4th of July Ice Cream Sundaes . . . (with cookies!)

 4th of July Ice Cream Sundaes . . . (with cookies!). A 4th of July dessert for grown-ups.

Homemade strawberry ice cream sundae with strawberry-blueberry sauce and whipped topping served in a wine goblet and topped with a cookie on the rim. This is how adults do the 4th of July dessert. So I've been told. 

It all started with a cookie cutter.  A sweet little star-shaped cookie cutter that has a cutout for hanging over the rim of a glass. You can find these over-the-edge cookie cutters on Amazon. This set includes a star but is a set of Christmas cookie cutters. This over-the-edge cookie cutter set includes 9 cutters with the star and also some other cool ones like wings!

It's a star with a little cut-out to rest on the edge of a glass. How cute is that?!?

Now, my mind immediately went to martinis, but Mr. E thought of dessert in a glass....duh.  {He's good to have around.}

It's the perfect little dessert for the 4th of July.

First, make the cut-out cookies for the rims of the glasses.

These are just vanilla-almond sugar cookies decorated really simply with royal icing. Guys, you don't even have to decorate them. Leave them plain; it'll be just as fancy.

If you don't have an over-the-rim cookie cutter, or don't have time to buy one, Lisa from the Bearfoot Baker shows how to make your own over-the-rim cookie cutter...from any shape!

Let's make the homemade strawberry ice cream.

...let me tell you, I NEVER order strawberry ice cream at the ice cream shop.  I mean, it's right.next.to.the.chocolate.  Chocolate wins every time.

BUT...this homemade ice cream has me rethinking my priorities.

Here's how you *know* it's going to be good...the melted ice cream makes a ♥-shaped drip on your ice cream maker.  Yep, it's a sign.

Strawberry Ice Cream
{modified from the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream & Dessert Book}

2 cups sliced & hulled strawberries
1/3 c. sugar
juice from 1/2 a lemon
2 eggs
3/4 c. sugar
2 c. heavy whipping cream
1 c. milk

Stir together the strawberries, 1/3 cup sugar, and lemon juice.  Refrigerate for at least one hour.

Mash with a potato masher or a pastry blender.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs for 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy. (Use pasteurized eggs if raw eggs make you nervous.)  Gradually whisk in the 3/4 cup sugar, whisk for an additional minute once all has been added.

Stir in the cream and milk.  Add the strawberry puree.  Pour into a chilled ice cream canister and process according to manufacturer's directions.  Place the ice cream in a freezer-safe container to harden for several hours.

How to make the quick fruit sauce...

Twenty minutes before assembling the sundaes, make the sauce.  Combine more sliced and hulled strawberries with 2 tablespoons of sugar in a bowl.  Let sit for 10 minutes.  Stir in some frozen blueberries.  Let sit for 10 minutes more.

Scoop ice cream into glasses.  Top with the strawberries and blueberries along with the sauce from the bowl.  Dollop on whipped cream (OR Cool Whip).

...don't forget the cookie!

Remember...you don't even have to decorate the cookie! Leave it plain, or cover it in royal icing and sprinkles or sparkling sugar!



  1. That looks so good! Love the little cookie.
    I never try the strawberry, but will have to give this a try. Looks super easy.

  2. These are totally adorable! I was still debating if I should purchase an ice cream machine...seems like you've just won me over with that "sign"! My kids love strawberry ice cream and I think it's much better making them at home! Thanks for sharing.


  3. I'd think martinis with that cookie too... chocolate martinis. :D

  4. Adorable and yummy! Love the cookie cutter cookies. Great idea!! Love your blog!!!

  5. Could you use your kitchen mixer instead of a ice cream maker? My mum told me her mother used to use the cake mix to make ice cream and I have always wondered since having my cake mixer if it would work

  6. that heart-shaped ice cream drop made me smile-my ice cream talks to me too...

    remember last 4th of July when we melted in the Texas heat and ate cupcakes? I love that memory! xoxo

  7. Although this entire thing looks insanely delightful, I'm thinking that the whipped cream is what I want most. I've had a hankering for that constantly lately...on everything! Mmm...

  8. So cute! Love the stars resting on the glasses!

  9. Oh Bridget!
    Look at that sweet sweet little ice cream drop HEART!
    LOVE it!
    And you are right...
    that's a big~time sign...for something GOOD!
    Are those not the cutest cookies!
    I'm LOVING a sundae with a COOKIE!
    Do you use the Cuisinart Ice Cream maker...or one of those ice cream churn makers?
    I need an ice cream maker...I don't think they have them in the NORTHWEST! ;o)

  10. How cute and delicious looking! Wishing I had an ice cream maker right about now...

  11. These are adorable! I want to come to your 4th of July party:-)

  12. That cookie is the cutest thing ever - what a great idea! It would be fun to do some type of citrus flavored cookie and put it on the side of a margarita? But the ice cream idea is probably a better idea:-) My daughter loves strawberry anything and her b'day is coming up. Thanks for the recipe, it sounds fabulous!

