Ice Cream Pie

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Ice Cream Pie requires only THREE ingredients! Alternate scoops of your two favorite flavors of ice cream in a pre-made graham cracker crust for a dessert will be a hit wherever it’s served! With 15 minutes prep time (or less), this is the perfect dessert to make when in a time crunch.

Some other ice cream treats you’ll want to try next are this Ice Cream Sandwich Cake, Samoas Ice Cream Bars, or these Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Bars.

Image of the caramel being poured on top of the Ice Cream Pie.

Ice Cream Pie

My mom is known for her Ice Cream Pie. She’d make variations of this pie all summer long; it was one of her go-to treats. And whenever she’d serve it, people would go crazy for it as if it were a culinary masterpiece that had taken my mom hours to make (ha)!

As far as I know, my mom “invented” this dessert, and well, to be honest, it’s not even much of a recipe. More of a concept — you’ll see what I mean.

Essentially you chose the flavors and pick the “theme” you want for this ice cream pie. It can be chocolatey, fruity, minty, coffee flavored, etc. Pick two flavors of ice cream that go together, grab a pre-made graham cracker (or cookie) crust and we’re already on our way to EASY dessert heaven.

Image of the chocolate and caramel ice cream being scooped into the crust for this Ice Cream Pie recipe.

How to make Ice Cream Pie

It starts with a graham cracker crust. For a true three-ingredient dessert, you’ll need to buy the graham cracker crust. However, if you have the extra time and want to, you can make your own graham cracker crust (I like the crust from this Lemon Pie) and put it in a pie pan. Next, you pick two flavors of ice cream that complement each other. My two favorites? Salted caramel and chocolate fudge brownie. Mmmm, just thinking about it…

Scoop the ice cream into the pie crust. Add one scoop of flavor choice #1, then one scoop of flavor choice #2, then flavor #1 again, flavor #2, and on and on. The ice cream scoops will cover the bottom of the crust and then you do one more layer of ice cream scoops on top of that.

Finally, you press it all together with the plastic top that came with the graham cracker crust. If you’re using a homemade crust (and don’t have that plastic top), you can press together the layers with parchment paper and your hands. Once the ice cream scoops are solidly pressed together, it’s time to freeze the pie until it’s firm.

Once firm, use a sharp knife to cut out slices. Garnish if desired 🙂

Image of all the scoops of ice cream in the Ice Cream Pie.

Ice Cream Pie variations

  • Minty: Try this Grasshopper version with an Oreo® crust and mint ice cream filling!
  • Fruity: Use your two favorite sorbets or sherbets in a graham cracker crust.
  • Turtle ice cream pie: Fill up an Oreo crust with caramel ice cream. Drizzle fudge and caramel ice cream sauces over top and sprinkle chopped pecans on top. Garnish with whipped cream if desired.
  • Oreo ice cream pie: fill up an Oreo crust with cookies and cream ice cream. Garnish with whipped cream and additional crushed Oreos. Drizzle hot fudge sauce if desired.
  • Coffee ice cream pie recipe: fill up an Oreo crust with coffee ice cream, drizzle with hot fudge sauce
  • Strawberry-cheesecake ice cream pie recipe: This is my favorite recipe!
  • Peanut butter ice cream pie recipe: Fill a graham cracker or cookie crust with peanut butter ice cream. Garnish with whipped cream and crushed peanuts.
  • Adding a cornflake crust: try this crust recipe!
  • Adding a rice Krispie® crust: Foodiecrush is the genius behind this creative crust!
  • Swap out the graham cracker crust for an Oreo crust.

Image of the dessert with the lid on top, ready to go in the freezer.

Toppings

Depending on the flavors you use for your ice cream pie, there are all sorts of options for what to top the pie with. Below are some of our favorite topping ideas:

  • Whipped cream (from a can, or see: how to make whipped cream)
  • Chocolate fudge sauce
  • Caramel sauce 
  • Miniature chocolate chips or shaved chocolate (I shave a large chocolate bar with a vegetable peeler.)
  • Crushed nuts
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Crushed Oreos
  • Sprinkles

Image of a slice of Ice Cream Pie on a plate.

QUICK TIP

To get clean slices, run your knife under hot water for a few seconds, wipe to dry, make 1 slice, and repeat.

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Ice Cream Pie

5 from 8 votes
Ice Cream Pie requires only THREE ingredients! Alternate scoops of your two favorite flavors of ice cream in a store-bought graham cracker crust for a dessert that will be a hit wherever it's served! With 15 minutes prep time (or less), this is the perfect dessert to make when in a time crunch.
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Ice Cream Pie

5 from 8 votes
Ice Cream Pie requires only THREE ingredients! Alternate scoops of your two favorite flavors of ice cream in a store-bought graham cracker crust for a dessert that will be a hit wherever it's served! With 15 minutes prep time (or less), this is the perfect dessert to make when in a time crunch.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword ice cream pie
Prep Time 25 minutes
Freezing Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8 -10 servings
Calories 627kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1 pre-made graham cracker crust
  • 36 ounces salted caramel ice cream (3/4ths of 1 full 48-ounce container)
  • 36 ounces fudge brownie ice cream (3/4ths of 1 full 48-ounce container)
  • Optional: whipped cream, shaved chocolate pieces, and/or caramel sauce

Instructions

  • Remove the packaging for the graham cracker crust. Set aside the plastic lid.
  • Allow the ice cream to sit out to become slightly softened.
  • Scoop one flavor into the graham cracker crust and then scoop the other flavor right next to the first scoop.
  • Scoop the ice cream, alternating flavors, in a circular motion all the way around the pie crust. Scoop the flavors in the center.
  • Repeat these steps for the second layer of the pie.
  • Press the plastic from the graham cracker crust onto the ice cream to compress the layers.
  • Place in the freezer to completely re-freeze and harden. (Try not to let the ice cream get too soft/melted or it could get icy once it is re-frozen).
  • Once the pie is hardened, cut into large slices and, if desired, top with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, and shaved chocolate. I use a vegetable peeler to shave the underneath of a chocolate bar right on top of the pies. Return any leftovers to the freezer.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 627kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 939IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 298mg | Iron: 2mg

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24 Comments

  1. Ooh, that is so fun, getting to pick the theme! I like the way your mom does it – I need this in my life weekly (ok, daily would be nice, but probably not the best habit 🙂 ) You had me at fudge brownie ice cream!

  2. Holy cow, I’m dying over this pie! Ice cream is my kryptonite and in pie form makes this even better! Love how easy this is to make and with only 3 ingredients makes this even more irresistible!

  3. 5 stars
    We make a very similar ice cream cake, but it has layers of two flavors. I love that this pie has alternating scoops of ice cream. So fun and delicious!

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