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Vanilla Ice Cream Desserts

One versatile ingredient, 9 delightful sweet treats.

By Sarah Quessenberry
Cupcakes with Vanilla Ice Cream FrostingAnna Williams

To soften ice cream without melting it, scoop it into the bowl of an electric mixer. Make the scoops relatively small, about 6 per pint. Beat with a paddle attachment until the ice cream is soft but still holds its shape, about 2 minutes. Alternatively, soften the ice cream by heating it in a microwave on high for 15 to 20 seconds, then mixing with a wooden spoon. Working quickly, use a spatula to remove the ice cream from the bowl.
 
 

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