21 ice cream desserts

From gourmet sundaes to ice cream pies, these cool treats are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth

Tropical Heaven Sundae

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Tropical Heaven Sundae

Zingy lemon-lime sorbet, rich coconut ice cream, fresh ripe pineapple, and toasted coconut--an island vacation should taste like this.

Recipe: Tropical Heaven Sundaes

Hot Date Sundae

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Hot Date Sundae

Inspired by the Hot Date sundae from Poppy in Seattle, this is triply banana: warm banana bread, banana swirl ice cream, and ripe bananas with meltingly soft dates, walnuts, and whipped cream. Add a shot of rum to make it even more provocative.

Recipe: Hot Date Sundaes

Coffee Chocolate Crunch Fantasia Sundae

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Coffee Chocolate Crunch Fantasia Sundae

Who says sundaes have to be in a bowl? Coffee ice cream gets structural with rum mocha sauce, Kahlúa whipped cream, macadamia nuts, crushed waffle cookies, and cacao nibs. The treat was Inspired by the artfully deconstructed ice cream creations of Food Network star Elizabeth Falkner.

Recipe: Coffee Chocolate Crunch Fantasia Sundaes

Japonica Sundae

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Japonica Sundae

Lush, demure, and dreamy: Matcha green tea ice cream meets sake-poached plums under a cloak of candied-ginger whipped cream.

Recipe: Japonica Sundaes

Bluebarb Pie Sundae

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Bluebarb Pie Sundae

Store-bought vanilla ice cream swirled with sweet-tart rhubarb compote, plus shortbread "crust" crumbles, gives new meaning to pie à la mode. Use other berries in this “pie” if you like.

Recipe: Bluebarb Pie Sundaes

Roasted Berry Sundaes

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Roasted Berry Sundaes

Here we've combined berries and ice cream, two summer favorites, in this super-easy sundae.

Recipe: Roasted Berry Sundaes

 

 

Coffee Sundaes with Salted Peanut Butter Caramel

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Coffee Sundaes with Salted Peanut Butter Caramel

The sweet and salty combo in this sundae is truly amazing. Serve it to special guests, or treat the family to a weeknight splurge.

Recipe: Coffee Sundaes with Salted Peanut Butter Caramel

Vanilla Ice Cream 'Drowned' in Espresso (Affogato al Caffè)

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Vanilla Ice Cream 'Drowned' in Espresso (Affogato al Caffè)

It's like a grown-up's milkshake. A cookie or two on the side is a nice addition.

Recipe: Vanilla Ice Cream 'Drowned' in Espresso (Affogato al Caffè)

Apricot Almond Swirl Ice Cream Pie

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Apricot Almond Swirl Ice Cream Pie

This treat celebrates one of our favorite summer fruits. A cheesecake pan was used to make this pie, but you can use a 9-in. pie pan and sprinkle the almonds on top.

Recipe: Apricot Almond Swirl Ice Cream Pie

Pistachio Cardamom Ice Cream Pie

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Pistachio Cardamom Ice Cream Pie

Kulfi, a dense, almost chewy Indian ice cream, inspired this pie. Opt for pistachios in the shell for greener color.

Recipe: Pistachio Cardamom

Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream Pie

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Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream Pie

Add the whipped cream to this delectable pie just before serving; the freezer is not kind to it.

Recipe: Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream Pie

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Pie with Balsamic Syrup

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Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Pie with Balsamic Syrup

The high sugar content of jams and preserves keeps the fruit from freezing rock-hard in this yummy treat.

Recipe: Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Pie with Balsamic Syrup

Summer Fruit Mini Ice Cream Pies

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Summer Fruit Mini Ice Cream Pies

What's more adorable (or delicious!) than a miniature ice-cream pie? If you want to make one big pie, use a 9-in. cheesecake pan.

Recipe: Summer Fruit Mini Ice Cream Pies

Strawberry-Lemon Baked Alaska

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Strawberry-Lemon Baked Alaska

If you've never made one of these classic confections, you'll be tempted now. The bottom layer is genoise, a light, rich cake. Ice cream goes on the cake, then the whole thing is cloaked in meringue and put in the oven. The meringue turns golden but insulates the ice cream, so it stays frozen

Recipe: Strawberry-Lemon Baked Alaska

Peanut-Butter Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Peanut-Butter Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

These soft, yielding cookies have a double dose of chocolate. They're the perfect foil for rich, gooey peanut butter ice cream.

Recipe: Peanut-Butter Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Studded with vanilla seeds, this ice cream has intense flavor.

Recipe: Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream

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Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream

Mexican chocolate, usually described on the package as "Mexican chocolate drink mix," is a spiced chocolate bar that's commonly melted for hot chocolate. It gives the ice cream a pudding-like texture.

Recipe:  Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream

 

Easy Dreamy Peachy Ice Cream

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Easy Dreamy Peachy Ice Cream

Bursting with fresh peaches, this ice cream would be a special treat on a hot summer evening when served with some buttery shortbread.

Recipe: Easy Dreamy Peachy Ice Cream

Coconut Avocado Ice Cream

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Coconut Avocado Ice Cream

Silky smooth, luscious, and surprisingly good with chocolate sauce.

Recipe: Coconut Avocado Ice Cream

Sweet Corn Ice Cream

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Sweet Corn Ice Cream

Sweet corn is a favorite ice cream flavor in Mexico, where the kernels are usually stirred in whole. We've grated them to extract their sweet, milky liquid and used the kernels and liquid as part of the custard base.

Recipe:  Sweet Corn Ice Cream

Brandy Shakes

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Brandy Shakes

These shakes, made from high-quality vanilla ice cream and brandy, are a super simple way to cool down and relax on hot summer afternoons.

Recipe: Brandy Shakes

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