Grilled Pina Colada Sundaes

Grilled Pina Colada Sundae

Pina coladas are an indulgent tropical vacation in a glass. I’ll make them at home as a treat any time I’m in the mood, but I really love serving them up for a crowd at a party or cookout. These Grilled Pina Colada Sundaes are a twist on this classic drink that …

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Grilled Pina Colada Sundae

Pina coladas are an indulgent tropical vacation in a glass. I’ll make them at home as a treat any time I’m in the mood, but I really love serving them up for a crowd at a party or cookout. These Grilled Pina Colada Sundaes are a twist on this classic drink that is a great way to finish off any summer barbecue. The sundaes are made with fresh grilled pineapple and creamy coconut ice cream,

You’ll want to start with a whole, fresh pineapple – especially if you’re planning to make enough for a crowd. Cut the pineapple into 1/2-inch thick round slices, then place directly on the grill. Cook at low heat for 2-4 minutes per side, until there are nice grill marks and the pineapple appears juicy. The pineapple will be juicy when you start, of course, but the heat of the grill will draw out even more. If your pineapple is not quite ripe yet, then plan for an extra minute or two to allow some of the sugars in the fruit to caramelize.

Once the pineapple is grilled, transfer it to a cutting board and cut off the outer skin. The reason I cut it off after is that it is so much easier to grill the pineapple in big slices than it is to peel the whole pineapple and move more slippery slices around! Then, cut away the fruit of the pineapple, leaving the core behind. If you have a pineapple corer, feel free to core the pineapple in advance.

To assemble the sundaes, pile grilled fruit in dessert bowls and top with a big scoop of coconut ice cream. I actually used homemade coconut frozen yogurt in this sundae, but your favorite coconut ice cream will do nicely. To give this a real pina colada finish – if you’re an adult who is a fan of the cocktails like I am – drizzle 1/2 ounce of rum over the top of each sundae before serving. Dark rum is great, but I really like Plantation Pineapple Rum for even more pineapple flavor. If you’re not drinking, drizzle a bit of caramel onto the ice cream before serving instead.

Grilled Pina Colada Sundaes
1 whole, fresh pineapple
2 pints coconut ice cream
1/2 oz rum per sundae
caramel sauce

Remove the fronds from the pineapple (save for garnish, if desired).
Cut pineapple into 1/3-1/2 inch rounds, discarding the very top and bottom of the pineapple.
Preheat your grill to medium-low heat. Grill pineapple slices for 2-4 minutes per side, until nice grill marks appear and the pineapple is juicy and slightly caramelized.
Transfer pineapple to a cutting board and remove the outer skin of the pineapple. Cut up the grilled fruit into 1/2-1 inch chunks.
Pile fruit into dessert bowls and top each with a large scoop of coconut ice cream. Drizzle with 1/2-oz of rum, if desired, and a little caramel sauce.
Leftover grilled pineapple can be refrigerated for later use.

Makes 8-10 sundaes, depending on the size of the pineapple

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Watermelon Granita

Watermelon Granita

On a hot summer day, few things are more refreshing than a slice of cool, fresh watermelon. In fact, one of the only things more refreshing than the melon itself is a generous serving of homemade Watermelon Granita! Granita is a semi-frozen dessert made by freezing a mixture of water, sugar and …

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Watermelon Granita

On a hot summer day, few things are more refreshing than a slice of cool, fresh watermelon. In fact, one of the only things more refreshing than the melon itself is a generous serving of homemade Watermelon Granita! Granita is a semi-frozen dessert made by freezing a mixture of water, sugar and flavoring (usually fruit puree or fruit juice) and stirring as it freezes to created a crystalline, slightly chunky mixture. The result is somewhere between sorbet and shaved ice, and it is a terrific way to turn fresh fruit into a summer dessert.

This Watermelon Granita starts with fresh watermelon, and plenty of it. The melon is pureed with a little bit of lime juice, some sugar and a pinch of salt. The lime and salt help to boost the natural flavor of the watermelon. The sugar is added both to enhance the sweetness of the melon – because frozen foods like ice cream and granita often taste less sweet because they are so cold – and to enrich the texture of the granita and make it creamier.

Once everything comes together into a smooth puree – and this can be done easily in a food processor or a blender – the mixture can be poured into shallow dish and placed into the freezer. I stir my granitas every 20-30 minutes as they freeze, to spread out the ice crystals as they form. This helps aerate the granita so that it is easier to scrape and serve. If you don’t mind putting a little elbow grease into your scraping, you can allow the mixture to freeze solid, then use a sharp spoon to scrape the granita into crystals when you’re ready to serve it. It will depend on your freezer and how deep your dish is, but it typically takes about two or three hours or so to freeze the granita.

You’re going to get the best results from this recipe if you start with a really good melon, of course, but turning an average melon into granita is a fabulous way to improve it. If your melon is on the bland side when you start, add an extra pinch of salt or a few extra tablespoonfuls of sugar. Serve this dessert at the end of any summer meal! You can also top it with a shot of rum or splash of champagne to turn it into a summery cocktail!

