Meg’s Cooking Corner

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Peppermint Ice Cream Desserts

Each year I look forward to the Christmas season and all the wonderful peppermint treats. Dreyers peppermint ice cream, mint m&m's, peppermint hot chocolate, and of course the combination of peppermint and chocolate. There are too many tempting choices! Here are two ice cream favorites:
We love this dessert. It's handy to keep in the freezer for those drop-by Christmas guests! It does need approx. 11 hours to freeze, so plan ahead.

Chocolate Peppermint Dessert
1 pkg (1 pound) oreo cookies, crushed (about 3 cups)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 gallon peppermint ice cream, softened
12 oz cool-whip, thawed
1/3 cup butter
2 cups prepared hot fudge sauce
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies or candy canes

Mix crushed cookies and melted butter. Press mixture firmly in bottom of ungreased 13x9 pan. Stir together ice cream and 2 cups of cool whip; spoon evenly onto chocolate cookie crust. Freeze about 3 hours or until firm. Pour hot fudge sauce evenly over ice cream. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Freeze at least 8 hours but no longer than 2 weeks. To serve, cut into squares. Serve with extra cool whip and warm hot fudge sauce. 15 servings

These ice cream balls are very easy to make, unless you are making 95, like my 2 friends and I did last week for an adult social. These are great to top with a favorite holiday cookie. We served them in wide mouth cups and dipped the rims in red sprinkles for a festive presentation! This recipe is easy to adjust for large or small groups.

Peppermint Snowballs

1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened slightly
crushed candy canes

Use an ice cream scooper to scoop 12 large scoops of ice cream. Roll the ice cream balls in crushed candy canes. Place in wide mouth cups or dessert bowls and add a cookie or mini candy cane to serve. Serves 12. Enjoy!


Grama Carol said...

Had this one at Micah's birthday party. It is great, pretty, and tastes good too Thanks

The Schultz Clan said...

Megan, I was desperate for a holiday dessert! Thanks for such a great and EASY recipe. I think this will be a hit and a traditional dessert!!