{Guilt-Free} Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Let’s talk awkward situations.

You and I have been in them many times before, and we will continue to be thrust against our will into future awkward situations. It’s life throwing us a giant, hairy curveball and saying “oh yeah, smartypants? Out-awkward this one.”

Take, for instance, the ever-awkward conversation of being a human fish, roped in hook, line and sinker for an insecure person seeking validation with the ever-popular and heinously annoying question, “do I look fat in this?”

Ohmaigawd. Seriously one of the most annoying lines ever. However, at times, I’m guilty of saying this ONLY when I shop with my mom or sister and ONLY because they’re harsh critics when we shop for clothes and would tell me if something looked ill-fitting or made me look larger than normal (I’m looking at you, leggings).

How do you even respond to something like that? Granted, if they aren’t fat, it’s easy to brush them off with something like “your earrings look great” or “your hair looks really shiny right now” to distract them from their temporary dementia. But if they are truly, er, large–or have mentioned they love this top and truthfully, they kind of look like a penny hooker, then you’re in this awkward situation of sparing her feelings or being brutally honest.

But then there are those folks who make it a personal mission to put you as far on the spot as humanly and humanely possible, truly putting your quick comeback skills to the test with inane, irritating questions.

My personal favorite? The backwards complimensult.

Yes, the complimensult.

A disgusting combination of a compliment, and an insult.

Example: you arrive somewhere wearing a cute new sundress and are looking particularly fashionable and cute and you know it, dammit. The complimensulter is there and they greet you by saying, “oh my god, you look so cute! Your dress is adorable. Look at your skinny legs! Ugh, I could never wear something like that. Look at my legs! They’re so chubby! *hits legs to emphasize chubbiness; looks at you, invisible spotlight casting you in all-encompassing light*

Mmkay. This is where it gets tricky. If the complimensulter is actually chubby, there’s a problem. Saying “no” implies you’re a liar and will ignite into flames, per the old adage. Saying “yes” implies you’re a callous jerk, even if your intentions (honesty, shutting them up and being a vigilante for causing them temporary pain so they’ll never mention this to another human again) make you seem like a gigantic a-hole.

Seriously–what do you say?

Usually, I just smile awkwardly and give a half-assed chuckle, hoping something crazy will happen, like the roof will cave in or monkeys will start flying around in the backyard to distract me from the fact that karma seriously hates me and what did I do in a past life to deserve this?

Or when you go to someone’s house for a meal and you see something on the table that looks somewhat, er, unappetizing, and you desperately want to avoid it as if you know for a fact you’ll contract the bubonic plague after eating it, and the house guest is just terribly nice and wants you to please make sure you try some!! and watches you like some scary-food-watching hawk to make sure you eat it and eventually die.

You can’t very well say “that ambrosia looks like a zombie and I think I’d rather dine on kibble with my dog than touch that with my fork since I hear bubonic plague can travel through metal and thus infect anyone holding the said infected metal piece of silverware.”

So what do you do? Feign fullness with half an uneaten plate? Hope some risktaking party guest will gobble all the plague up?

Ugh. So you see, awkward situations are just that: awkward. There’s no one way to successfully skirt any one of these issues without you having an embarrassing story to tell a couple months after your flushed cheeks have died down, or after that poor party guest will be forever frightened by her own ambrosia recipe. It’s just not possible, people.

Know what is possible? Always having this ice cream at your disposal for when situations get tricky and you need a getaway.

Annoying person complemensult you? Give her some ice cream.
Freaky plague-makin’ house guest forcing gross food onto you? Offer her ice cream.

Granted, you’ll have to shlep ice cream around but at least you’ll have  an easy and delicious way out. Guaranteed!!

This ice cream rocks. If you like Snickerdoodles, ice cream, guilt-free foods or are a fan for anything ridiculously tasty and less than 5 ingredients, you’ll want to make this now and hug your happy belly after you finish eating a cone.

So can you make one now so this’ll be less awkward?

