Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Slice

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This patriotic dessert is perfect for your 4th of July cookout. Everything comes together easily and you can even use store bought cookie dough for the crust. Just combine your favorite vanilla bean ice cream with fresh berries for a refreshing and creamy red, white, and blue slice. The hardest part of the recipe is waiting overnight for it to set. 

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Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Slice

Ingredients:

  • 4 pints softened vanilla bean ice cream or gelato
  • handful of diced strawberries
  • handful of diced blueberries
  • handful of sliced raspberries

Cookie Crust

  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a cookie sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.

Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 

Add the egg to the butter mixture and beat until smooth. Gradually add flour and baking powder and beat until the dough comes just together. 

Add the dough to the prepared cookie sheet. Shape and roll the dough into roughly a 10 by 5 inch rectangle. (The dough will spread and cookie will be trimmed. So, no need to be perfect.) Chill the dough and pan in the refrigerator for 15 minutes until firm. 

Bake the cookie rectangle for 20 minutes or until the sides just begin to brown. Let cool on pan. 

While your cookie is cooling, prepare a 1.5 pound loaf pan by lining with plastic wrap. Make sure that the plastic wrap extends over the sides so that it can cover all of the contents.

Layer the softened (not soupy) ice cream and diced berries into the prepared loaf pan. Using a spoon or spatula gently smooth the ice cream and push down into the corners so that the pan is completely filled. Top with the cooled cookie and with a sharp knife trim any overlap off the sides. Cover the entire thing with the plastic wrap. Chill in the freezer overnight, 6 to 8 hours. 

Un-mold the ice cream and top with more fresh berries. (The berries are frozen in the photos but I prefer, for texture, to add the fresh berries right before serving.) You can use a knife or off set spatula dipped in warm water to help un-mold the ice cream and also smooth the sides of any creases from the plastic wrap.

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