Peppermint Dream~Ice Cream Dessert

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This Peppermint Dream Ice Cream Dessert is the perfect treat for your holiday dinner, or a party you might be attending this season. With Nilla wafers, peppermint ice cream, and a dollop of chocolate, you can’t go wrong!

Peppermint Dream Ice Cream Dessert Recipe

{I originally shared this recipe in December 2011, and updated the pictures and post to re-share now}


I had this yummy treat at a holiday party, and was so excited to get the recipe. First, I had to ask around to a handful of people, anxiously trying to figure out who made it, then I peppered them with details on how to make this tasty dessert. Ice cream may not be the #1 ingredient people think of for a holiday treat, but they sell peppermint ice cream, don’t they?  As long as you’re cozied up to the fireplace, all toasty and warm inside, it’s all good.

Start with crushed Nilla wafers mixed with butter as the crust…then drop the chocolate mixture…

Let that freeze…(doesn’t matter that it doesn’t look pretty, it’ll get covered up pretty soon).

Then drop spoonfuls of softened ice cream on top and spread.


Refreeze after sprinkling the rest of the Nilla wafers on top.

Actual recipe:

Peppermint Dream Ice Cream Dessert
1 11 oz. box of crushed vanilla waffers
1 stick of butter melted
2/3 cup butter
2 squares Baker’s Chocolate
2 cups powdered sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 gallon peppermint ice cream

First Layer
1 11 oz. box vanilla waffers crushed
1 stick of butter melted
Combine to make crust. Use half to put in the bottom of a 9×13 pan and chill.

Second Layer
Melt 2/3 cup butter with 2 squars of Baker’s sweet chocolate in a sauce pan or microwave bowl. Cool a bit and then add 2 egg yolks, 2 cups powdered sugar, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Stir until mixture gets creamy smooth and a bit lighter in color. Spread over crumb crust, then freeze.

Third Layer
Put softened peppermint ice cream on top of chocolate layer and smooth out any lumps. Sprinkle the rest of crumb to pping on top and freeze.


*I have also heard you can substitute this with crushed coconut macaroons with nuts and sherbert.

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  1. that looks yummy! I´ll have to try it this christmas!

  2. What a yummy dessert. I saw your feature on Eighteen25 today. I’m a fellow Texan. (I’m in Houston). Love your site. 🙂

  3. This is a favorite in our house at Christmas! We make ours with Pecan or Shortbread Sandies instead of the Nilla Wafers and add crushed Heath candy bars to the top. (I’ve never commented, but have been stalking your blog for a while and have your e-book. Love your work!)

  4. Yummy! I am going to have to try this one…