1 pint each vanilla chocolatechip, chocolate and vanilla fudge ice cream
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 ounce semisweet chocolate, grated (optional)
Line a 9-inch square baking dish with two 24-inch sheets of plastic wrap, allowing excess to hang over sides. Arrange 9 cookies in pan and 3 cookies standing up along each side.
Warm peanut butter in microwave for 30 seconds; drizzle 1/4 cup on cookies in pan. Spoon chocolate-chip ice cream on top and cover with 8 cookies. Repeat layering twice with 1/4 cup peanut butter, a pint of ice cream and more cookies.
Cover with overhanging plastic wrap and press down to compress layers. Cover with second sheet of plastic and freeze for at least 3 hours and up to 1 week.
To unmold, dip pan into warm water, unwrap cake and invert a platter on top. Flip cake over and remove pan and wrap. Return cake to freezer.
Whip cream and confectioners’ sugar until stiff. Spread on cake and sprinkle with chocolate, if desired.
Preheat oven to 250°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a cake pan as a guide, draw two 8-inch circles; invert paper. Mix dried cherries and rum; set aside. Mix espresso and boiling water; set aside.
Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form. Beat in sugar, and then beat at high speed until stiff. Beat in espresso and vanilla.
Spread egg-white mixture into 2 even disks in prepared parchment circles. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, then turn off oven and let stand in oven for 1 hour. Let cool. Peel off paper and place 1 meringue layer in a 9-inch springform pan.
Drain cherries; pat dry. Stir into vanilla ice cream; spread into pan. Top with second meringue; freeze for 30 minutes. Combine chocolate ice cream and nuts; spread onto meringue. Cover with plastic wrap; freeze for 1 hour.
Remove cake from pan. Whip heavy cream and spread on top. Dust with cocoa and garnish with cherries.
Make cookies: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt into a bowl.
Combine butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl; cream together with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, and beat until smooth. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Scoop up heaping tablespoonfuls of dough and roll into 1 1/2- to 2-inch balls. Place balls on baking sheets 3 inches apart (you’ll have about 8 balls per sheet). Bake until dry on top, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets on wire racks.
Make sandwiches: Soften ice cream at room temperature for 3 minutes. Set containers on their sides on a cutting board and use a sharp serrated knife to cut each pint of ice cream into 7 circles, cutting through cardboard. Peel cardboard away and place each disk of ice cream between 2 cookies. Place sandwiches on a baking sheet, cover with plastic and freeze until firm, at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 4-by-8-inch loaf pan, line bottom with parchment paper and butter parchment; dust with flour.
In a small bowl, stir together eggs, 2 Tbsp. cream and 1 Tbsp. rum. Sift flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add butter and half of egg mixture and beat with an electric mixer until well-blended, 1 minute, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add remaining egg mixture and beat well. Fold in coconut. Scrape batter into pan and bake until cake is light golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, then unmold, remove parchment and cool completely on a wire rack.
Wash and dry loaf pan and line completely with plastic wrap. Using a serrated knife, cut cake horizontally into 3 equal layers. Brush 2 Tbsp. rum evenly over cut sides of cake. Place bottom third in loaf pan. In a bowl, beat remaining 6 Tbsp. cream with remaining 1 Tbsp. sugar until stiff peaks form. In a small bowl, stir together pineapple and remaining 1 Tbsp. rum. Fold pineapple mixture into cream.
Spread ice cream evenly over cake in pan. Top with middle cake layer, then spread with pineapple-cream mixture. Top with remaining cake layer. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.
Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving. Unmold and peel away plastic wrap. Cut into 1-inch slices with a hot knife, and serve.
1 cup chocolate-covered toffee bits, such as Heath Bar Bits O’Brickle
Arrange 12 paper liners in a 12-cup muffin tin. Cut pound cake into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Use a 2-inch biscuit cutter to cut 12 circles from slices, reserving scraps for another use. Place circles in bottoms of cupcake liners.
Combine heavy cream and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl and whip with an electric mixer until cream holds stiff peaks.
Scoop ice cream into a large bowl. Reserve 1/4 cup Heath Bar Bits; add remaining Bits to bowl with ice cream. Combine by mashing ice cream and candy with back of a large spoon. (If ice cream gets too soft, place bowl in freezer for 10 minutes before continuing.)
Top each pound-cake circle with a scoop of ice cream and cover with whipped cream. Sprinkle with remaining Heath Bar Bits. Lightly drape cupcakes with plastic wrap and place in freezer until firm, at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.
1 (4.9 oz.) package Italianstyle sandwich cookies (such as Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies), coarsely chopped
Whites from 4 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chocolate sprinkles
Let all ice cream stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes or until soft enough to spread. Meanwhile, line a 3-quart metal bowl with plastic wrap, allowing extra wrap to hang down outside of bowl.
Spoon strawberry ice cream into bottom of bowl. Arrange brownies on top in a single layer; press on them to compress with ice cream in an even layer. Spoon in pistachio ice cream, smoothing top evenly with a spoon. Sprinkle with chopped cookies. Spoon coffee ice cream on top of cookies. Wrap overhanging plastic over ice cream and compress again. Freeze until firm, at least 3 hours.
To unmold, let bowl stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Wrap a towel soaked in hot water around bowl. Unwrap top of bombe, invert bowl onto a round platter and pull on plastic until bombe is released. (If necessary, resoak towel in hot water.) Remove and discard plastic wrap and return bombe to freezer.
In a large bowl, whip egg whites with an electric mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually sprinkle in sugar while mixing at low speed. Once all sugar has been added, beat at high speed until stiff. Whip cream in a separate bowl until stiff but not dry. Fold cream into egg white mixture. Spread cream mixture on top of bombe. Garnish with chocolate sprinkles. To serve, cut with a large, sharp knife.
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups chocolate or strawberry ice cream, or a combination, softened
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment.
Sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar together until light, about 2 minutes. Add egg; mix well. Beat in peanut butter and vanilla. Beat flour mixture into butter mixture.
Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on sheets. Flatten with a fork in a crisscross design. Bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes; transfer to a rack to cool.
Place 1 scoop of ice cream on a cookie, top with another cookie and carefully press down. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. Repeat with remaining cookies and ice cream. Freeze for 45 minutes; serve.