August 5, 2009

Ice-Cream Cookie Bars {Powernap}

Making ice-cream is fun, but developing ice-cream treats is even more enjoyable. It is only natural that with all the ice-cream I’ve been churning out this summer I’ve been creating delicious summer desserts as well. In June I started by making an amazing ice-cream cookie sandwich with my malted milk ice-cream between chocolate butter almond cookies. Then, last week I made these delicious ice-cream bars with a graham cracker crust, and the cookie sandwiches were blown out of the water. These ice-cream bars are the ultimate summer frozen treat. The best part is that I can make them during naptime and they can harden in the freezer until it’s times for dessert.


Naptime Cookies & Cream Ice-Cream Bars with Graham Cracker Crust


For Crust:

2 c. graham cracker crumbs
6 T. melted butter
¼ c. sugar

For Bars:

½ c. caramel sauce (store-bought is fine, or you can make your own)
2 pints Cookies & Cream
2 squares semisweet baking chocolate, melted
1/3 c. sliced almonds


1. Preheat oven to 325. Combine crust ingredients in a bowl until fully incorporated. Then press into a 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.
2. Once crust has cooled pour thin layer of caramel sauce over crust and spread evenly. Put dish in the refrigerator and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
3. When caramel is cooled work quickly to spread ice-cream over caramel. Make sure ice-cream is evenly packed and level. I like to work the ice-cream with the back of a spoon.
4. Drizzle melted chocolate on top and sprinkle with sliced almonds, or topping of your choice. 5. Cover dish with clear plastic and place in freezer for 4-6 hours, or until ice-cream is frozen solid. Cut into bars and serve.

More ideas for Ice-Cream Bar combinations:
Crusts: Gingersnap crumbs, Rice Krispies with chocolate chips, chocolate wafer crumbs, baked chocolate cookie dough
Layers: Butterscotch, hot fudge, strawberry sauce, raspberry jam, melted peanut butter Ice-Cream: Any flavor you can think of!
Toppings: Nuts, M&Ms, crush candy canes, peppermint bark.

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