Category: Ice Cream/Frozen Treats

Cookies n’ Cream Ice Cream

Any time is a great time to make some homemade cookies n’ cream ice cream! Grab an ice cream maker and a few simple ingredients, and get ready to EAT!
Any time is a great time to make some homemade cookies n' cream ice cream! Grab an ice cream maker and a few simple ingredients, and get ready to EAT!

It’s summer time in good old Oregon. It is HOT! What better way to enjoy these warm summer days than with a big old scoop of homemade cookies n’ cream ice cream!

We love to make our own ice cream in our little indoor Cuisinart ice cream maker, and this simple recipe is a real winner!

How To Make Cookies n’ Cream Ice Cream

Begin by placing 10 Oreo cookies into a food processor. Pulse them about 10 times until they are fairly small crumbles. When done, set aside. They will not be added until the last 5 minutes of freezing time!

NOTE: If you do not have access to a food processor, place the cookies in a sealable plastic bag, and give them quite a few good “whacks” with a rolling pin or meat mallet. You can also crumble them in the bag, using your fingers.

Pulverizing Oreo cookies in a food processor for the ice cream.Crumbled cookies ready to add to the cookies n' cream ice cream.

In a medium sized bowl or container, whisk together heavy whipping cream, half and half, milk, sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk these ingredients only until the sugar has pretty much dissolved.

Once this is done, turn on the ice cream maker. Pour the cookies n’ cream ice cream base into the freezer canister!

Whisking up the ice cream base is easy!Pouring the ice cream base into the ice cream maker to begin freezing.

Freezing The Cookies n’ Cream Ice Cream

Freeze the ice cream according to your machines manufacturer’s instructions. I use an older electric Cuisinart ice cream machine, and it takes about 20 minutes to freeze.

Five minutes before the end of the freezing time, pour the Oreo cookie crumbles into the canister of ice cream. The paddle in the machine will continue to mix the cookie crumbles into the ice cream!

Oreo cookie crumbles are added to ice cream during the last 5 minutes of freezing time.

When done (approx. 20 minutes), remove the paddle (and any cookies n’ cream ice cream attached to it). Transfer ice cream to a covered container. The ice cream is the consistency of soft serve at this point and can be eaten right away, or it can be frozen more in your kitchen freezer, in order to make firmer scoops.

To Firm Up the Cookies n’ Cream Ice Cream

We almost always freeze it in our kitchen freezer for a couple more hours for a more “scoop-able” consistency! It’s hard to wait, but we do! Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container with a lid. Place it in your freezer for a couple more hours to really firm up.

Ice cream is finished freezing, and is removed from machine.Cookies n' cream ice cream is transferred to a container, and put in kitchen freezer to firm up.

Once the cookies n’ cream ice cream has firmed up, grab an ice cream scoop and go for it! If desired, you can top the scoops of this delicious ice cream with more crumbled Oreos.

Why not serve it with a whole Oreo cookie garnishing the dish? After all, can there ever be too many Oreos? *grins*

Now the ice cream is ready to EAT!Two scoops of cookies n' cream ice cream in dish, with a cookie for garnish!

Hope you enjoy this easy to make, absolutely delicious cookies n’ cream ice cream! Have a GREAT day!

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Cookies n' Cream Ice Cream
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Freezing Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Any time is a great time to make some homemade cookies n' cream ice cream! Grab an ice cream maker and a few simple ingredients, and get ready to EAT!

Category: Desserts- Ice Cream
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies n' cream ice cream
Servings: 10 (makes 1.5 quarts total)
Calories Per Serving: 304 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 10 Oreo cookies , crushed
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Place 10 Oreo cookies into a food processor. Pulse them about 10 times until they are fairly small crumbles. When done, set aside. They will not be added until the last 5 minutes of freezing time! NOTE: If you do not have access to a food processor, place the cookies in a sealable plastic bag, and give them quite a few good "whacks" with a rolling pin or meat mallet. You can also crumble them in the bag, using your fingers.

  2. In a medium sized bowl or container, whisk together heavy whipping cream, half and half, milk, sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk only until sugar has pretty much dissolved. Turn on ice cream maker. Pour the ice cream base into the freezer canister! Freeze ice cream according to your machines manufacturer's instructions. Five minutes before the end of the freezing time, pour the Oreo cookie crumbles into the canister of ice cream.

  3. When done (approx. 20 minutes), remove the paddle (and any cookies n' cream ice cream attached to it). Transfer ice cream to a covered container. The ice cream is the consistency of soft serve at this point and can be eaten right away, or it can be frozen more in your kitchen freezer for a couple hours, in order to make firmer scoops. Garnish with additional cookie crumbles, if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Cookies n' Cream Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 84mg4%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 762IU15%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Fruit Smoothie Popsicles

It’s EASY and ECONOMICAL to make yummy homemade fruit smoothie popsicles! Enjoy a fresh fruit smoothie, popsicle style! You and your kids will love ’em!
It's EASY and ECONOMICAL to make yummy homemade fruit smoothie popsicles! Enjoy a fresh fruit smoothie, popsicle style! You and your kids will love 'em!

Summer was a hot one, here in good ol’ Oregon. We had less rain than usual, and many days were above 90 degrees.  One of the things we enjoyed having in our freezer were fruit smoothie popsicles!

Best part? These are not summer only treats…you can make them ANY time of year!

I tend to drink a lot of fresh fruit smoothies in the summer, so it was only natural that I started making popsicles out of them. The beauty of making fruit smoothie popsicles is that you can tailor make them to your own preferences! How great is that?

What Ingredients Are Used To Make Fruit Smoothie Popsicles?

The ingredients were quite simple… fresh fruit, milk (of choice – I used coconut milk for this batch), and Greek vanilla yogurt. The best part is that you can make YOUR favorite smoothie, any flavor, into a popsicle!

For this recipe for fruit smoothie popsicles I used bananas, and blueberries and strawberries! I even was able to use homegrown blueberries and strawberries from our garden in the backyard!

Ingredients for fruit smoothie popsicles (strawberries, banana, blueberries, coconut milk, Greek vanilla yogurt)

Several years ago I paid around $8 for these “GROOVY” pop molds, and I have gotten so much use out of them!

