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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Moose Tracks Ice Cream Cake

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Is there anything more fun than creating birthday desserts for people? Even people who rarely eat dessert (clearly I am NOT one of them, ha) tend to splurge on their birthday...which usually means they choose their very favorite dessert and enjoy it then. I absolutely love making birthday desserts for friends and family. There's nothing better than taking requests and then fulfilling them for their day of celebration!
My sister Julia doesn't have a classic dessert that she requests for her birthday each year. Instead, she usually just asks for something with both peanut butter and chocolate, her favorite dessert combination. She's now lived in St. Louis for four years and I've managed to make a different chocolate peanut butter concoction each year. Year 1 was the Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte. Year 2 was a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake. Year 3 was the Reese's Fudge Pie. All included excessive amounts of both peanut butter and chocolate. Needless to say, all were awesome.
I wasn't sure if I could top any of the previous desserts, until I realized I hadn't yet made her a chocolate and peanut butter ice cream cake. If you know our family, you know we love ice cream above ALL other desserts, so it only made sense to combine her chocolate peanut butter infatuation with the ice cream obsession. In a perfect world I would have made my own homemade hot fudge and ice cream, but I'm struggling to stay on top of work and school and everything else this month and honestly, using the store bought stuff was just as good (and way easier!).
This ice cream cake starts with a peanut butter cookie crust, followed by a layer of hot fudge, a whole lot of Moose Tracks ice cream, and then topped with more hot fudge and chopped Reese's peanut butter cups. You probably don't need me to explain just how good this was...it's possible I won't be looking for another chocolate peanut butter dessert next February because we might just be sticking with this combination from now on!

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Moose Tracks Ice Cream Cake

-20 peanut butter sandwich cookies
-4 tbsp butter
-1 quart Moose Tracks ice cream
-1 jar (10.5 oz) hot fudge ice cream topping
-5 Reese's peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped

1. Place peanut butter cookies in a food processor and pulse until crumbs are formed. Melt butter and mix with crumbs. Press crumbs into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan to form a crust. 
2. Heat hot fudge in the microwave for 30 seconds or until runny. Spread a thin layer of fudge over the crust. Place the pan in the freezer for one hour, or until fudge is set.
3. Allow ice cream to soften at room temperature. Put softened ice cream in the pan on top of the fudge and crust. Press to shape in pan and return to freezer for an hour. Remove from freezer and top with remaining fudge (may need to reheat in microwave) and chopped Reese's peanut butter cups. Cover and freeze until solid.