In 1984, ice cream finally got its due respect: July was declared “National Ice Cream Month!” While we certainly don’t limit our ice cream intake to one month, what better excuse to have a few extra scoops?
While there’s certainly no shame in grabbing your favorite flavor or ice cream creation at the store, why not get creative to honor the occasion? Here are four delicious ice cream recipes to liven up July’s best moments.
1. Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches
Who doesn’t love creamy, cool ice cream sandwiches on a hot summer day? They’re made all the better when you take your favorite vanilla ice cream, let it slightly melt, then add in some raspberries, sliced, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Wash and dry the berries (you can use all the berries or just one red berry and one blue berry), and mix in with the semi-melted ice cream. Refreeze the delicious concoction, and scoop onto Cheryl’s Happy Face Cut Out Cookies—which are sure to match your smile when you dig right in!
2. Picnic Ice Cream Cups
Nothing says summertime like a cooler filled with cheery frozen treats like these DIY toppings cups! Stock up on plastic mason jars—broken glass will put a damper on the occasion—and fill each with a scoop of ice cream. Dress each one up with some favorite toppings, like sprinkles, shredded coconut, crushed macadamia nuts, dark chocolate chips, or small pieces of tropical fruit (such as mango or pineapple). Stash in the freezer until you’re ready to go, and then surround with ice packs to preserve at the picnic.
3. Al Fresco Brownie Bowls
If you’re taking it up a notch and serving a nice, outdoor dinner, give your dessert a special treatment too with a brownie a la mode. Skip the oven for this show-stopping dish, and order up an assortment of caramel fudge, frosted chocolate, blondie, and more in Cheryl’s Create Your Own Brownie Box. Top with a scoop of decadent dark chocolate ice cream to take the dessert to the next level. If you’re feeling adventurous (for adults only), add a drizzle of liqueur or a grappa-macerated cherry.
4. Backyard Barbecue Ice Cream Crumble
A summertime barbecue isn’t complete without some pie, right? Shake things up a bit by crumbling a quarter of your favorite berry pie into a quart of slightly melted raspberry, cherry, or vanilla ice cream. Stir the concoction to combine, refreeze, and scoop into ice cream sundae glasses. To give your dessert an even more summery look, top with a pretty Buttercream Frosted Flower Cut-Out Cookie from Cheryl’s.