Pretzel and Caramel Ice Cream Dessert Bars

This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Motherhood for Dreyer’s.Pretzel and Caramel Ice Cream Dessert Bars Recipewhen Dreyer’s asked me to create a family-friendly ice cream recipe, i was more than delighted to do so. i love desserts, especially ones that i can create with my boys. they really enjoy spending time in the kitchen with me, and it is fun to teach them how to create different recipes. with school back in session, it was great to take a break from school work and have some together time in the kitchen.

i love ice cream with chocolate and caramel, and my boys are always eating pretzels, so together we decided to make Pretzel & Carmel Ice Cream Dessert Bars. WOW…it turned out AWESOME, probably one of my favorite creations to date. the boys and the hubby loved them. some of the tricks that made these ice cream bars extra good, was the homemade caramel sauce…which is super easy to make, and the homemade cookie crust. of course you could always use store bought if you don’t have the time, but this put these ice cream bars over the top. we would love to share the recipe with you…

to make these yummy Pretzel & Carmel Ice Cream Dessert Bars, you will need: your favorite Dreyer’s Ice Cream, pretzels, chocolate sandwich cookies, chocolate chips, butter and two cans of condensed milk (or store bought caramel sauce).  these ice cream bars are take some time due to freeze time between layers, so it is best to start the day before you want to eat them.

Ice Cream Pretzel Caramel Bars Recipe

the day before…or even a few days ahead, start preparing the Prezel & Carmel Ice Cream Dessert Bars by crushing a package of chocolate sandwich cookies in a ziploc baggie with a rolling pin. also, line a 9 x 13″ pan with foil. at this time, you will want to make the caramel sauce as it needs to be completely cooled before use on the dessert.

the make the caramel sauce, fill a large stock pot with water. remove the labels from the condensed milk cans, and place them (unopened) into the water. bring it to a boil, and continue boiling for 2-1/2 hours. make sure as the water evaporates you add more water to keep the cans fully immersed. let the cans completely cool before opening.

Foil Lined Pan

to prepare the cookie crust, preheat the oven to 350º. add 4 tablespoons of melted butter to the bag of cookie crumbs and knead until fully combined. press crumb into the bottom of the pan. bake for 15 minutes or until it feels a bit dry. Oreo Cookie Crust Recipeonce the crust is completely cooled, you can spread the ice cream on top of it. make sure the ice cream is softened enough to spread. then using a spatula, spread it evenly over the cookie crust.

Dreyers Ice Cream Pretzel Caramel Bars Recipe Dreyers Ice Cream Bars recipeafter you have finished this step, place it back in the freezer to harden. you can even leave it in the freezer for a few days before you serve it. Ice Cream Pretzel Caramel Layer Barsafter the ice cream layer is frozen solid, you can now pour the caramel sauce over the top, and spread out evenly.Homemade Caramel Sauce Ice Cream Bar Recipenext, place the pretzels across the top of the caramel in a nice layer.

pretzel-caramel-dessertwhen you are done, it will look like this.chocolte-pretzel-caramel-dessertwhen you are done, store in the freezer until you are ready to serve. when it is time to serve, heat up the chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth, pour chocolate into a plastic baggie, snip the end off and drizzle across the pretzels. pretzel-ice-cream-barschocolate-pretzel-ice-cream-dessertto serve, make sure the entire dessert is frozen solid. remove entire dessert from the pan and peel back the foil. using a large sharp knife, cut the ice cream into bars. serve immediately. trust me….your guests are going to love this. enjoy!

Ice Cream Pretzel Layer Bars

doesn’t this look so good! i love how they turned out…and have to say that these Pretzel & Caramel Ice Cream Dessert Bars are currently my new fave. the saltiness of the pretzels with the sweet….and the crunchy pretzels and cookie crust really compliments the gooey caramel and cold ice cream. the boys loved helping me make AND eating eat them. YUM.

you can find more great recipes like this one over on the Dreyer’s website. recipes that the whole family to create together! and for even more creative, family fun inspiration, you can visit Dreyer’s NEW Pinterest page. ice-cream-dessert-bars  ingredients
1 pint Dreyer’s Ice Cream (any flavor that taste good with chocolate and caramel)
2 cups of pretzels
1 cup of chocolate chips
1 package chocolate sandwich cookies (or any crunchy cookies)
2 cans condensed milk (or store bought caramel sauce)
foil
9 x 13″ pan

directions
make ahead…

crust: to prepare the cookie crust, preheat the oven to 350º. add 4 tablespoons of melted butter to the bag of cookie crumbs and knead until fully combined. press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan. bake for 15 minutes or until it feels dry.

caramel: fill a large stock pot with water. remove the labels from the condensed milk cans, and then place them (unopened) into the water. bring it to a boil, and continue boiling for 2-1/2 hours. make sure as the water evaporates, that you add more water to keep the cans fully immersed. let cool completely.

next…

on the completely cooled crust, spread ice cream over the top. make sure the ice cream is just soft enough to spread. you can microwave for 30 seconds if needed. once the ice cream is evenly covering the ice cream, place in the the freezer until completely frozen and you are ready to spread the caramel. spread caramel over the ice cream layer and spread evenly over entire dessert. next, place the pretzels across the top of the caramel in a nice layer. when it is time to serve, heat up the chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth, pour chocolate into a plastic baggie, snip the end off and drizzle across the pretzels.

to serve: make sure the entire dessert is frozen solid. remove entire dessert from the pan and peel back the foil on the sides. using a large sharp knife, cut the ice cream into bars. serve immediately. enjoy!

makes 15 – 18 servings prezel-ice-cream-bar-recipe

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