Ice cream may not be the first thing you think of when you think of Christmas desserts, but all the best holiday flavors have been turned into ice cream flavors. Whether you live in a warm climate or just want to crank up the heater, give one of these fun recipes a try this Christmas. These are five of the best Christmas ice cream recipes, including two ice cream pies that would make fun desserts to serve to a crowd.
Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream
Peppermint ice cream is one of my favorite desserts for the Christmas season. I’m often disappointed that they don’t sell it year-round. This chocolate peppermint version is a great combination of two decadent flavors. Buy an extra box of candy canes when they are on sale after Christmas and save them for when you get a peppermint craving.
Peppermint Ice Cream Pie
What do you get when you combine two pints of peppermint ice cream with a chocolate cookie crust? Peppermint ice cream pie is a fantastic holiday dessert for kids of all ages. The chocolate sauce is a great addition to make it a fun treat. Ice cream pie is one of the easiest frozen desserts to put together. You can make your own peppermint ice cream or just buy your favorite store-bought variety.
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
While pumpkin is more closely associated with Halloween and Thanksgiving, a pumpkin pie is a great treat for Christmas too. I often have leftover pumpkin puree after Thanksgiving baking, so I package it in Ziploc bags in the freezer. Then it is ready to go for another treat, like pumpkin pie ice cream. Use all the great flavors of a pie to get a fun treat. Try adding crushed graham crackers as a mix-in, to simulate the texture of a pie crust.
Eggnog Ice Cream
Nothing says Christmas like a big glass of eggnog. This recipe uses skim milk and light eggnog to lighten up the recipe a little bit. With the addition of eggs and brandy, the ice cream gets an authentic flavor. Because of the way the eggs are cooked prior to freezing this ice cream recipe, it could more accurately be called frozen custard. Either way, it is delicious and rich.
Cranberry Gingersnap Ice Cream Pie
Cranberries are a big part of the holiday season and ginger cookies also seem to feel like Christmas. Gingersnaps and gingerbread may not be exactly the same, but they have such a similar flavor that you still bring in the feelings of the holidays. It’s a good way to use up leftover cranberry sauce, which is another ingredient that freezes well if you have extra. Or, you can pick up an extra can when it goes on sale after Thanksgiving!