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Confetti Ice Cream Pops

Beneath the confetti-candy covering of these ice cream pops lies a marvelous surprise: Oreos, M&M’s and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. All swirled together with creamy vanilla ice cream on a Popsicle stick. This recipe is great for all those “mini chefs” to get cooking in the kitchen. Not to mention its a great way for them to get in on all the fun. Perch the pops on a chilled cake stand to give them a longer life during serving.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 package Oreo cookies (12 to 14 cookies) , crushed
15 regular-size Reese’s peanut butter cups, crushed
10 ounces M&M candy (about 1 cup), crushed
1/2 gallon Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
15- 20 (5-ounce) paper cups
Candy Sprinkles or Confetti

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Crush and combine the Oreo cookies, Reese’s peanut butter cups and M&M candy.

2. Scoop the ice cream into a large bowl of a mixer, then pour in the candy-cookie mix. Mix gently with a paddle attachment. Spoon the ice cream into the cups and carefully insert a popsicle sick into each pop.

3. Freeze until the ice cream has solidified.

4. Pour confetti or sprinkles into a shallow bowl and set aside. Peel the cup from each ice cream pop and roll the pops in the decorations to cover completely.

5. Serve Immediately or store in the freezer for up to 3 days.

*CHEF’S NOTE: BYOC (Be Your Own Chef) Mix and match your favorite candy and/or cookie combinations. Not in the mood for candy or cookies? Try fruit. The possibilities are endless.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie

Who doesn’t love a Reesa cup as I call them. LOL. I mean when Chocolate & Peanut Butter are joined together in the mist; What a combination. And this dessert is no exception. Just picture a Oreo cookie crust, smooth peanut butter filling, fresh whipped topping and loads of  chopped Reese’s cups on top. Oh Baby!

Ingredients

Filling
1 Oreo cookie pie crust
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup heavy cream

Whipped Cream Topping (for garnish)
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

ganache or chocolate ice cream topping for garnish
Mini Reese’s peanut butter cups for garnish

Instructions

In a mixer, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, butter and vanilla until smooth and airy. Now in a separate COLD bowl whip heavy cream until it hold soft peaks. (Be careful DO NOT over whip; It will turn into butter if you do). Next fold in the whipped heavy cream to the peanut butter mixture until fully incorporated. Spoon peanut butter mixture into crust and stripe with chocolate ganache or chocolate ice cream topping. Refrigerate pie until set.

Now it is time to make the topping for garnish. In a separate COLD bowl whip heavy cream until almost stiff. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until cream holds peaks. (Again DO NOT over whip because it will turn into butter). Decorate pie with whipped cream and roughly chopped peanut butter cups. Mmmmmm…..

*Chef’s Note – If you want a more lower fat recipe just substitute the sugar with splenda, and the cream cheese with reduced fat cream cheese.

Death By Chocolate Trifle

Today I decided to re-visit a Porter House Original, Death By Chocolate Trifle. This recipe came about during a time when we were in transition of moving and had to live in a hotel. We had no kitchen, very little monies and a serious hankering for something sweet.  Within a blink of an eye the thought process began. What can I fix that didn’t require a kitchen? That didn’t cost a lot? And would fill the void?  Then the vision appeared and Death by Chocolate Trifle was born into existence. Now the traditional trifle consist of some sort of chocolate cake or brownies but with no kitchen that was out of the question and then I had an Aah Ha! moment. The light bulb went off.  How about Oreos? And there you have it my friends something simple, cost efficient but yet Sooo Good! I just love when a plan comes together.

Death By Chocolate Trifle

Ingredients

2 small packages of  instant chocolate pudding

4 cups of cold milk

1 package of Oreos, Crushed

1 package of toffee candy bits

16 ounces of whipped cream, thawed

 Instructions

Prepare pudding according to package directions with the above listed amount of cold milk; set aside.  Crush Oreos into pieces and place about half on the bottom of a clear glass bowl, in a single layer.  Evenly pour half of the pudding on top of the crushed cookies.  Layer half of the whipped cream, then half of the toffee bits.  Repeat layers one more time.  Chill for 4 hours before serving.

*CHEF’S NOTE –  For a perfect ending to a romantic dinner make this dessert in wine glasses topped with a strawberry and fresh mint.