Frozen Desserts That Actually Improve Upon Ice Cream

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We’ve got a few more weeks of peak ice cream season, the summer state of mind when turning on the oven to bake something for dessert is close to unthinkable. Eating ice cream straight out of the carton is perfectly acceptable when you’re alone, of course, but you’ll want to whip up one of these frozen treats (made with store-bought pints) for your next get-together.

Ideal for cookie monsters, these bars combine a simple, no-bake cookie-crumb crust with cookie dough ice cream. Add caramel sauce and whipped topping for good measure.

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A pint of coffee ice cream, a pint of chocolate ice cream and chocolate wafer cookies are all you need to make these cool and creamy coffeehouse-inspired pops.

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To make this impressive-looking frozen dessert, Tyler Florence uses good-quality strawberry ice cream and a store-bought cheesecake. Top it with a fresh strawberry compote and it’ll look like you baked all day.

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This showstopping cake takes quarts of chocolate and vanilla-caramel-swirl ice creams to the next level. Crushed pizzelle cookies form the crust, toffee bits on the sides add crunch, and the whole thing is doused with dulce de leche and fudge sauces.

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Ree Drummond mixes good ol’ vanilla ice cream with crushed cookies, peanut butter cups and candy-coated chocolate pieces to make these frozen treats. They’ll appeal to kids and kids at heart alike.

Ina Garten makes the mango sorbet layer of this brightly hued ice cream bombe from scratch, then pairs it with pints of store-bought raspberry sorbet and strawberry ice cream, but you could easily buy all three in a pinch.

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The humble ice cream sandwich is a classic summer treat all on its own, but it’s also the foundation for tons of cool ways to play with dessert. Check out clever (and easy!) ways to make the ice cream sandwich totally worthy of a pedestal.

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