Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
In a medium size bowl whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of your stand mixer combine the sugar and cream cheese. Beat on medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg, oil, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
Use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop and scoop out dough. Place on the cookie sheet leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. Using the palm of your hand, gently press down on each cookie. *
Bake for 9-11 minutes or until set. Be careful not to over bake!
Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Assembling the Ice Cream Sandwiches
Once cooled. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the bottom side of 1 cookie, take another cookie and sandwich together. Immediately roll the ice cream portion in mini chocolate chips. Place in an airtight container to freeze and enjoy later, or you can eat immediately!
*By gently pressing the cookie down, it makes the ice cream sandwich cookies flatter and a bit more manageable. It's fine if you choose not to press down the cookies... you'll just have some round ice cream sandwiches!**Nutrition facts do not include the ice cream.