Watermelon Granita
8 cups watermelon, cut into large chunks
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp lime juice
1/4 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend at high speed until very smooth.
Pour into a flat, shallow dish (such as a pyrex baking dish ) and place the dish flat in the freezer.
Stir granita once every 20-30 minutes to evenly distribute the ice crystals. When granita is almost entirely frozen, about 2-3 hours, it is ready to be scraped out with a large spoon into serving dishes.
Granita can also be stored in the freezer, covered, for at least a week if you want to make it in advance.

Serves 6

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Rocky Road Ice Cream

Rocky road ice cream is a classic for a reason! This combination of creamy egg-free chocolate ice cream with peanuts, chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows makes for a dreamy treat on a hot summer day. This post contains affiliate links. If you happen to live in Ohio, you know that us Ohioans are usually complaining …

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Rocky road ice cream is a classic for a reason! This combination of creamy egg-free chocolate ice cream with peanuts, chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows makes for a dreamy treat on a hot summer day.

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If you happen to live in Ohio, you know that us Ohioans are usually complaining that it’s either too hot or too cold and rarely is it just right. 

My idea of just right falls around 78 degrees with loads of sunshine and a nice breeze.
Despite cooler temperatures the past few days, this week is supposed to be a “scorcher” according to our local news station.

Although we have the freezer stocked with ice pops, rocket pops and even homemade Strawberry Popsicles for those long pool days, I thought I’d whip up a batch of ice cream or two for a little variety. 

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Strawberry Popsicles

These strawberry popsicles are sure to become your go-to treat all summer long! Made with fresh strawberries, Greek yogurt, and just a bit of honey, these popsicles are a hit with adults and kids alike. This post contains affiliate links. If you’re a parent or grandparent, you know that summer is prime popsicle time. As …

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These strawberry popsicles are sure to become your go-to treat all summer long! Made with fresh strawberries, Greek yogurt, and just a bit of honey, these popsicles are a hit with adults and kids alike.

Close up of strawberry popsicles arranged on top of ice.

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If you’re a parent or grandparent, you know that summer is prime popsicle time.

As soon as the heat hits, I know we have to keep the freezer stocked with popsicles, even if it’s just a box of freeze pops, alongside containers of rocky road ice cream and no-churn ice cream

I mean, there’s nothing better after getting out of the pool on a hot summer day than lounging with a popsicle in hand.

Even though I love fancy-pants popsicles like roasted berry goat cheese popsicles, prosecco popsicles (for the adults), and banana split popsicles, sometimes I just want to stock the freezer with something super classic.

These strawberry popsicles are being made on repeat this summer. They are just as easy as running out to buy a box of popsicles and are easily a top craving around here right now.

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No-Churn Ice Cream

No-churn ice cream is made with 3 simple ingredients, without any ice cream maker required! Enjoy this creamy vanilla ice cream or swirl in your favorite sauces or mix-ins to make it your own. This post contains affiliate links. It’s ice cream season! It seems like these days you are never too far away from …

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No-churn ice cream is made with 3 simple ingredients, without any ice cream maker required! Enjoy this creamy vanilla ice cream or swirl in your favorite sauces or mix-ins to make it your own.

Hand holding up a waffle cone with a scoop of vanilla no-churn ice cream in front of a pink wall.

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It’s ice cream season!

It seems like these days you are never too far away from great ice cream, whether you’re having it shipped to your house or there’s a new boutique ice cream shop opening up in your town.

But just because it’s easy to find great ice cream doesn’t mean I don’t also like making great ice cream at home.

And the absolute easiest way to make a batch of flavorful, creamy ice cream at home? This no-churn ice cream recipe.

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No-Bake Frozen Cheesecake

No-Bake Frozen Cheesecake is the perfect way to celebrate summer. A sweet and salty crust combines with a layer of smooth cheesecake filling and fresh berries to create a delicious dessert for summer entertaining. It’s that time of year when I start thinking about simple summer recipes to share with you. As the temps heat …

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No-Bake Frozen Cheesecake is the perfect way to celebrate summer. A sweet and salty crust combines with a layer of smooth cheesecake filling and fresh berries to create a delicious dessert for summer entertaining.

Slice of no-bake frozen cheesecake plated on a white plate, topped with mixed fresh berries. Additional slices of cheesecake are in the background

It’s that time of year when I start thinking about simple summer recipes to share with you.

As the temps heat up, we’re outside most of the day, so I bake a lot less than I do throughout the fall and winter months.

Even though I’m not cranking up the oven as much as I normally do, I still want to share easy, delicious recipes that are perfect for the summer months and this frozen cheesecake is all of those things.

