40+ Amazing Ice Cream Sundaes for Indulging Your Sweet Tooth
Oh-so-decadent ice cream sundaes are the perfect way to enjoy a fancy dessert with very little effort. Plus, the possibilities for building an ice cream sundae are simply endless. Toppings can range from hot fudge and caramel sauces to various chopped nuts and homemade praline bark, with everything in between--and it's super easy to adjust the recipes to your own preferences. For fresh twists on this ice cream parlor classic, browse our collection of simple sundaes. We're sure you'll find a match made in ice cream sundae heaven.
Hot Fudge Sundae Shake
Popcorn Ice Cream Sundae
Banana Split Sundaes
Blueberry Pie Sundaes
Hot days call for quick, effortless treats. Go beyond the ice cream scoop with easy yet elegant desserts that take just a few minutes to make. We cook the blueberry mixture down until almost jammy, then fold in fresh berries for a bit of juicy pop in every bite. You can make the sauce ahead, and then microwave in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH for 90 seconds or until warm, stirring every 30 seconds.
Triple Mint Sundaes
Mexican Hot Fudge Sundae
Instead of using Mexican chocolate for the fudge, we developed the same flavor using more common ingredients. Here, ground cinnamon lends a subtle hint of spice, while coffee adds richness to the semisweet chocolate. To ensure a smooth sauce, stir the cornstarch-milk mixture until all lumps have dissolved before cooking it.
Coffee Ice Cream Sundaes
Hot Date Ice Cream Sundaes
Caramelized Banana Sundae
Mud Pie Meringue Sundaes
Peppermint Hot Fudge Sundaes
Peppermint and chocolate is a match made in heaven when it comes to refreshing flavor combinations, making this an ideal treat for both the heat of summer and the chill of the holidays. Pair crushed candy canes (or other peppermint candies) with chopped semisweet chocolate for an irresistible sundae that's out of this world.
Cracker Jack Brownie Sundae
Double Strawberry-Chocolate Chip Sundaes
Broiled Pineapple Sundaes
Chocolate Turtle Brownie Sundaes
German Chocolate Cake Sundae
Like many pastry chefs, James Beard Award-winning chef Ghaya Oliveira loves taking classic desserts, breaking them down into their components, and then reconfiguring them. This approach inspired cookbook author Grace Parisi to transform a traditional recipe for German chocolate cake into an elegant and incredibly delicious ice cream sundae.
Ice Cream Sundae Pie
This incredible 6-ingredient icebox pie combines all your favorite parts of an ice cream sundae into an amazing slice (or two, or three) of heaven. Vanilla ice cream, a graham cracker crust, caramel sauce, fudge sauce, heavy cream, and confectioner's sugar are all you need for an easy and satisfying treat.
Enjoy all the indulgence of an ice cream sundae with none of the guilt. This ice cream sundae calls for low-fat ice cream, chocolate syrup, fat-free caramel topping, chopped peanuts, and reduced-fat whipped topping; our recipe cuts down on fat and calories without sacrificing flavor.
Pineapple Waffle Cake Sundae
This simple sundae is a perfect way for pineapple-upside down cake lovers to indulge. Just layer toasted waffles with vanilla ice cream and pineapples sweetened with a luscious butter-and-rum sauce. Top with chopped, toasted pecans and a maraschino cherry or two for the ultimate ice cream nod to the classic upside-down cake.
Frozen Yogurt Sundae with Bananas and Chocolate Sauce
Strawberries Romanoff Sundaes
This adults-only twist on strawberries romanoff is a fantastic take on this light and fluffy dessert. Adding triple sec to the strawberry puree gives this sweet treat just a little kick and citrus flavor, while chopped pistachios add some satisfying crunch. Garnish with mint leaves for extra herbal notes and a punch of color.
Chocolate Turtle Brownie Sundaes
Coconut Snowball Sundae
Making ice cream is as easy as whisking together five ingredients, pouring them into a pan, and freezing for four hours. Seriously! Once frozen, remove the ice cream from the pan, coarsely chop it, throw the pieces into a blender and process until you have a smooth, creamy texture. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for about a minute (yum!), and drizzle over your ice cream. And that's all, dessert lovers. But if you want a healthier take on a sundae, skip the hot fudge and top off a bowl of coconut ice cream with toasted unsweetened coconut flakes and almonds, fresh stemmed cherries, and mint sprigs.
Strawberry Waffle Sundaes
Maple-Pecan Sundaes with Cinnamon Crisps
Cherry-Chocolate Sundae with Spiced-Almond Praline
Roasted Berry Sundaes
This decadent sundae is an amazing way to use up that late-summer berry harvest. By roasting the strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries with a mixture of sugar, lemon juice, and scraped vanilla bean, the fruit takes on a slightly caramelized flavor--just be careful not to scorch the berries. Simply top vanilla ice cream with the cooled berry mixture and serve.
Banana Waffle Sundae with Rum Sauce
Double Chocolate-Raspberry Sundaes
Pineapple and Basil Sundaes
Croissant Ice Cream Sundaes
Buttery, flaky croissants make the perfect base for a fancied-up ice cream sundae. Top half of a croissant with your favorite flavor of ice cream, warm chocolate sauce, and homemade whipped cream, then garnish with the other croissant half for a European-inspired cross between an ice cream sundae and an ice cream sandwich.
Bluebarb Pie Ice Cream Sundaes
Caprese Ice Cream Sundaes
This super-sophisticated, wow-worthy dessert is a great twist on two separate dishes. It takes some time, but it's worth it, especially for a special occasion. Poaching tomatoes in simple syrup brings out their fruitier side. Paired with buttery and salty ice cream, you've got a smart and different winner. Here, it's crucial to be gentle with the tomatoes: You're turning them from a vegetable into a fruit culinary. If you've got an overgrown basil plant, use those leaves for the basil syrup; thyme sprigs would also work well here, if you're looking for something a little different.
Coffee Ice-Cream Sundae with Dark Chocolate-Sea Salt Almond Bark
Brown Sugar-Pineapple Sundaes
Crème Fraîche Ice Cream Sundaes
Though the ice cream is fantastic on its own, chef and cookbook author John McReynolds of Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyard and Winery in Sonoma, California, turns it into a sophisticated dessert with the addition of caramelized walnuts and a drizzle of saba--ripe wine-grape juice cooked down to a fruity syrup. He makes his own saba each autumn, but you can buy saba at gourmet grocery stores (or substitute good-quality balsamic vinegar).
Tropical Heaven Ice Cream Sundaes
Caramel, Orange, and Date Sundaes with Pistachio Brittle
Grilled Banana Split
This is a fun mashup between banana pudding and a sundae. You could even get the kids involved with this dessert endeavor. Grilling the banana adds a little flavor, while charring the vanilla wafers makes for an interesting texture—together, it's delicious. Banana pudding ice cream pulls everything together, so it's definitely worth buying.