Oh, we are keeping it easy today, people. But you know what? That doesn’t mean it’s any less delicious.
This recipe is from my grandmother, Dee Dee. She used to make these ice cream balls for us for dessert, and I loved them. They are super easy, but for some reason they feel so much more decadent than just cookies and ice cream.
First, you’ll need:
• Your favorite vanilla ice cream (mine is Breyer’s, hands down)
• 1/2 box of Nilla Wafers (oh man, are those delicious)
• A long sheet of wax paper
• A shoe (I prefer a wedge). And no, I’m not making this up. When Dee Dee gave me this recipe when I moved to college, her recipe included “a shoe”
• Any toppings you might want to add
The first thing you do is lay out the wax paper, and spread the cookies in a thin layer over half of the wax paper, as seen above. Oh! And take your ice cream out of the freezer now. You want it soft.
Next, you fold over the remaining wax paper and then use your shoe to break up the cookies. Sure you could use a food processor or some other kitchen gadget, but I still use my shoe and think of my dear grandmother every time. And aren’t those shoes fabulous? I can’t wait to wear those again when my center of gravity is back to normal.
So the cookies should look about like this. Crumbled, but not all dust.
Next, you scoop out one regular scoop of ice cream, plop it into the cookies, and roll it around so it maintains it’s ball shape but collects the cookie pieces all around it. Repeat this seven more times (8 balls should clear up your cookies).
Put them in a casserole dish, cover with aluminum foil, and put back in the freezer until ready to serve.
Voila! Aren’t they easy? And guests (and kids!) love them. My family usually serves them with hot fudge or chocolate syrup, but since peaches are so delicious right now, I thought I’d try that on the side as well.
Each ball, without garnish, is 215 calories.
For your internet share today, I’m giving you something salty since my recipe was surprisingly sweet. This quick and easy fried rice looks amazing to me. I think I would maybe add red pepper, but that’s it! Ten minutes for dinner? YES, PLEASE.