They make popsicle creating so easy (and NO, I don’t receive compensation from them, just thought I’d show you what I used to make these fruit smoothie popsicles!).

Popsicle molds used to make fruit smoothie popsicles.

Making fruit smoothie popsicles could NOT be any easier!  You simply add the ingredients (again… YOUR choice) to a blender, just like making your smoothie normally.  Blend together for a couple minutes until mixture is smooth.

Once fully blended, pour the liquid into your popsicle molds. Make sure the plastic popsicle holders are securely standing in the base unit to secure them.  Fill the popsicle molds about 3/4 of the way full.

What If I Don’t Own A Popsicle Mold To Make Fruit Smoothie Popsicles?

If you do not own a popsicle mold, you can also make the fruit smoothie popsicles this way. Pour the smoothie mixture 3/4 of the way into a small paper dixie cup. Place in freezer on baking sheet.

After smoothie has partly frozen (thickened up), insert a popsicle or wood craft stick into the cup.  Freeze popsicles overnight, then simply tear off the paper cup to reveal the popsicle.

Fruit smoothie is made with ingredients blended in blender.

Fruit smoothie is poured into popsicle molds.

Here you can see the holder that securely anchors the popsicle molds for filling.  Once molds are filled, snap on and firmly secure the lids (with handles) onto tops of containers.

Popsicle molds are filled with fruit smoothie mix.

Fruit Smoothie popsicles, with lids on, ready to freeze!

Freeze smoothies overnight, and BOOM!  You’ve just made fruit smoothie popsicles!  See how easy that was?

When you are ready to enjoy one, simply hold the popsicle mold under some running warm water to loosen popsicle from sides of the container, then carefully slip popsicle out… and ENJOY!

If you used the “paper cup” method (mentioned above), simply tear off the paper cup, and enjoy your fruit smoothie popsicles!

Now you have a fruit-filled and protein-enhanced (Greek yogurt) “snack” for the kids after school, or an after dinner creamy frozen fruit smoothie popsicle for YOU!

Frozen fruit smoothie popsicle, ready to eat!

Using Other Smoothie Recipes To Make Popsicles

There are so many choices of flavors for fruit smoothies, including Orange Julius, PeachBerry, Triple Berry Banana, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Blueberry Kale, Strawberry, etc.

Have fun making your very own flavor combinations for fruit smoothie popsicles!

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Fruit Smoothie Popsicles
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Freezing Time (inactive)
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 5 mins
 
It's EASY and ECONOMICAL to make yummy homemade fruit smoothie popsicles! Enjoy a fresh fruit smoothie, popsicle style! You and your kids will love 'em!
Category: Frozen, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit smoothie popsicles
Servings: 6 popsicles
Calories Per Serving: 59 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut milk (dairy) , or milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1 large banana
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 8-10 strawberries
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until ingredients become smooth, approximately 2-3 minutes.

  2. Pour smoothie into popsicle molds, securely attached to holder/stand. Fill each container about 3/4 of the way full.  Cover with lid securely, then move entire holder with popsicle molds (vertically standing) to freezer. Freeze overnight, of for 6-8 hours.

  3. When ready to serve, hold a popsicle mold (still sealed) under warm running water, turning, until it has loosened from sides, and can easily slip out of the plastic mold.  Serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

No plastic popsicle molds? You can make these popsicles using small paper dixie cups. Pour smoothie into paper cups, place cups on baking sheet, and let firm up a bit in the freezer. Insert a wooden popsicle or craft stick into cup, and let the popsicles finish freezing overnight.

Nutrition Facts
Fruit Smoothie Popsicles
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 59 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 132mg4%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 12.5mg15%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Perfectly Peachy Ice Cream

Nothing says summer like homemade perfectly peachy ice cream, made with a few simple ingredients like fresh peaches, cream, sugar and spices! You will LOVE it!Nothing says summer like homemade perfectly peachy ice cream, made with a few simple ingredients like fresh peaches, cream, sugar and spices! You will LOVE it!

Made with only a few simple ingredients, this Perfectly Peachy Ice Cream is a scrumptious frozen treat to enjoy during those HOT summer days, or to make any other time of year!

Each summer I love to pick fresh peaches at a local U-Pick farm (usually in late July/early August).  This year my husband asked if we could have fresh peach ice cream as dessert for July 4th, but the local peaches here in Oregon weren’t fully ripe enough to pick.

He ended up going to Costco, and bought a small flat of gorgeous peaches and brought them home, just so we could have this homemade ice cream for Independence Day!

The peaches he bought at the store were absolutely delicious!  Still… there’s just something about picking those peaches right off the tree that screams “summer” to me.  Here are some of the peaches I’ve been able to pick in the past at my local U-Pick peach farm! Aren’t they gorgeous?

Fresh peaches on the tree... ready for me to pick them to make ice cream and pies!

Picked these fresh peaches YUM!

I don’t know about you… but we LOVE peach ice cream!  I have a recipe already on my blog from several years ago for homemade peach ice cream. It uses canned peach nectar and sour cream in it, and tastes wonderful.

This year I wanted to try a simpler peach ice cream recipe with only the basics… peaches, cream, sugar and spices! This delicious ice cream is the result! Boy… was it GOOD!

Here’s How To Make Perfectly Peachy Ice Cream

Peel and thinly slice fresh peaches. These were SO juicy! The juice was running down my hands while I sliced them…yum!

Fresh peaches are peeled, then sliced for perfectly peachy ice cream

Place sliced peaches into a large mixing bowl.  Add granulated sugar, juice of one lemon, vanilla and almond extracts and a bit of cinnamon.

Stir to combine, then let fruit sit for 15-20 minutes.  This resting time will allow the peaches to release some of that juicy goodness, AND let the sugar fully dissolve. Once done “resting”, mash the peaches into small pieces using a potato masher.

Fresh peach slices are crushed with a potato masher for ice cream

Once peaches are mashed, remove 2 cups of crushed peaches. Place them in a blender. Puree peaches until you have a smooth fruit mixture.

Part of the peaches are blended for ice cream

Pour the remaining crushed peaches (the ones left in the mixing bowl) into a container, cover, and keep refrigerated until ice cream is finished freezing.

