Beat the heat with these frozen summer desserts

Published 8:00 am Friday, July 8, 2022

These steamy, blistering, sun filled days can be tedious. As Jimmie Rogers sang in 1958, “The long hot summer, slowly moves along.” Nat King Cole livened things up with, “Those lazy, hazy, crazy, days of summer.” So hum along and enjoy a cold, frozen dessert to break the heat of a scorching summer day.


Linda: Summer is made for frozen desserts. A hot oven for baking heats up the kitchen. But a frozen pie might be just what you need to cool off during an over heated summer. When the temperatures are rising, icebox pie sounds especially appealing. 

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Lucy: The recipes I’ve found are easy to make. One of my favorites is a Frozen Lemon Pie. It’s often served with blueberries. Blueberries and lemon are a delicious combination and local berries are plentiful right now. I scooped some whipped cream on top and sprinkled with blueberries. A crumb crust works well with this type of pie. Graham cracker crusts and cookie crusts can be purchased already made at the grocery store. Or it can be fun to experiment with your own crust such as a gingersnap crust. 


Linda: Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? I discovered a Mint Chip Ice Cream Pie that also uses mint chocolate cookies. My neighbor offered me a box of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies and they were perfect for my creation. Of course I will be sharing my pie with her. There are mint chocolate cookies available at the grocery so you don’t have to wait for the next cookie sale! Mint Chip Ice Cream used to be green but most of the varieties that I found in the ice cream case were white. Apparently food manufacturers are shying away from added dyes that aren’t natural colors. 


Lucy: I bought some recently and the carton was green so I was surprised when I opened it and discovered that the ice cream was white. But it still tasted very minty. I happened upon a scrumptious frozen cake recipe while searching the internet. It looked so yummy I knew I had to try it. It’s called “Easiest Ever No Bake Ice Cream Cake.” This is the ideal cake to celebrate National Ice Cream Month.

I served some on this on the Fourth of July and everyone was asking for the recipe.


Linda: I sent the recipe to my teenage granddaughter. She plans to surprise her Mom on her birthday with this cake. I think it’s unusual that ice cream sandwiches are part of the filling. I like them with vanilla ice cream but they are available in Neapolitan which could add other flavors and colors to the cake.


Lucy: These recipes are really cool because they’re delicious and they’re frozen. A frosty dessert could be perfect  for a salad night. More hot days are ahead of us so let’s get these recipes out for our readers.


Lemon Buttermilk Icebox Pie


Lemon Buttermilk Icebox Pie

Purchase a pre-made 9 inch Graham Cracker Crumb pie crust. Follow baking instructions for crust and let cool.



  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp loosely packed lemon zest
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • Pre made and baked Graham Cracker crust
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Whipped cream (Reddi Whip or hand made)
  • Blueberries if desired




Preheat oven to 325. Whisk together first three ingredients in a bowl. Beat egg yolks with a hand held mixer in a medium bowl at high speed four to five minutes or until yolks become pale and ribbons form on surface of mixture when beater is lifted. 


Gradually whisk in sweetened condensed milk mixture, and whisk in buttermilk. Pour mixture 

into prepared crust. Bake at 325 for 20 to 25 minutes or until set around edges. (Pie will be 

slightly jiggly). Cool on a wire rack one hour. Cover pie with lightly greased (with cooking spray) plastic wrap and freeze four to six hours. Garnish with whipped cream and blueberries.



Mint Chocalate Chip Pie


Betty Crocker Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie



  • 2 pints mint chocolate chip ice cream, slightly softened
  • 1 chocolate cookie piecrust (available at the grocery store)
  • 1¼ cups crushed chocolate covered mint cookies (crush cookies in a plastic zip bag)
  • 1 cup chocolate fudge topping


Gently spread one pint of the ice cream in the pie crust. Sprinkle one cup of the crushed cookies over the ice cream. Cover and freeze for 1 to 2 hours (until frozen). Gently spread remaining pint of softened ice cream over cookies and freeze at least three hours until firm. Let stand at room temperature about 10 minutes before cutting. Serve with fudge topping; sprinkle with remaining cookies. Cover and freeze any remaining pie.



Easiest Ever No Bake Ice Cream Cake


Easiest Ever No Bake Ice Cream Cake Recipe



  • Chocolate ice cream
  • 5 ice cream sandwiches
  • 12 Oreo cookies, crushed w/ 1/4 cup reserved
  • 1/2 jar hot fudge topping or homemade hot fudge sauce
  • 1 can Reddi-wip or homemade whipped cream (optional)



Line a 9×5 loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving a good amount hanging over each long side. Let your ice cream set out until it’s really soft. Spread a layer that’s about 1/2-inch thick evenly across the bottom of the pan, making sure to push it into all of the corners.


Line up 5 ice cream sandwiches on top of the ice cream layer. They will be a bit of a tight fit, but just press down firmly and they’ll conform to the pan. Spread about half a jar of hot fudge topping (or homemade hot fudge sauce) on top of the ice cream bars, and then sprinkle on a layer of crushed Oreo cookies. Make sure to reserve about 1/4 cup of the crushed cookies. 


Add the final layer of chocolate ice cream and fold the plastic wrap over the top. Place in the freezer for about 4 hours to freeze through. After freezing, lift the entire ice cream cake out of the pan using the plastic wrap and transfer it to a serving platter. Top it off with Reddi-wip or homemade whipped cream and a sprinkling of crushed Oreo cookies. To serve, slice with a knife that’s been dipped in warm water.