It’s been a while… This pandemic is not making things easy (for anyone). Lately, it’s been difficult to find time to cook, take pictures and write. Some days my kids were more motivated than I to cook, so we’ve been doing some kid friendly recipes, like this chocolate ice cream edible garden I’m bringing today.
It is from Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake! by Deanna F. Cook, a children’s cookbook that has become one of our favorite baking books. She has two other books that we’ve been also enjoying lately: Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!) and Cooking Class Global Feast!: 44 Recipes That Celebrate the World’s Cultures. Totally worth checking them out if you have kids.
Anyway, this chocolate ice cream edible garden is all about its presentation. The ingredients are pretty straight forward: chocolate ice cream, chocolate cookies and butter. That’s it. You basically make a layer of chocolate cookie with butter at the bottom, put the soften ice cream on top and cover it with crumbled chocolate cookies which represents the dirt of your garden. And then the fun starts. To decorate the garden, we followed the book’s picture with minor personalized twists. We used blueberries, raspberries and mint leaves as our garden plants. For our fauna, I got some gummy worms, and decorated some M&Ms as ladybugs and bees using an edible marker that I got at Amazon. We finalized the garden with some miniature garden tools (which I also got at Amazon for $9). It was super fun for the kids to make, zero fuss and delicious (what can go wrong with chocolate ice cream and chocolate cookies, right?)
Sometimes you really don’t need fancy recipes or ingredients to make a fun and delicious dish, especially when it comes to please kids. This one is the perfect example. In this case you just need to spend a few bucks with the edible marker and garden tools and you have a great dessert, which by the way is perfect if you want to impress some friends 😉.
A super fun way to eat chocolate ice cream with chocolate cookies!! The kids will love making this dessert!! Guaranteed!!
3 pints chocolate ice cream (your favorite one – I used yogurt chocolate ice cream)
1 (11 oz) package chocolate cookies (I used 12 Belvita breakfast cookies)
4 tbsp melted butter
Decoration (be creative – totally up to you!):
10–20 mint leaves
Take the ice cream out of the freezer to let it soften.
Crumble the cookies using a rolling pin or a food processor. Set aside ½ cup of the crumbled cookies.
Mix the melted butter with the crumbled chocolate cookies in a small bowl and transfer it to a 9×9 inch pan. Press down firmly to make an even layer.
Let it set 10 min in the freezer.
Add the soften ice cream over the cookies and sprinkle the rest of the crumbled cookies on top.*
Prepare the decorations: make your ladybugs and bees, decorate your garden with the worms and garden tools, and have fun!
Return to the freezer until the ice cream hardens and recovers its texture (the book says 24 hours, but there was noooo waaay that we could wait 24 hours, so we ate it 3 hours later for dessert at lunch time and it was totally fine 😉 ).
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
*At this point I returned the ice cream to the freezer while I prepared the decorations because it was very soft and I was worried that the cookies would become soggy.
The number of cookies you will need will depend on the size of your pan.
The original recipe calls for 6 tbsp but I reduced it to 4 and it was totally ok.