Part of the peaches are set aside and chilled before adding to ice cream.

Add the heavy whipping cream to the 2 cups of peach puree in the blender. Give it a couple pulses to combine peach puree and whipping cream.  Cover blender (or pour into a container with a lid) and refrigerate this peach puree/cream mixture until very cold.

You can also pour the fruit/cream mixture into large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate (but it’s one more bowl to clean- just sayin’!).

After peach/cream mixture is really cold, pour it into cannister of ice cream machine, and freeze ice cream according to the manufacturer’s instructions. I use a Cuisinart machine, and the ice cream is thick and soft serve consistency in about 20 minutes.

Peach ice cream mixture is added to ice cream machine.

Perfectly peach ice cream is done freezing.

Transfer the ice cream to a bowl with a lid as soon as it is done churning in the freezer. Immediately add the reserved mashed and chilled peaches, and stir to combine.

Place lid on container and put it in freezer to “ripen and firm up” for a few hours!

Cold reserved peaches are added to finished ice cream and stirred in.

Once ice cream has firmed up, it is ready to serve and gobble up!  The recipe makes approximately 1½ quarts, which means you will en up with about 12 (half-cup) servings of this delicious frozen “perfectly peachy ice cream”!

Big scoop of perfectly peachy ice cream is served with a mint sprig.

And that is how easy it is to make this delicious, perfectly peachy ice cream! It tasted soooo good, and we loved this easy to prepare, simple recipe! I hope you will consider making it for those you love.

If you love homemade ice cream like we do, be sure to check out the Recipe Index at the top of each blog post where you will find all the homemade ice cream recipes on this blog, including such flavors as Blueberry Cheesecake, Candied Bacon, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coffee, Strawberry, and many others!

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Recipe Source: https://www.makeandtakes.com/fresh-peach-ice-cream

Perfectly Peachy Ice Cream
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Freezer Firming Up Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins
 
Nothing says summer like homemade perfectly peachy ice cream, made with a few simple ingredients like fresh peaches, cream, sugar and spices! You will LOVE it!
Category: Desserts- Ice Cream
Cuisine: American
Keyword: perfectly peachy ice cream
Servings: 12 (1/2 cup)-1½ quarts total
Calories Per Serving: 265 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6 fresh peaches , peeled and sliced thin
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large lemon (juice of)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (no substitutions!)
Instructions
  1. Peel and thinly slice fresh peaches.  Place sliced peaches into a large mixing bowl.  Add granulated sugar, juice of one lemon, vanilla and almond extracts and cinnamon.  Stir to combine, then let fruit sit for 15-20 minutes.  This resting time will allow the peaches to release some of their juicy goodness, AND let the sugar fully dissolve. Once done "resting", smash the peaches into small pieces using a potato masher. 

  2. Once peaches are mashed, remove 2 cups of crushed peaches. Place them in a blender. Puree these two cups of peaches until you have a smooth fruit mixture.

  3. Pour the remaining crushed peaches (the ones left in the mixing bowl) into a container, cover, and keep refrigerated until ice cream is finished freezing.
  4. Add whipping cream to the 2 cups of peach puree in blender. Give it a few pulses to combine peach puree and whipping cream.  Cover blender (or pour into a container with a lid) and refrigerate this peach puree/cream mixture until very cold.  After peach/cream mixture is really cold, pour it into cannister of ice cream machine, and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  5. Transfer ice cream to a large bowl/container as soon as it is done churning in the freezer. Immediately add reserved mashed/chilled peaches; stir to combine.  Place lid on container and place in freezer to "firm up" for a few hours! When firmed up, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Perfectly Peachy Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 265 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 172mg5%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 830IU17%
Vitamin C 6.2mg8%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Thick, creamy, decadent and ready in 10 minutes, this easy homemade chocolate hot fudge sauce is so scrumptious you may never want to buy it at the store again!Thick, creamy, decadent and ready in 10 minutes, this easy homemade chocolate hot fudge sauce is so scrumptious you may never want to buy it at the store again!
It’s the middle of summer, it’s extremely HOT in Oregon this week, with temps expected to reach 108-110 degrees. However… we do have some yummy ice cream in the freezer!

We also have this amazing, thick Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce ready to drizzle on the ice cream, so it’s all GOOD! We may be HOT, but at least we will have a smile on our faces!

This recipe for homemade hot fudge sauce is a keeper, folks… fudge-y, creamy… and ready in under 10 minutes!  I’m NOT kidding… it tastes amazing!  Here’s how you can make this decadent sauce at home, rather than buying it at the local grocery store!

How To Make Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

In a large saucepan, bring the whipping cream, corn syrup, dark brown sugar, salt, and HALF of the finely chopped chocolate to a boil over medium heat.

Stir often, until all the chocolate has melted. Reduce the heat under the pan and simmer (a low boil) for 5 minutes. While cooking, make sure to stir the mixture frequently to prevent scorching.

Whipping cream, brown sugar and chocolate for fudge sauce, in saucepan

Remove the pan from the heat. Add butter, vanilla extract and the rest of the chocolate to the pan.

Stir the hot fudge sauce until the chocolate is smooth and lump-free. Let the hot fudge sauce cool just a bit before serving.

Butter and chocolate added to hot fudge sauce in pan

Spoon the hot fudge sauce over ice cream, cake, or even drizzled on top of dessert crepes!  It tastes soooo good!

Homemade hot fudge sauce served over vanilla ice cream in dish

Storing Hot Fudge Sauce

Store the unused sauce in a covered jar or container with a lid for up to a week in the refrigerator. Once the sauce has been refrigerated, it will thicken considerably.

How To Reheat Hot Fudge Sauce Once It Has Been Refrigerated

When ready to use it again, remove the thick hot fudge sauce from the refrigerator.  The sauce can either be cooked in a saucepan on the stove, or in a microwave.

  • TO MICROWAVE: Place the amount you will be using in the microwave (in a microwave-safe container). Re-heat hot fudge sauce for 10-15 seconds on high setting. Give it a stir. If it needs just a bit more time, place it back in microwave for a few seconds.
  • TO REHEAT ON STOVE: The hot fudge sauce can also be reheated in a small saucepan on your stovetop using low heat.

