Homemade Its-Its

homemadeitsitssOne of my favorite childhood pasttimes was swimming.

I refused to leave the water, only to be bribed out with the promise of an ice cream bar or a Happy Meal.

My grandma had a diving board and my brother, sister and I (along with our friends, who were always over) would spend hours swimming, diving, belly-flopping and splashing, often having diving and flipping contests.  After my grandma’s stories were over, she would bring out tall cookie dough ice cream cones and greet us poolside after our grueling competition of who had the best backflip.

However, one of my favorite treats was more rare to be presented to us poolside, and those were Its-Its.  Its-Its are a local treat made in San Francisco that I would always beg for, but that we’d never get since there are only 3 to a pack and they were usually more expensive.  (Also, grandma was known for buying the cheaper versions of ice cream bars; the kinds that snap off and break before your tongue even touches it, so a $5 3-pack of sandwiches was equal to a trillion sub-par popsicles and in her mind, popsicles won).  But when my begging was successful — oh boy.  I was in ice cream heaven.

DSC_0429AIts-Its are a messy, glorified ice cream sandwich made with chewy oatmeal cookies, a thick layer of vanilla ice cream, and coated entirely in chocolate.  They also have mint versions, but nothing beats the original, irresistible combination of cold, vanilla ice cream smooshed between those hearty, cinnamon-spiced oatmeal cookies.  We’d all eat them with our feet dangling in the water, ice cream dripping down our hands and chocolate on our fingertips, but every bite was so good that no one cared about making a drippy mess.  We’d all swim it off anyway.

I’d made Its-Its before, but the pictures in the post were terrible and frankly, I wanted to redo it for ya since the post didn’t do them justice.  I also tweaked the cookie recipe — this one is on the thinner side which is more like the actual Its-Its, and has a very similar texture and flavor.  If you’ve never had an Its-It before, you’re in for a real treat!  And if you have, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how similar these sammies taste to the real deal!

DSC_0418A*cookie recipe from my Oatmeal Creme Pies 

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Homemade Its-Its
Recipe type: Frozen Desserts
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Serves: 18
Its-Its are a popular treat here in Northern California. They combine chewy, spiced oatmeal cookies sandwiched around a thick hunk of vanilla ice cream, then coated in chocolate. Drippy, messy but super irresistible, these treats will become your family's new favorite ice cream sandwich!
  • 1 & ¼ cup [2 & ½ sticks] butter, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 9 cups vanilla ice cream (homemade, or your favorite store-bought is fine)
  • 1 pkg chocolate Candiquik
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking pans with silicone liners or spray lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar with the paddle attachment until creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Add in the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves until combined. Lastly, stir in the oats.
  3. Drop cookie dough by rounded Tablespoonfuls onto the cookie sheets, about 1-2" apart. Bake for approx. 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure they're evenly baked. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for about 10 minutes before very carefully transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Once cookies are cool, take a cookie and place a huge ½ cup-sized dollop of vanilla ice cream onto one half of the cookie; sandwich with another cookie. Allow the sandwiched cookies to freeze for about 30 minutes to firm up.
  5. Prepare Candiquik according to package directions. Dip half of each sandwich into the Candiquik and return to the prepared sheet to allow the chocolate to set. Store leftovers in the freezer, wrapped up.

DSC_0425AWhat I love about Its-Its are their flavor (obviously) but how simple they are, too — not only to whip up, but simple in that they’re just three components that work SO well together!  Feel free to experiment using mint chip ice cream (as they’re known for their mint flavor, too!) or even Dulce de Leche ice cream, cookies ‘n cream, chocolate, or cookie dough!

Have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley

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  1. JoeyfromSC says:

    I ironically, just ate one of these tonight lol-yours look amazing!! it was only my 2nd time buying them..Not sure why I waited SO long in between..I was in heaven the 1st time I tried them! honestly though, I think there must be more than one type?! This box said “original” and I bought at a different store than the other ones many months ago..the cookie didn’t seem the same as the other type lol

    I definitely wanna try your recipe..thanks for sharing! I enjoyed your story also!


    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hey Joey, how funny! I’ll have to pay attention, too — I didn’t know there were more than just the regular and the mint. Let me know what you think of my version! 🙂

  2. I have never even heard of it’s it’s! I clearly live unde a rock.
    I did grow up in Canada though, they don’t make as awesome things there. I must try these. For breakfast perhaps.
    I like it. Pinned!

  3. I can see why you swooned over these as a child. Yum! Pinned.

  4. I wish they had It’s It’s in NY!!! I love them, pinning for later!! YUMMMM!

  5. I have never heard of these but they look delicious!

  6. These look amazing! Definitely trying this one out soon. Pinned!

  7. I’m all the way down in Ventura, but these sound like something worth making the trek to NoCal for!

  8. I was the same way about swimming!!! LOVE it!

    I have never heard of an its-its and I feel horribly deprived-they look SO gosh darned delicious!

  9. Love x10000000. I love its-it’s! Best summer treat EVER!

  10. Ice cream was always our after swim snack. I have never heard of It-Its but they sounds and look fantastic. I couldn’t see myself NOT loving these.

  11. I began reading this post asking myself, “What is an ‘it-it?!”…well apparently it’s something that I need NOW. These look awesome.

  12. Soooo I always see these at the store but I have never gotten them before!! Looks like I need to change that or heck just make em cuz they look bomb diggity!! Get in!! PS Can it be next week already so we can hang!?! UGH SO EXCITED!!

  13. I’ve been eating this since before I was born. My mom craved them regularly when she was pregnant with me. I can’t wait to try making them myself.

  14. Patricia B. says:

    After having gone through a good number of your recipes over the last 2 hours and stumbling upon this one…I feel like you and I are one in the same lol. I absolutely love its-its…in fact i have the economy size box in my freezer at this very moment. I’m torn between wanting to try these homemade ones…and loving the originals.

    In answer to the question that seemed to pop up on here like 2 years ago…its its come in 3 flavors…original (vanilla), mint, and coffee. The original ones are hands down the best though in my opinion.

    • Patricia B. says:

      Well actually I stand corrected. On their website they have 6 different flavors. The only ones I’ve ever seen though are the original, mint, and coffee.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Yay, I’m so glad we’re so similar, Patricia! And I LOVE Its-Its too! So jealous that you have a bunch in your freezer!

  15. Barbell Bunny says:

    I’ve never had an It’s-It, but I made the oatmeal cookie recipe and they turned out phenomenal! I was enticed to try your recipe thanks to your pictures—the cookies look so caramelized and chewy, and that’s just what I got! This will be a staple in my holiday cookies, and I can’t wait to try them with raisins, nuts, and all other kinds of additions! 😋


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