Noel Ice Cream Cups Recipe
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Noel Ice Cream Cups Recipe

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Each year, our family enjoys a dessert that's much more fun than the typical pies and cakes. With refreshing ice cream chock-full of holiday ingredients like nuts, cherries and candies, these treats are a delightful end to a perfect meal. -Dorothy Anderson, Ottawa, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + freezing
MAKES:8-10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + freezing
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons each chopped red and green maraschino cherries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate M&M's
  • Additional milk chocolate M&M's, chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 189 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 52 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the ice cream, pecans, cherries and extracts. Fold in M&M's.
  2. Spoon into paper-lined muffin cups and freeze for at least 30 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped M&M's. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Noel Ice Cream Cups in Taste of Home December/January 1996, p31

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"We make this every year for Christmas. Everyone loves the delicious taste. I like how easy it is to prepare."

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