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Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Cake

This simple Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Cake has a buttery graham cracker crust and a two-ingredient strawberry and cheesecake filling. The easiest and tastiest ice cream cake ever!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Keyword Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chilling Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 789kcal
Author Chelsea Lords
Cost $9.12

Equipment

  • 9 inch springform pan

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 and 3/4 cups (209g) blended honey graham crackers (~12-13 full sheets of graham crackers)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (or 1/4 teaspoon table salt)

Filling

  • 1/2 gallon (4 pints; 8 cups) strawberry ice cream (we love Tillamook's Oregon Strawberry)
  • 1 (17 oz.; 481g) prepared frozen cheesecake Note 1
  • Optional toppings: spray whipped topping (or fresh whipping cream), fresh strawberries, or sugared strawberries (See Note 2)

Instructions

  • GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST: Start by melting the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Once melted, set aside to cool for 5 minutes. (Hot butter will cause a greasy crust.) In a blender or food processor, process the graham crackers until they are all crumbs (re-blend any large chunks). Measure to get a level 1 and 3/4 cups of crumbs and add to a large bowl. Add in the sugar and salt. Use a spatula to scrape every bit of the cooled, melted butter into the bowl. Gently stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  • FORM CRUST: Pour the mixture into a 9-inch springform pan. Mainly press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan and then about 1/2 inch up the sides. Use the bottom of a flat 1-cup measuring cup to thoroughly compress the graham cracker crumbs into a firm crust. Place the pan in the freezer while you make the filling for the pie.
  • ICE CREAM: Allow the ice cream to soften for about 5-10 minutes, depending on the temperature of your kitchen. (You don't want the ice cream to get too melty or it becomes icy when re-frozen.) Scoop ice cream into a very large bowl.
  • CHEESECAKE: Remove cheesecake from the package and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Add the cheesecake pieces right on top of the ice cream. Using a wooden spoon, gently mix until the ice cream and cheesecake pieces are integrated. Don't overmix--it's fine to have chunks of cheesecake visible.
  • FINISHING PIE: Pour the mixture over your prepared graham cracker crust. Press down with the back of the wooden spoon to form one even layer on top of the crust. Use a spatula to smooth the top. Cover tightly and put in the freezer to set at least 8 hours or until completely firm.
  • SERVE: Once the pie is firm, remove it from the springform pan and cut into slices. (To get clean slices, run a large sharp knife under hot water for a few seconds. Wipe to dry, make 1 slice, and repeat.) Serve as is or with optional toppings: a spray of whipped topping or a dollop of fresh whipped cream. Garnish with a fresh strawberry or sugared strawberries (See Note 2). Enjoy immediately. Do not add any optional toppings to slices that will be leftover. Promptly return leftovers, covered tightly, to the freezer.

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Notes

Note 1: Frozen cheesecake: We use a SaraLee frozen cheesecake in this recipe. This can be found near frozen desserts in the freezer section of the grocery store.
Note 2: Sugared strawberries: Combine 1 and 1/2 cups fresh sliced strawberries, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, and 3 tablespoons white sugar in a small bowl. Gently toss. Let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes, toss again, and let stand for 5 more minutes. Toss once more and then add on top of whipped cream on individual slices.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 789kcal | Carbohydrates: 105g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 629mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 1042IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 289mg | Iron: 2mg