Ice Cream Pie

ice cream pie

I’m spending today getting ready for our annual Soup’s On New Year’s Eve Party.  I’ve lost count of how many years we have been doing it.

I cook up 3-4 big pots of soup, a few appetizers and desserts.  Our guests also bring an appetizer or dessert to share so there is always LOTS of food!   I’ll share more details on the food on Friday.

I love starting the new year with good friends, good food and some fun!

Some friends just stop in for a bowl of soup and then go onto their next activity, some friends stay for the evening.  Later in the evening we usually pull out a game or two (we got a few new ones for Christmas) and then ring in the New Year with sparkling cider and poppers!

Today though I want to continue the ice cream theme that I started on Monday by sharing our  family’s favorite Christmas Day dessert – Ice Cream Pie!

Our family motto is “There’s always room for ice cream – it just melts and fills in the cracks!”

Ice Cream Pie is an easy, quick and delicious dessert.  There really isn’t even a formal recipe.

All you need is:

Some type of pie shell – we use store bought graham cracker and oreo cookie.

A favorite flavor of ice cream – this year we used vanilla and mint chip.

Some type of sauce –  My mom’s Hot Fudge Sauce works perfect!!  For caramel sauce I buy Mrs. Richardson’s Butterscotch Caramel Sauce

Candy – crushed up Heath bar, Andes Mints, Snickers, candy cane etc.

Our family’s favorite combinations are:

Graham cracker crust, vanilla ice cream, Mrs. Richardson’s Caramel Sauce, crushed Heath Bar

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And this is another popular combination at our house:

Oreo cookie crust, mint ice cream, hot fudge sauce, and crushed Andes Mint candy

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Step One:  Soften ice cream and layer half of it on the bottom of the pie crust

Step Two:  Pour a layer of fudge sauce or caramel sauce over ice cream.  Use as much or as little as you like – no rules

Step Three:  Sprinkle 1/2 of crushed candy over sauce.  I used 4 Heath bars total.

Step Four:  Repeat!

Put back into the freezer until firm.  Enjoy!

Use your creativity!  What combination would you put together?

Ice Cream Pie
  • ½ gallon of ice cream
  • fudge sauce or caramel sauce
  • graham cracker or Oreo cookie crust
  • Crushed candy (Heath bar, candy cane etc.)
  1. Place a layer of ice cream in crust.
  2. Drizzle with hot fudge or caramel sauce.
  3. Sprinkle with candy
  4. Place another layer of ice cream in crust
  5. Repeat sauce and candy
  6. Return to freezer to firm up.
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    Oh my goodness, Leigh Anne, those ice cream pies look amazing. Beyond amazing! Honestly, it makes me want to make them right now. Plus I love your New Year’s Eve tradition of serving soup and having people over. Can’t wait to get the recipes of the soups you make!

  2. Amber says

    My sister sent me a link to your website about 2 weeks ago and I’ve been addicted ever since. My husband always makes fun of me and thinks I’m stalking you because I’m on your site all the time :) I’m an Oregonian too and from the looks of it I’m on the “other side of the river”. I can’t believe how much we have in common….church (I’m currently serving as RS Pres), Cafe Rio/Costa Vida die hard fan (as a matter fact I’ve come up with my own version of their salad as well and I’m asked to make it ALL the time), I too have 4 children (2 and 2), I also love to cook and entertain but not quite to the extent that do, and of course FAMILY is my life. Anyway, I could go on and on, but just wanted to say how much I LOVE what you do. You are a true inspiration! So on a more relevant note to your ice cream pie posting….try a graham cracker crust, cinnamon ice cream (or better yet Oatmeal Cookie Crunch (I think that’s the name) from Ben and Jerry’s), topped with caramel sauce and heathbar.

  3. says

    Amber »
    So glad your sister sent you my link – thank her for me! We do have a lot in common!! How fun. I’d love your recipe for your version of the Cafe Rio/Costa Vida salad!! Will you share? I also love your combination for the ice cream pie – cinnamon ice cream would be great and I’ll have to check out that Ben and Jerry version – yum!!

    Melanie – you must make an ice cream pie – NOW!!

  4. says

    Oh, I haven’t made an ice cream pie in a very long time. You inspire me, too. I’m reminded of Mile High Ice Cream Pie from when we lived in New Orleans. I can’t remember which restaurant served it, but we often made it…in fact, my daughters became known for it. It was made in a plain pie crust, with two different kinds of ice cream layered and then topped with:

    4 egg whites beaten to soft peak form
    1/2 tsp. vanilla
    1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

    1/2 cup granulated sugar, added gradually while beating until stiff and glossy and sugar all dissolved. Spread meringje over ice cream to edges of pastry. Broil 30 seconds to 1 minute to brown meringue. Freeze at least several hours. (Or bake 2-3 minutes at 450 degrees.)

    And Just About the Best Hot Fudge You’ve Ever Tasted:

    2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
    1 1/3 sticks butter, cut into pieces
    1/2 c. Droste cocoa, sifted and combined with
    1/2 c. granulated sugar
    1/2 c. brown sugar
    2/3 c. heavy cream

    Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Add cocoa, sugar mix. Add cream. Cook until it just reaches boiling point. Makes about 2 cups. Keeps a month if you lock the refrigerator!

    We always have a big pot of soup on the stove on New Years Eve, too.

  5. Tamara says

    Thanks for all the yummy recipes and ideas. WOW! Wish I could join you for New Year’s Eve. HAPPY 2009!. . . .It’s almost Leigh Anne’s BD. . . . . .

  6. Angela says

    I can’t remember how I found your blog, but I’ve been reading it for a few months now and I just have to say you never disappoint! I am so amazed and inspired by all your recipes and ideas. I always feel more motivated to be a good mom and homemaker after reading your blog. Thanks!!

  7. says

    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple months, but this finally made me stop and leave a comment. Your pictures make me want to dive right into the ice cream! Yum. And I agree with your family, as I’ve often been heard to say “There’s always room for Ice Cream!” Oh, also – I’m too late to make the Magelby rolls for dinner tonight, but they’ll be on our menu for later this week. Thank you!


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