Chocolate Chip Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

Sometimes, a seed of inspiration takes years to grow into a final recipe. Other times, the stars align and that initial spark coincides with a tour of a local cookie factory, and the result is truly incredible.

There’s really no gray area when it comes to the ubiquitous cookies-n-cream, it’s always been purely black and white. It seems obvious to me now, but why I never went so far as to try it with something other than an Oreo before now, I’ll never know.

Luckily, someone did, and after one bite of this Peanut Butter Cookies and Cream ice cream last month, I knew I was dealing with the work of a genius.

Chocolate Chip Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

As fate would have it, a week after we returned from our trip (with, apparently, ice cream on the brain in addition to the tacos), we were invited to tour the Christie Cookie factory. I honestly never knew there was a full-blown cookie factory (literally) within walking distance of my house. This is a dangerous development, indeed, although it’s not really a new development (they’ve been in Nashville for 30 years).

They sent us home with an armload of cookies, bless their hearts, and although we did our darnedest to eat them all within a few days, a few were inevitably left behind.

And that’s why this recipe is so great, as it allows you to rescue those slightly dried-out cookies otherwise headed to the rubbish bin. It’s a sad, sad day when you have to throw out (what were) perfectly good cookies, but nevermore, as those cookies are absolutely perfect for this ice cream.

I used classic chocolate chip, but you could do this with any cookie you happen to have on hand. Peanut butter, oatmeal, white chocolate macadamia nut… just crumble them up and toss them into a rich vanilla ice cream base.

Saving the world, one cookie at a time.

(Stay tuned, as I’ve got a cookie giveaway coming your way tomorrow that you won’t want to miss!)

Chocolate Chip Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

Yield: about 1 quart

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 12 hours

Ingredients:


  • 2 cups heavy cream, divided

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar

  • pinch salt

  • 4 egg yolks

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 6 ounces (about 5 large) chocolate chip cookies, crumbled


Directions:


  1. To make the ice cream, pour 1 cup of the heavy cream into a heat-proof bowl and nest inside a larger bowl filled with ice water. Place a fine mesh sieve over the top of both bowls.

  2. In a saucepan, combine remaining cream, milk, sugar, and salt. Cook gently over medium heat, stirring regularly, until sugar is dissolved and mixture just starts to steam. Remove from heat.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks. Slowly whisk in some of the warm cream mixture, 1/3 cup at a time, until about half of the cream mixture has been incorporated and yolk mixture is warm to the touch. You want to do this gradually; doing so will temper the egg yolks rather than cook them.

  4. Pour yolk mixture back into the saucepan and return to medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spatula, about 5 to 7 minutes, or until it reaches approximately 165 to 170ºF. Do not allow it to boil. Pour mixture through sieve into cold cream, discarding any solids. Add vanilla extract and stir until cool. Cover mixture with plastic wrap, carefully pressing wrap down onto the surface of the cream mixture. This will prevent a skin from forming on top of the custard. Refrigerate until completely cool, at least 3 hours or overnight if possible.

  5. Churn ice cream according to manufacturer’s instructions. When ice cream is the consistency of soft serve, stir in the cookie chunks, then transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze overnight until firm.


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  1. I’m all for saving cookies if they help make recipes like this!!

  2. I love adding cookies to ice cream. As long as you’re going for it, you may as well really do it up right. Love this!

  3. What a great idea! I’m not a huge Oreo fan so Cookies and Cream was never something I could get fully behind. But peanut butter cookies and cream? I’m so there. (Can you do oatmeal and raisin next? That’s my true favorite).

  4. Wow this looks absolutely incredible! Perfect for summer time! We’ve been waiting patiently for summer to arrive here in Denmark, and now it’s finally here and the sun is shining. I think it’s time to relocate my long lost ice cream machine!
    Best regards from a faithful reader from Scandinavia (I met you last year when you were signing books at Chelsea Market – I have been promoting your book with great succes here in Denmark, only wish it also came with metric measurements… ;)

  5. And when you get it at that perfect moment when the cookie has started to soften, but the middle is still crisp? Yeah. That’s where it’s at. Drool.

