Make Your Own Super-Easy Ice Cream Pie

When you see how easy it is to make your own ice cream pie, you'll be mixing up this treat for dessert tonight!

Happy National Ice Cream Pie Day celebrated on August 18th! Did you know you can make your own ice cream pie? It’s so easy: with some of your favorite ice cream (works with dairy or non-dairy ice creams) and a graham cracker or cookie crust, you can create a treat that’s sure to please.

Start With A Crust, Any Crust

graham cracker crust, homemade and storebought side by side.
It all starts with a basic graham cracker or cookie crust. Homemade or store-bought works fine.

So Easy! Basic Ice Cream Pie Directions

In a bowl, combine one quart of your favorite ice cream (see below), softened, or buy vanilla ice cream and add your favorite ingredients like M&Ms, coconut, whatever you like (many ice cream combos we like are hard to find so make your own!). Stir to combine, and fill a prepared crust.

Cover with foil and place in the freezer for 2-3 hours until solidly frozen. Remove from freezer 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. Garnish the pie however you want—peanuts, chocolate sauce, berries.

Trying to save calories? Go crustless!

Try One Of These Ice Cream Pie Specialties:

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A peanut butter ice cream pie with a chocolate cookie crust – what could be more yummy?
  • Coffee ice cream pie—Add 2 to 3 tablespoons instant coffee and 2 tablespoons sugar to 1-quart vanilla ice cream and stir to blend well. Add to piecrust and freeze.
  • Cookies-and-cream pie— Crumble 4 Oreo cookies into vanilla ice cream and fold in. Add to piecrust and freeze.
  • Apple Pie a la mode — Add 1 cup prepared apple pie filling to vanilla ice cream and stir. Add to graham-cracker piecrust and freeze.
  • Easy Key Lime — Add 6 oz. frozen limeade concentrate to 1-quart vanilla ice cream. Stir until limeade dissolves. Pour into shortbread piecrust, top with whipped topping, and freeze.
  • Lemonade Ice Cream Pie — Add 6 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate to 1-quart vanilla ice cream. Stir until lemonade dissolves. Add to piecrust and freeze.
  • Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie —Using a cookie crust, fill with peanut butter cup ice cream and top with melted chocolate, chocolate candy shell ice cream topping, or ganache. Then freeze.

Use Your Favorite Flavors

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You can also just pick your favorite flavor and make an ice cream pie.

The easiest of all ice cream pies start with your favorite commercial specialty ice cream. Rocky Road, Butter Pecan, or Moose Tracks —there are so many creative flavors out there. Just scoop four cups of your favorite specialty ice cream into a bowl and stir to slightly soften. Fill a prepared graham cracker crust, cover and place in freezer for several hours until frozen.


Once your pie is full, simply add toppings and drizzle over the top of your pie. Many ice cream sundae toppings serve this purpose. Pick one or as many as you want! Add these before you place in the freezer so they can set. But you can also top them again (the more the merrier!)

  • Sliced fruit
  • Nuts
  • Caramel syrup
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Melted chocolate
  • Mini chocolate or white chocolate chips
  • Jimmies/sprinkles

Once you see how easy it is to make your own ice cream pie, you’ll serve this treat up more often and wow your family and friends! Make one tonight!

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Deborah Tukua

Deborah Tukua is a natural living, healthy lifestyle writer and author of 7 non-fiction books, including Pearls of Garden Wisdom: Time-Saving Tips and Techniques from a Country Home, Pearls of Country Wisdom: Hints from a Small Town on Keeping Garden and Home, and Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. Tukua has been a writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004.

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