What’s for Dinner: Ice Cream Bars

Oreos. Ice Cream. Hot Fudge. Peanuts. Whip Cream. Each alone, is delicious… so the combination? Absolutely amazing!

As much as I like to make things homemade from scratch, some days are semi-homemade days… where I get help from the store. This time I got a lot of help from the store. As in all I had to do was assemble the dessert. How easy is that? Not too easy: it’s a multiple step process with freezing time in between.

For my cousin Shazia’s dholki, last Friday, I made these ice cream bars. They are easy to make, and a perfect dessert for a hot summer day.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 package of [Oreo] cookies, crushed
  • 1/2 gallon of [vanilla] ice cream, softened
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar of hot fudge sauce
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of [unsalted] peanuts
  • 1 quart of Cool Whip, room temperature

Putting it together is simple as well:

  1. Layer the bottom of your [9″ X 13″ preferably] pan with the crushed oreo cookies. To crush mine, I put them in a ziploc bag, let the air out, close it…. and then crush them with a rolling pan.
  2. Next, on top of the cookies, spread your softened ice cream layer. Put your pan in the freezer to let the ice cream layer freeze and set again.
  3. Then, warm up your hot fudge until it turns into liquid. Spread your hot fudge over the ice cream layer.  Technically, I suppose, I should have waited until the hot fudge cooled down before pouring it over the frozen ice cream, but we all know I didn’t. I didn’t want to have to wait there making sure it was cool enough but not thickening and whatnot. It was going back in the freezer soon enough anyways.
  4. Sprinkle the peanuts on top of the hot fudge.
  5. Finally, add the cool whip on top before returning the pan back to the freezer and letting it freeze. To give mine a decorative touch, I used my decorating kit to add the cool whip layer.
  6. I did this, last minute, as an added touch and added chocolate fudge sauce on top… totally optional as it’s a decadent dessert already… but the color pop was nice.

In the future, perhaps, I’ll make my own hot fudge and maybe even ice cream (an ice cream maker is on my list of eventual purchases amongst the stand mixer). I also want to make it with frozen yogurt next time, to make it slightly healthier.

Any combination of ice cream flavor, nuts, and toppings [caramel instead of fudge, perhaps?] would work just as well in my opinion… I just used my favorites.

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P.S. This post is a part of my “What’s for Dinner” series, where I share what I’ve been cooking and my recipes.

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