One versatile ingredient, 9 delightful sweet treats.

By Sarah Quessenberry
Updated June 24, 2005
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Anna 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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