Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars (100% Nostalgic!)

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Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars that are all natural and still taste EXACTLY like the ice cream bars we all grew up with!

Strawberry Shortcake Bars are made with rich Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiched around Fresh Strawberry Sorbet and rolled in a deliciously nostalgic strawberry crumb topping with a butter crumb made with milk powder and freeze dried strawberries. I promise you'll feel like you took a trip back into your childhood when you take a bite but you will love that they are made with natural flavors!These Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars are made with rich Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiched around Fresh Strawberry Sorbet and rolled in a deliciously nostalgic strawberry crumb topping with a butter crumb made with milk powder and freeze dried strawberries. I promise you’ll feel like you took a trip back into your childhood when you take a bite but you will love that they are made with natural flavors! 

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars are made with rich Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiched around Fresh Strawberry Sorbet and rolled in a deliciously nostalgic strawberry crumb topping with a butter crumb made with milk powder and freeze dried strawberries. I promise you'll feel like you took a trip back into your childhood when you take a bite but you will love that they are made with natural flavors! The final stop on the nostalgic ice cream desserts train is actually my favorite one. Strawberry Shortcake Bars were always such a treat because we only ever got them from ice cream trucks and convenience stores. We would beg and plead for them and then within seconds of ripping off the wrappers all the topping was completely gone. See the method is you chew off all the edges, then you lick the sides. Finally once you’ve exhausted all the topping, you give the bar to your mom and say you’re done. Look, it is no surprise the best part is the topping! And what is a mom’s duty if not to eat the boring middle parts?

This version captures all (and I genuinely mean ALL) the nostalgic flavors with none of the food coloring or impossible to pronounce ingredients. With homemade ice cream and homemade sorbet, you’ll be happy to give these to your little ones and if you end up with the middles you won’t feel like you got the short end of the stick!

If you’ve been reading along for a little while you know what a big fan I am of The Chew (Macadamia Crusted Chicken with Pineapple-Jalapeno Salsa, Chicken Thigh Osso Bucco). To this point you’ve only seen recipes from Clinty, and by Clinty I mean Clinton Kelly. The truth is I probably make 1 or 2 recipes a week from the show that I don’t get to post. I know I post daily but there is so much I make that doesn’t make it onto the blog because there just aren’t enough hours in the day!

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Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars are made with rich Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiched around Fresh Strawberry Sorbet and rolled in a deliciously nostalgic strawberry crumb topping with a butter crumb made with milk powder and freeze dried strawberries. I promise you'll feel like you took a trip back into your childhood when you take a bite but you will love that they are made with natural flavors! This recipe (I use his topping and directions but my own ice cream and sorbet) is from Chef Michael Symon, and I have to say even though I thought the first recipe I posted of his would somehow incorporate bacon I’m pretty happy I chose instead to add him to my Summer Desserts week full of treats instead! These ice cream bars are just about the most wonderful way to celebrate the summer I could think of.

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Spray an 8×8 baking dish with Cooking Spray then line it with parchment paper. I used a small mold to make patties, but it works just as well in a larger pan. Remove the Easy Vanilla Ice Cream from the freezer to soften.
In a small food processor, combine the Flour, Milk Powder, Confectioners’ Sugar, Cornstarch, Freeze Dried Strawberries and Salt. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars are made with rich Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiched around Fresh Strawberry Sorbet and rolled in a deliciously nostalgic strawberry crumb topping with a butter crumb made with milk powder and freeze dried strawberries. I promise you'll feel like you took a trip back into your childhood when you take a bite but you will love that they are made with natural flavors!
Pulse to mix the ingredients and break up the Strawberries into smaller pieces. Add the melted Butter and process until small crumbs form. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars are made with rich Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiched around Fresh Strawberry Sorbet and rolled in a deliciously nostalgic strawberry crumb topping with a butter crumb made with milk powder and freeze dried strawberries. I promise you'll feel like you took a trip back into your childhood when you take a bite but you will love that they are made with natural flavors!
Sprinkle a third of the mixture in to the bottom of the pan. (Remember I am using small molds, but this works exactly the same in the 8×8 pan).Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars are made with rich Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiched around Fresh Strawberry Sorbet and rolled in a deliciously nostalgic strawberry crumb topping with a butter crumb made with milk powder and freeze dried strawberries. I promise you'll feel like you took a trip back into your childhood when you take a bite but you will love that they are made with natural flavors!
When the Ice Cream has softened enough that a spoon goes into it easily, spread half of it onto the bottom of the pan in an even layer, over the crumbs. Freeze for 30 minutes and take the Strawberry Sorbet out of the freezer fifteen minutes before pulling the pan back out. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars are made with rich Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiched around Fresh Strawberry Sorbet and rolled in a deliciously nostalgic strawberry crumb topping with a butter crumb made with milk powder and freeze dried strawberries. I promise you'll feel like you took a trip back into your childhood when you take a bite but you will love that they are made with natural flavors!
Spread the Sorbet over the top of the vanilla layer. Freeze again for 30 minutes and finally top with last layer of vanilla ice cream. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars are made with rich Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiched around Fresh Strawberry Sorbet and rolled in a deliciously nostalgic strawberry crumb topping with a butter crumb made with milk powder and freeze dried strawberries. I promise you'll feel like you took a trip back into your childhood when you take a bite but you will love that they are made with natural flavors!
Sprinkle another third of the crumb mixture over the top and place in the freezer for 4 hours or overnight. Take the pan out and turn upside down over a cutting board. Cut into desired shaped and roll in remaining strawberry crumble. Refreeze until you’re ready to enjoy them. Sticks optional! Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars are made with rich Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiched around Fresh Strawberry Sorbet and rolled in a deliciously nostalgic strawberry crumb topping with a butter crumb made with milk powder and freeze dried strawberries. I promise you'll feel like you took a trip back into your childhood when you take a bite but you will love that they are made with natural flavors!

