Banana Split Icebox Cake

banana-split-icebox cake

 

 

Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1 package (4 serving size) instant vanilla pudding

2 cups milk

4 cups whipped topping (such as Cool Whip), divided

3-4 bananas

Graham crackers (approx. 50 crackers)

14 oz can crushed pineapple in juice

Chocolate syrup

Cherries

Chopped nuts (optional)

Directions

Beat cream cheese on medium until fluffy, add in powdered sugar. Combine vanilla pudding and milk, mix well. Add to cream cheese mixture and stir. Gently fold in 2 cups of whipped topping.

Slice bananas and toss with a little bit of the pineapple juice (or lemon juice) to keep them from browning. Drain pineapple, squeezing to remove all of the juice.

Line the bottom of a 9×13 pan with graham crackers. Top with half of the cream cheese mixture and the bananas. Add a second layer of graham crackers. Top with remaining cream cheese mixture and pineapple. Add a third and final layer of graham crackers. Top with remaining 2 cups of whipped topping, cherries and nuts. Drizzle with chocolate.

Refrigerate overnight.

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Chocolate Icebox Cake

Chocolate-Icebox-Cake

Ingredients

2 cups cold heavy cream

12 ounces Italian mascarpone cheese

½ cup sugar

2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 (8 ounce) packages chocolate chip cookies

Shaved semisweet chocolate for garnish

Directions

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the heavy cream, mascarpone, sugar, coffee liqueur, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and vanilla. Mix on low speed to combine and then slowly raise the speed, until it forms firm peaks.

To assemble the cake, arrange chocolate chip cookies flat in an 8-inch spring form pan, covering the bottom as much as possible. (I break some cookies to fill in the spaces.) Spread a fifth of the mocha whipped cream evenly over the cookies. Place another layer of cookies on top, lying flat and touching, followed by another fifth of the cream. Continue layering cookies and cream until there are 5 layers of each, ending with a layer of cream. Smooth the top, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.

Run a small sharp knife around the outside of the cake and remove the sides of the pan. Sprinkle the top with the chocolate, cut in wedges, and serve cold.

Strawberry Pretzel Icebox Pie

Strawberry Pretzel Icebox Pie

 

Ingredients

2 cups finely crushed pretzel sticks

3/4 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

2 cups sliced fresh strawberries

1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened

4 tablespoons plus 1 tsp. strawberry gelatin (1/2 [3-oz.] package)

2 cups whipping cream, divided

1/3 cup granulated sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together first 3 ingredients; firmly press on bottom, up sides, and onto lip of a lightly greased 10-inch pie plate. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).

Process strawberries in a food processor until finely chopped, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.

Beat condensed milk and next 2 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. (Use the whisk attachment if using a stand mixer.) Add strawberries; beat at low speed just until blended. Transfer to a large bowl.

Beat 3/4 cup whipping cream at high speed until soft peaks form; gently fold whipped cream into strawberry mixture. Spoon strawberry mixture into prepared crust. Cover and freeze 8 to 12 hours or until firm.

Beat remaining 1 1/4 cups whipping cream at high speed until foamy; gradually add granulated sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Spread over pie. Freeze 1 hour or until whipped cream is firm.