birthday parties, but also make great little pick-me-ups when served as an everyday snack. They could be a fun addition to the holidays or the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day!
More Nutella Recipes for Your Family
Frozen Nutella Graham Cracker Sandwiches
- 1 Freezer
- 1 Package Graham Crackers
- 1 Jar Hazelnut Spread (Nutella)
- 1 Tub Cool Whip
- First, decide whether you want to use full-size graham cracker sheets or graham squares.
- Next, spread an even layer of Nutella on your graham crackers.
- Then spread an even layer of Cool Whip on the second graham cracker.
- Now it's time to put your sandwiches together!
- Once your frozen treats are complete, it's time to pop them in the freezer.