8 Must-Make Ice Creams and Frozen Desserts

It. Is. Hot. Outside. School started for many of our area school today, nevermind the fact that the actual high temperature was 102. Heat index with the humidity? 412.

That's why we need, that's why YOU need, ice cream. And lots of it.

Here are eight of our very favorite ice cream desserts:
(Please keep in mind, some of these are from very old, very embarrassing blog posts. The recipes are worth suffering through the embarrassment.)

Click the titles to go to the recipe.

1. 7-Layer Cookie Ice Cream

7-layer cookie ice cream ♥ Bake at 350
You know the cookie...graham cracker crumbs, butter, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, pecans, and sweetened condensed milk. It's all in here.

2. Chocolate Amaretti Ice Cream Pie

Chocolate Amaretti Ice Cream Pie ... one of our favorite recipes!  ♥ Bake at 350
Easy, delicious, perfect in every way.

3. Three-Ingredient Chocolate Sorbet

3-ingredient chocolate sorbet! Dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free!  ♥ Bake at 350
Really! THREE ingredients. It's so rich, you'll never believe that it's dairy-free and egg-free. No funky ingredients, either!

Fudgy Brownies with Stella's American-Style Chocolate Buttercream

Fudgy Brownies with Stella's American-Style Chocolate Buttercream
When I think about my favorite desserts, brownies are high, high, HIGH up on the list. Caramel brownies, Twix brownies, beer-frosted mocha brownies, Kahlua cheesecake brownies...I'm pretty much smitten with brownies.

Fudgy Brownies with Stella's American-Style Chocolate Buttercream
Add another one to the list. Fudgy Brownies with Stella's American-Style Chocolate Buttercream. You might know Stella as Bravetart. The dessert genius with a cookbook by the same name and senior editor of Serious Eats. She posted this frosting not long ago and, well, it was a must-make.

Fudgy Brownies with Stella's American-Style Chocolate Buttercream
First, the brownies. They're fudgy, they're chocolatey, they're straight-up delicious. You don't have to frost them...they stand on their own...but YOU ARE GOING TO FROST THEM this time.

How to Set Up an Ice Cream Bar

How to Set Up an Ice Cream Bar
Whether you’re planning a fun dessert for the family or hosting a crowd, an ice cream bar promises to be the hit of the summer! Who can say no to an ice cream bar?

How to Set Up an Ice Cream Bar + garland from The Pioneer Woman
I love ice cream bars because they can be super low-key. All of the prep work is done in advance...all you do is set things out and be prepared for the smiles. :)

ice cream pre-scooped

amarena cherries

How to Set Up an Ice Cream Bar : bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends
I'm talking all about it over on The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends. I have a few hints to make things easier...and a few topping ideas that are musts in my book.

Join me over at Ree's and let's have an ice cream party! 


Peach Pudding with Ginger Crumble

Peach Pudding with Ginger Crumble
There is perhaps no other scent that says "summer" like fresh peaches. Well, maybe Coppertone lotion back in the 80s...but food-wise, it has to be peaches.

*This post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar

Peach Pudding with Ginger Crumble
Dig right into this summery, southern pudding - peach pudding with ginger crumble. Think banana pudding, but with peaches instead. A vanilla-bean studded pudding mixed with fresh ripe peaches. Instead of banana pudding's vanilla wafers, this pudding is topped with a buttery, gingery cookie crumble.

(Side note: that ginger crumble is also KILLER on ice cream!)

Making homemade pudding is super easy. Listen, I'm a girl who loves a pudding cup from the dairy section, but homemade pudding blows those out of the water. Also, the serving size is bigger. Yahoo!!!

Before placing puddings in the fridge to chill and thicken, press a piece of plastic wrap on top to avoid that pudding "skin." Unless you're into that sort of thing.

You'll also have plenty of time to whip up that ginger crumble. Word of advice...don't make it too far in advance. There's plenty of extra, but you could very possibly end up eating it all before the puddings are ready.

Peach Pudding with Ginger Crumble

Want the recipe? I'm sharing it over at Imperial Sugar

Christmas in July : Santa and Snowman Ice Cream Cookies

Christmas in July : Santa and Snowman Ice Cream Cookies
Merry Christmas in July!!! 

I do feel like a kid on Christmas today, participating in this cookie party with some of my favorite cookiers in the history of ever. As I'm typing this, I have no idea what they've made, but I know they'll be so fun, so cute, so THEM. (I'll link to all of them at the bottom of this post as soon as I get the full list.)

Christmas in July : Santa and Snowman Ice Cream Cookies
So, I knew this was coming up, but I could not decide what cookie design to make. I googled "Christmas in July," I scanned Instagram hashtags, and I came up with nada.

Christmas in July : Santa and Snowman Ice Cream Cookies
Last week, the three of us were leaving our favorite taco joint, and I had a vision...of Santa and Snowman ice cream cones. I don't know if it was the hot sauce or the guacamole, but I do know that I'm going back there if I ever need divine (taco?) cookie inspiration.