This recipe is a classic family favorite. It is one of my grandma’s recipes, and I say “one of” because my grandma is a treasure trove of recipes (especially desserts!) My cousins and I joke about how many desserts show up at family gatherings. The conversations go something like this:
“Oh no, we only have 8 desserts today…this could be a disaster.”
“There are 24 of us here…that means we can each only have 1/3 of a dessert.”
“I want to try a little of everything.”
“I get a third of that chocolate cake”
“There’s ice cream? Does that count as a ninth dessert?”
This is nearly always one of the desserts at our family dinners. It’s fabulous. Creamy and light and butterscotch-y…oh my. You’ve got to try this one out with your family!
Ready for the recipe? Here you go: (printable version)
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
- 1 package (10 oz) Lorna Doone cookies, crushed (if you can’t get these specific cookies, use 2 cups of another brand of shortbread cookies)
- 3 packages (3.4 oz) INSTANT vanilla pudding
- 2 and 3/4 cups milk
- 1 quart of butter pecan ice cream (softened)
- 1 (8oz). Cool Whip
- One bag of Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits (or several crushed Heath bars)
- Combine melted butter with crushed shortbread cookies and press into a 9″ by 13″ cake pan (I use glass)
- In a large bowl, combine milk and pudding and beat on high for about two minutes, until pudding becomes thick.
- Add softened ice cream to pudding and stir by hand until well combined.
- Pour over crust in pan.
- Spread Cool Whip topping over the entire dessert.
- Top this with desired amount of Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits (I used the whole bag!!)
- Cover dessert tightly with plastic wrap and freeze until serving. Allow dessert to warm for several hours before serving.
My thoughts: I love toffee and pecans and butterscotch and ice cream…this dessert just makes me smile. It reminds me of family meals and laughter and love. You can’t argue with a dessert that does that! I hope you have a chance to try this recipe with your family! Thanks for sharing your recipe grandma! Love you! ~r
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