Easy frozen desserts come together as quick as pie with this pecan coffee ice cream pie recipe. A crust made from homemade Nilla wafers and pecans holds delicious vanilla-coffee ice cream. It’s the perfect summer treat!
I am such a sucker for easy frozen desserts like ice cream pie. Never mind that I’m a little bit lactose intolerant and I have icky stomach cramps whenever I eat it. A rich, smooth, creamy dreamy ice cream pie is worth the price of admission in my eyes.
When Joy the Baker created this recipe for her new cookbook, she made things as simple as… well, pie! The crust is a mixture of crushed Nilla Wafers and crushed pecans that have been folded into whipped egg whites (meringue) and baked. The result is a light and delightful meringue crust.
There was just one little issue where I was concerned. Those danged Nilla Wafers. I have a love-hate relationship with them because they contain high fructose corn syrup, loads of sugar, and hydrogenated fats. In good conscience, I can’t eat them.
So I did a little investigative research and found this recipe over at Serious Eats for making knock-off Nilla Wafers. The homemade cookies are delightful, and I’m lucky that I baked a double batch, because if I hadn’t, I would have been hard pressed to have enough left to grind up for my crust. They are just so stinkin’ good!
After the pie crust has been made and baked, the rest of this recipe just involves assembly.
Can you understand why ice cream pie is one of my favorite easy frozen desserts?!
I mixed together a pint of coffee ice cream and a pint of vanilla bean ice cream and spread it over the crust. I topped it off with some more crushed pecans. I let it chill for about 10 hours before I cut into it, just to make sure that it was set. I added a little bit of homemade whipped cream and some hot fudge sauce on top, because a day without chocolate is like a day without sunshine!
Lucky for me, that 10 hour chill time in the freezer landed me smack dab in the middle of my breakfast hour the next day. It was the perfect time to take photos, and I was not about to let delicious, easy frozen desserts go to waste with all of the starving children in the world… so I ate it. For breakfast.
Please don’t judge me. Just do as I do. Go ahead. I won’t tell! 🙂