Apricot-Almond Antarctica Recipe

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Almonds add nutty crunch to the cookie crumb layers in this ice cream dessert from Marcy McReynolds of Nixa, Missouri. "A friend brought us this special treat when she and her husband came over for dinner," Marcy notes. "The combination of almonds and apricots remains in a family favorite."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + freezing
MAKES:16-20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + freezing
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 1-1/3 cups slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 6 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 jar (18 ounces) apricot preserves

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 301 calories, 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 141 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, almonds, butter and extract. Pat a third into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. pan. Freeze for 15 minutes.
  2. Carefully spread half of the ice cream over crust. Spoon half of the preserves over the ice cream. Sprinkle with half of the remaining crumb mixture. Freeze for 20-30 minutes. Repeat layers. Freeze. May be frozen for up to 2 months. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Apricot-almond Antarctica in Quick Cooking July/August 1998, p35

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