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Even before I officially became a mom I knew that one of my very favorite things to do with my kids was going to be spending time baking in the kitchen! As soon as my daughter could hold her head up I brought her in as my sous chef.
This year we decided to try out a new recipe and oh yes, it is a good one! We had to exercise some extreme self-control in order to save some of this delicious caramel apple pie ice cream so I could share it with you!
This recipe combines one of my favorite holiday pies with a constant family top pick. You can probably already guess by the name of this post, caramel apple pie and ice cream. Really, it doesn’t get much better than this!
Imagine having a bowl full of the perfect apple pie topped with a flawless scoop of homemade ice cream melting over the top, then drizzled with luscious caramel. This ice cream is just like that!
I have the entire recipe and step by step instructions for you at the end of this post but here is a tip for making this caramel apple pie ice cream turn out perfect every time! When you are crushing the vanilla wafers, don’t crush the cookies any smaller than nickel sized pieces. This will keep the cookies from becoming soggy once they are added to the ice cream.
I must say that sharing my love of the kitchen with my kids has paid off. So far, two out of three kiddos LOVE to help me out every time I start cooking and baking. (Most of the time this is great!) So it’s only natural that the holidays bring this excitement up to new levels!
There is one thing you need to get over when you are creating memories with your kids in the kitchen. There is going to be a mess. Just accept this and the entire process is going to be way more fun for you and your kids.
The kiddos clothes are probably going to be covered in ingredients.
There probably is going to be twice as many dishes as there normally would be.
A simple step is going to help you manage your mess. While you are at Costco picking up your ingredients, stop off in their household cleaning section and pick up a few P&G cleaning products. P&G at Costco is guaranteed to have everything you need to clean up your little one’s mess!
Floors, walls, dishes, clothes, fingers, and faces. You name it and P&G is going to have a product ready to help get the mess cleaned up quick, so you can get back to what matters most. After our fun morning of making this caramel apple pie ice cream I used Cascade Action Pacs to take on the mountain of dishes and Tide Pods to turn the now sticky shirts back into the fresh linen they started as.
School parties, church parties, family parties, school performances, musical performances, dance performances, and on and on. Though they are all magical and we really wouldn’t want it any other way, the holidays seem to fill our weekly schedule faster then we can blink. That’s why Costco is the perfect place to buy all of your holiday supplies.
If I need it, it’s pretty much guaranteed that I will be able to find it at Costco and at a great price! Baking supplies especially, are found at fantastic prices at Costco! We have been baking up a storm in our kitchen this Christmas season and in preparation for the festivities I headed straight over to Costco. I found all ingredients I needed, then headed straight home to get back to making memories with my family.
So make sure to prepare for the mess by buying your favorite P&G household products at Costco, then head straight home and start making memories with your family by creating your family’s new favorite ice cream recipe!
Caramel Apple Pie Ice Cream
1 batch of homemade vanilla ice cream (with 2 tsp cinnamon added in)
¾ cup peeled and chopped green apples
1 Tbs butter
1 Tbs sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
1 cup crushed vanilla wafer cookies
Start off by whipping together this recipe for the easiest homemade vanilla ice cream. The only thing different you need to do is add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to the blender when you are mixing the ingredients.
While the custard is turning into ice cream in your ice cream machine, use a small saucepan over medium heat to melt the butter.
Add in the chopped apples, sugar and cinnamon. Keep cooking and stirring until the apples are soft but not soggy.
Next, break up your vanilla wafer cookies into one inch size pieces.
Once your ice cream has reached soft serve consistency, mix in your baked apples and crushed cookies.
Poor ice cream into a freezer safe airtight container and freeze for a few hours to let harden up. Psst…This step is not necessary if you can’t wait to eat!
Scoop up a bowl and drizzle with your caramel topping and some left over cookie crumbs.