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Polar Bear Pie

 Polar Bear Pie
Kids will warm up to this cool confection in a hurry! With cute critters, the dessert is perfect for a celebration featuring the Polar Bear Stuffed Centerpiece and Party Props. Our kitchen staff created their chilly treat by spreading blue ice cream over a homemade cookie crust. With more of the same dough, they shaped a sign and polar bears, too. Since the treat is so simple to prepare,
8 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups blue moon ice cream, softened
  • ICING:
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
  • Assorted gel or liquid food coloring
  • 1 peppermint stick
  • 1-1/4 cups whipped topping

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in vanilla. Combine the flour, almonds and salt; gradually add to
  • the creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy
  • to handle.
  • Press 1 cup of dough onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. pie plate.
  • Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until the edges are golden
  • brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.

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Polar Bear Pie (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out remaining dough to a 1/4-in.
  • thickness. Cut out one 2-in. x 1-1/4-in. rectangle. Using a 4-in.
  • bear cookie cutter, cut out three bears.
  • Bake at 350° for 8-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • Cool for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool
  • completely. Save dough scraps for another use. Spread the ice cream
  • over the cooled crust; cover and freeze until set.
  • Meanwhile for icing, in a bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar,
  • water and meringue powder; beat on low speed just until combined.
  • Beat on high for 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Frost bears
  • and rectangle; set aside to dry.
  • Using a new, unused fine paintbrush or a toothpick, paint eyes, nose
  • and scarf on each bear with food coloring. Paint "North Pole" on
  • rectangle; attach to peppermint stick with icing. Let dry.
  • Remove pie from freezer 15 minutes before serving. For icebergs,
  • place one small and three large dollops of whipped topping on pie.
  • Just before serving, insert bears into topping. Insert sign into ice
  • cream. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 537 calories, 25 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 60 mg cholesterol, 267 mg sodium, 74 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.