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Ice Cream Party! + Recipe for “Sundae Cookie Dough”

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My little girl turned two last Thursday. :)

Thus far, her milestones have not been overly-emotional for me… perhaps because each day she gets older, she seems to get more fun!  Seeing her enjoy her 2nd birthday party was no exception.  It was truly a blast!  She was so much more aware of what was going on this year.  (I tell ya, listening to her sing “Happy Birthday” to herself all day was quite a hoot.  My fault for waking her up with that song.)

And can I just say: I am disproportionately proud of the party theme I came up with: Make-Your-Own Ice Cream Sundaes! (Yes, I am pregnant… why do you ask???)

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But seriously guys, this idea was genius, if I do say so myself.  Here is what made the ice cream party so amazing:

-We kept the evening simple by inviting only family and a few neighbors… (Elsa was just as happy with a group of adults as she would’ve been with a group of fellow 2 year olds.  And mama was much, much happier!)

-We asked people to eat dinner ahead of time (thereby lowering my stress level tenfold since I didn’t have to come up with a crowd-friendly meal idea and arrange seating for everyone.)

-Everyone got to make their dessert exactly to their liking…

-And, oh yeah, Elsa LOVED it!  What kid wouldn’t love eating a pile of rainbow sprinkles?  I’d say it’s an easy (and fairly affordable) way to give your toddler the time of his/her life!

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2-yr-old Ice Cream Party!

(And yes, I am über-pregnant.  Why do you ask??)

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All you need to pull off an ice cream party of your own is a smattering of toppings, a few extra ice cream scoops (I picked mine up at the Dollar Tree!), and a few tubs of your favorite ice cream.  (And maybe a few balloons if you want to get fancy about it.)

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Make-Your-Own Ice Cream Sundae Party!

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To set up the make-your-own-sundae line, I filled a large roasting tray with ice cubes and nestled the tubs of ice cream in there so that they could stay cold long enough for people to go through the line and make their sundaes.

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And the true beauty of the whole operation was that I kept my prep-work and clean-up to a minimum… paper/plastic utensils and mostly store-bought toppings.  Mostly store-bought, but not entirely.  My one homemade contribution to this night of decadence was this fabulous, sinful, amazing, perfect batch of cookie dough, which I am 1000% glad I made because it was downright deadly, and I made it two days ahead so it was totally stress-free!

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Cookie dough is my favorite ice cream additive… how bout’ you?  Actually, it might be a tie between cookie dough and brownie pieces… but suffice it to say that both make me extreeeemely happy.  Same for my husband.  As you can see in the photo below, clearly he does not waste stomach space on silly toppings like rainbow sprinkles.  Give him a bowl full of brownies, Reese’s, and cookie dough and it’s true love.

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Egg-Free Cookie Dough Bites for Ice Cream Sundaes!

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So definitely tuck this recipe away for your next splurge-worthy occasion. The cookie dough is egg-free, and therefore completely safe to eat raw.  (Like I’ve ever heeded that rule in my life!  But still… in case you’re squeamish about raw eggs, this is a great recipe to keep around.)  And it’s also super easy to make!  Everything comes together in a food-processor and then gets chilled in the freezer until you’re ready to enjoy it – the ultimate make-ahead indulgence food.  Big thanks to Tieghan from Half-Baked Harvest for the idea!

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Egg-Free Cookie Dough Bites for Ice Cream Sundaes!

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You are so very welcome for this recipe (or not… depending on your nutrition goals at the moment.)  Is it even worth me arguing that the nice little bite-sized pieces allow you to exercise whatever level of portion-control you desire?  Didn’t think so.  I’ll just end by wishing you good luck with this one!  Printable is below. :)

Oh and don’t forget, you have one more day to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a jar of amazing Honey Vanilla Peach Jam!  You can enter here… it’s easy and free.  I hope you win!

XO-

Carissa

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Ice Cream Party! + Recipe for "Sundae Cookie Dough"
 
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These egg-free cookie dough bites are easy to whip up, store in the freezer, and pull out whenever you're craving a sweet indulgence. Perfect sprinkled over ice cream!
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Serves:: 12
Ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp. roasted cashews
  • ½ cup butter (slightly softened) or coconut oil
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 C. flour
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ C. mini chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Place the cashews in a food processor or high power blender, process until the cashews are a fine powder.
  2. Add the butter (or coconut oil), brown sugar, and vanilla and process another 30 seconds to 1 minutes or until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the flour and salt, process until combined. If the mixture seems dry add a tablespoons of milk or water.
  4. Transfer dough to a bowl and stir in the mini chocolate chips.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread the cookie dough out in an even layer about ¼ inch thick. Place baking sheet in the freezer until ready to use.
  6. Just prior to serving, chop cookie dough into small chunks. Store leftovers in a zip top bag in the freezer.

 

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