Best Ice Cream Desserts

If you’re looking for the best ice cream desserts, ice cream & frozen desserts, or a specific ice cream dessert, we’ve got you covered.

We’re sharing everything from ice cream recipes, ice cream pie, and ice cream cake to popsicles, fried ice cream, milkshakes and more.

a collage of six ice cream dessert photos

We’re including anything that is made with ice cream or is related to ice cream, like frozen yogurt, in our list of best ice cream desserts. If you don’t see a ice cream frozen dessert that you’re looking for, use the search feature at the top.

You’ll also want to check out this tutorial and recipe for how to make ice cream in a bag.

Ice Cream Dessert Recipes

We’re kicking off our ice cream desserts list with a couple of amazing ice cream pies that are must-makes. You can purchase these ice cream desserts pre-made, but they are super simple to make at home, and less expensive than buying it.

Ice Cream Cake – This layered ice cream cake recipe features both chocolate and vanilla ice cream, a fudge center with cookies, and an easy whipped cream frosting. Don’t buy a ice cream dessert full of questionable ingredients. Learn how to make it at home using on a handful of ingredients.

Oreo Ice Cream Cake – Cookies and Cream Ice Cream layered on top of a crispy, buttery Oreo Crust is topped with fudge, whipped cream frosting, and more Oreos. This ice cream cake tops our list for best ice cream & frozen desserts and is an amazing choice for birthdays, holidays, barbecues, or any event that calls for a sweet, ice cream dessert.

Ice Cream Pizza – A soft, chewy sugar cookie crust is topped with creamy vanilla ice cream and classic ice cream toppings.

a round ice cream cake covered in frosting and topped with rainbow sprinkles and crushed Oreos.

Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts

When it comes to frozen desserts, we’ve got some of the best ice cream desserts and recipes for frozen treats.

Ice Cream Pie – A crispy, buttery, Oreo cookie crust is topped with layers of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, with hot fudge sauce inside. Top this homemade ice cream pie with chopped nuts, maraschino cherries, whipped cream, and rainbow sprinkles. It’s the perfect ice cream dessert.

Fried Ice Cream – You can make Fried Ice Cream in your kitchen at home. It’s easy to make this special ice cream dessert, rolled in crushed cornflakes and deep fried to crispy perfection. If you love ice cream & frozen desserts you’re going to want to make this recipe ASAP.

Choco Taco – Choco Tacos were discontinued, but don’t worry, we have a simple recipe for this classic ice cream dessert.

Dog Ice Cream – If you have a furry friend, you definitely need to make them their own treat.

Rolled Ice Cream – Rolled Ice Cream is a wildly popular ice cream dessert, typically found in malls and specialty shops,.

a serving of friend ice cream that has had a few bites taken out. Inside the fried ice cream is creamy vanilla, on top is whipped cream and a cherry. Text overlay at top says Fried Ice Cream

Sundaes

When it comes to ice cream desserts, one of our favorite ways to make a special treat is to make a sundae. It’s basically ice cream piled with all the perfect ice cream toppings and you can make them anyway you want.

Banana Split – We couldn’t leave banana split off of our list of best ice cream desserts. We’re making a traditional split with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream. Make one giant banana split to share, or let everyone assemble their own using fresh bananas, three types of ice cream, and all of the necessary banana split toppings – whipped cream and cherries on top is a must!

Ice Cream Sundae – We’ve included everything you need to make the most incredible ice cream sundae. We love making sundaes when we have guests over, or for special occasions. Ice cream sundaes make for super dreamy and delicious ice cream desserts.

a banana split made in a glass dish, topped with whipped cream and cherries. a text overlay says, Banana Split

Brownie Sundae – One of our favorite ice cream desserts and super simple to make. A fudgy brownie topped with ice cream and all the fixings, layer it on and enjoy.

Brownie A La Mode – Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream on top of a rich and fudgy chocolate brownie is all that it takes to make the best dessert: Brownie a la Mode!

Caramel Sundae – A classic and one of the best ice cream desserts, caramel sundaes are easy to make and you can mix and match the toppings to make it exactly the way you like it.

Strawberry Sundae – Made with fresh or frozen strawberries, strawberry compote, and a rich and creamy vanilla ice cream.

Semifreddo – A classic Italian frozen dessert, Semifreddo is a soft, silky treat that is similar to ice cream, but a bit different. Even though this frozen dessert looks fancy, it’s quite simple to make. It’s is a no-churn frozen dessert recipe, so you don’t even need an ice cream maker.

Neapolitan Ice Cream – It’s like three ice cream flavors wrapped up into one perfect ice cream dessert. This no-churn recipe is super simple to make.

Baked Alaska – This has it all! Ice Cream, pound cake, and a whipped topping.

Spumoni – A delicious layered ice cream dessert, Spumoni is a delicious Italian treat mixing flavors of chocolate, cherry, and pistachio ice cream into an easily sliced ice cream loaf.

Mochi Ice Cream – Homemade mochi may sound difficult to make but they’re actually surprisingly easy and only require a handful of ingredients! The mochi have a creamy vanilla center with a sweet, chewy exterior. This recipe is for basic vanilla mochi but you could make these into any flavor you like.

Closeup view of a raspberry semifredo that has been sliced. It's topped with homemade raspberry sauce and fresh berries

Ice Cream

If you’re looking for an ice cream recipe to make ice cream desserts, we’ve got them all. We’re sharing the top four most used ice cream flavors for ice cream & frozen desserts.

