Recipe for Caramel Ice Cream Dessert

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Well, we said goodbye to our son this morning for 2-1/2 weeks.  Though it was early, I couldn’t sleep, and spent the early morning hours praying for him and each member of our family. He flew out headed for Colorado this morning to be on staff at Summit Ministries for what I believe is their last session this summer.  As he’s never been to Summit before, it will be a new adventure for him.  Have I said we will miss him?

After getting up at 3:45 a.m. to see him off, and only 4 hours of sleep, I’m already feeling ready for a nap this morning! It’s not only when they’re babies that you miss out on sleep!

As a mother of a grown son, I realize that he is a man, and I am so proud of him and trust him completely, and love him more than he knows, and I know that God has a really big plan for him, but I also know that he will always be my little boy, no matter how old he gets to be.  Silly as it is, I still can see and hear him as a 3-year-old and my heart just melts.  Ok, I admit it, I am a sentimental slob.

So, because he loves caramel and ice cream, this past week I made a dessert, totally with him in mind.

Recipe for Caramel Ice Cream Dessert

Serves: 12-15


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1 cup butter or margarine (I always use real butter)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup quick oatmeal
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream (softened slightly)
  • 1 jar caramel topping


  • Mix first 5 ingredients together. I did not use a mixer, but it might work better if you did.
  • Pat into an 11×15-inch cookie sheet.
  • Bake 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Crumble while hot and put half of the cookie mixture in the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan.
  • Spread 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream over crumbs.
  • Dribble a jar of caramel topping over ice cream. (Some of us agreed that a little more ice cream and a little less caramel topping would taste better, but if you really like rich and sweet, leave it as is. My son loved it as is!)
  • Spread remaining crumbs over the top.
  • Freeze overnight, or at least 6-8 hours. It can be kept in the freezer for a couple of weeks, at least.
  • Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving.

Variations: Use butterscotch or chocolate topping.  Also, you can mix the bottom crumbs with some of the caramel sauce for the first layer, (and you can put it in a Tupperware container, instead of a 9×13 pan, too) before spreading the ice cream over and then drizzle the rest of the caramel over the top, as the recipe says.

Though I have been staying away from sweets, I still recommend this recipe, especially for when you’re having guests over, because you can make it ahead, it goes a long way, your family can have some “sweets/desserts” for a special occasion, and you don’t have to have the sweets around the house very long:) and, especially for serving families with boys, they’ll love it!

You’ve heard the saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”? Do you think that’s true? or just an old saying.  Do you have special dishes that you make for any of your kids?




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7 Replies to “Recipe for Caramel Ice Cream Dessert”

  1. OK, Wendy – it’s only 10 AM and I am slobbering over this dessert!! That looks so yummy!

    I totally get the thing with your son – both of my sons are in their 20’s – in fact, my oldest is nearly 30 (how did that happen, by the way?) – and yet, they will ALWAYS be my little boys in my heart. Just don’t tell them that…

    That old saying – I don’t think it holds true for every man. My husband, for instance, really doesn’t like to eat much at all. I think there are people who “live to eat” and others who “eat to live.”

    Special dishes? Well, I was never known for my cooking skills, but one thing my sons did like to eat was something I called, “Meanie Beanie Nacho Supremie” – I think the name was better than the food – but they seemed to love it!

    GOD BLESS, Wendy – how was your birthday?

    1. Thanks, Sharon, for understanding about “my boy”! (He’d be rolling his eyes.)

      Funny, you know, my hubby isn’t a big eater, either, which is pretty good, since I’m not a big “cooker”:) However, he is a much happier camper after his stomach’s full. (Note: Requests and big important discussions wait until after supper.)

      I would love the recipe for your Meanie Beanie Nacho Supremie! Sounds wonderful!

      As for my birthday, I’m still celebrating! Which is the way I love to do my birthday:) Keep celebrating for months! Going out with a dear friend tomorrow, in fact, to an Indian restaurant–I’m really looking forward to it. Thanks for asking!

  2. That looks delicious! I can just picture you getting up and praying, I love that. It inspires me as a mom with little ones to keep at it! =)

    1. The most important things to do are often the most difficult, I’ve found. It wasn’t my original plan, but God rewarded me greatly–it was an amazing time of prayer and Bible reading, and the quiet of those very early hours was so beautiful and peaceful. And I really didn’t suffer as much as I expected from only getting 4 hours of sleep. Thankful…I really needed that time with my Lord.

  3. Yes, Phyllis, I just “knew” you wanted this recipe:) Certain family members have been going down to the freezer and “snitching” bites of it all week (they shall remain nameless).

    We are already missing Dane terribly (sniff), so thanks for the prayers.

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