Reese’s Ice Cream Cake

There is nothing I love more than peanut butter and chocolate combining their powers. I married a man who agrees with this sentiment, so when he asked for a Reese’s Ice Cream Cake for his birthday, I was more than happy to oblige.

I used this recipe as my foundation, and modified it to make this creamy, chocolatey, peanut buttery, delicious dessert. It’s perfect for birthdays or a Sunday afternoon treat, and can easily be made a day or two ahead of when you want to serve it.

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cake

You’ll need:

  • 1 8″x8″ peanut butter swirl brownies. Make ahead, as they’ll need time to cool
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream (my fave is Breyer’s Natural Vanilla)
  • 1 12 oz. bag of mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, unwrapped and chopped into quarters
  • 20 oreos
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Whipped cream

1. Make your brownies. Allow them to cool.

2. When they’re cool (or you can’t stand waiting any longer), pull your ice cream out of the freezer and allow it to soften on the counter. You want ice cream you can stir, but not melted ice cream. This will only take 20 or 30 minutes, less if it’s really warm in your house. While it’s softening, prepare the crust (steps 3 and 4), and unwrap and chop the peanut butter cups into quarters.

3. Put the oreos in a Ziploc bag, and smash them to smithereens using a meat tenderizer or a hammer.

20150405_1817134. Prepare a 9 inch spring form pan by spraying the bottom and sides. In a bowl, mix the crushed oreos and melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of the spring form pan to form your crust.

5. Slice the brownies into tiny squares, about 1/2 inch on each side. Add ice cream, brownies, and half of the chopped Reese’s cups into a large bowl. Use a spatula to fold it all together. The goal is to not crush the brownies or the Reese’s!

6. Once it’s is well mixed, scoop into the spring form pan and level the top. Cover with saran wrap so the wrap is touching the entire top of the cake. This will help prevent freezer burn.

7. Once you’re ready to serve, pipe whipped cream around the edges and sprinkle the remaining Reese’s cups in the middle.

Enjoy!

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Ice Cream Sandwiches

How fun are these! Definitely a little more rustic than their packaged counterparts from the freezer section. But I can officially say I approve of every ingredient in these summer dessert sandwiches.

IMG_0387Yum yum yum! Follow the recipe from Brown Eyed Baker to a T, and you’ll be in business. The only thing I did differently was chilling the dough before I rolled it out. It made it easier to handle.

Enjoy!

 

Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

This was so fun. I highly recommend it! I set out to make a Hawaiian Mud Pie. I don’t think I was entirely successful, but the result was still super tasty.

IMG_2235For equipment, you’ll need a spring form pan. This purchase is absolutely worth it. You can use it as a regular cake pan (with removable sides!). You’ll need it for cheesecake, too. Thus, get ye a spring form pan!

For ingredients, you’ll need:

  • one batch of brownies in an 8×8 pan
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 package of oreo cookies
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 gallon ice cream (for mud pie, find coffee flavored. Chocolate will do in a pinch)
  • Whipped cream

1. Make a batch of brownies. I recommend these, with macadamia nuts mixed in. (A word about macadamia nuts: buy them from the baking aisle in your local grocery. They will be unsalted and a bit more affordable.)

2. Set your brownies aside to cool. Set your carton of ice cream on the counter to soften. You want it soft and mixable, not melted.

3. Make an oreo crust. The crust I made was an epic failure. To make yours:

  • Crush 24 oreos in a gallon sized bag.
  • Add 1/4 cup melted butter.
  • Compact mixture into a crust on the bottom of your spring form pan.

4. Once your brownies are cooled, cut them into 1/2 inch square chunks.

5. Put the ice cream and brownie chunks in a bowl, and fold together. Don’t crush the brownies!

6. Spread the ice cream+brownies on top of the oreo crust. Cover the ice cream with wax or parchment paper. Make sure the paper makes direct contact with the ice cream. You don’t want it to freezer burn! Slide it back into the freezer until you want to serve it.

7. Right before serving, top with more crumbled oreo and dollops of whipped cream.

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This is a great dessert to make ahead, slide into the freezer, and forget about until dessert time. Enjoy!