Frozen Dessert Recipes

Chill out this summer with delightful frozen desserts made with store-bought ice cream. Whether you're hosting a party or just wanting to indulge, these no-sweat semi-homemade treats are a sweet option for cooling off on a hot day! Try our best ice cream cakes, frozen pies, and spiffed-up milkshakes before the warm weather melts away.

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    Banana Split Pie

    Layers of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, a graham cracker crust, chocolate syrup, fresh fruit...all this for less than 170 calories a slice? Now that's one sweet deal.

    Tip: Make this ice cream pie up to a week ahead. Just before serving, pile on the banana and berry slices and drizzle with plenty of chocolate.

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    Peach Pie Shake

    Pie oh my! All you need to blend up this quintessential summer dessert is a slice of peach pie (even yesterday's leftovers will do!), frozen peaches, vanilla ice cream, and a splash of milk to marry everything together.

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    Grown Up S'mores Torte

    This frozen cake recipe features the ooey-gooey flavors of your favorite campfire treat. Dulce de leche and coffee ice cream paired with marshmallow creme update the classic dessert. Don't skip the final broiling step for nicely-toasted marshmallows!

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    Lemon Bar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

    No need to decide between ice cream, cookies, or candy for dessert. This sweet-tart recipe sneaks all three into each bite! Lemon curd-swirled vanilla ice cream is stuffed between homemade sugar cookie squares, then surrounded by crushed lemon candies, in this mouth-puckeringly perfect treat.

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    Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

    Fall in love with your favorite chocolate and peanut butter candy reimagined as a tasty frozen pie. Its creamy whipped peanut butter filling and chocolate cookie-crumb crust make for a melt-in-your-mouth treat. 

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    Coffee Cone Affogato

    Finish off the remaining half of your pint in these pint-sized coffee shop-inspired drinks. A mini scoop of vanilla ice cream and a shot of espresso make a dream duo inside the chocolate-coated edible cups.

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    Neapolitan Pops

    These pretty ice cream pops are the perfect ending to a summer meal. You get a trio of flavors—vanilla, chocolate (two layers, by way of ice cream and the cookie crust), and strawberry—in every bite.

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    Chocolate-Peanut Ice Cream Cake

    With a cookie crust, two layers of ice cream, and crunchy chocolate-covered peanuts throughout, this ice cream cake is everything you could ever want in a dessert. Melt together fudge sauce and creamy peanut butter for a sinfully tasty topping.

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    Chocolate Covered Cherry Ice Cream Sandwiches

    What’s better than surprising your loved ones with a box of chocolates? Surprising them with a batch of ice cream sandwiches inspired by the flavor that always has everyone fighting for the last bite: chocolate-covered cherry. Opt for store-bought cherry ice cream so you can focus on the mocha-flavored cookies and two-ingredient Magic Shell coating.

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    Ice Cream Tacos

    Wrap a waffle bowl in a damp paper towel and microwave for 15 seconds so you can shape it into a shell to hold the sweet ice cream “taco” filling. Instead of lettuce, cheese, and sour cream, garnish your dessert taco with candies, sprinkles, and a cherry.

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    Soda Fountain Ice Cream Pie

    One-up your local ice cream parlor with a frozen pie featuring malted milk balls and fresh strawberries. Crushed ice cream cones are the secret to the crunchy crust, while a drizzle of hot fudge tops things off in the richest way possible.

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    Blackberry-Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches with Pistachio Shortbread

    With a hint of tang from lemon sorbet and plenty of richness via vanilla ice cream, the berry-laced filling for these shortbread sandwiches will please all your party guests. Imagine how refreshing it would be to bite into one of these bars on a sweltering summer day! Then stop imagining and start assembling.

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    Coffee-Mallow Torte

    Go nuts over our frozen chocolate-marshmallow torte topped with pecans and drizzled in creamy caramel. Its rich coffee-fudge layer and crumbly cookie crust will be the talk of your next get-together. Just look at that drizzle...

