I’ve been making this dessert for years and it’s one of the tastiest and easiest treats I’ve come across. It also gets rave reviews whenever I serve it! Todd requests this for his birthday dessert every year without fail. My only recommendation is to make extra and keep it in the freezer. You never know when a craving for this will hit…or when unexpected guests will make a stop. I didn’t have a photo of it, though, but I think that’s a great excuse to buy some ice cream sammies and get crackin’! The picture here is taken from my cookbook where I originally found the recipe.
Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert
2 boxes of 12-count ice cream sandwiches
1 carton (12 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 jar (11 3/4 oz) hot fudge ice cream topping
1 cup salted peanuts
Cut one ice cream sandwich in half. Place one whole and one half sandwich along a short side of an ungreased 9×13 pan. Arrange 8 sandwiches in opposite direction in the pan. Spread with half the whipped topping. Spoon fudge topping by teaspoonfuls (yeah, right!) onto the whipped topping. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup peanuts. Repeat layers with remaining ice cream sandwiches, whipped topping, and peanuts (pan will be full). Cover and freeze for up to 2 months. Remove from the freezer 20 minutes before serving. Cut into squares. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Notes from me: Obviously we don’t use the peanuts in this recipe, but it’s great without them. A friend said she’s put crushed Oreos in the middle layer and on top! The last time I made it, I tried vanilla and chocolate ice cream sandwiches (one half of the treat was chocolate ice cream with vanilla cookie, and the other half was chocolate cookie and vanilla ice cream). It turned out well, and looked pretty too.