chocolate covered ice cream cups.

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or: what to do what you have a ruddy old carton of ice cream that’s been 85% eaten but is still lurking in the freezer.

or: what to do when you have a plain ol’ ice cream flavor in your freezer that definitely needs a dose of chocolate.

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you will probably never catch me eating a bowl of plain vanilla ice cream. nuh uhhhhh.

did costco really do away with the chocolate soft serve at the hot dog shack? they just have vanilla and acai now?? hogwash.

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my best friend katie and i would frequent the walk-up dairy queen in high school and just sit in the parking lot eating blizzards and watch people to see what they ordered...(super fun small town activity in 2004 when you have your driver’s license and that’s about it).

she and i are both chocolate lovvahhhhs and would always get some sorta chocolatey chocked full (chunks-o-shit as we call it - give us all the chocolatey chunks o shit) chocolate extrEme maximo mayhem blizzard. with marshmallow sauce.

i laugh now thinking about kt giving the other punkass high schooler DQ employee her sweetest eyes and telling them to “lay on the mallow sauce” as if she was asking a HUGE favor of them. that’s all we wanted out of life, man.

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it is truly shocking to observe how many people at dairy queen order PLAIN VANILLA CONES. what? have you seen the DQ menu, people? it’s brimming with hot eats & cool treats.

lots of dilly bars ordered, too. that’s funny to me. kt & i would just hang our heads in shame watching old person after old person walking away from the window licking their whhhhiiiite plain vanilla cones.

[my friend whitney will see this and yes whitney i’ve noticed your love of plain vanilla cones……. interesting life choice. 😂🍦]

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SO GUESS WHAT.

i do love mint chocolate chip ice cream. but i wish it was more chocolatey, of course. we had a tub of it leftover from NYE and i wanted to make something with it.

enter these mini chocolate-covered mint chocolate chip ice cream bites.

can we assume that “mint chocolate chip” is green with chips, and “chocolate chip mint” is white with chips? this always confuses me.

i would definitely make these with vanilla ice cream since any plain vanilla ice cream that makes it into my house just burns in a sad ice shard covered, dented cardboard mess in the back of the freezer for ages.

strawberry ice cream would be YUMMO in a chocolate covered cup. i have a soft spot for strawberry ice cream even tho chocolate anything is my regular go-to.

these are so easy to make. the intervals of freezer wait time are the “hardest” part.

i usually make these rocky road bars at christmas time (whoa. classic recipe, but those photos need work, lol), but i didn’t get around to it this year. so i had some hershey bars in the freezer free for the using!

you can obviously use whatever type of chocolate you prefer, there’s something about classic hershey bars that just hit the spot for me in a nostalgic way.

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the maldon sea salt flakes on top are SO delightful and really round out the flavors of the cup as a whole unit. and they look pretty, too.

the possibilities and combinations are endless here. put those sad old corners of your ice cream tubs to good use!

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Chocolate Covered Ice Cream Cups

Makes 12 mini cups

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 regular sized Hershey bars or chocolate bar of choice

  • 1 TB coconut oil

  • ice cream of choice

  • maldon flaked sea salt

Instructions-

In a simmering double-boiler (I use a strong glass bowl over a small pot of simmering water), melt the coconut oil and break up the chocolate bars. Heat and stir frequently with a spatula until the chocolate is melted (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Line a mini muffin tin with mini cupcake/muffin liners and spray with cooking spray. Spoon a little melted chocolate into the bottom of the liners and brush the chocolate up the sides. Freeze for about 15 minutes.

After the bottom layer of chocolate is frozen, spoon a little scoop of ice cream on top and press down in the cup using the back of the spoon. Freeze again for 10 minutes.

Top the ice cream with another small layer of melted chocolate, spreading it to the edges and swirling it around with the back of a spoon. Top with Maldon sea salt flakes and freeze at least 30 minutes before eating.

Store in an airtight container in the freezer.

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blueberry lime basil hand pies.

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a pie in the hand is worth two in the bellay.

because when you can grab pie by the hand, it’s really easy to eat two. 😂

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jeeeez how cute are hand pies though? now that i’ve made these, my head is spinning with all the possibilities. i want to shove nutella in there with something so badly.

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these are a bit of a project, but you can totally use pre-made/pre-rolled pie dough and then this becomes super super duper easy.

i used alison roman’s “the only piecrust” again for this recipe - same that i used in the apple cheddar broccolini galette.

it’s my only piecrust recipe now. it’s just perfection.

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these hand pies were inspired by a plum hand pie recipe i saw in the beautiful pcc cooking from scratch cookbook. pcc is a community grocery store throughout seattle and the northwest, and the cookbook is just stunning!

