Summer Sweets: Cold Homemade Desserts


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As sweet summer serenades you with rolling thunder and the hum of cicadas, make sure to spend some time on your patio soaking it all in and relaxing. There’s no better way to do that than with a delicious and cold treat to enjoy. Here are a few recipes for easy frozen treats to make at home.

Grasshopper Pie

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No grasshoppers were harmed in the making of this dessert! This delectable frozen dessert requires only six ingredients and has a cool, minty flavor. The bright green color from which it derives its name is sure to catch some eyes and whet some appetites.

What You Need:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 15 drops green food coloring
  • 24 chocolate-covered mint cookies, divided
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 1 chocolate crumb crust (8 inches)

What to Do:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy.
  2. Gradually beat in milk until smooth.
  3. Beat in the food coloring.
  4. Coarsely crush 16 cookies; stir into the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into the crust.
  6. Cover and freeze overnight.
  7. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with remaining cookies.

Berry Ice Pops

 

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Send the kids out to play with one of these portable pops and feel good knowing that they’re eating a little bit of fresh fruit as well. Try different varieties with fruits from your summer garden or from the local farmer’s market.

What You Need:

  • 1-3/4 cups whole milk, divided
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 10 freezer pop molds or 10 paper cups (3 ounces each) and wooden pop sticks

What to Do:

  1. In a microwave, warm 1/4 cup milk; stir in honey until blended.
  2. Stir in the remaining 1-1/2 cups milk and vanilla.
  3. Divide berries among molds; cover with milk mixture.
  4. Top molds with holders.
  5. If using cups, top with foil and insert sticks through foil. Freeze until firm.

Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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It’s an ice cream sandwich on steroids made to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth! These stacked sandwiches are just what you need to take your mind off of things for a bit and enjoy the summer heat. It may just inspire some exercise as well.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 3 cups dulce de leche ice cream, softened if necessary
  • 1/4 cup brickle toffee bits

What to Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; gradually beat into a creamed mixture. Stir in oats and chocolate.
  2. Shape dough into twenty 1-1/4-in. balls. Place 2-1/2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar, smoothing edges if necessary.
  3. Bake until golden brown, 10-13 minutes. Transfer from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. To assemble, place about 1/4 cup ice cream on the bottom of a cookie; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon toffee bits.
  5. Top with a second cookie, pressing gently to flatten ice cream. Place on a baking sheet; freeze overnight or until firm.
  6. Repeat with remaining cookies and ice cream. For longer storage, wrap frozen sandwiches individually and return to the freezer.

 

Summer just isn’t the same without ice cream. While entertaining may be difficult right now, there are no rules against being neighborly! Try whipping up a second batch to share with your friends across the street.