Spoonful of thick hot fudge sauce, over a glass jar

Spoon some of the hot fudge sauce over ice cream, cake, or whatever you want to top with it!

My favorite way to use this thick, delicious sauce is to top homemade vanilla ice cream with it! Oh YUM.

Hot fudge sauce as topping for ice cream

This homemade hot fudge sauce is so delicious, thick and fudgy, you might be tempted to grab a spoon and eat it straight out of the jar! NOT that I would know anything about that, of course… wink, wink!.

This recipe is most definitely going into my “keeper” file!  Hope you will give it a try – I just KNOW you’re gonna love it, too!

If you are interested in a couple other delicious dessert sauces to serve over ice cream, you might want to try these:

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Recipe Adapted From: https://www.averiecooks.com/2013/04/10-minute-homemade-hot-fudge-html

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Thick, creamy, decadent and ready in 10 minutes, this easy homemade chocolate hot fudge sauce is so scrumptious you may never want to buy it at the store again!

Category: Dessert Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade hot fudge sauce
Servings: 16 (2 cups-2 Tablespoons per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 160 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar , packed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (can also use dark or bittersweet), finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, bring whipping cream, corn syrup, dark brown sugar, salt, and HALF of the finely chopped chocolate to a boil over medium heat. Stir often until chocolate has melted. Reduce the heat under the pan and simmer (a low boil) for 5 minutes, making sure to stir the mixture frequently to prevent scorching.
  2. Remove pan from the heat. Add butter, vanilla extract and the rest of the chocolate. Stir until chocolate is smooth and lump-free. Let the hot fudge sauce cool just a bit before serving.
  3. Store the unused sauce in a covered jar or container with a lid for up to a week in the refrigerator. Once refrigerated, the sauce will thicken considerably. When ready to use it again, place the amount you will be using in the microwave (in a microwave-safe container) and re-heat for 10-15 seconds. The sauce can also be reheated on your stovetop. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
Amount Per Serving (2 Tablespoons)
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 61mg3%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

It’s easy to make delicious, fresh homemade strawberry cheesecake ice cream, with an ice cream maker and only a few common ingredients!It's easy to make delicious, fresh homemade strawberry cheesecake ice cream, with an ice cream maker and only a few common ingredients!
I love cheesecake, and I love strawberries. Believe it or not, I also love cheesecake with strawberry topping! So it stands to reason that I would also love homemade Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream!

It’s fun making homemade ice cream in my little electric ice cream maker that I received several years ago for my birthday. The kind I have is perfect for a quick batch… no ice cubes and no salt to freeze it.

It just sits on my kitchen counter waiting patiently for me.  I pour in the ice cream mixture and a little over 20 minutes later… boom… ice cream! It’s fun (and dangerous) to be able to make homemade ice cream, even when it’s snowing or pouring down rain outside.

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How I Came Up With Recipe

This recipe for strawberry cheesecake ice cream is an easy recipe I tried one summer while experimenting with a LOT of ice cream recipes. For this recipe I added in a few ingredients that I thought would make a great ice cream to my standard vanilla base.

Did I mention that I ate all the different kinds of ice cream I made that summer? Well… SOMEONE had to do it.  Heh heh heh. This recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream tasted great, and is very simple to make. Here’s how:

How To Make Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Place cleaned, stemmed, cored and sliced fresh strawberries, sugar and lemon juice into a blender. Blend on high until mixture is pureed.  Add 8 ounces of room temperature cream cheese (cut into chunks) to the liquid. Blend again until mixture is well pureed.

Transfer the strawberry/cream cheese mixture to a large bowl.  Stir in whipping cream, milk, and vanilla extract, to fully combine. This is you strawberry cheesecake ice cream base.

Fresh strawberries will be used to make strawberry cheesecake ice cream.

Pour the ice cream mixture into the cannister of an ice cream machine. Freeze, per manufacturer instructions until done. My beloved ice cream machine takes just over 20 minutes to freeze to soft-serve consistency.

The strawberry cheesecake ice cream is ready to eat right then and there, but I suggest transferring ice cream to a freezable container with a lid, and freeze for 2-3 additional hours to firm ice cream up to a more “scoopable” consistency.

My Cuisinart ice cream machine.That’s it!  When the ice cream is done, grab a big ol’ scoop, plop down into the nearest chair and enjoy this delicious strawberry cheesecake ice cream.  Sure hope you enjoy it… we sure do!

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Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
It's easy to make delicious, fresh homemade strawberry cheesecake ice cream, with an ice cream maker and only a few common ingredients!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry cheesecake ice cream
Servings: 10 (1/2 cup servings)
Calories Per Serving: 203 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries , de-stemmed, cored, sliced
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (room temp)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in blender. Blend until mixture is smooth and pureed.
  2. Cut softened cream cheese into chunks and add to blender. Blend until smooth. Transfer fruit puree into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in whipping cream, milk and vanilla until blended.
  4. Pour ingredients into freezer cannister of ice cream machine and freeze according to manufacturer instructions (usually between 20 and 25 minutes).
  5. When done, transfer ice cream to a covered freezer container and place in freezer for 2-3 hours to firm up to a scoopable consistency.
  6. Serve, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/2 cup serving))
Calories 203 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 121mg5%
Potassium 134mg4%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 495IU10%
Vitamin C 17.5mg21%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Piña Colada Ice Cream

Enjoy a taste of the tropics with yummy Piña Colada Ice Cream, with pineapple, cream of coconut, rum extract, coconut milk, & grated toasted coconut.Enjoy a taste of the tropics with yummy Piña Colada Ice Cream, with pineapple, cream of coconut, rum extract, coconut milk, & grated toasted coconut.
Summertime is coming… blue skies, warm weather, evenings spent out on the back deck by the fire pit… enjoying a dish of homemade Piña Colada Ice Cream! Oh boy – I can hardly wait! We have had the wettest winter I can remember in a LONG time here in Oregon, and we are LONGING for sunshine and hot weather to finally make it’s appearance!

One of the traditions we have is to make homemade ice cream throughout the year… at least this Piña Colada Ice Cream makes it FEEL like summer, thanks to it’s coconut/pineapple tropical flavor!

