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Ideas for Family Fun: Ice Cream in a Bag

With the warm weather this spring, a great way to have some fun with your family is to make homemade ice cream together. This activity can be done at any age, but it’s also a little messy, so the best place to do it is outside.

Picture from here.

Picture from here.

For this activity you’ll need gallon zip lock bags and quart zip lock bags. First, put the ice cream mixture in a smaller, quart sized bag and ice and salt in a larger, gallon sized bag (double bagging is a great way to keep these from leaking). For different ice cream mix recipes, click here. Next, place the quart-sized bag inside the gallon bag filled with ice and salt. When you’re placing the smaller bag in the larger one, be careful to make sure that the smaller bag is properly sealed to prevent getting ice and salt into the smaller bag.  Now here’s the fun part: once the smaller ice mix bag is inside the larger ice and salt bag, shake it for ten to fifteen minutes, and watch as the mix turns into ice cream right before your eyes! This is a great activity for kids to see science at its best and parents to spend some quality time with them.

—Rachel Harris, Stance

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

This is my go-to dessert for any occasion because it is scrumptious and so easy! It is an adaptation of a Nestle Toll House recipe that basically puts the most delicious chocolate chip cookie you have ever tasted into the form of a pie. It is sure to please everyone—I mean, really, who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies?

Picture from here.

Picture from here.

I often substitute other ingredients for the nuts because there are some picky eaters that avoid them.  My favorite substitution so far has been butterscotch chips, but you are welcome to let your creativity come out through this recipe! I imagine that marshmallows, coconut, or any chopped-up candy bar would be delicious additions to this pie. Top it off with some ice cream after it comes out golden brown and warm, and no one will be able to resist trying a bite…or ten!

The original recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Ingredients:

1 unbaked deep-dish pie shell

2 large eggs

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup butter, softened

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

1 cup chopped nuts (or really anything you want!)

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Beat eggs in large mixer bowl on high speed until foamy. Beat in dry ingredients (flour, granulated sugar, and brown sugar). Beat in butter. Stir in morsels and nuts (or whatever you decided to substitute). Spoon into pie shell.
  3. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between edge and center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Serve warm.

—Faith Sutherlin, Stance