Ice Cream Cake
Of course you can make this for dinner. Who would complain? And I won't judge you. ;)
Please forgive the dark photo. It was taken at night and I had to take the photo quickly before it was eaten!
This one is GF, not dairy-free. (I'm going to try a diary-free one and I'll post that one soon!)
2 packages of Gluutino chocolate vanilla creme cookies (almost 2 full packages, I had maybe half a dozen left over. If you are using regular oreos, one package should be fine)
1/2 stick of butter, melted
Grind cookies in a food processor until you have crumbs. (Vanilla creme and all!) I did this in several batches and transferred to a bigger mixing bowl. Add the melted butter. The crumbs should be sticking together pretty well.
Pack about 1/2 of the crumb mixture onto the bottom of a pie or springform pan. I used a small piece of wax paper to smooth out the bottom and press down the crust. (I used a Springform pan so it would be easy to remove. I also liked the higher sides for a bigger cake! The pan was non-stick, although I placed a piece of wax paper on the bottom then secured the sides. It worked really well!)
1 jar Fudge ice cream topping (I used Hersheys) - I used about 1/2 to 3/4 of the jar
1/2 Pint Ice cream (I used Edy's Grand Mint Chocolate Chip) - slightly defrosted
1 small container Cool Whip (defrosted)
After pressing down the crust, I melted about 1/2 to 3/4 of the jar of fudge in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds and spread it on top of the crust. Then I added half the container of ice cream. Then add about another 1/3 of the crumb mixture (I left just enough in the bowl to lightly decorate the top of the cake). Then add another layer of ice cream. After adding the last layer of ice cream, top with a layer of cool whip - however much you like--I happen to LOVE it :). Finally, use the last of the crumbs to decorate the top of the cake. You can also drizzle some extra fudge topping. Cover with foil (I used a large gumband* to secure the foil around the top of the pan).
Freeze for a few hours. Serve to happy people. Add birthday candles for a lucky recipient (this one was for DH!)
*What on earth is a gumband you ask? It's Pittsburghese for Rubber band. Rubber bands are made out of Gum Rubber. Therefore, gumband. Stop looking at me funny. It's a fun word! :)