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also inspired by the blueberry bourbon basil doughnut from blue star doughnuts in portland. have you seen it? have you had it? it is not only the most gorgeous color, but so soft & delicious.

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(^ i took this pic because it looked like a perfect sunny side up egg. 🍳)

with all the inspirational powers combined, these cute little tasty hand pies were created. the flavors are so so good and fresh, and they have such a great texture! don’t forget the raw sugar or coarse sugar sprinkled on top!

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if you make these, you should try to fit as much fruit in there as possible. i tried to add just enough to not have the pies exploding blue juices out everywhere. when they bake, a little pocket of air forms, leaving you wishing there were more blueberries inside. oh, science.

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peter thinks these are really tasty and even said “i would buy this for $5.” which is just about a perfect recipe critique in my book. 😊

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we’re both on christmas break now and popped these into the toaster oven on some tin foil this morning and had them nice and warm with coffee. sooo good! and felt so special to have a holly jolly hand pie for brekkie by the christmas tree. 🎄

you can totally enjoy them cold, too. they remind me of these mini apple pies some kid’s dad would bring into my first grade class and we’d always eat them cold, and they were amazing.

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these particular pies are made with goat cheese, but if you don’t like the flavor of goat cheese, i think another soft mellow cheese or ricotta or even some cream cheese would work just as well!

i’m off to make allllllll the pie combos now. actually i’m off to make this freakin amazing looking cookie recipe from bon appétit….snickerdoodle party cookies with cornflakes & chocolate toffee barz… whoa. need.

hap hap happy holidays to you!!! ✨

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Blueberry Lime Basil Hand Pies

Total Time: 1 - 3 hours (store bought pie dough vs. homemade), Active Time: 30 minutes

Makes about 8 large handpies + 3 mini pies

Ingredients:

For the Dough: (Recipe from Alison Roman’s Dining In Cookbook, “The Only PIecrust”)

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 TB. granulated sugar

  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

  • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled & cubed

  • 1 TB. apple cider vinegar or white vinegar

  • 1/4 cup ice water

For the Filling:

  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups blueberries

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1 TB. cornstarch

  • 1 TB. lime juice (half a lime)

  • 1 tsp. lime zest

  • 4 ounces goat cheese, room temperature

  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil

  • 1 egg + 1 TB water, for egg wash

  • all-purpose flour, for dusting

  • raw sugar or coarse sugar, for sprinkling

Instructions-

For the dough:

You can make the pie dough way in advance and keep in the freezer. Or make 1-4 days in advance and store flat rounds in plastic wrap in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. OR just use store bought pie dough!

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar & salt. Add the chilled butter cubes and toss to coat in the flour mixture, then use your hands to smash the butter between your fingers. Incorporate the butter into the flour mixture until it appears shaggy and flaky.

Combine the vinegar and the ice water and drizzle it over the flour + butter mixture. Run your fingers through the mixture to evenly distribute the water through the flour until the dough starts coming together.

On a lightly floured work surface, knead the combined dough a few times to gather up and incorporate any dry bits. It will not be smooth or shiny. Knead the shaggy mass with your palms a few more times, then pat into a flat disk about 1 inch thick. Wrap the disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

For the filling:

In a bowl, combine the blueberries, brown sugar, cornstarch, lime juice and lime zest. Toss everything to coat.

In another small bowl, mix together the softened goat cheese and chopped fresh basil.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and prepare a baking sheet with a piece of parchment.

Roll out the pie crust on a well floured surface until it is 1/8 inch thick. I used the back of a plate to make 6 inch circles in the dough, and then cut out the circles with a knife. Re-roll out the dough scraps to make as many 6 inch rounds as you can. I made a few mini 3” ones with the final scraps.

In a small bowl, combine the egg and water to make the egg wash.

Place about 1 TB of the goat cheese basil mixture in the center of the pie dough, and cover with a scoop of the blueberry mixture.

You can practice folding the dough over to see how much fruit you can actually fit in there. Keep at least a half an inch border around the edges. Brush the half inch edge all the way around with the egg wash, and fold the dough over to create a half circle and enclose. Press the edges down firmly with your fingers, then crimp with the tongs of a fork to seal. Repeat these steps with all the pie dough rounds.

Transfer the pies to the prepared baking sheet as you go. Brush the top of the pie with the egg wash and sprinkle raw or coarse sugar all over. Cut a few 1/2 inch vents in the top of the pies.

Bake 25-30 minutes (mine came out at 29 minutes) until golden like a croissant and the fruit juices are bubbling out. Let them continue to cook on the hot pan a few minutes before serving.

Store in a covered or airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in the toaster oven if desired!

Enjoy!

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