It’s officially summer with Fourth of July right around the corner which means time for picnics, block parties, and get togethers. I know that a lot of times you might be asked to bring a dessert to one of these functions and you just might not have the time or desire to create something.
You end up going towards the prepackaged cookie section (heck, even if you get the chocolate cookies made in the store bakery, people know that they are still store bought), show up with the dessert that no one touches because it is not homemade, and end up going home with 22 of the 25 store bought cookies that even you don’t want.
There is a simple solution to this, Mama Heath’s famous Lemonade Ice Cream Pie! Now, I don’t know if the recipe originated with her or not, but I really don’t care. I always looked forward to summer because that meant it was time for Lemonade Ice Cream Pie. I mean, it just tastes like summer and is perfect for all the shindigs you are going to. The best thing yet, it is super easy to make (roughly 10-15 minutes of prep) and all your friends will think it is amazing. Trust me.
- ½ gallon of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla (don’t skimp out and get the off brand, you can tell)
- 1 can of Minute Maid Pink Lemonade from concentrate
- 1 large Keebler graham cracker crust
- 1 smaller Keebler graham cracker crust
Step 1: Drive home from the grocery store in the Texas summer heat. Don’t fret if you hit a couple of stop lights on the way home as this will make Step 2 much easier on you.
Step 2: Get a big mixing bowl and dump the starting-to-melt ice cream in it along with the can of pink lemonade that is equally melted from the searing outside heat.
Step 3: Get a spoon and mix, mix, mix (I guess you could cheat and use beaters, but come on, it is soft ice cream and isn’t worth making more of a mess to clean up). You will want to mix where two things happen: (i) there are no pockets of pure white or bright pink but instead a consistent pale pink color throughout and (ii) it is pretty creamy and smooth.
Step 4: Dump the mixture into the graham cracker crusts and smooth out the top with the spatula.
(Step 4b: Lick the bowl and spatula clean.)
Again, Steps 1-4 should take you all of 10 to 15 minutes and the payoff will be worth it.
Step 5: Put it in the freezer for like 2.5 to 3 hours to refreeze. Serve and enjoy!
I will admit, just like the Cranberry Jalapeño Salsa recipe for Christmastime, the name does kind of sound gross. However, you will find that the taste is light and crisp with a little bit of tartness. The cold is refreshing on a hot summer day or evening – one bite and you will agree that it tastes like summer.
For like 15 minutes of time and roughly $10-$12 worth of products, you will make two Lemonade Ice Cream Pies that will not only be “made from scratch” but also be the hit of the party.