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?


  1. 1
    Melanie 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!

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    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.

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    Leigh Anne 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. 4

    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.

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    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. . . . . .

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    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!!

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    Julie P 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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    JayhawkGirl says:

    Your ice cream pie looks incredible. I will definitely have to try it out the next time I’m looking for an impressive dessert. Thanks for sharing!


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