Photo Credit: Cookies n' Creme by Brian Dickman, on Flickr
If you are in love with the taste of cookies and cream, you will love how easy it is to make your own cookies and cream ice cream. Ice cream makers have come down in price. They are no longer the big, bulky things that once required hand cranking and rock salt. Today’s ice cream makers are sleek and easy to operate. Plus, once you freeze the bowl, the ice cream is ready to go in no time at all.
Here’s a recipe for cookies and cream ice cream using any ice cream maker you have. It’s a simple combination of wholesome milk and cream. You can also change out the sugar for a substitute like Splenda and it will still taste as good. Don’t skimp on the cookies. Your best bet is to use real Oreos.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Pour the milk into a heavy saucepan. Over medium heat bring the milk to a gentle simmer (approximately 175° F) or until it begins to bubble around the edges.
Remove from the heat. Then, add the sugar and salt and stir the scalded milk until sugar and salt are completely dissolved. Add half and half, vanilla, and whipping cream and stir until well blended.
Pour the mixture into a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
Once it has cooled, cover with plastic wrap and allow it to age in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours (or up to 24 hours). This aging process will produce ice cream with more body and a smoother texture. While the ice cream mixture is chilling in the refrigerator, break cookies into small bite size pieces. Place the pieces in a bowl or measuring cup and set aside until needed. After aging (chilling) the mixture, remove from the refrigerator and stir the mixture. The ice cream is now ready for the freezing process.
Follow the ice cream maker's instruction manual on the freezing process.
When the ice cream has thickened, but is still too soft to scoop, add the cookie pieces and stir until they are evenly distributed. Or, add the cookie pieces and start the ice cream maker churning again to stir them into the ice cream. Some makers have an opening in the top that is used to add flavorings as the ice cream is churning.
Once the pieces are mixed in, scrape the ice cream into another container with an airtight cover. Be sure to leave at least 1/2 inch head space for expansion. Place the ice cream in the freezer for several hours to harden before serving.
Here’s another way to do cookies and cream ice cream without the ice cream maker.
Simply mix all of your ingredients together is a large bowl. Ice cream should be left out for about 10 minutes to soften. Then enjoy and freeze remainder in container.