Fourth of July Desserts

Posted on: June 20th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

I love the Fourth of July!  Family, picnic food, fireworks and always, always ice cream for dessert.

Today as I thought about our Fourth of July celebration, I realized I want a make-ahead ice cream dessert.  I remembered a dessert I often made when our kids were at home, and one I am sure you may have made at your house.  I began to search for the recipe our kids always called “Peanut Buster Bar” and found it on

I’d LOVE to hear about your favorite ice cream dessert.  If you have a favorite, please feel free to share it with us!

This recipe serves 20 and on All Recipes is named “Mom’s Ice Cream Dessert.”

  • 1 (20 ounce) package chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1/2 cup margarine, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped Spanish peanuts
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Crush all but 10 of the cookies. Combine crushed cookies in large bowl with melted margarine and peanuts. Press mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish and freeze until cold.
  2. Spread softened ice cream over cold crust and freeze until set.
  3. Combine confectioners’ sugar, evaporated milk, chocolate chips, 1/2 cup margarine and vanilla in large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 7 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and cool completely; pour mixture over ice cream and freeze until set.

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One Response

  1. I remember you fixing this when you were back here in Missouri it is sinfully good. Probably not the right word to use it is heavenly. Maybe I will try it for the 4th will bring back some good memories of our times together. Why are so many of our memories of us tied to food? Can’t imagine.

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