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Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars (100% Nostalgic!)

  • Yield: 16 servings
  • Prep Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars that are all natural and still taste EXACTLY like the ice cream bars we all grew up with!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Milk Powder
  • 1/4 cup Confectioners' Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • pinch Salt
  • 4 tablespoon Butter (melted)
  • 2 pints Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1/2 pint Strawberry Sorbet

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with Cooking Spray then line it with parchment paper. I used a small mold to make patties, but it works just as well in a larger pan.
  2. Remove the Easy Vanilla Ice Cream from the freezer to soften.
  3. In a small food processor, combine the Flour, Milk Powder, Confectioners' Sugar, Cornstarch, Strawberries and Salt.
  4. Pulse to mix the ingredients and break up the Strawberries into smaller pieces.
  5. Add the melted Butter and process until small crumbs form.
  6. Sprinkle a third of the mixture in to the bottom of the pan
  7. When the Ice Cream has softened enough that a spoon goes into it easily, spread half of it onto the bottom of the pan in an even layer, over the crumbs.
  8. Freeze for 30 minutes and take the Strawberry Sorbet out of the freezer fifteen minutes before pulling the pan back out.
  9. Spread the Sorbet over the top of the vanilla layer.
  10. Freeze again for 30 minutes and finally top with last layer of vanilla ice cream.
  11. Sprinkle another third of the crumb mixture over the top and place in the freezer for 4 hours or overnight.
  12. Take the pan out and turn upside down over a cutting board.
  13. Cut into desired shaped and roll in remaining strawberry crumble.
  14. Refreeze until you're ready to enjoy them. Sticks optional!

Recipe Notes

Adapted From Michael Symon on The Chew

Nutrition Information

Yield: 16 servings, Amount per serving: 236 calories, Calories: 236g, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 97mg, Potassium: 273mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 7.5g, Vitamin C: 110.4g, Calcium: 11.5g, Iron: 10.4g

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Dinner then Dessert TIPS If you want to get ahead of the game, make double the topping! That’s what I did and now I use it on just about every vanilla dessert I make. I even coated homemade marshmallows with the Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars topping ! It is also great in milkshake or on top of a plain or strawberry cheesecake. OR even easier? A bowl of fresh strawberries, a bit of whipped cream and a sprinkle of this delicious topping. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars are made with rich Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiched around Fresh Strawberry Sorbet and rolled in a deliciously nostalgic strawberry crumb topping with a butter crumb made with milk powder and freeze dried strawberries. I promise you'll feel like you took a trip back into your childhood when you take a bite but you will love that they are made with natural flavors!

Strawberry Shortcake Bars are made with rich Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiched around Fresh Strawberry Sorbet and rolled in a deliciously nostalgic strawberry crumb topping with a butter crumb made with milk powder and freeze dried strawberries. I promise you'll feel like you took a trip back into your childhood when you take a bite but you will love that they are made with natural flavors!

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    1. YUP! That is EXACTLY what these taste like. It is creepy how they taste identical but are actually made with real ingredients!

    1. I considered it and was offered a position in one. I don’t like people waiting on me for their food. When I get in the weeds I get really unhappy, that is why I love being a personal chef. I have no hungry people sitting and waiting for me!

  1. OMG you just showed me life! strawberry shortcake ice cream is one of my favs so you showed me to make my own! Pinning!!

  2. I loved that you used real strawberries! These look amazing. I love the idea of making extra topping to use on other treats.

  3. Oh, I am so making these! Those were always my favorite ice cream to get off the musical ice cream truck when I was a kid!

  4. You know what’s crazy? I’ve never had one of those! I mean, I’m having flashbacks from childhood of my siblings gobbling them up. But I was always chocolate chocolate chocolate. It’s a good thing my palate has expanded over the years because I need one of those now.

  5. This reminds me of the strawberry ice cream treats I used to get from the ice cream truck as a kid. I’ll be making some of these! Thanks for the recipe.

  6. I don’t know how to freeze dry fresh strawberries, but I do have a drying machine that would dry them. Do you think just dried instead of freeze dried strawberries would work? I plan to make these very soon! We always loved them as kids.

    1. I wish there was a way to make freeze dried strawberries at home, it would save me a FORTUNE because the kids are completely obsessed with them and can each eat a $6 bag in a sitting. I’ve never used dried but my gut says no, the dried strawberries have a sort of gummy consistency that simply wouldn’t work in this recipe. You have to buy the freeze dried kind. That being said, I promise if you make them it will take you back to EXACTLY what your brain remembered back in the day with no nefarious ingredients.

  7. Wow!  As a diabetic, I often choose recipes I can convert. This one is simple; sugarfree ice cream, Splenda and no-sugar-added freeze-dried strawberries.  I can’t wait to try these!