Category Archives: Dessert

Nice Cream Pie

Note on the note below: I featured this post last year, and this year, Rebecca requested it for her birthday treat. Today is her birthday, so I thought it would be fun to feature it again. Also… pictures of the quilt will be forthcoming. As soon as I get it done. Now back to sewing!
Happy Birthday, Rebecca! We love you so much!
Note: this post is a “flashback” post from my previous life blog, Cheep Eats & Sweets. But we ate it again and the compliments were as sweet as the ice cream, so I thought it was worth sharing again!

I made this ice cream pie for my husband’s family a couple of weeks ago. Despite its simplicity, they raved about it, so I decided to make it again when my stepkids were around so they could enjoy it too. I don’t remember why, but on that day we were all just snippy with one another. No major fighting or anything, but the kids kept getting annoyed with each other, Gary and I kept getting annoyed with each other, and we kept getting annoyed with the kids. All around, everyone was annoyed.

I had whipped this simple dessert up the day before and was prepared to serve it that night. Before I served it though, I told everyone who wanted a piece that they must say something nice about everyone at the table. Jordan went first, and, thinking hard, came up with something nice to say about everyone. Then around the table we went, including little Nicole. So this dessert was dubbed Nice Cream Pie by our family, and I think it’s a tradition we’ll stick with. When I make this pie, you better have nice things to say if you want a piece! (Oh, and it was amazing what a transformation our family went through… the snippiness ended and everyone was happy and laughing by the end of dessert. And I’m sure the sugar rush had nothing to do with that!)

I’m actually a little embarrassed to post this recipe because it’s so simple! But somehow the magical combination transforms into a lovely, amazing little dessert! The recipe is at the bottom of the post, but to start you’re going to need about 2/3 a package of Oreos. This will give you plenty to snack on while you work. That’s essential! Throw them into your food processor.
Note: my processor is really really small, so it’s likely that your Oreos will not come to the top like mine do! Okay, process and pulse and whatever else ya gotta do until it looks like this:

Mmm, crumbly Oreo goodness. Keep the kids out of the kitchen for this recipe.
Actually, this is a simple recipe that kids could definitely help with! But then they’d watch you sneaking all those Oreos, and they’d want in on the action.

Melt about 3 tablespoons of butter in the microwave and pour it into your processor as you pulse. Or just dump it in and pulse after, should you have a baby on your hip. It doesn’t matter!
Now you’re going to want to press those crumbs into a pie pan.

Not gonna lie, it gets messy. So before you pour them into the pan, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (or something). This way you’ll be able to save those crumbs for later.
Okay, now you can press the crumbs down.

Now your pie crust is made. If you have time, put it in the freezer for a few minutes. The ice cream won’t smudge your neat little crust.

You got your ice cream out to melt right? What? I didn’t mention that? Okay, hurry and get it out and wait till it’s all melty. If it’s still sealed let it sit in the sun for a few minutes, that’ll soften the sucker up. Now when it’s nice and melty–but not soupy–glob it into your pie crust. Smooth it around till it looks pretty. You only need about 3/4 of a 1.5 qt. of ice cream.

Can we talk ice cream for a minute? (I have personally never said “no” to that question.) I used a Breyer’s All Natural Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. But only because it was on sale. In truth, it was delicious, but you could use any mint ice cream you want. Oh, you think mint ice cream tastes like toothpaste? (You know who you are.) Then try something else! The next time I’m making this pie, I’m going to try a chocolate flavor, maybe with cookie crumbles. Cookie dough would be fab, and Oreo ice cream is an obvious choice. Homemade ice cream of any flavor would be divine. Customize this pie so your family will say nice things to get a slice!

Okay, back to directions. I like to freeze the pie at this step. A few hours, or overnight, until it’s nice and firm will be good. Now you’re going to need light whipped cream in the can. Well, I suppose it doesn’t have to be light. Or from a can. Technically, it could even be Cool Whip. To be perfectly honest, Gary and I have been addicted to light whipped cream in the can ever since I made this the first time. We’re to the point we’re just buying it to eat it plain! I do like it in the can though because it’s easier to get fancy with the can than Cool Whip. Once your pie is frozen, decorate with whipped cream and some of those leftover Oreo crumbs. Freeze until the whipped cream is firm (optional). You may want to let it soften 10 minutes before you serve it. And don’t forget: say nice things before you indulge!

Nice Cream Pie
2/3 pkg. Oreos
3 T. butter, melted
4-5 c. ice cream, very soft
whipped cream in a can

Crush Oreos in a food processor. Pulse in melted butter and press Oreos into pie pan. Save extra crumbs.
Spread ice cream in pie pan, freeze 4 hours or overnight.
Decorate with whipped cream and extra Oreo crumbs.
PS – If I wasn’t so swamped with quilting, I’d make this dairy free by omitting the butter (or using a substitute), using soy ice cream, and perhaps trying out this coconut whipped cream I found on Pinterest. If you try the dairy free version, I’d love to hear how it went!

Dairy-Free Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Dairy Free Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

I was told recently that I don’t post enough pictures of my cute kids on my blog.
This person just happens to be the aunt of said cute kids who is always too busy to come and see said cute kids herself. Instead she needs me to provide photos.
Because she lives fifteen whole minutes away.