  6. Saving cookies by making them into ice cream; genius. I’m very jealous of the fact that you have a cookie factory close by! Figures you get that and we get the tobacco plant. Sometimes life doesn’t feel very fair. :)

  7. You had me at chocolate chip cookies. What a glorious combination!

  8. Oh. My. Gosh. Yes!

  9. I’ll take 10 bowls please!

  10. DROOOL! lokos so so so yummy thanks for sharing!!

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  11. Ugh! I haven’t been able to stay away from ice cream for the last COUPLE OF WEEKS! ….I will gladly (and a little “guiltily”) test this recipe out for ya ;)

  12. Great idea Lindsay. Last night I picked up some Ben and Jerry’s frozen yogurt Chocolate Brownie ice cream. With chunks of brownie in it i thought the same thing. Why not create an ice cream with my leftovers. Unfortunately we never have any. Sweets in my house disappear the minute theyre removed from the oven. Maybe i just need to do it all at once before anyone gobbles it up. Great idea and yummy recipe.

  13. Love this idea! Chocolate chip cookies always win to me.

  14. This is a fantastic spin on cookie dough ice cream, especially since I tend to like an add-in that is a little heartier than just the dough. Gotta try this!

  15. Love! Although I kind of want to try it with the oatmeal cookies

  16. Yum! I just got the KitchenAid ice cream maker for my birthday last week…which was promptly returned after missing a part :-( BUT, I get my new one this week and I’m sure this will be one of the first recipes I make. Yum!

  17. SAVE THE COOKIES! Great idea – Ben and Jerrys just brought out a new flavour in the UK that is a bit like this, but I’m sure homemade is even better!

  18. I remember being young and thinking Cookie Dough ice cream was vile, and sad that they had no cooked-cookie version. Well, you answered my little kid prayers. Thank you! :)

  19. This ice cream sounds absolutely perfect! LOVE this idea!

  20. I think this could work as therapy :)

  21. Lindsay, you had me at, “Saving the world, one cookie at a time.” But, I am always sold on cookies and ice cream! Can’t wait to wrap up some barbecue/picnic and cocktail recipes to get to my new favorite ice cream recipes…with cookies! Thanks for sharing! xo

  22. Such a perfect looking ice cream, Lindsay! I could sure use a scoop or two to survive the Austin heat!

  23. Perfectly done! This looks incredibly rich and delicious.

  24. Wow, this looks amazing! A great way to use the older cookies ;)

  25. I hate wasting food. Especially cookies. I love the idea. Old cookies make ice cream. Yes, please!

  26. Such a great idea to use cookies other than oreos!

  27. The next time you have too many cookies just give me a call. I especially love Christie Cookies!!! I used to get them as a treat as a kid. Haven’t had one in a few years even though I’m still in Nashville. I bet they make the ice cream superb.

  28. How fun would it be to put a bunch of different kinds of cookies in this ice cream? You could stash your stale cookies in the freezer until you get enough to throw it in. Amazing!

  29. Please send a pint of this my way!

  30. Cookies don’t last that long in our house – I will have to hide some away so I can make this delicious looking treat!

  31. That is such a good point – there’s absolutely no reason why cookies and cream ice cream needs to involve oreos. This sounds so good!

  32. Yum, that looks so delicious! The temptation to bake some cookies to make this is really great…if only I didn’t have a wedding dress to fit into in three short months!

  33. Gorgeous! Apparently I need to invest in an ice cream maker!

  34. What a perfect way to save up those cookies!

  35. I love this idea! I like classic cookies&cream- but would much rather use a homemade cookie than a store bought one. This kinda reminds me of a deconstructed chip-which- my absolutely favorite!!

  36. Oh my heavens! This looks incredible… pinning!

  37. The PERFECT ice cream!

  38. My all time favorite ice cream!! I just got an ice cream maker last week and I’m so looking forward to giving this a try. :)

  39. Pure genius my friend. What an awesome idea–I’m sure it looks as good as it tastes!

  40. Oh my! This looks incredible and addictive :) I love it!!

  41. This sounds amazing. D: I`m sure I would love the added crunch of the cookies!

  42. The ice cream looks so nice!

  43. Yum, that looks so delicious! The temptation to bake some cookies to make this is really great…if only I didn’t have a wedding dress to fit into in three short months!

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