Think back to the summers when you were a little kid. If you lived in a smaller neighborhood, you probably remember the familiar jingle of the ice cream man coming around the corner. On lucky days, your parents would give you a few dollars and you’d be able to pick out your favorite ice cream treat. For many of us, that favorite choice was the Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bar made by Good Humor. Everyone has their own preferences, of course, but there was something about that bar in particular that was truly special.
Although you may not have had an ice cream off the back of a cart in a long time, sometimes we still get nostalgic for the good old days. And what better way to bring them back than by whipping up something delicious in the kitchen? For any fans of those strawberry-flavored bars mentioned above, the recipe today is sure to get you excited. That’s because we’ve found a way for you to make your own version of them right at home that is simple to make and delicious to eat on a hot summer day. So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 20 Golden Oreos (or other vanilla sandwich cookies, 2 cups’ worth)
- 3 tablespoons of melted butter
- 4 1/2-5 cups of vanilla ice cream
- 2 1/2 cups of strawberry sorbet
- 8-10 Golden Oreos (or other vanilla sandwich cookies, 1 cup’s worth)
- 1 tablespoon of softened butter
- 4 tablespoons of freeze-dried strawberries, powdered
Here’s what you do:
1. To start, bet out an 8×8-inch baking dish and line it with parchment or wax paper. Be sure to leave some overhanging so that the ice cream bars are easier to remove at the end of everything. Next, start making your crust by throwing your Golden Oreos in the food processor and pulsing them until they become fine crumbs. Leave the filling in as well!
2. Once they’re turned into powder, add in your melted butter and stir it all together so that it combines. When it’s all combined, press the resulting mixture into the bottom of your baking dish and set it in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
3. Now you’re ready to make the topping! Take out a small bowl and add in your Golden Oreos, breaking them into larger crumbs—you can do this in your food processor as well, just make sure to leave them coarser than the others. Add your softened butter again and press the resulting mixture into little pea-sized pieces. Mix in your freeze-dried strawberry powder as well and set it aside.
4. When you’re ready to assemble, take the vanilla ice cream and strawberry sorbet out of the freezer to the fridge to soften for about 15 to 20 minutes. Scoop two cups of vanilla into your cookie crust and spread it around with a spatula. Once you’ve done that, pop it back in the freezer for about 10 to 20 minutes to harden up again.
5. Next, take it out again and spread your strawberry sorbet over the vanilla layer. Again, put it back in the freezer for 10 more minutes before adding your last vanilla layer. Sprinkle the top with your strawberry cookie crumbs and throw it back in the freezer for three to four hours (or overnight).
6. After this is all done, take the pan out and carefully lift out the bars using the overhanging parchment paper. Let it all sit for five to 10 minutes before cutting it into squares and serving! Be sure to wrap up the extras and put them in the freezer for safe-keeping. Enjoy!
While there are definitely a few steps to this recipe, all the ingredients are easy enough to come by and the results are delicious. In the summer, we’re always looking for food we can eat that won’t make us overheat. This will definitely do that with the added bonus of taking you back to childhood. Give this a try and let us know how it turns out!
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Source: Life Made Sweeter