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    Chocolate-Marshmallow Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Give leftover candy bars new life in these semi-homemade sandwiches. Chocolate cake mix makes the cookies oh-so-easy to bake up, while Twix-infused ice cream and marshmallow cream team up for the dreamy filling.

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    Dulce de Leche Sundae Cups

    Inspired by caramel-dunked churros, these Mexican sundaes are ideal for a build-your-own dessert bash. Bake the cinnamon-sugar tortillas in muffin tins to create edible bowls in advance. Come party time, each reveler can fill his or her own with a scoop of ice cream, dessert syrup, and berries.

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    Ice Cream Pops

    Cake pops have had their day. Come summer, try the same concept with round scoops of ice cream in place of the typical cake-frosting center.

    Tip: Make your own Magic Shell for the coating. Microwave an 11-ounce bag of chocolate pieces with ¼ cup of coconut oil on 50 percent power for 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until melted.

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    Coffee Shake Shots

    A pint of coffee ice cream transforms into a cheerful happy hour option when you blend it with milk and coffee liqueur, then serve in chocolate syrup-drizzled shot glasses. Finish with chopped chocolate-covered coffee beans so guests have a clue about the buzzy ingredients to come.

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    Pick-Your-Cereal Milkshakes

    Whether you're Team Cocoa Puffs or Team Cinnamon Toast Crunch—or both!—you can customize your quick-fix ice cream shake to feature your favorite breakfast cereal(s). A pint of vanilla ice cream, a cup of milk, and a cup of cereal are all you need to end your meal with a treat inspired by the way you start your day.

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    Grilled Donut Ice Cream Sandwich

    Give cookies the night off and sandwich a scoop of vanilla ice cream between grilled donut halves instead. A shower of chocolate sauce takes this five-minute dessert recipe to the next level of decadence.

    Tip: Brush the cut-side of each donut half with a bit of melted butter for extra richness and to avoid sticking on the grill.

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    Butterscotch Crunch Squares

    Creamy, crunchy, and cool all at once, these oat-crusted bars showcase many layers of summer dessert deliciousness. Choose butter brickle, chocolate, or vanilla ice cream and top it with a sugary, crumbly nut mixture. If you're really feeling like a "treat yourself" moment (and who isn't?!), drizzle with caramel ice cream topping before serving.

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    Mint Chocolate Chip Cake

    This frozen mint ice cream showstopper is perfect for any season! Normally a holiday staple, peppermint sticks and chocolate-mint candies are also a refreshing flavor mix that cools down a scorching summer day.

    Tip: Prepare up to a week ahead of time and store in your freezer until ready to serve.

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    Grilled Blackberries and Ice Cream

    Grilled berries? Yes, it's possible, and yes, they're scrumptious! Thread them on skewers like you might if you were dunking fruit in chocolate fondue. But instead of coating with chocolate, char over flames for three minutes to caramelize the natural sugars, then spoon over any flavor of ice cream (we're partial to vanilla, cheesecake, or chocolate here).

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    Boozy Affogato Trifles

    After dinner drinks joins forces with dessert in this ridiculously rich brownie parfait. In the mix with the coffee and vanilla ice cream, brownie pieces, chocolate syrup, and caramel syrup, you'll find plenty of coffee liqueur and Irish cream. The only thing missing from this picture? Your spoon.

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    Frozen Neapolitans

    Enjoy the classic vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry flavors of Neapolitan ice cream in one indulgent bite. The added layer of rice cereal cuts down on calories, while chopped almonds add protein and healthy fat.

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    Peppermint-Fudge Pie

    Try our frozen ice cream pie for a cool and fresh summer treat. Layers of peppermint ice cream and homemade fudge sauce are topped with fluffy meringue to create one showstopping dessert.

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    Mix up your usual dessert repertoire with these recipes inspired by the Mediterranean. All of the Mediterranean ingredients we love -- pistachios, honey, fresh fruit -- help make these desserts delicious and one-of-a-kind. If you've got a sweet tooth, these Mediterranean recipes are sure to satisfy!
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