{Guilt-Free} Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip Free, thawed
1 can fat free sweetened condensed milk
About 1/4-1/3 cup cinnamon sugar (depending on how spicy you want it)
1 cup snickerdoodle or tea cookies, coarsely crushed

1. In a large bowl with a fitting airtight lid, gently fold the Cool Whip Free into the sweetened condensed milk to combine.
2. Sprinkle in the cinnamon sugar and the crushed cookies, just lightly folding it in. Do not overmix.
3. Cover the bowl and freeze for up to 6 hours, preferably overnight. Store airtight in the freezer.

Can I just say YUM? Pretty please make this. It’ll make your tummy so happy!

Have a great day!

xo, Hayley


  1. I love that term, complemensult. TOTALLY using that in life. My family (extended) are the worst offenders. And the cliquey moms. Argh. Now…this ice cream. Totally rockin’. And is it still guilt-free if I eat the entire thing??? 😉

  2. I could make this when I get home and it would be ready by tomorrow morning, for breakfast. Sounds delicious, thanks for sharing!

  3. two things: first, this ice creasm looks incredible!! So thick and melty and you know I love a good snickerdoodle recipe. Can’t believe no ice cream maker is required! second, your polka dot nails are adorable!! why didn’t I think of that!! My nails are a boring fire engine red right now but I kinda want to add white dots for fun… even though the 4th is over 🙂

  4. my question, it’s guilty free,do you mind adding a calorie count for it?

  5. Okay, I have two answers for you about the awkward situations, but I also have a question – so here goes: When someone compliments you and then says they can’t wear it yada, yada, yada – you smile breezily and say, “Why, EVERYONE can wear this! You’de be just fine, bless your heart”. and, to the other say, “I would LOVE to try that but didn’t I tell you? I am sooooo allergic to XYZ (make up some allergy to an ingredient in the concoction) bless your heart” and then move on…

    **in the south, “bless your heart” means several different things but mostly it means that you didn’t mean what you just said!*** So, you can tell someone the biggest lie in the world and as long as you say “bless your heart” at the end, it doesn’t count and karma won’t get ya!

    Now for my question: My mom was a top-notch homemade ice cream maker – seriously, people still talk about it and she hasn’t made any in about 10 years. I notice your pictures show your ice cream a little soft and runny (just like my husband and I like it) like mom’s used to come out…..Is that how it really turns out or is that from the heat in the lights when you take a photograph?

    • Haha Kelli, thanks for the tips! I think I’ll use some of that Southern charm next time someone decides to throw me in an awkward situation or complemensult me 🙂 as far as the ice cream goes, it is a little on the softer side naturally, but in these photos, it was runnier looking since I’d been taking pictures for a couple minutes in front of a window.

  6. I have never made ice cream!! This looks fantastic and I totally heart snickerdoodles and all things ridiculously tasty so i must have some!
    Also, I love your nail polish! I could never pull that off on my weird looking hands….heh, just kidding 😉 But just to shut me up you should probably hand over some ice cream, mmkay??

  7. I’m pretty sure this is a lot more guilt-free than ice cream from the ice cream shop, especially using fat-free cool whip and fat-free sweetened condensed milk, ya know? My husband’s FAVORITE cookies are snickerdoodles, so I think we’ll have to make this soon!!

  8. I’m with you, honestly, I have no idea why ambrosia was ever invented. Seriously. Or, that green jello “salad” thing that comes out for holidays and family bbqs. Your ice cream looks soooo much better!

    • GAK. I hate those ambrosia salads and stuff. Dessert salads kind of oog me out, too. I don’t know–perhaps growing up with being forced to eat fruit cocktail “salad” or pistachio salad all the time has grossed me out for dessert salads for life.

  9. this is super easy…I’m digging!
    does it taste like REAL ice cream??

    • Hey! Yeah, it tastes similar enough to ice cream that you won’t notice a difference. It is lighter than ice cream and a little softer texture-wise, but otherwise, it’s so good, you can’t even tell minor differences 🙂


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