How To Make Piña Colada Ice Cream

In a large mixing bowl, combine whipping cream, cream of coconut, coconut milk, and pineapple juice. (If desired, you can add 1/4 teaspoon of Rum extract, but it is not necessary).  Stir until combined.  Add coconut flakes and stir.

Pour this mixture into the canister of an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer instructions. I use an electric indoor machine and it takes 20-25 minutes for soft serve consistency.  About 5 minutes BEFORE the piña colada ice cream is done, add the drained, crushed pineapple.

Ice cream base is poured into machine for freezing.

Let Ice Cream Firm Up In Freezer, Then Serve!

When ice cream is done, transfer it to a freezer safe container with a lid. Freeze an additional 3-4 hours until firm.  When it is ready to serve, garnish each scoop of piña colada ice cream with toasted coconut flakes.

NOTE: See the notes section of the printable recipe (below) for instructions on how to toast the coconut.

The pina colada ice cream is garnished with toasted shredded coconut to serve.

That’s it! Enjoy a “taste of the tropics” any time of the year with this simple and delicious piña colada ice cream! Sure hope you enjoy it.

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Author's signatureRecipe Source:  Unknown. Copied recipe onto notebook paper many, many years ago, but did not write down the source. Oops.

Piña Colada Ice Cream
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Enjoy a taste of the tropics with yummy Piña Colada Ice Cream, with pineapple, cream of coconut, rum extract, coconut milk, & grated toasted coconut.

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: piña colada ice cream
Servings: 10 ½ cup servings
Calories Per Serving: 387 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 can cream of coconut
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons pineapple juice (reserved from can of crushed pineapple)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Rum extract (optional-not necessary)
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 3/4 cup canned crushed pineapple , drained (juice reserved)
  • 1/4 cup TOASTED coconut flakes , for garnish (see Notes section for instructions)
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine whipping cream, cream of coconut, coconut milk, and pineapple juice. (you can also add 1/4 teaspoon of Rum extract, if desired). Stir until combined. Add coconut flakes and stir to incorporate. Pour this mixture into canister of ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer instructions. About 5 minutes BEFORE the ice cream is done, add drained crushed pineapple.
  2. When ice cream is done, transfer it to a freezer safe container with a lid. Freeze for an additional 3-4 hours until firm. When it is ready to serve, garnish each scoop with toasted coconut flakes (see notes section of printable recipe for instructions on how to toast the coconut).
Recipe Notes

To toast coconut flakes for garnish: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spread coconut evenly on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Check it every 5 minutes. Remove from oven when coconut is golden brown. Remove coconut from cookie sheet; let cool completely before garnishing ice cream.

Nutrition Facts
Piña Colada Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 387 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 35mg2%
Potassium 177mg5%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 285IU6%
Vitamin C 4.8mg6%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chunky Monkey Ice Cream (copycat)

A copycat recipe for yummy chunky monkey ice cream – with bananas, chocolate chunks and toasted pecans helping to make this frozen treat amazing!A copycat recipe for yummy chunky monkey ice cream - with bananas, chocolate chunks and toasted pecans helping to make this frozen treat amazing!
Happy Fourth of July week! One of the ways we celebrate this holiday each year is by making homemade ice cream. One of our favorites is this copycat recipe for Chunky Monkey Ice Cream.

I am fortunate to have an indoor Cuisinart ice cream maker I was given for a birthday several years ago, and have loved trying LOTS of different recipes with my family.

The first time I made this recipe (I was experimenting with different flavors), we all crowded around the ol’ ice cream maker taking spoonfuls out when it was done.  Our reactions were priceless.

We were ALL amazed how delicious this chunky monkey ice cream was. This ice cream is ridiculously GOOD, and I’ve continued making it to this very day!

How Do You Make Chunky Monkey Ice Cream?

The ice cream is frozen, then during the last few minutes the banana puree, toasted pecans and chocolate chunks are added to mixture.

Pecans and chocolate chips will be added to the ice cream during the last 5 minutes of freezing.

Here is what it looked like, right when the chunky monkey ice cream was done. All I needed was for someone to hand me a BIG spoon at this point, and I was in my happy place!

The ice cream is semi-soft when it is first done freezing.

Ice Cream Is Best When “Ripened” In The Freezer

I placed the rest of the ice cream into a covered container (you know… what we didn’t devour), and put it into our kitchen freezer for a couple hours.

This extra time in the freezer is recommended, because it helps to  “ripen” or firm up the chunky monkey ice cream even further. That will result is some good scoops later.

A carton of this ice cream has frozen firm, and is now ready to scoop!

Time For A Scoop Of Chunky Monkey Ice Cream!

So there you have it… a perfectly scoopable and an incredibly delicious “copycat” version of chunky monkey ice cream! Now… where’s my spoon and a bib? (I’m drooling!)

Two scoops of chunky monkey ice cream in a glass dish.

Have a wonderful 4th of July celebration, friends. Hope you enjoy this yummy chunky monkey ice cream! I am truly grateful and blessed to be a proud citizen of this great country.

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Recipe Adapted From:  Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker Instruction And Recipe Booklet, published 2002 by Cuisinart.

Chunky Monkey Ice Cream (copycat)
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
A copycat recipe for yummy chunky monkey ice cream - with bananas, chocolate chunks and toasted pecans helping to make this frozen treat amazing!
Category: Ice Cream
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chunky monkey ice cream
Servings: 10 ½ cup servings
Calories Per Serving: 372 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk (NOT skim!)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-3 drops yellow food coloring (optional, but it does add a bit of color!)
  • 2 really ripe bananas
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (may substitute dark chocolate, if preferred), refrigerated
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans (or walnuts), chopped
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the whipping cream, milk, granulated sugar, vanilla extract and yellow food coloring. Whisk this mixture for about a minute, until fully blended, and sugar has dissolved.
  2. Place this mixture into your cold ice cream maker canister; freeze ice cream according to manufacturer's directions.
  3. Refrigerate the chocolate chips while ice cream is freezing (this will help them from softening).
  4. Mash the bananas with lemon juice in a small bowl, until smooth. (I use a fork to mash).
  5. About 5 minutes before the ice cream is finished freezing, add the banana mixture, toasted pecans and chocolate chips to the ice cream. Continue freezing until done.
  6. Ice cream can be eaten right away (soft style), OR place it in a covered container in your freezer for a couple hours to let it "ripen" and firm up more. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Chunky Monkey Ice Cream (copycat)
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/2 cup serving))
Calories 372 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 30mg1%
Potassium 249mg7%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 760IU15%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Nothing quite beats the taste of homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! Enjoy this cool, creamy treat any time of the year!Nothing quite beats the taste of homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! Enjoy this cool, creamy treat any time of the year!
“I Scream, You Scream… We ALL Scream For Ice Cream!” It seems like just about everyone loves a good scoop of ice cream. I know I sure do!  Here’s a quick and easy recipe for one of my favorites… Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, just in time for good ol’ Summertime!