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No-Churn Biscoff Ice Cream

A smooth and creamy ice cream with dollops of Biscoff spread is going to become your new favorite summertime treat! No-Churn Biscoff Ice Cream is so easy to make and even easier to love. It’s time for some no-churn ice cream! This is an easy dessert to…

A smooth and creamy ice cream with dollops of Biscoff spread is going to become your new favorite summertime treat! No-Churn Biscoff Ice Cream is so easy to make and even easier to love. It’s time for some no-churn ice cream! This is an easy dessert to make, and it’s simple enough that you can…

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Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches
Homemade ice cream sandwiches are one of my favorite treats to fill the freezer with during the summer. They’re satisfying when you want something bigger than a popsicle, but still cool you down when it is hot outside. These Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches are made with thin, chewy chocolate …

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Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches
Homemade ice cream sandwiches are one of my favorite treats to fill the freezer with during the summer. They’re satisfying when you want something bigger than a popsicle, but still cool you down when it is hot outside. These Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches are made with thin, chewy chocolate chip cookies and sandwich chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. They’re a chocolate chip cookie-lover’s delight – and one batch will provide you with plenty of ice cream sandwiches!

The recipe starts out with the homemade cookies. These cookies use a bit more brown sugar than some cookie recipes, which helps give them a chewy texture and provides a little more spread. When it comes to cookies for ice cream sandwiches, you don’t want something too hard or too thick. They’re buttery and have plenty of chocolate chips.

While I don’t always think you need a portion scoop to make cookies, it is nice to use one for this recipe. A portion scoop (looks like a small ice cream scoop) will allow your cookies to all come out the same size and shape. If you don’t have one, just spend an extra few seconds per cookie dough ball making sure everything is about even. Spending a little extra time on prep means that pairing up your sandwich cookies will be easier!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches

Once the cookies have baked and cooled, it’s time to fill them with ice cream. You can use store bought or homemade for this recipe, but the ice cream should be slightly softened to make it easier to work with. I always use chocolate chip cookie dough, as that adds just another layer of chocolate chip cookie goodness to each of these ice cream sandwiches. That said, you can use any flavor and chocolate, vanilla or Rocky Road all work well, too. Use a dry ingredient measuring cup (1/4 or 1/3 is usually good) to scoop out the ice cream and shape it, then pop it between two cookies and squish them together. You’ll want to get the cookies into the freezer as quickly as possible so they can set up, so place them on a baking sheet for about 15 minutes while you work. Once they have chilled slightly, individually wrap them in bags, plastic wrap or aluminum foil and freeze until ready to serve!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Approx 1/2 gal cookie dough ice cream
OR 1 batch homemade vanilla ice cream with homemade cookie dough bits
mini chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate, for decorating

Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light and creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture until dry ingredients have been completely incorporated, then stir in chocolate chips and mini chocolate chips.
Shape into 1-inch balls and arrange on prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2-inches between cookies to allow for spread.
Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until cookies are set around the edges.
Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3-4 minutes, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Assembly: Pair up chocolate chip cookies according to size. Place a cup or so of mini chocolate chips or chopped chocolate in a medium bowl.
Using a 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop out portions of cookie dough ice cream and place between each pair of cookies. Squish cookies together slightly to spread ice cream, then roll edges in mini chocolate chips or chopped chocolate.
Transfer sandwiches to a baking sheet in the freezer to chill for about 15 minutes, then individually wrap and freeze until frozen.

Makes about 18 sandwiches.

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Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

A simple, creamy ice cream that tastes just like Key Lime Pie.

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Key Lime Pie Ice Cream is a tart and sweet ice cream version of your favorite key lime pie! Simply whisk the base together and churn it in your ice cream maker – no extra cooking or chilling required.

Overhead view of 3 ice cream cones of key lime pie ice cream laying on a marble countertop surrounded by slices of limes

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Grilled Peaches with Bourbon Caramel Sauce

This easy summer dessert recipe can be made in less than 20 minutes and is the perfect way to celebrate fresh peach season. Warm, juicy, quick-grilled peaches.  Cool, refreshing, melty vanilla ice cream.  A generous drizzle of the world’s most delicious hot bourbon caramel sauce. I’m officially calling it — this wins as our favorite dessert of […]

This easy summer dessert recipe can be made in less than 20 minutes and is the perfect way to celebrate fresh peach season.

Warm, juicy, quick-grilled peaches.  Cool, refreshing, melty vanilla ice cream.  A generous drizzle of the world’s most delicious hot bourbon caramel sauce.

I’m officially calling it — this wins as our favorite dessert of the summer! ♡

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, we’ve been making this 10-minute bourbon caramel sauce on repeat this summer, drizzling it on everything from ice cream to brownies, cheesecakes, fruit crisps and more.  But our favorite pairing — times ten — has been to serve this caramel sauce over hot grilled peaches with vanilla ice cream.

It’s super-duper easy to make on an outdoor grill or inside on the stove with a grill pan.  It takes just 20 minutes to make, or less than 10 if you have prepped the caramel sauce beforehand.  It’s easy to scale up for a big crowd or down for just a serving or two, and customize with your favorite toppings.  And most of all, it is just crazy delicious.

So if peaches happen to be in season wherever you are right now, bring home a few and let’s get to grilling!
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