  13. Lol you are feelin the love in your kitchen! The heart shaped brown sugar and then this heart drip? I love that you thought to snap a pic of that! We food bloggers are a different breed :D

  14. Adorable cookies - and awesome dessert. My daughter's birthday is July 4 (she'll be 2) and I go back and forth on whether or not I should do a July 4 theme. The party is the third so I'm not totally forced... but this post makes me want to!! :)

  15. This need to be topped in my grandmother's hot fudge! Here's the recipe: http://yellebellyboo.blogspot.com/2011/06/nanny-paulas-hot-fudge.html

  16. Love this! It looks delicious!! Those cookies would be so cute hanging a glass of milk as an after school snack too. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

  17. I am in complete foodie bliss - this looks gorgeous. And I can't believe I've only just discovered your blog. Very exciting.

  18. Love the heart drip in the bowl! It reminded me of the pic you took of Kiddo's BDay cupcakes with the sparklers reflecting tiny hearts in the photo.
    Your ice cream dish looks wonderful and that start cookie cutter is neat. Love how you decorated them!

  19. Those cookies are sooo cute! I think I need an ice cream maker now! :)

  20. Cookies dangling on the side of a glass is the sweetest idea! Now if I could just make flood icing that was worth a darn...

  21. Bridget these are super cute! You always do such a great job!

  22. Oh my goodness these are too cute! I love the cookies with the slit and best of all I adore the "sign" :)

  23. Those cookies are such a cute idea and are such a lovely way to garnish the dessert

  24. That milk heart is hilarious!!! Certainly a sign of great things to come :)
    These sundaes are precious. Perfect for the 4th, I think people would head straight for dessert!

  25. The ice cream and cookies look out of this world. I really need to get an ice cream machine.

  26. I know a lot of folks who don’t eat eggs (they’re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here’s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs: http://EggFreeLiving.com

  27. Cute idea for the cookie on the cup!

  28. How delightful! I love the look and can't believe the price of the cutter, this could get dangerous because I would have to have more cutters to go with that one... :-)

  29. so, so cute Bridget - LOVE that cookie cutter!! shhhhh . . . i NEVER order chocolate ice cream . . .

  30. That is the cutest cookie cutter! I want one.

    I make our ice cream all the time but there is one flavor I do buy. I go to the next down where all the holiday makers go and there is a Baskin Robins that sells chocolate peanut butter ice cream. I buy one and I sit on the bench across the street facing the ocean and the beach and watch all the beautiful people sunning themselves while I eat my ice cream cone.

    These sundaes are really lovely. Definitely easy to get ready ahead of time and assemble when needed.

  31. Hi Bridget! I was going to post a comment on your last post, but I guess everybody is wanting those cutties , so I just came down to this other post to say hi and tell you I loved your blog, there's great recipe, good taste and love for what you're doing. I'll be back!

  32. What gorgeous sundaes!!!! I LOVE the cute little star cookies on the side! You are SO very creative.

  33. Adorable sundaes... And, I especially love the little cookie decorations! I will definitely have to order one of those cookie cutters. I'm thinking they would be adorable with milkshakes or blended coffee drinks, too. :)

  34. I'm so mad I forgot to buy a little star cookie cutter!

    These are darling B!!! and can you believe I have not made ice cream yet this year!! I have some fresh/frozen strawberries.........I think I know what I need to make!!

  35. This is the perfect dessert. I love that everything is homemade, right down to the ice cream. Those cookie cutters are brilliant!

    I'd love to have you share this recipe on Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/06/30/4th-july-dessert-lemon-bars/

  36. Wow! that's so cool! now I have new ideas how to make a dessert :) So irresistible!

  37. I just made ice cream in my ice cream maker for the FIRST time. It was so good. Now I am dying to make the strawberry! I have had this ice cream maker for 9 years and have not used it until this week--no joke. It was a wedding present. I was missing out! Thank you for this beautiful recipe and presentation idea! I featured your post on my Friday Favorites today. I am sure more readers will want to share in the deliciousness!

  38. Happy 4th to you guys Bridget!!!

    I featured your post in my wrap up today http://tidymom.net/2011/im-lovin-it-wrap-up-4th-of-july-ideas/

  39. I wish I had seen this post before the 4th! These sundaes are fabulous! I absolutely love homemade strawberry ice cream and adding those adorable little cookies was brilliant! I am totally going to repurpose this idea for my next get-together!


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