dessert cupSummer is ending soon, and autumn is fast approaching. But can you truly enjoy frozen treats when the weather outside is already frightfully frozen? Statistics say that the average American will indulge in ice cream 28.5 times a year, so why keep all that creamy goodness stuck in summer? For amazing wintertime treats to wow all your party guests and keep your loved ones cozy by the crackling fire, try these warm twists on frozen desserts.

Hot Pies A La Mode

The fall season is perfect for all sorts of amazing fresh-baked pies: pumpkin, sweet potato, apple, pecan, walnut... Whatever holiday pie graces your table, try pairing a slice with a dollop of ice cream. Vanilla is the go-to for a la mode style of course, but you can mix it up according to what flavor pie you're enjoying as well. Try butter pecan ice cream with sweet potato pie, for example. If you really want to mix it up, find some fun dessert cups, get a couple scoops of your ice cream of choice, and crumble bits of yummy pie for an unexpected, sundae-esque experience. It's a perfect way to avoid wasting those delicious last crumbs of pie on the plate.

S'mores Sundae

Yes, s'mores aren't just for summer campfires either! There are quite a few approaches to this dessert. First, you could use your roaring fire to (carefully) craft a traditional s'more, then make it into a s'more ice cream sandwich. You could lay your newly roasted s'more down in a dessert cup, fill it with ice cream, and add a few choice toppings like chocolate sauce. You could also take the sundae bar approach. Heat up marshmallow topping and chocolate sauce, glaze your bowl of ice cream with them, and top it off with crumbled graham crackers.

Warm Apple Cider Float

Easy-peasy: Hot apple cider, a generous scoop or two of vanilla ice cream, and a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg. Accent this creative dessert with some pretty paper drinking straws if you like, but you're also going to want spoons to collect the gooey vanilla-spiced goodness at the bottom of your cup. This clever dessert is perfect for fall and winter dinner parties.


The best part? Besides the pies, perhaps, all of these recipes are so easy to put together and yet so indulgent. You do enough hard work prepping for the holidays, keep dessert simple and rewarding.