Irresistible Ice Cream Treats | Midwest Living

Irresistible Ice Cream Treats

We've got ice cream recipes you'll love, from easy creations made with store-bought ice cream to beautiful ice cream cakes and recipes for ice cream freezers.

Ice Cream Cookie Cake

We created Ice Cream Cookie Cake in honor of Indiana, the top ice cream-producing state in the Midwest. You can mix and match cookies and ice cream to make this frosty, no-bake treat that's also an easy make-ahead dessert.

Ice Cream Cookie Cake

Ice Cream Chocolate Shell

This super-easy homemade ice cream topping doesn't harden quite as fast as that magical store-bought stuff, but it packs a lot more chocolate flavor. Plus, it's totally customizable with different flavors of chips! Store it in the pantry to zap in the microwave whenever you want to crack your spoon into something delicious.

Ice Cream Chocolate Shell

Ice Cream Waffle Sundaes

This treat, which starts with giant waffle ice cream cones, is easy to make but impressive to serve. It's a sweet ending for any special dinner.

Ice Cream Waffle Sundaes

Mocha Floats

The coffee-chocolate blend in this drink is refreshingly cool, especially when topped with scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream. Jana Beykirch of Pittsburg, Kansas, doubles this recipe to make a summer punch. The amounts we give will make about 10 individual floats.

Mocha Floats

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Biggies

Our chewy, saucer-size cookie is delicious by itself, but for a warm-weather treat, it makes generous ice cream sandwiches when filled with tiny scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Biggies

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Sundae Cake

Several states claim to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae. Since the Buckeye State makes a good case, we created the Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Sundae Cake as a tribute to Ohio. Four layers of baked white cake get sandwiched in ice cream layers in favorite sundae flavors: strawberry, pineapple and chocolate-banana. A whipped topping frosting crowns the cherry-topped dessert.

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Sundae Cake

Peach Ice Cream

A combination of pureed and chopped peaches gives this ice cream nice color and fruit flecks. Be sure to use half-and-half or light cream; if you substitute whole milk, the mixture will be icier.

Peach Ice Cream 

Choose-a-Fruit Ice Cream

Here's one recipe with three fruit versions to choose from: blackberry, raspberry or peach. For our photo, we made one of each, froze them in 15x10x1 inch pans lined with foil, then cut them into geometric shapes to stack. We topped them with purchased fruit sauce.

Choose-A-Fruit Ice Cream

Make-Ahead Ice Cream Sandwich Sundaes

You can make the ice cream sandwiches up to a week before you serve them; just freeze the sandwiches in an airtight container. When it's time to eat, just take a few minutes to heat up the sauce for this treat.

Ice Cream Sandwich Sundaes

Prairie Dunes Cherry-Nut Ice Cream

This recipe comes from Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas. Red maraschino cherries, cream, brown sugar, vanilla and pecans combine into a rich blend for your ice cream freezer.

Prairie Dunes Cherry-Nut Ice Cream

Double Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate chips and cookie crumbs layer with chocolate and vanilla ice creams in this make-ahead dessert from Lynda Slowey of Dubuque, Iowa. Whipped topping is an easy last-minute frosting.

Double Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Vanilla Cake Batter Ice Cream

You can choose from three variations on this mixture that goes in a 1 1/2 quart ice cream freezer: vanilla cake, birthday cake or chocolate cake. They all use only a handful of ingredients. Our picture (left) shows the vanilla cake batter ice cream between chocolate wafers, topped with curls of white chocolate.

Vanilla Cake Batter Ice Cream

Ice Cream Cookie Cake

We created Ice Cream Cookie Cake in honor of Indiana, the top ice cream-producing state in the Midwest. You can mix and match cookies and ice cream to make this frosty, no-bake treat that's also an easy make-ahead dessert.

Ice Cream Cookie Cake

Homemade Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream

The vanilla ice cream recipe uses just four ingredients for a rich homemade dessert. If you prefer chocolate, stir in 1 cup chocolate-flavored syrup before freezing. These vanilla and chocolate ice creams are the base for variations on the following slides.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe

Chocolate Ice Cream Variations

Make the chocolate ice cream that's a recipe variation of vanilla (previous slide), and add these ingredients for a fun dessert. Pictured, from front to back: Chocolate-Mint Ice Cream, Chocolate-Peanut Butter Ice Cream and Chocolate-Rocky Road Ice Cream.

Our variations recipe also tells you how to make Chocolate Mocha Ice Cream, Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Chocolate Toasted-Almond Ice Cream, Chocolate-Toffee Ice Cream and Chocolate-Truffle Ice Cream.

Chocolate Ice Cream Variations

Vanilla Ice Cream Variations

Make the basic vanilla ice cream recipe, then add these ingredients for new flavors. Pictured: Vanilla-Lemon Cream Ice Cream. Our recipe also tells you how to make seven other varieties, including Vanilla-Spiced Honey Ice Cream, Macadamia-White Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Peach Ice Cream, Dark Roast Coffee Ice Cream and Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice Cream.

Vanilla Ice Cream Variations

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe

Flamm's Peach Ice Cream

Flamm Orchards is a major peach producer in southern Illinois. The Flamm family likes to churn peach ice cream on the Fourth of July. The whole group gets involved in ice cream prep, then eating.

Flamm's Peach Ice Cream

Lemon-Drop Ice Cream

This cool treat gets a triple dose of lemon: lemon peel, juice and puckery lemon-drop candy. It's a favorite from the recipe collection of a West Des Moines, Iowa, reader.

Lemon-Drop Ice Cream

Green Tea Ice Cream

Look for matcha, or powdered green tea, at specialty stores or online. It looks a little like eye shadow and gives this ice cream its gorgeous color and subtle tea flavor.

Green Tea Ice Cream

 

Black Walnut Ice Cream

Staff at Silver Dollar City churn dozens of ice cream flavors at Hannah's Ice Cream Factory. For a sweeter ice cream, use more sugar. Look for black walnut flavoring, which pairs with nuts to give this cool treat its flavor, in large supermarkets.

Black Walnut Ice Cream

Black-Raspberry-Chip Gelato

You can use fresh black raspberries, blackberries, red raspberries, strawberries or blueberries in this rich gelato.

Black-Raspberry-Chip Gelato

Strawberry and Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Combine cream cheese with strawberries, whipping cream, milk, sugar and flavorings for a rich dessert that chills in your ice cream maker.

Strawberry and Cream Cheese Ice Cream

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