Everyday Mom's Meals: Christmas in July

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Christmas in July

So, it's HOT outside, and I realize most aren't even thinking about the holidays yet, but as much as I love summer I have to admit that I have started Christmas shopping! (Yes, I know, you think I'm crazy, but Christmas is less than 5 months away!) Plus I recently purchased my mother in law a Taste of Home Holiday Celebrations cookbook, and while browsing through it before I handed it off--ha ha-- I stumbled upon this dessert recipe in the Christmas section and it just spoke to me! I literally can't wait until I can try it; but I will say since it includes ice cream, I might not be waiting for the holiday season to do so!

Frosty Ginger Pumpkin Squares
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 c. crushed graham crackers (about 16)
1 c. crushed gingersnaps (about 18)
2 c. canned pumpkin
1 c. sugar
1/2-1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, slightly softened

In a large bowl, combine the butter and crushed graham crackers and cookies. Press half the crumb mixture into an ungreased 9X13 pan. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and nutmeg. Stir in walnuts. Fold in softened ice cream. Spoon into crust. Sprinkle w/ remaining crumb mixture. Freeze until firm, about 3 hours.

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