Ice Cream Pizza

Ice Cream Pizza

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I was looking for something special to make for my stepfather’s birthday dinner and decided to try this.  Oh, my.  It was delicious.  I especially liked it because it was easy and SO versatile.  You’ll see what I mean after you read the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Family-size brownie mix (1)
  • Ice cream (2)
  • Toppings (3)

Directions:

  1. Mix up the brownies according to package directions.  Spread in a greased pizza pan – about 14”. (4)
  2. Bake for 10 or 15 minutes – watch closely.
  3. Let brownie cool.  When cool, spread softened ice cream over the top.
  4. Add toppings of your choice.
  5. Freeze several hours.

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Notes:

(1)     I made a plain brownie mix but you could use anything you wanted.  You could also use cookie dough.

(2)     I used about ¾ of the half gallon container.  Use any flavor you want.  I went with vanilla.

(3)     I used mini m&m’s, chocolate covered pretzels (broken up), chocolate shavings and sprinkles.  I drizzled it with Nestle chocolate milk topping.  Again, you could use anything.  We especially loved the pretzels.

(4)     I used a 14” glass dish with 1” sides.  It worked PERFECT!

(5)     The family said it would also be good with a layer of chocolate fudge.

ice cream pizza

No Bake Crispy Pretzel Bars

Crispy Pretzel Bars

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I wasn’t sure I would like this since I’m not a big fan of pretzels but I was pretty sure my family would.  And they did.  But I liked it, too.  I didn’t really taste the pretzels especially with all the other goodies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 5 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup plain M&M’s

Directions:

In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the sugar and corn syrup.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.  Stir in peanut butter until blended.  Add the cereal, pretzels and M&M’s; stir until coated.  Press into a greased 15x10x1 pan.  Cut into bars.  Yield about 5 dozen.

Notes:

  • I broke the pretzel sticks into smaller pieces.
  • You’ll get 5 dozen if you cut them really tiny which I didn’t.  I cut half of the pan into smaller pieces and the other half into bigger pieces so I ended up with 12 big pieces and 24 smaller pieces.

from Quick Cooking Magazine

M & M Cookies

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This is definitely an oldie but goodie.  If you haven’t made these for a while, you’re missing out.  I always forget how good they are.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) margarine, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 12-ounce package m&m’s

Directions:

Cream together margarine and sugars.  Add egg and vanilla.  Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.  Add m&m’s.

Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls about 2-inches apart on ungreased pans. Bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes until edges are light brown and centers still soft.

Note:

  • I added a little bit of flour so the dough was stiffer and the cookies didn’t spread while baking.
  • I haven’t been able to find m&m’s in the baking aisle for quite a while so I’ve been getting the mini’s in the candy aisle.
  • My cookies were a little bit smaller (I used my cookie scoop) so I only baked them 8 minutes.

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No-Bake Cereal Bars

If you need a last-minute dessert to take to your Memorial Day get together but don’t have much time, here’s the recipe you need!  These bars use cereal, peanuts, peanut butter and M&M’s.  When I made them I didn’t have enough M&M’s, so I just used an assortment of chocolate from my baking drawer.  You could probably do some substitutions with the cereal, too – if you needed to.  This is one of those recipes that lends itself well to mixing and matching.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cheerios
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups M&M’s (or whatever you have on hand)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

In a large bowl (you really do need a large bowl), combine the first four ingredients; set aside.  In a large saucepan, bring corn syrup and sugar to a boil.  Cook and stir just until sugar is dissolved.

Remove from the heat; stir in peanut butter and vanilla.  Pour over cereal mixture and toss to coat evenly.  Spread into a greased 15x10x1 inch baking pan.  Cool.  Cut into square bars.  YIELD:  15 bars.

from Taste of Home Tailgate Cookbook, Fall 2006