Thanks to my latest episode of Better Homes and Gardens, I have a new favorite, no bake summer time dessert!!! Perfect homemade frozen treat…Don’t like strawberries? No problem, substitute the strawberry layer for a layer of mint…Or add another layer of chocolate. Love ice cream sandwiches? Omit the popsicle sticks and a top layer of crushed cookies! Or…make a beautiful, homemade ice cream cake! Ice the top with a thick frosting, sprinkles, fondant or whatever your creative heart desires. There are so many ways to vary this recipe, I can’t wait to hear what you come up with!
15 chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
3 tbsp. melted butter, cooled
1/2 of a 1.75 qt. carton of chocolate ice cream, softened
1/2 of a 1.75 qt. carton of vanilla ice cream, softened
1/2 c. of chopped strawberries
1/2 of a 1.75 qt. carton of strawberry ice cream, softened
Place sandwich cookies into a plastic bag, and crush. A meat cleaver makes easy work of this, a rolling pin makes it fun for kids! Line a square baking pan with waxed paper, leaving edges extended over the pan. Stir together cookies, as well as the melted and cooled butter; press mixture evenly into pan. Freeze for 10 minutes.
Spread an even layer of chocolate ice cream over cookie layer; freeze 15 minutes. Next, repeat with a layer of vanilla ice cream. While the first two layers are freezing, chop the strawberries into pieces, about the size of a dime. Drain any excess liquid.
Stir strawberries into ice cream. Spread an even layer over the vanilla ice cream; freeze 15 minutes. Insert 16 craft (popsicle) sticks, evenly spaced. Loosely cover with wax paper. Freeze two hours, or until very firm.
Using edges of waxed paper, lift the dessert from the pan, and place on a baking sheet or other solid surface. Cut between sticks, making 16 even bars. Place back into freezer, until you are ready to serve!
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Recipe and first photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens, other photos courtesy of Ripped Recipes, Brown Eyed Baker and Food Network with special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test.