Shortbread Ice Cream Cookie Cake

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Shortbread cookie crust with a thin layer of melted chocolate, and then topped with strawberry ice cream. This three layered dessert can be eaten with your hands!
Shortbread Ice Cream Cookie Cake

Woo-hoo, it’s PAR-TY time! We celebrated Ashley’s birthday this past weekend and for the occasion I created a fun scrumptious dessert that you are going to love! This dessert is easier to make than a traditional birthday cake and just as festive!

When we visited my in-laws a couple of weekends ago my father-in-law made lemon bars, and I’ve been obsessing over the simple buttery shortbread crust he used ever since! Initially I was going to make a giant cookie topped with chocolate and serve it with a scoop of ice cream, but it looked too plain.

It didn’t take long for our birthday celebration dessert to morph into this ice cream cookie-cake-pie-tart!

Shortbread Ice Cream Cookie Cake has a think layer of chocolate separating the crust from the ice cream! This tasty dessert can be sliced and eaten with your hands! The Foodie Affair

This recipe makes enough for two shortbread crusts, so if you only need one you can freeze half of the crust for another time or make cookies out of it!

I used a tart pan to mold the shortbread crust into and after it was cooked and cooled I spread a thin layer of melted chocolate over the crust! Once it hardens the chocolate adds a thin barrier between the cookie and ice cream!

I wanted the ice cream to be pink, which just so happens to match the color of Tripler Army Medical Hospital where Ashley was born! Yep, the building of the hospital is painted pink! We always made a big deal out of that when she was older.

Shortbread Ice Cream Cookie Cake has a think layer of chocolate separating the crust from the ice cream! This tasty dessert can be sliced and eaten with your hands! The Foodie Affair

Every time we drove by the hospital we would point it out…”LOOK, there’s the PINK hospital that you were born at!

We were thinking…”It LOOKS like the painting bid was picked based on the price of bargain basement paint!!” LOL

It is actually very pretty coral pink and if you’ve ever been to Hawaii and have visited The Royal Hawaiian Resort it’s similar in color, which is what the General in charge of the project back in the 40’s wanted to match!

Shortbread Ice Cream Cookie Cake has a think layer of chocolate separating the crust from the ice cream! This tasty dessert can be sliced and eaten with your hands! The Foodie Affair

I used Tillamook’s creamy and luscious Oregon Strawberry ice cream, which is just as dreamy as it sounds!

Each of us picked up our piece with our hands and took bites like we were eating pizza! Hey, that’s another name I can add to this dessert! Shortbread ice cream cookie-cake-pie-tart-dessert pizza!

Shortbread Ice Cream Cookie Cake has a think layer of chocolate separating the crust from the ice cream! This tasty dessert can be sliced and eaten with your hands! The Foodie Affair

Shortbread Ice Cream Cookie Cake
 
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Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Shortbread Crust
  • 1½ cups (3 sticks) butter, unsalted at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Chocolate Layer
  • 1¼ milk chocolate, melted
  • Ice Cream Layer
  • 3 cups strawberry ice cream, softened
  • Decorate
  • whipped cream
  • sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugar until combined. Add the vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix on low until a dough forms.
  4. Divide dough in half (you only need one for this recipe) and place each between two layers of parchment paper. Roll into a circular disk about 11 inches is diameter. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove top layer of parchment paper and gently flip on 9 inch tart pan. Remove second layer of parchment paper and gently press into pan forming the crust. Pierce bottom of the dough with a fork. Bake for 25 minutes or until very light golden brown. Cool at room temperature.
  6. Melt chocolate in the microwave or double boiler until creamy. Spread over cooled crust. Put in the refrigerator or freezer to harden. While hardening put about 3 cups of ice cream in a large bowl and left soften. Mix until it is creamy. Top on chocolate layer and smooth out covering the whole cookie-cake. Return to freezer for ice cream to harden. Decorate with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Shortbread Ice Cream Cookie Cake has a think layer of chocolate separating the crust from the ice cream! This tasty dessert can be sliced and eaten with your hands! The Foodie Affair

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Shortbread Ice Cream Cookie Cake has a think layer of chocolate separating the crust from the ice cream! This tasty dessert can be sliced and eaten with your hands! The Foodie Affair

Sandra @ The Foodie Affair
 

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18 Comments en Shortbread Ice Cream Cookie Cake

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    Erlene says:
    February 26, 2016

    I’m definitely going to have to make this for my hubby’s birthday. He LOVES sweets and this cookie/ice cream combo would be perfect for him.

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      February 28, 2016

      Happy birthday to your husband! Hope you enjoy making this special dessert for him 🙂

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    February 26, 2016

    This would definitely be a huge hit at my house, all three kids love pizza and ice-cream and my girls love all things pink, how fun that your daughter was born in a pink hospital! 🙂

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      February 28, 2016

      The hospital is pretty unique and rich with history! This is a great dessert for kids!

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    Katerina says:
    February 26, 2016

    Happy birthday to Ashley! And what a delicious way to celebrate birthdays! I love the combo of cookie crust and ice cream!

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      February 28, 2016

      The cookie and ice cream is a tasty combination, Katerina! The chocolate is just the right amount too.

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    February 27, 2016

    This “cake” looks so festive. I love that you could change up colors to fit anyone’s birthday or holiday. Can we say green for St. Paddy’s Day?

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      February 28, 2016

      This really can be swapped around for a different flavor combination. Mint Chip for St. Patty’s day sounds wonderful 🙂

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    Heidy says:
    February 27, 2016

    What a cute and colorful dessert, perfect for upcoming spring!

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    February 28, 2016

    Wishing Ashley a very special B-day! this is one perfect 3 layer party cake you can eat with your hands. I know my boys would love this! Sharing, pinning!

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      February 28, 2016

      Thank you for the sweet wishes, Bobbie! You’re boys would have fun creating a cookie cake with their favorite ice cream flavors!

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    February 28, 2016

    This ice cream pie sounds amazing! And a pink hospital?? I can’t say that I have ever seen a pink one before! 🙂

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      February 28, 2016

      After all these years they have kept the color the same. I think the community would not be happy if they ever changed the color. It’s quite a landmark!

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    February 28, 2016

    This Shortbread Ice Cream Cookie Cake would be wonderful for any birthday or Easter celebration. Yum Yum!

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      February 28, 2016

      It’s easy to make too, so you can share for any special occasion!

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    Christie says:
    March 1, 2016

    We are crazy for shortbread. This is my kind of cake with that delectable crust.

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