So I bring you…

Abigail’s first taste of ice cream frozen yogurt. This kid has seriously not had ice cream until this moment. What a deprived life! Stupid dairy allergies. :)

She thinks this stuff is pretty good… and lest you think that picture is a fake…
{because no mom in her right mind would give a toddler a bowl of frozen yogurt, a spoon, no bib, and say “here, try this!”}
I bring you the “after” picture:
{I’ve never claimed to be of sound mind on this blog. Pretty much the opposite.} 

But regardless of mess…

she is a cute kid.
Now, who agrees that certain aunts who live a slight distance away need to come and cuddle this kid, asap?

Dairy-Free Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
Adapted from: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
A smooth, creamy frozen yogurt that is totally dairy free.
  • ¾ c. vanilla soy milk (or plain)
  • ⅓ c. granulated sugar
  • 4 c. vanilla soy yogurt (or plain)
  • 18 oz. frozen strawberries, thawed and pureed
  • 1 t. vanilla (optional; omit if using vanilla soy milk or yogurt)
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the milk and granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Stir in the yogurt, strawberry puree, and vanilla.
  3. Pour mix into ice cream maker, mix according to manufacturer's directions.
  4. Mix until soft-serve consistency.
  5. Transfer ice cream into a freezer bowl with lid and place in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
  6. Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving.
  7. Enjoy.

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Mint Oreo Ice Cream

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Here in Utah, the dog days of summer are officially upon us. While my kids are have started school, we’ve been granted with weather in the nineties all week long. The weather is melt-your-face-off hot and getting in the car seems like a punishment you’d reserve for only the worst of your enemies.
{I’m not much for extreme weather of any variety.} 

I present to you 2 solutions for beating this oppressive heat that hangs on you like a sweaty child in need of  nap:

Exhibit A: Sweaty Child, in Need of Nap

1. Watch this video and escape reality for a lovely three minutes and forty four seconds.

2. Make this ice cream. And really, why wouldn’t you?

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Mint Oreo Ice Cream
Adapted from: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
The perfect treat to beat the summer heat-sink your spoon into a bowlful of sweet, creamy, mint oreo ice cream!
  • 1½ c. whole milk
  • 1⅛ c. white sugar
  • 3 c. heavy cream
  • 1½ T. peppermint extract
  • 3-6 drops green food coloring
  • ½ pkg. Oreos
  1. Mix together cream, milk and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add peppermint extract and food coloring. Add to frozen ice cream maker bowl, mix as directed per your ice cream maker. Meanwhile, roughly chop Oreos. Using a sieve or a strainer, sift out Oreo "dust." Reserve remaining Oreos. In the last 5 minutes of freezing ice cream, add in the chopped Oreos. Freeze until solid, or as long as you can stand waiting. Makes 2 qts.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream

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 Note: This is a flashback post from my old recipe blog, which you can peruse here.

I’m a little sad as I type this blog post. I’m about to show you a recipe that is so delicious, so ridiculously bad, and so easy that I will understand if we can’t be friends anymore. Really. Because I’m the woman responsible for giving you the recipe that will destroy any shred of self control.


4th of July Dessert: Strawberry Trifle

My sister wanted to be cutesy. So she made an angel food cake.
The angel food cake was a bit overdone.
Then she confessed she didn’t even like angel food cake. She wanted strawberry cake.
While this logic may seem lacking to you, it follows perfectly well in my family.

Edit: My sister did want to be cutesy but not by making an angel food cake. She wanted to make a Flag Cake. However, when she asked my mom to pick up a strawberry flavored cake, there was a misunderstanding and an angel food cake mix and strawberries were purchased. She does not now, nor ever like angel food cake nor does she intend to make angel food cake. Crazy enough as that is, the logic was sound. 
{Check back later this week for her guest post on how to make a Flag Cake!} ;)
Also coming soon: an Angel Food cake recipe from scratch that everyone will like!

I asked if there was whipped cream. There was.
I asked if there was vanilla pudding.
After a moment of rummaging, we found a lone box of sugar free vanilla pudding. Good enough.
I had bought a four pound package of strawberries at Costco that day.
I announced we could fix all dilemmas by making a trifle. 

Wikipedia defines a trifle as “dessert dish made from thick (or often solidified) custardfruitsponge cake, fruit juice or gelatin, and whipped cream. These ingredients are usually arranged in layers with fruit and sponge on the bottom, and custard and cream on top.”
{Or in other words, one of those fancy layered dishes in a clear glass bowl.}

The beauty of this dessert is that it looks pretty but it is so simple.
I’ve made it before and it was very well received. In just a few moments, we had our layered dessert–the most complicated step being “slice the strawberries.”

This is a really fun dessert for the 4th of July–especially if you throw a few blueberries into the mix! Very “cutesy!”

Strawberry Punch Bowl Cake

1 angel food cake (homemade, from a box, or store-bought)
1 small package vanilla pudding
2 c. milk
8 oz. carton whipped topping (Cool Whip)
1 pint fresh strawberries, washed and hulled.

Slice strawberries and set aside. Save a few for garnishing the top. Tear angel food cake into bite-sized pieces. In a medium bowl, mix together vanilla pudding and milk, then mix in whipped topping until creamy. 

Layer 1/3 of angel food cake on bottom of trifle bowl. Top with 1/3 of pudding mixture. 
Add about 1/2 your strawberries. I try to make some of the strawberries visible from the outside of the bowl.
Layer angel food cake, pudding, strawberries. Angel food cake layer, pudding layer. Garnish with the reserved strawberries. It looks extra pretty if you save a nice big one and cut slices through the strawberry from the bottom up; not cutting through the top, like my sister did here. 

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