Vanilla Ice Cream – Probably the most used ice cream flavor when making ice cream desserts. You can purchase your favorite ice cream at the store, or use our simple recipe. This vanilla bean ice cream is smooth, creamy, and has the perfect amount of vanilla. This vanilla bean ice cream recipe is a French vanilla recipe that uses the classic method of creating a base for the ice cream with a rich egg-yolk custard. It’s perfect on Apple Pie A La Mode.

Chocolate Ice Cream – A close second, many people like to use chocolate ice cream when they are making ice cream desserts. Decadent, creamy, rich, and all-natural Chocolate Ice Cream is easy to make at home! A handful of ingredients, a small amount of cooking skill, and a bit of patience are all you’ll need to make this recipe.

Strawberry Ice Cream – Used in sundaes, ice cream pies, and banana splits, strawberry ice cream is one the top three flavors of ice cream. Strawberry ice cream is a classic, that we made gourmet using a French style ice cream base studded with fresh juicy strawberries.

Oreo Ice Cream – We’re seeing more and more ice cream desserts made with Oreo Ice Cream. Like Oreo Ice Cream Cake, Cookies and Cream Milkshakes, and Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Here are some of our favorite ice cream making things:

  • Glass Mixing Bowls – We love using these glass mixing bowls, but you can use what you like.
  • Loaf Pan – You can use any 9 x 13 loaf pan or a shallow pan, but we like this one.
  • Ice Cream Scoop – Make sure you have a good ice cream scoop. This is one of our favorites.
  • Ice Cream Bowls – You can use any bowl, but we think these are fun.
  • Ice Cream Containers – We love keeping a couple of ice cream containers on hand for when we make homemade ice cream.

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a footed glass dessert dish is filled with homemade strawberry ice cream and topped with half of a fresh strawberry.

Milkshakes

Next up is a classic, Milkshakes! We have a growing collection of the best milkshake recipes and the great news is, you can make this traditional ice cream dessert any way that you like. Thick, thin, and with any flavor ice cream that you are craving.

Things we love for making milkshakes:

Heat Conductive Ice Cream Scoop

Milkshake Glasses

Metal Straws

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If you make one of these milkshake recipes, please stop back by and let us know what you think. Leaving a comment on the recipe is the best way to say thank you for the recipe.

Here’s a few of our favorites:

Strawberry Milkshake – You can make this with vanilla ice cream or strawberry ice cream. Strawberries really are the star of this ice cream dessert, but you can add in other berries as well, if you like. This milkshake recipe uses only a handful of ingredients and you can make it as thick or thin as you want. We prefer thick milkshakes so we’ve included a few tips for either way.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake – Who doesn’t love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter? This is one of our favorite ice cream desserts and it’s super simple to make. You can make this chocolate peanut butter milkshake dairy-free by using a dairy-free ice cream as the base.

Chocolate Peanut butter Milkshake on a white coaster

Nutella Milkshake – We’re loving Nutella these days and there are some pretty amazing ice cream desserts that you can make with it. This milkshake is sweet, rich, and perfectly chocolatey.

Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake – Mint and chocolate go hand-in-hand in this super simple, yet rich, ice cream dessert. This mint chocolate chip milkshake recipe is easy to make and uses minimal ingredients.

Mango Milkshake – If you love fruit in your milkshakes, this mango milkshake is perfect. It’s smooth, creamy, and has just the right amount of sweetness. This mango milkshake is gluten-free, nut-free, and it can be made dairy-free using dairy-free milk and a oat milk ice cream.

We couldn’t leave out an all time American classic… Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Ice Cream Sandwiches are easier to make than you might think. You can switch up the flavors of ice cream, and even make different shapes and size.

This recipe can be made dairy-free using dairy-free ingredients. It’s naturally nut free. Use our No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream to make these homemade ice cream sandwiches. Our No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream works great too.

Also, check out our review of Little Debbie Ice Cream.

If you need some vegan options, you’ll want to check out this collection of easy vegan desserts.

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a collage of six ice cream dessert photos

Ice Cream Desserts

Yield: 1 ice cream dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

If you're looking for the best ice cream desserts, ice cream & frozen desserts, or a specific ice cream dessert, we've got you covered. We're sharing everything from ice cream recipes, ice cream pie, and ice cream cake to popsicles, fried ice cream, milkshakes and more. We're sharing our favorite way to make ice cream sundaes.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp chocolate syrup
  • 1 tbsp caramel sauce
  • 2-3 scoops ice cream of choice
  • ¼ cup whipped cream
  • 1 tbsp salted nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp rainbow sprinkles
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Instructions

  1. Drizzle the inside of the sundae glass with chocolate syrup and caramel sauce. 
  2. Place 2-3 scoops of ice cream of choice into the glass. 
  3. Top with whipped cream. 
  4. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and sprinkles. 
  5. Top with a maraschino cherry. 
  6. Serve immediately.

Notes

    • While you're getting ready to make ice cream sundaes, be sure to keep your ice cream in the freezer until the very last minute. If you pull it out first, it will get too soft while you prepare the other sundae toppings.
    • When you're adding syrups to an ice cream sundae, use a spoon or even a piping bag to drizzle the syrup around the inside of the glass and over the ice cream. You want some of that sauce in every bite!
    • If you drizzle the sauces around the glass well, it's not even necessary to add sauce to the top of the sundae.
    • You don't need fancy dessert dishes to make fun ice cream sundaes. Try making them in a coffee mug, pint glass, or a regular cereal bowl.
    • Try other toppings! See the post for a giant list of sundae topping ideas. Choose 1 to 2 different sauces or syrups, and as many other toppings as you can fit in your dish!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 788Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 321mgCarbohydrates: 89gFiber: 4gSugar: 74gProtein: 14g

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