When you inevitably come down with cookie ennui this holiday season, don’t give up and stop eating sweets. Just switch to something lighter and easier to make: ice cream!

By F&W Editors
Updated October 26, 2017

Watch the video above to learn how to make almost-instant ice cream with frozen bananas from F&W Test Kitchen’s Justin Chapple. Then, Christmas-ify the quick and delicious dessert with these mix-in ideas.

Crispy Ginger Snaps
While the dough for these cookies needs to rest for at least four hours, the final product—a crispy, spicy ginger snap—is well worth the wait.

Spicy, crunchy ginger snap crumbles is terrific in the easy ice cream.

Peppermint Buttercrunch
Dominique Ansel’s peppermint buttercrunch is as tasty as it looks. This festive holiday treat also makes for a great party favor.

Add some minty freshness with store-bought peppermint bark or homemade peppermint buttercrunch.


This DIY double-chocolate cookie crumble is hard to resist. Try to save enough to mix into a few scoops.

Candied Almonds

Crunchy candied almonds are a deliciously nutty addition.

Bittersweet Chocolate-Truffle Tart with Candied Oranges

Zesty candied orange slices look great mixed into ice cream and taste amazing too.