Growing up in sunny Southern California, I have such fond memories of my Mom and Dad making many varieties of homemade ice cream for our family and friends, as an extra special cold and creamy treat in the HEAT of summertime.

Back in those days, my Dad would be the one to hand crank the old wooden ice cream maker, then carefully wrap the finished ice cream and canister in lots of towels, etc. to keep it frozen while it firmed up a bit.

We would stand around, giddy with excitement, licking our lips in eager anticipation of the frozen treat we would soon be served. It was (and still is) one of my favorite summertime treats! Lucky for me, my husband has the same memories with his family, so we can enjoy this together!

Nowadays, there are all kinds of electric homemade ice cream makers, which have taken some of the hard work out of it (all that hand-cranking!), but with the same delicious results.

I don’t know about you, but I find the prospect of having some freshly frozen ice cream hard to resist… especially Mint Chocolate Chip… I love it!  And it’s so easy to make (with or without an electric ice cream maker).  I’ve included directions for both in the printable recipe.

The Cuisinart ice cream maker I used to make mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Perhaps you will consider trying this easy recipe… the mint flavor shines, and the flecks and pieces of chocolate…well, you know… it’s so delicious!

Homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream is a treat year round!

I sincerely hope you enjoy this ice cream. Be sure and check out all the flavors I have listed in my Recipe Index for you to try: http://www.thegratefulgirlcooks.com/recipe-index/desserts/ice-creamfrozen-treats/.

I’ve posted at least 14 flavors, including this Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (so far), from the summer I had my “Great Ice Cream Experiment” to try many different recipes!

Have a great day, treat yourself and enjoy a big old scoop (or two) of ice cream!

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Author's signatureRecipe Source:  Cuisinart Instruction and Recipe Booklet for Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker, copyright 2002, Cuisinart, page 4.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Nothing quite beats the taste of homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! Enjoy this cool, creamy treat any time of the year!
Category: Desserts- Ice Cream
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mint chocolate chip ice cream
Servings: 10 (1/2 cup servings)
Calories Per Serving: 303 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole milk (well chilled)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (well chilled)
  • 1 to 1½ teaspoons pure peppermint extract (to taste)
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (chopped into tiny, uneven pieces)
Instructions
  1. Mix milk and sugar in a medium bowl until sugar has dissolved (about 1-2 minutes on low speed).
  2. STIR in the heavy whipping cream, peppermint extract, and 3 drops green food coloring, until fully combined.
  3. Turn ice cream machine on, and pour the mixture through the spout into the machine. Freeze ice cream, according to manufacturer's instructions, until thick and creamy (approx. 20-25 minutes). During the last 5 minutes of mixing, add the chopped chocolate pieces and all the leftover chocolate flakes to the ice cream.
  4. Store ice cream in a covered container in the freezer for a couple hours to let it firm up more. Scoop, serve... and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

No ice cream maker? In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream on high for about 10 minutes until stiff peaks begin to form. In separate bowl, stir together milk, peppermint extract, food coloring and chocolate bits and flakes. Fold the whipping cream gently into milk mixture until combined. Pour mixture into a 2-3 quart container; cover. Put the covered container into the freezer; let it freeze for a minimum of 6 -7 hours. Serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/2 cup serving))
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 29mg1%
Potassium 132mg4%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 745IU15%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Candied Bacon Ice Cream

What do you do when providing dessert for a “Bacon-Themed” Dinner? You make homemade Candied Bacon Ice Cream, of course! And, oh boy… was it ever good! Bacon makes everything better, including desserts, with this amazing, delicious homemade ice cream flavored with candied bacon, cinnamon, rum, and brown sugar!
Last summer a small group of friends enjoyed another Themed Dinner. This time our theme was BACON. Everything, from beverages, appetizers, main courses, to desserts, including this ice cream and Chocolate-Covered Bacon and Maple Bacon Pecan Truffles and Bacon Pecan Pralines, had to include some form of bacon.

Oh my goodness. It was amazing! Look at some of the food we enjoyed, in this photo!

Collage of nine bacon-themed food pictures

I am usually in charge of bringing several desserts to our themed dinner parties, so I scoured the internet to find some good choices utilizing BACON.

This homemade bacon ice cream recipe was one of them, from celebrated author David Lebovitz… and let me tell you… it was FANTASTIC! Who knew bacon ice cream could taste so good? Here’s how you make this decadent dessert treat:

Make The Candied Bacon

First thing I did was to “candy” some thick cut bacon. The instructions are in the recipe that follows, but if you want more in-depth pics, etc. see my previous post for How To Make Candied Bacon.

Brown sugar is sprinkled on raw bacon
Short version… bacon is coated with brown sugar and baked. Then it is cut into small pieces and cooled to room temp.

Chopped, candied bacon for ice cream, on green cutting boardMake The Ice Cream Base

Combine the half and half and the whipping cream. Measure out 1 ½ cups of this mixture into a medium bowl, which is set over another larger bowl that is filled with ice and water (ice bath). Put a mesh strainer over the top of the cream mixture. Set aside.

Next thing to do is make the ice cream “custard base”. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, then remove it from the heat. Let it cool down a bit (you want it warm, not HOT).

Stir in the brown sugar, and then add the remaining half and half/cream mixture (the amount NOT over the water bath). Stir to combine; set aside.

Cooking custard base for homemade candied bacon ice cream

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks.

