Ice Cream Hacks

Take all the credit for dessert with the simple ways to dress up store-bought ice cream.


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Frozen Whoopie Pies

Frozen Whoopie Pies

Make an easy homemade chocolate cookie—and then fill it with any store-bought ice cream you like for a frozen whoopie pie.

Makes 12
Prep 10 m
Freeze 120 m
Bake 13 m

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Frozen Tiramisu

Frozen Tiramisu

A pint of store-bought frozen yogurt becomes this beautiful tiramisu with a little prepared whipped cream, chocolate and instant coffee.

Makes 9
Prep 10 m
Freeze 240 m
Freeze or overnight

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Lemon Blueberry Semifreddo

Lemon Blueberry Semifreddo

Turn store-bought ice cream into this lemon-blueberry semifreddo studded with crushed store-bought shortbread cookies.

Makes 10
Prep 10 m
Freeze 4 m
Stand 15 m
Freeze or overnight

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Ice Cream Cake

Layered Ice Cream Cake

Store-bought ice cream, store-bought ice cream sandwiches and store-bought sandwich cookies become a stunning dessert that makes you look like a pastry chef.

Makes 12
Prep 25 m
Freeze 60 m
Freeze plus overnight

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Chocolate Cups

Chocolate Cups

Create adorable homemade chocolate cups with paper or silicone cupcake liners. Then fill them with any store-bought ice cream or sorbet of your choice.

Makes 12
Prep 5 m
Chill 30 m
Freeze 120 m
Cook 2 m

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Un-fried Ice Cream

Un-fried Ice Cream

If you love fried ice cream, you’ll love this hack: Just roll store-bought ice cream in sweet and crunchy baked oats.

Prep 5 m
Cook 2 m
Bake 45 m
Cool 10 m

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Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

Photo by Johnny Miller

Photo by Johnny Miller

Homemade ice cream sandwiches! Toast and cool frozen waffles and then fill them with store-bought ice cream. Jazz them up by dipping in melted chocolate.

Makes 3
Prep 10 m

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Sorbet Cocktail

Sorbet Cocktail

Photo by Johnny Miller

Photo by Johnny Miller

Turn store-bought sorbet into a grown-up treat: Scoop it into a gin cocktail with lemon.

Makes 4
Prep 5 m

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Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Photo by Johnny Miller

Photo by Johnny Miller

Boxed brownies and store-bought ice cream have never looked so good. The homemade ganache ties this brownie ice cream cake all together.

Makes 12
Prep 10 m
Bake 65 m
Freeze 20 min, then 2 hours or overnight

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Layered Ice Cream Pops

Layered Ice Cream Pops

Photo by Johnny Miller

Photo by Johnny Miller

Store-bought ice cream and pound cake become beautiful ice cream cake pops with a little layering and some sticks.

Makes 16
Prep 15 m
Freeze 30 min, then overnight

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Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwiches

We pair store-bought ice creams with store-bought cookies, waffles and doughnuts to make the easiest, most creative homemade ice cream sandwiches.

Makes 12
Prep 10 m
Bake 35 m
Freeze 180 m
Freeze or overnight