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This homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake is a simple and perfect recipe to make with kids for a special occasion or birthday.
Made with ingredients we all love, it is full of chocolate and vanilla flavors with a crunchy, fudgy cookie crust.
This homemade ice cream cake is one of my mom's specialties. She makes it for her grandkid's birthdays and it is always a hit and gone in a flash.
She adapted her version from a recipe titled Cookie Ice Cream Cake found in a Taste of Home Dessert Cookbook that she picked up years ago.
There are several steps to building the cake, but the recipe is simple enough to make with young kids. This cake can be made up to a week in advance which will help free up time prior to your special event.
Perfect for a birthday or other special occasion.
- miniature chocolate chip cookies
- vanilla soft serve
- chocolate soft serve
- hot fudge sauce
- nut topping
There are several steps to put this recipe together, but when followed in order, it is a simple recipe that produces a big visual impact.
For this recipe, I used Famous Amos Mini Chocolate Chip cookies. Use a cookie with a good crunchy texture, but you can substitute an alternative cookie that you have on hand. If you can't find Famous Amos, I have also used Chips Ahoy crunchy chocolate chip cookies.
Step 1. Take 25 cookies and place them in a zip lock bag. Close the bag and crush with a rolling pin until you have fairly large crumbs.
Step 2. Melt butter and mix with cookie crumbs. Press crumbs into the bottom of a springform pan. #ad Cover with foil and place the pan in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Step 3. Heat fudge topping in a glass cup for 15-30 seconds until pourable. Mix fudge with a spoon and spread over cookie crust. Spread evenly to the edge of the pan. Place the remaining cookies on end, side by side on the outside edge of the pan to create a cookie edge. Place pan in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Step 4. Remove chocolate ice cream from the freezer to soften. Stir ice cream and spread evenly over cookie crust to the edge of the pan. Place pan in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Step 5. After 15 minutes set out vanilla ice cream to soften. Stir and spread vanilla ice cream over the chocolate layer to the edge of the pan.
Step 6. Heat remaining hot fudge sauce in the microwave until pourable. Drizzle lightly over vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle chopped nuts around the outside border of the ice cream.
Step 7. Cover and return to the freezer for at least 30 minutes until the ice cream has hardened. Set out for 10 minutes prior to serving.
My mom has made this cake up to a week in advance.
Store in springform pan. Wrap the pan in cling wrap and then wrap securely in foil.
Leftover cake can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.
A springform pan is a baking pan that has a removable bottom. This type of pan is used in making cheesecakes, and other deep dish recipes.
What to Serve with Ice Cream Cake
This Ice Cream Cake can be a stand-alone dessert for any special occasion. For additional chocolatey flavor, serve with a spoonful of hot fudge sauce or with marshmallow cream. Can eat nuts? Skip them and add sprinkles instead.
Another moist and flavorful cake that would work well with Ice Cream Cake is Coconut Refrigerator Cake. This moist and flavorful cake is another make-ahead cake that will free up time as you prepare for your special occasion.
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