Mile-High Ice Cream Pie

Mile-High Ice Cream Pie Recipe

The mile-High Ice Cream Pie recipe is a delightful dessert that combines layers of ice cream, caramel sauce, and chocolate sauce in a chocolate cookie crust. The Pontchartrain Mile-High Ice Cream Pie is a delicious frozen dessert that features layers of coffee and vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, and chocolate sauce. This indulgent treat is assembled in a chocolate cookie crust and topped with whipped cream and pecans.


For the Crust:

  • 9-inch pie shell (make your own or use a prepared crust, either is fine)

For the Filling:

  • 3 pints ice cream (such as Blue Bell’s Homemade Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, and Cookies and Cream, or your favorite flavors)

For the Meringue:

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups egg whites
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces (2 4-ounce bars) Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate, broken up
  • 2 ounces (2 squares) of unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

Mile-High Ice Cream Pie Recipe


  1. Preparing the Pie Crust:

  • Bake the pie crust according to the recipe or package instructions.
  • Allow the crust to cool completely.
  1. Layering the Ice Cream:

  • Soften one pint of ice cream until it is soft and spreadable.
  • Spread the softened ice cream evenly in the cooled pie shell.
  • Freeze the pie until the ice cream layer is firm enough to add another layer (approximately 1 hour).
  • Repeat the process with the remaining two pints of ice cream, softening and spreading each layer one at a time.
  • Freeze the pie until it is solid and firm (preferably overnight).
  1. Preparing the Meringue:

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit with an oven rack placed on the lower third position.
  • In a large bowl, combine the salt and egg whites. Beat on high speed until foamy.
  • Add the lemon juice and continue beating until the egg whites hold a soft shape.
  • Reduce the speed to medium and gradually add the granulated sugar, about a tablespoon at a time, with short pauses in between additions.
  • Once all the sugar is incorporated, increase the speed to high and add the vanilla extract.
  • Beat for an additional 4 to 5 minutes until the meringue is very stiff.
  1. Baking the Meringue:

  • Remove the frozen pie from the freezer.
  • Working quickly, transfer all of the meringue onto the top of the ice cream, shaping it into a dome that touches the pie shell.
  • Immediately place the pie in the preheated oven and bake for 5 minutes.
  • The meringue will turn golden brown, with the tips possibly becoming very dark brown.
  • Remove the pie from the oven and place it back in the freezer.
  • Freeze the pie for at least 2 hours, or up to a day if making ahead (note that the meringue may shrink slightly over time, but it will still taste delicious).
  1. Preparing the Sauce:

  • In an 8-cup heavy saucepan, heat the cream over medium heat until it comes to a simmer (avoid boiling).
  • Add the granulated sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the broken-up Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate and chopped unsweetened chocolate.
  • Stir until the chocolates are melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • Whisk the sauce with a wire whisk until it reaches a smooth consistency.
  • The sauce can be served immediately or cooled and reheated gently over low heat when ready to use. If desired, thin the sauce with a little additional cream.
  1. Serving the Pie:

  • Prior to serving, run a large, sharp knife blade under hot running water.
  • Cut portions of the frozen pie and place them on large dessert plates.
  • Drizzle a spoon or two of the chocolate sauce (or caramel sauce, if preferred) over each portion.

Enjoy this delightful Pontchartrain Mile-High Ice Cream Pie with its layers of ice cream, meringue, and luscious sauce!

To serve, run the blade of a large, sharp knife under hot running water.  Cut the portions and lay them down on large dessert plates.  Drizzle a spoon or two of the chocolate sauce over each portion.

Note:  for caramel lovers in your household, try this with caramel sauce instead of chocolate sauce–as shown in the picture above.


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