Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Cake

July 2008

16 crème filled chocolate sandwich cookies
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 quart (4 cups) cherry or cherry vanilla
ice cream, softened
8 crème-filled chocolate sandwich cookies,
coarsely chopped
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1 quart (4 cups) vanilla ice cream, softened
1/2 cup fudge ice-cream sauce
Sweetened whipped cream, if desired
12 fresh cherries with stems

Heat oven to 350 F. Place 16 cookies in food processor.
Cover and process until until finely ground.  Add butter,
cover and process until mixed.  Press in springform pan,
9x3 inches.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until firm.  Cool
completely, about 30 minutes.
Wrap outside of springform pan with foil.  Spread cherry
ice cream over cooled crust.  Freeze 30 minutes.
Sprinkle chopped cookies and 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips over cherry ice cream, press slightly.  Spread vanilla ice cream over top.  Drop fudge sauce over ice cream in small spoonfuls, swirl slightly into ice cream.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips, press slightly.  Freeze about 8 hours until firm.
To serve, let stand at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes.  Carefully remove side of pan.  Cut dessert into wedges. Top each wedge with whipped cream and cherry.


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