Friday, February 18, 2011

Double Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Even though many people opt to make a fancy, over the top dessert for Valentine's Day (which I love), I usually just make something simple.  Joey is a man of simple tastes when it comes to dessert:  oreos, chocolate chip cookies/cake, or cheesecake with strawberries.  I usually make a heart-shaped cookie cake, but this year I decided to make this ice cream.  Joey loves cookie dough, so I knew this would be a hit with him - and of course it was.

I love that the base of the ice cream is also cookie dough-flavored, and then bits of cookie dough are mixed in.  It is a double-whammy, and certainly better than vanilla ice cream with the cookie dough mix-in.  This is a pretty standard custard-based ice cream recipe, save for the step of browning the butter with the brown sugar - but that step is what gives the ice cream the characteristic cookie dough flavor. 

Joey of course loved this ice cream, and I did too.  And just because it is still winter, it doesn't mean you can't indulge in ice cream - I firmly believe it is a year-round treat!

And look at who snuck into my photo shoot -a certain 2 year old loooves chocolate!

Double Cookie Dough Ice Cream

For the cookie dough:
  • 5 Tbs salted butter, melted (or unsalted butter + 1/4 tsp salt)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (recommended:  mini chips)
For the ice cream:
  • 3 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
To make the cookie dough, stir together the butter and sugar until smooth.  Mix in the flour and vanilla, then fold in the chocolate chips.  Wrap the mixture in plastic wrap, form into a disk, and refrigerate until firm.

To make the ice cream, melt the butter and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  Cook, stirring often, until the butter is a deep golden-brown color, being careful not to burn it.  Whisk in the heavy cream and heat until simmering.

Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks until light and fluffy in a medium bowl.  Add a small amount of the cream mixture to the eggs, whisking constantly.  Whisk in the rest of the cream slowly.  Return the mixture to the saucepan, and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until it has thickened slightly and reads 170-175 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.

Remove from heat and pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl.  Mix in the vanilla, salt, and whole milk.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill until very cold.

Churn ice cream according to manufacturer's instructions.  As it churns, remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator and cut into small pieces.  Pour the ice cream into an airtight container and mix in the chocolate chips and the cookie dough.  Freeze until firm.

source:  Annie's Eats.  Ice cream adapted from Joy the Baker, cookie dough from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz


Blog is the New Black said...

I so love cookie dough, too! Looks wonderful.

Anonymous said...

This would be my ideal dessert. I love ice cream and cookie dough is my favorite. I don't have an ice cream maker, though, which might be a good thing!

Sara said...

I love cookie dough ice cream, and this sounds so delicious!

Courtney said...

I don't really like cookie dough on its own, but I love it in ice cream (weird, I know). This looks great, and I can't wait to try it!

Also, I love Caroline's little hand reaching in for a taste. So cute!

Unknown said...

Sounds like our husbands are like-minded, mine loves simple desserts. I made this ice cream last year and it was a hit here as well :)

Brilynn said...

I can't wait to get my ice cream maker back to I can make this!

lauren said...

Oh my goodness....I must make this now. My kids will love it. THank you Thank you Thank you. A perfect treat for the up coming warmer days.

Anonymous said...

Yum! looks delicious, cookie dough is my favorite ice cream!

Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) said...

DOUBLE cookie dough ice cream? How did I miss this from Annie's blog? This is the good thing about living in SoCal's ice cream season year round. Definitely trying this!

Cara said...

I'm pretty sure this ice cream is plentiful in my version of heaven :)

Eliana said...

This ice cream looks glorious! And is making me crave warmer weather.

envierecipes said...

Yum. I'm going to pull out the ice cream maker for this one. Thanks!

Annie said...

So happy you enjoyed this! I mean, who wouldn't? it's double cookie dough! It is definitely better than vanilla with cookie dough bits mixed in.

Beth Dunn said...

I'm so impressed! Looks yummy

George Quirk said...

I've never tasted cookie dough and ice cream mixed. Last time I had ice cream was when we're on a vacation in Myrtle Beach with the whole family. I cannot indulge myself with this yummy and sweet treats without asking my dentist first.

oneordinaryday said...

I will definitely be giving this a try!

Anonymous said...

this sounds lovely however the directions are a bit confusing..."To make the ice cream, melt the sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, until the butter is a deep golden-brown color..." Does the sugar and the butter go in at the same time?

"Whisk in the rest of the cream slowly." you didn't specify how much went in to simmer, so how much should be leftover to whisk in slowly?

the rest of it is just as confusing... I'm sorry, but I feel like I'm missing something. It would be lovely to make, but the way its written needs improvement.. Its sounds absolutely delicious though

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