It’s easy to scoop out ice cream or frozen yogurt for a quick dessert. But it’s almost as easy to turn that frozen pint into a dazzling pie (photo #1).

It’s as easy as buying a cookie crust and a couple of pints of your frozen dessert of choice.

In the recipe below, we provide the simple way to make your own crust: It’s just cookies and butter.

If you want to make your own ice cream or frozen yogurt, we applaud you. We haven’t yet dragged our ice cream maker out of the closet.

What makes this frozen pie special is the garnish of berries. You can use stone fruits (nectarines, peaches, etc.) but the berries provide more color and easier slicing.

  • Fruit: The recipe in the photo added the fruit before freezing, and a white frost dusts the fruits. We prefer the look and taste of adding the fruit before serving; but that requires extra work at the last moment. The choice is yours.
  • Layers: We created a “surprise” pie by creating two layers: vanilla on the top (to better show off the fruit); strawberry on the bottom.
  • Rim: You can create a nut or seed rim, similar to one in the photo. Or, you can substitute more cookie crumbs or anything else. We once used Corn Flakes!

    Ingredients For The Crust

  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker or cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter*, melted
    For The Filling

  • 2 pints of ice cream or frozen yogurt, flavors divided if desired
    For The Garnish

  • Berries of choice (the photo shows blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries)
  • Optional: 1/3 cup chopped nuts for rim

    1. PREPARE the crust. Crush the graham crackers or other cookies in a plastic bag with a rolling pin. Mix the crumbs with the melted butter and press onto the bottom of pie plate.

    2. SOFTEN the ice cream or frozen yogurt on the counter for, while the pie crust is hardening, for 10-15 minutes.

    3. SPREAD the ice cream/yogurt with a spatula into the pie crust. If using two different flavors, let the bottom layer harden in the freezer for 10 minutes or more. It will prevent the top flavor from “swirling in” when you addd it.


    Ice Cream Pie
    [1] The photo shows a nutritious pie crust made of brown rice (photo courtesy Bos Kitchen). You can also use seeds: Here’s a recipe. We went with a cookie crumb crust.

    Graham Crackers Box
    [2] Our favorite graham crackers are from Trader Joe’s. They’re so superior in flavor to supermarket brands. One bite will convince you (photo courtesy The New Lighter Life).

    Mixed Berries
    [3] A bounty of juicy summer berries (photo courtesy Green Giant Fresh).

    4. ADD the nut rim. Use a dinner knife blade or a small spoon to place the nuts evenly.

    5. ADD the fruit to freeze with the pie; or reserve it until you are ready to serve, for a fresh fruit garnish. Either way, freeze the pie until ready to serve.
    *Unsalted butter is the norm, but you can use salted butter if you like the sweet-and-salty flavor profile.


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