The Perfect Ice-cream Dessert Recipe is the perfect frozen dessert with fudge, caramel and salty pretzels!

PREP Time:30 min

TOTAL TIME:07 hrs 15 min




  • 2 cups (about 16) finely crushed shortbread cookies
  • 1/4 cup cashews, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted


  • 1 half-gallon vanilla ice cream, softened

Fudge Layer

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup land o lakes
  • 2 (5-ounce) cans evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 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 13×9-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.


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.


(1 serving) 490calories 27fat (g)70cholesterol (mg)350sodium (mg)59carbohydrates (g)2dietary fiber|6protein (g)

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