It’s hot and the best way to cool off is with a few cold desserts. We’re not talking about slightly chilled or lukewarm — we’re talking ice cold to help stave off the summer heat. When your child says, “My daddy cooks the best summer desserts,” you’ll know she means it. What’s really great about these recipes is that most of them don’t even need the oven at all.
Recipe #1 – Ice Cream Pie
This is one of those no brainers that my kid and I love. Plus, it’s simple and fast to make. First, take a package of semi-sweet chocolate chips and melt them in the microwave. Add four cups of crispy rice cereal and mix well. Pour the concoction into a wax paper lined pie plate and press it into the shape of a pie crust. Stick it in the freezer for about 10-20 minutes to cool it down. Take your favorite flavor of ice cream and spread onto the crust until it becomes an ice cream pie. Put it back into the freezer for at least a few hours and serve.
Recipe #2 – Strawberry Ice
Ok, this requires a little heat in the beginning but the end result is well worth it. Combine one cup water and ½ cup of sugar in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Stir and let cool. Take three cups of strawberries (or any of your favorite berries) and put them into a blender along with the syrup from the pan. Strain the mixture into a shallow dish and freeze for at least four hours.
Scrape the top of the strawberry ice to create small flakes and shavings and distribute them in bowls. Whip ½ cup of heavy cream into peaks and add to the bowls. If you’re feeling sassy, add some fresh berries to the top as well.
Recipe #3 – Peanut Butter Cup and Pretzel Ice Cream Cake
We had a pie and now it’s time to have our cake and eat it too. Take a loaf pan and line it with parchment paper. Take 1 1/2 pints of softened vanilla ice cream and press it into the pan. Top it with at least 30 chopped mini peanut butter cups. Put another 1 ½ pints on top of that and top with 1 cup of broken pretzels. Put the whole thing into the freezer and freeze for at least an hour before serving.
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