Caramel Topped Ice Cream Dessert Recipe

Caramel Topped Ice Cream Dessert

This ice cream cake is the perfect frozen dessert, with fudge, caramel, and salty pretzels!

30 min. prep time
16 servings
555 Ratings



2 cups (about 16) finely crushed shortbread cookies
1/4 cup cashews, finely chopped
1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted

Ice Cream

1 half gallon vanilla ice cream, softened

Fudge Layer

1 cup real semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 (5-ounce) cans evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla


1 cup pretzel sticks, coarsely crushed
1/2 cup cashews, coarsely chopped
1 (12-ounce) jar caramel ice cream topping, warmed


Combine all crust ingredients in bowl; mix well. Press onto bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan. Freeze 10 minutes.

Spread ice cream over crust. Cover; freeze 1-2 hours or until set.

Meanwhile, combine all fudge layer ingredients except vanilla in 2 quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 7-9 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Cool completely.

Pour cooled fudge layer mixture over frozen ice cream. Freeze 4 hours or overnight until set.

Combine pretzel sticks and cashews in bowl; set aside.

Let dessert stand at room temperature 10-15 minutes before serving. Cut into servings; top each serving with about 1 tablespoon pretzel mixture. Drizzle each with about 1 tablespoon caramel topping.

Recipe Tip

- To soften ice cream, scoop large pieces of ice cream onto 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Place in refrigerator 10-15 minutes or until softened.

- To crush pretzels, put into resealable plastic food bag; crush with rolling pin.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 490

Fat: 27g

Cholesterol: 70mg

Sodium: 350mg

Carbohydrates: 59g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Protein: 6g

Recipe #13083©2003Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

As with most desserts I have tried from LandO'Lakes, this too was a winner! I avoid gluten and with a couple of changes, I was able to enjoy this dessert Gluten Free! Pretzels and shortbread cookies are not GF, so I used two of my favorite ready made GF products for the shortbread cookies and pretzels (found at my local market!) and had a perfect summertime dessert for all, including me, to enjoy.
This is the perfect summer dessert. It is102 degrees here today and this was just what we needed! The salty pretzels are so important in this combination of flavors.
This was delicious. I did bake & cool the crust as you would for a graham cracker type crust. My husband thought it was rich but excellent.
Carmel is my favorite topping, so this was a great recipe for me to try and I just loved it.

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