Ice Cream Desserts
What’s the scoop on Ice Cream desserts? Ice cream, frozen desserts or frozen novelties are an excellent choice for simple, delicious and even elegant summer entertaining. Whether it’s someone’s birthday, graduation, summer holiday or family celebration, ice cream and frozen novelties can make any occasion special at a budget friendly cost.
Sundaes, root beer floats, banana splits, milkshakes and ice cream cones are always popular favourites. And anything from an ice cream cake for a birthday or holiday celebration or a scoop of ice cream topping a slice of warm apple pie and you will delight everyone at the table. Serving ideas for ice cream are only limited by your imagination – and possibly whatever fruit is in season or sprinkles you have on hand.
June and July are the time to look for grocery store specials also so picking up a box of ice cream bars make for a real easy dessert for adults and kids.
• Make the ice cream aisle your last stop.
• Put ice cream products in a separate section of the grocery cart or place on top of other groceries.
• Purchase or request a special freezer bag from the store and pack all your frozen items together.
• At home, don't allow the ice cream to repeatedly soften and refreeze.
• Store ice cream in the main part of the freezer, not on the door, where it is subject to more fluctuating temperatures.
First off is an elegant yet simple ice cream dessert shake for your summertime entertaining, then there's Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches and Fresh Peach Sundae.
Ice Cream Dessert #1: Peaches & Cream Shake
16 oz Frozen Sliced Peaches
1 cup milk or half and half
1 large scoop Vanilla Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt
1/4 tsp. vanilla
Place all ingredients in a blender and process on high for 1-2 minutes, or until well-blended. Pour into serving glasses and garnish with a peach slice.
Ice Cream Dessert #2: Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches
Peanut Butter Cookies (see recipe below)
2 cups ice cream (any flavor), slightly softened
Assorted small candies, sprinkles, coconut (toasted or not) or chopped dry-roasted peanuts, if desired
Prepare and bake Peanut Butter Cookies; cool completely.
For each sandwich, press 1 rounded tablespoon ice cream between the bottomsof 2 cookies.
Roll edge of sandwich cookie in candies. Place in rectangular pan.
Freeze uncovered about 1 hour or until firm.
Wrap each sandwich cookie in plastic wrap. Store in freezer in plastic freezer bag.
Peanut Butter Cookies
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 375º.
Beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, shortening and egg in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Place about 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly in crisscross pattern with fork dipped into granulated sugar.
Bake 9 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wirerack.
If you want a larger Ice Cream Sandwich, make the cookies bigger and fill with enough Ice Cream to fill the Ice Cream Sandwich to the edges when put together.
Ice Cream Dessert #3: Fresh Peach Sundae
2 Tbs butter, melted
¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 cup sliced fresh peaches
¼ tsp cinnamon
Vanilla Ice Cream
½ cup toasted chopped walnuts, pecans or pistachios
1.Add sugar to melted butter in skillet. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
2.Add sliced peaches and cinnamon. Cook, stirring gently, until fruit begins to soften, approximately 2 – 3 minutes.
3. Spoon over ice cream and top with toasted nuts for a Summer Yummy.
Optional: Top with additional fresh cherries or raspberries.
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