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Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake

My brother joined the navy earlier this year. We are very close – he actually has lived with me for most of the last 3 years.

He came to town on leave to surprise me. He’s been gone for 6 months, and this was the first time in our lives we’ve been away from each other for more than a couple weeks. It was a really good surprise, I cried for like 20 minutes straight. My sneaky husband knew everything and got it all on video. 🙂

While he was here we had a big family BBQ so everyone could see him. I (of course) asked to bring dessert. My brother is after all my best fan tester.

I had been eyeing this cake by Lindsay for a while now, and I knew an ice cream cake would be a perfect summer BBQ dessert that would impress not only my brother, but the entirety of my sweets loving family.

I decided to switch up her recipe a bit. Mostly because (and I know I’m in the minority here) I don’t think caramel and peanut butter belong together. Both are fabulous and both pair perfectly with chocolate, but I like to keep them separate.

Also – this cake is SOOO easy to make. If you can bake a box of brownies, you can make this ice cream cake!


Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cakeadapted from Life, Love and Sugar


1 box brownie mix, plus ingredients called for on box (I used fat free brownies)

8 oz brick cream cheese (I used 1/3 less fat)

1/4 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter

8 oz Cool Whip, thawed (I used fat free)

Chocolate Syrup

Large bag Reese’s Miniatures, unwrapped and chopped



1. Bake brownies in greased 13×9 pan, but reduce baking time to only 20 minutes. Let cool completely.


2. With stand mixer or electric hand mixer, beat together cream cheese, milk, sugar, and peanut butter until completely combined.

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3. Carefully fold Cool Whip into peanut butter mixture.


4. Top cooled brownies with 1 cup of chocolate syrup. Spread all the way to the edges.

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5. Drop chopped Reese’s on top of the chocolate syrup in an even but hearty layer.


6. Cover Reese’s in peanut butter mixture and spread smooth.


7. Cover entire pan in plastic wrap and freeze at least 4 hours, or overnight.

8. When ready to eat, cut cake into squares and top each square with more chocolate syrup and chopped Reese’s.



This cake is extremely rich. My brother and my family loved it. Honestly it was a little bit too rich for me to handle, but I’m not a huge chocolate fan anyway so don’t necessarily take my word for it. 😉

I used fat free/low fat everything I could for this recipe. I figured why not – there’s enough sugar in it anyway it’s definitely not going to be low on flavor! Feel free to use the full-fat version if you prefer!



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Orange Soda Ice Cream

I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest. It’s made by Teresa over at Blooming on Bainbridge. I’m pretty much obsessed with orange soda, so I knew I absolutely HAD to make this ice cream. (Remember my Orange Soda Cupcakes I made awhile back?) Teresa’s recipe calls for an ice cream maker, but I made mine without – so anyone can make this!

I followed Teresa’s recipe with just a few minor tweaks…

Orange Soda Ice Cream – barely adapted from Blooming on Bainbridge


3 cans of orange soda (I used Sunkist because it’s my favorite)

1 (14oz) can of sweetened condensed milk

heaping 1/2 cup sugar


1. Pour sweetened condensed milk into a freezer safe mixing bowl (that has an airtight lid).


2. Stir in the sugar.

3. Slowly add 1 can of orange soda and mix until completely combined. Repeat with other 2 cans. It gets pretty foamy at this point.


**Teresa’s recipe called for an ice cream maker at this point. If you have one, feel free to use that. (Churn until ice cream is solid and store in an airtight container in the freezer.) My ice cream maker churned the mixture for 25 minutes then abruptly stopped working, with no frozen ice cream inside. So I improvised, and it worked…

4. Put the lid on the mixing bowl and stick the whole thing in the freezer for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

5. Remove bowl from freezer and let thaw for about 10 minutes.

6. Scoop mixture into blender and blend just enough to make a slushy consistency. Return to bowl and put back in the freezer for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.


Once the mixture is frozen again, it’s the perfect creamy consistency! The flavor is difficult to explain, but if you are a fan of orange soda, you must give this a try!


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Chocolate Chip Pizookies

For anyone who has not experienced the pure bliss of a pizookie, this recipe is for you! A pizookie is a “pizza-cookie” that is served fresh baked, with a scoop of ice cream on top. (BJ’s Restuarant and Brewhouse is famous for them.)

I made these to bring to a friend’s house for dinner. There were going to be 3 couples there, so I made 3 sharable portions. I baked them in these cute little casserole dishes I bought at Michael’s for $1 back at Christmas time.

Chocolate Chip Pizookies – recipe adapted from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe

Makes 4 large pizookies.



1/2 cup (1 stick) + 1 tablespoon of butter, cut into small chunks

6 tablespoons granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg + 1 egg yolk

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

heaping 1/4 tsp salt

heaping 1/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Beat sugars and butter until fluffy (at least a couple minutes). Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.

2. In a separate bowl mix together flour, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add to cookie mixture until all incorporated.

3. Stir in chocolate chips by hand, then chill for a couple hours.

4. Roll the dough into balls and press a few into the bottom of each dish.


5. Bake dishes on a cookie sheet at 325 for 18-22 minutes, until puffed and slightly golden brown.


6. Set the dishes on a wire rack to cool for just a few minutes, then top each with a scoop of ice cream, and any other toppings you want!


I did make these when we went to a friend’s house for dinner… but completely forgot to take any pictures. So the next night I made the whole recipe again to take to my parents’ house for dinner. Forgot to take pictures again. Who does that?! Luckily there was some dough leftover the second time because I only baked 3, and there was just enough to make a 4th. So a few days later I made the last one and you better believe I took pictures this time! (Not that it would be torture to have to make them again…)



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