Egg yolks in metal bowl, with whisk

Temper The Eggs

Remove ½ cup of the (warm, not hot) butter/brown sugar/half and half/ whipping cream mixture from the saucepan. Pour it slowly into the egg yolks, whisking constantly while it is being added.

This helps to “temper” the eggs, so they won’t scramble when adding them to saucepan. I know we’re adding bacon to ice cream, but bacon AND scrambled eggs? I don’t think so!

Pouring brown sugar and half and half into egg yolks in bowl

The “tempered” egg yolks are then poured slowly back into the saucepan with the butter/brown sugar/ half and half mixture, whisking while adding.

Tempered egg yolks for ice cream poured into red saucepan

Cook The Ice Cream Base

The ice cream base is then cooked on low-medium heat until the liquid thickens enough to coat a spatula.

Stir constantly while this is cooking, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan (so the liquid won’t stick and burn on bottom).

Ice cream ingredients in red saucepan with spatula

Remove the ice cream base from the heat, and let cool slightly (you don’t want it HOT). Once it has cooled down some, pour the ice cream base through the strainer into the half and half/whipping cream in the bowl over the ice bath, stirring as you pour.

Straining ice cream base liquid into bowl

Add the liquor, vanilla extract and cinnamon to the ice cream base. Stir to combine. Refrigerate ice cream liquid for 2-3 hours until completely chilled.

Time To Freeze The Candied Bacon Ice Cream

Once totally cold, pour mixture into ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.

During the last couple minutes the ice cream is churning, add the chopped candied bacon pieces.

Adding candied bacon to ice cream machine

Once ice cream is done, remove ice cream to a covered container. Place in freezer for several hours until nice and firm.

You MIGHT want to sneak a little bitty bite before freezing it, just so you can see how GOOD this stuff is (*QUALITY CONTROL). Just sayin’.

Spoonful of bacon ice cream from frozen cannister

When ready to serve, remove ice cream from freezer, and dish up a big scoop of this decadent, rich and creamy, frozen treat. I served each scoop with one of my Bacon Pecan Pralines.

It was a BACON-THEMED dinner party, and EVERYTHING is better with bacon, after all! Right? EVEN bacon ice cream!!

Candied Bacon Ice Cream, with a praline

I love to make homemade ice cream and enjoy trying new flavors each summer. Some recipes I like, some I love. This bacon ice cream sure was a unique recipe, but I gotta be honest… it was absolutely DELICIOUS and we loved it!!!

Hope you’ll consider making this on a hot summer’s night (or any night, for that matter!). Think you’re gonna be surprised how good this really is!

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Recipe Source: www.davidlebovitz.com/2008/03/candied-bacon-i-1/

Candied Bacon Ice Cream
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

Bacon makes everything better, including desserts, with this amazing, delicious homemade ice cream flavored with Candied Bacon, cinnamon, rum, and brown sugar!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied bacon ice cream
Servings: 16 1/2 cup servings (2 qts. total)
Calories Per Serving: 204 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For The Candied Bacon:
  • 5 strips thick cut bacon
  • 8 teaspoons brown sugar (I used dark, but light is great, as well)
For The Ice Cream Base:
  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed-I used dark, but can use either kind)
  • 2 cups Half and Half (may substitute 2 c. whole milk if you don't have Half and Half)
  • 1 cup Heavy whipping cream
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons dark rum or whiskey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (this is optional, but USE IT!)
Instructions
Make candied bacon before beginning ice cream base.
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put bacon strips onto baking sheet lined with foil or silicone mat. Leave space between each strip. Sprinkle each piece with approx. 1½ teaspoons brown sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-16 minutes. Halfway through baking time, turn bacon over, dragging pieces through syrup on foil. Bake until bacon is dark brown and cooked through. Remove from oven; let bacon cool on wire rack. Once cool, cut into very small pieces!)

Make Ice Cream Base:
  1. Combine the half and half and whipping cream in a bowl, and stir, to combine. In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Stir in ¾ cup brown sugar. Measure out ONE CUP of the half and half/whipping cream mixture and add it to the pan. Set aside.

  2. Pour the remaining half and half/whipping cream mixture into a medium bowl. Set this bowl on top of a larger bowl that has been filled with ice cubes and water (ice bath). Place a mesh strainer over the top of the bowl containing the half and half. Set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks. Slowly pour some (not all) of the warm brown sugar mixture (in the saucepan) into the whisked eggs, whisking constantly while you pour. Once mixed, pour this mixture back into the saucepan with the butter/brown sugar/half and half mixture. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens enough to coat a spatula. Keep bottom of the pan stirred and scraped, so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.

  4. Once thickened, slowly pour this mixture through the mesh strainer, into the half and half in the bowl over the ice bath. Continue to stir the ice cream base over the ice bath, until the mixture has cooled completely. Remove bowl with ice cream base from the ice bath bowl.

  5. Add liquor, vanilla and cinnamon to the ice cream base, and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate. Once completely cold, freeze in your ice cream maker, per manufacturer's directions. A couple minutes before ice cream is "done", pour the candied bacon pieces into the ice cream (or stir them in to finished ice cream, if desired).

  6. Place ice cream in a covered container, and freeze for at least 2-3 hours to firm up. Once firm, scoop, serve... and enjoy this delicious ice cream!

Recipe Notes

Prep time includes everything (including refrigeration time prior to freezing ice cream). Additional non-active prep time is 2-3 hours AFTER ice cream is done, to firm it up in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts
Candied Bacon Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cups)
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 88mg4%
Potassium 86mg2%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 470IU9%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Blueberry Ice Cream Tart

A blueberry ice cream tart is a delicious, frozen dessert treat! Ice cream in a graham cracker crust, served with fresh blueberry sauce on the side!A blueberry ice cream tart is a delicious, frozen dessert treat! Ice cream in a graham cracker crust, served with fresh blueberry sauce on the side!

I love taking a tried and true recipe and tweaking and morphing it into a different recipe. Do you do that? That was the case when I took my recipe for Blueberry Ice Cream and changed it into a delicious, small Blueberry Ice Cream Tart for each guest at a dinner & dessert party.

I thought long and hard about what I wanted to make for dessert, then decided to make my blueberry ice cream, and add a graham cracker crust from another of my recipes. Then I decided to server it with a simple blueberry sauce on the side. Voila! That is how I came up with this recipe for these wonderful frozen dessert tarts! And boy… were they ever good, if I do say so myself!

