This minty cool dessert is made with everyone's favorite chocolate-mint Girl Scout cookie, so make sure to reserve two boxes for it, before they disappear. The cookies are used throughout: in the crust, mixed into the ice cream, decorating the sides and sprinkled on top.
Two 9-ounce boxes chocolate-mint cookies, such as Thin Mints®
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup hot fudge sauce
One 48-ounce container mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened
2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
Line a 9-inch springform pan with plastic wrap with a 2-inch overhang.
Put one box of the cookies in a food processor and process until finely ground. Mix together the cookie crumbs and melted butter in a bowl until the butter is incorporated and the cookie crumbs are fully coated.
Spread the cookie crumb mixture on the bottom of the prepared pan; use your hands to pat the mixture down so it holds its shape and coats the entire bottom of the pan.
Warm the fudge sauce briefly so it's just pourable; set aside to cool slightly. Coarsely chop one sleeve of the remaining cookies.
Put the ice cream in a large bowl, add the chopped cookies and mix until the cookies are distributed throughout. Drizzle the hot fudge sauce on top and fold everything together so the chocolate forms a swirl throughout the ice cream.
Spread the ice cream mixture on top of the cookie crust. Fold the plastic wrap up over the top of the ice cream cake and place in the freezer for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
Before serving, finely chop 2 of the remaining cookies; set aside. Press the remaining cookies flat-side in around the sides of the cake to surround it.
Combine the cream and confectioners' sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Top the ice cream cake with the whipped cream and sprinkle with the chopped cookies.
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