Red, White & Blue Trifle

Memorial day is the perfect start to summer.  Long weekend, beautiful weather (hopefully), and tons of barbeques.  This recipe is the perfect party pleaser and is healthy & easy.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups skim milk (cold fat free)
1 vanilla pudding (JELLO flavor fat free sugar free, instant reduced calorie pudding pie filling)
8 ozs cool whip
13 ozs angel food cake (cut into 12-inch cubes)
1 pt strawberries (sliced)
1 cup blueberries

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1 Pour milk into medium bowl. Add pudding mix. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes. Gently stir in 1-1/2 cups of the whipped topping.
2 Place 1/2 of the cake cubes in large serving bowl; top with 1 cup of the strawberries and 1/2 cup of the blueberries. Spread pudding mixture over fruit; cover with remaining cake cubes and fruit. Top with remaining 1-1/2 cups of the whipped topping.
3 Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until ready to serve. Store leftover dessert in refrigerator.

Homemade Ice cream Sandwiches

This recipe is so easy and delicious and the perfect people-pleaser.  Everyone LOVES ice cream so why not jazz it up a little by making it into a sandwich.  You can use your favorite ice cream to create new delicious flavor.  I love mint chocolate chip so that’s what I used.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup(s) cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoon(s) cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 cup(s) (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract
  • 2 quart(s) mint chocolate-chip ice cream, slightly softened

Directions

1. Make the cookie-sandwich dough: Preheat oven to 350. Mix together the flour, cocoa, and salt in a medium-sized bowl and set aside. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl with an electric mixer set on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks and the vanilla to the butter mixture and beat to incorporate. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture. Beat until a firm dough forms. Divide dough in half and shape each half into a rectangle, about 4 by 3 inches. Wrap in plastic and chill for 20 minutes.

2. Shape the cookies: Line a 13- by 9-inch baking pan with plastic wrap and spread the ice cream in the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and refreeze. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Roll one rectangle of dough out to 1/4 inch in thickness — approximately 9 by 11 inches. Cut the dough into six 2 1/2- by 5-inch rectangles. Repeat using the remaining dough for a total of 12 cookies. Using the blunt end of a wooden skewer, poke holes into the cookies (5 rows with 3 holes in each row). Place the cookies about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes on the pan. Transfer the baked cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.

3. Assemble the sandwiches: Place 6 cookies face down on a clean work surface. Remove the ice cream from the baking dish and unwrap it. Using a sharp knife, cut six 2 1/2- by 5-inch rectangles from the ice cream. Place one piece of ice cream on each of the cookies and top with remaining cookies. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and freeze until set — about 30 minutes.

OR. go the super easy way- bake some choc chip cookies and smush some ice cream in-between!