Do I Need An Ice Cream Machine?

I have an electric indoor Krups ice cream maker, which makes homemade ice cream in about 20 minutes. If you don’t have one or don’t want to take the time, just buy a good quality blueberry ice cream or gelato at the grocery store, and shave some time off of this recipe!

This recipe is actually very easy to prepare… it just needs to be done in steps. Make the ice cream, make the crumb topping, make the blueberry sauce, assemble the tarts, freeze, then serve!

Make Or Buy Blueberry Ice Cream

First make (or buy) the blueberry ice cream. If making homemade ice cream, put it back into your kitchen freezer after the initial freezing to really firm it up. My homemade blueberry ice cream also has cream cheese in it, so it has more of a blueberry cheesecake flavor!

My homemade blueberry ice cream looks like this photo below, when done. Here it is scooped up nice and pretty:

Blueberry ice cream is the main ingredient for these delicious frozen tarts.

Make The Crust Mix

The next thing I do is prepare a simple graham cracker crust mixture. This is made by mixing graham cracker crumbs with melted butter and sugar! EASY!

Ingredients for the graham cracker crust are mixed together in bowl.

Making The Blueberry Sauce Is Simple!

Prepare the blueberry sauce, by cooking blueberries, sugar, cornstarch and water until the sauce thickens and the blueberries “pop” open (6-7 minutes). Once the sauce thickens, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool completely. Set aside.

A thickened blueberry sauce is made to garnish the ice cream tart.

The blueberry sauce and graham cracker crust mix are ready to use.

Make The Crust For The Tarts

Firmly pack the graham cracker crumb mixture (reserve 1/2 cup for garnish) onto the bottom of 4 small tart pans (with removable bottoms). The crusts are baked for 6-7 minutes. Once they’re done, let them cool completely.

Graham cracker mixture is baked in mini tart pans.

Cover the crust and fill each cooled tart pan with slightly softened blueberry ice cream. Put each blueberry ice cream tart (in the pans) back into the freezer for 2 hours to firm up.

When Ready To Serve The Blueberry Ice Cream Tart

Spread some of the thickened blueberry sauce onto each dessert plate. Sprinkle the sauce with some reserved graham cracker crumb mix. Carefully remove each blueberry ice cream tart from the removable bottom tart pans, and set them on top of the blueberry sauce.

Garnish the top of each blueberry ice cream tart with a spoonful of sauce, and sprinkle with graham cracker crumb mixture.

Let each dessert sit on the plates for a couple minutes at room temp. to let the ice cream soften slightly, before serving! Serve and enjoy, because this dessert is delicious!!!!

Blueberry Ice Cream Tart is garnished with sauce, and sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs to serve.

What If I Don’t Have Small Tart Pans?

If you don’t have removable bottom tart pans, think outside the box! This recipe could be easily adapted to make into a pie. Make a graham cracker crust (using this recipe you might have to double amounts) or buy a graham cracker crust, then follow the rest of the directions.

You will have a delicious frozen pie, rather than a tart, but a slice of THAT pie would be fantastic, garnished with the blueberry sauce and graham cracker crumbs. It’s ALL good. Hope you will give this blueberry ice cream tart recipe  a try… it’s worth it!

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Blueberry Ice Cream Tart
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
7 mins
Inactive Freezer Time
2 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 7 mins
 

A blueberry ice cream tart is a delicious, frozen dessert treat! Ice cream in a graham cracker crust, served with fresh blueberry sauce on the side!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blueberry ice cream tart
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 789 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Blueberry Ice Cream:
  • 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese , room temp, and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 drops blue food coloring (optional, but it helps enhances the color)
For Graham Cracker Crust and Garnish:
  • 1 cube butter , melted
  • 1 1/2 cups finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
For Blueberry Sauce:
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
Instructions
Prepare the ice cream:
  1. Place blueberries and sugar into blender or food processor. Blend/pulse until liquified. Add cream cheese chunks and vanilla. Mix until fairly smooth. Add milk; blend well. Pour mixture into large bowl. Add whipping cream and whisk to combine. Pour mixture into canister of ice cream maker, and freeze per manufacturer instructions. When done, remove to a covered container and place in freezer.

Prepare Blueberry Sauce:
  1. Place the water, sugar and cornstarch into a medium sized sauce pan. Stir until smooth. Add the blueberries. Cook on medium heat, stirring often, for about 6-7 minutes, until blueberries have popped, and the sauce has thickened. Remove from heat, and cool completely.
Prepare Graham Cracker Crust:
  1. Mix graham cracker crust ingredients until well blended. Reserve about 1/2 cup for garnish. Set aside. Divide the rest between 4 small tart pans with removable bottoms. Press crumb mixture firmly down to form bottom crust in pan. Bake at 375 degrees for about 7 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool completely. Do not remove crust from pan. Once crust has cooled completely, spoon blueberry ice cream into each shell to fill to top of the tart pan. Place in freezer for 2 hours to completely firm up.

To Assemble/Serve:
  1. Spread some blueberry sauce onto individual serving plates. Sprinkle with a little of the graham crumb mixture. Carefully remove ice cream tart from the pan by gently pushing up on the bottom to remove from pan, then slide the tart off the bottom tray onto the blueberry sauce on serving plate. Spoon a little sauce on top of the tart, then sprinkle with additional graham cracker crumbs. Let finished plates sit for several minutes to soften ice cream slightly, then serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Most of the prep time is INACTIVE time... just waiting for ice cream to harden in freezer. I made up the ice cream, sauce and crust early in the day, then it was a snap to assemble later in the evening. ALL can be made ahead of time, if needed.

Nutrition Facts
Blueberry Ice Cream Tart
Amount Per Serving (1 tart)
Calories 789 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 128mg43%
Sodium 430mg19%
Potassium 341mg10%
Carbohydrates 100g33%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 73g81%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1570IU31%
Vitamin C 14.6mg18%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!A blueberry ice cream tart is a delicious, frozen dessert treat! Ice cream in a graham cracker crust, served with fresh blueberry sauce on the side!

 

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