Festive Desserts from Your Freezer
A little bit of creativity and a whole lot of help from Graeter’s Ice Cream is all it takes to get huge jump on your holiday menu planning!
The holiday season can be pretty crazy… a fun tangled lights and sprinkles in your hair kind of crazy, of course. Festive desserts that can be put together in advance and impress family and friends can go a long way to calm the chaos.
Each year I prepare a handful of frozen desserts to keep in my freezer so I am ready for friends who drop in unexpectedly to share holiday cheer. I use delicious quality ingredients I can count on so preparation is minimal, leaving me more time for untangling those Christmas lights!
Quality ingredients really do make a difference. I am a huge fan of Graeter’s Ice Cream. In fact, I am embarrassed to say I have eaten entire cartons of their Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip in one sitting. OK, if I’m completely honest… I’ve eaten entire cartons of every one of their Chocolate Chip varieties. They aren’t normal chocolate chips. These are HUGE chunks of dark chocolate. Mercy!
Peppermint Stick Ice Cream Pie
This pie is very easy to put together and so pretty it’s like a Christmas decoration!
- 1 prepared chocolate crumb crust, cooled (or purchased)
- 2 pints Graeter’s Peppermint Stick Ice Cream
- 2/3 cup hot fudge sauce
- 2 cups whipped cream or thawed frozen whipped topping
- Crushed Candy Canes for Garnish
Set ice cream on the counter for 30 minutes to soften. Stir until soft enough to spread into pie crust. Spoon into crust and spread evenly. Cover with the hot fudge sauce then “frost” with the whipped cream. Sprinkle the top with crushed candy canes. Place in freezer for 3 hours. Remove and cover tightly with a layer of plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. Return to the freezer for up to 2 months. To serve, remove from freezer 30 minutes before slicing with a warm knife.
These are great to keep on hand for kids. You can use any flavor but I stick to vanilla or Graeter’s Coconut Chocolate Chip.
- Ice Cream
- Flaked Coconut (optional)
- Assorted candies for decorating (fruit roll ups, mini chocolate chips, M&Ms, string licorice, Oreo cookies, rolos or mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, small candy canes)
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop balls of ice cream onto the prepared baking sheet and place in the freezer for 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and make snowman face, hat, and scarf with candies and cookies. The fruit rollups and licorice are great for making a scarf. To make a hat, twist apart an Oreo cookie and use 1 of the chocolate wafers as the base of the hat. Top with a rolo or mini Reese’s. Once the snowmen are decorated, return them to the freezer until very firm. Cover tightly and keep in freezer until ready to serve.
(Note: If you would like to coat the ice cream balls with shredded coconut, place the coconut in a shallow bowl and drop the scoops of ice cream into the coconut and roll around to coat before placing them on the prepared baking sheet and freezing.)
Ice Cream Sandwiches
I make these for the Fourth of July and for Christmas every year. In July I use Graeter’s Strawberry or Peach Ice Cream and roll the sandwiches in red, white and blue sprinkles! For Christmas I like to use their special holiday flavor ice creams and sprinkles or crushed candy canes to make these ice cream sandwiches extra festive. So fun!
- Cookies of choice
- Graeter’s Ice Cream of choice
- Deco of choice (sprinkles, chopped nuts, crushed candy, coconut, mini chips, etc.)
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Sandwich ice cream between two cookies and press so the ice cream starts to ooze out the sides. Roll in decorative coating of choice and place on prepared baking sheet. Place in freezer for 3 hours then remove and wrap each sandwich individually.
Combination ideas using some of my favorite Graeter’s Holiday Ice Cream flavors:
- Gingerbread cookies with Eggnog or Pumpkin ice cream
- Chocolate cookies or wafers with Peppermint Stick ice cream
- Oatmeal cookies with Cinnamon or Salted Caramel ice cream
Visit Graeter’s website for a list of all flavors and their story of 145 years of making phenomenal ice cream! www.graeters.com
LeAnn Rice is a food blogger and cookbook author. You can stalk her at www.LeAnnCooks.com where you can find her social media links as well as a link to purchase her book, The Loving Kitchen.