Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cookies n’ Cream Ice Cream

So as a good wife, I share most everything with my husband. I say most because, well, there is ONE exception.  That exception?

Ice cream!  

Hubs knows that ice cream is OFF limits. Cookies, cake, brownies… you can have them! But ice cream? You better step off! haha

When it comes to the best ice cream recipes, there is only one source I ever go to: David Lebovitz. He is genius. period. I have been OBSESSED with his recipes ever since I discovered his book, The Perfect Scoop.

Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting him at BlogHer Food.  I have to say, I was a little “star struck”.  I wanted to walk up and say hi, but it took me a while to actually get the nerve to do so. I was chatting it up with the fabulous Jaclyn when I finally said, “Okay I’m going to do it! I’m going to go say hi!” So I marched myself right over to him and said, “I just LOVE your ice cream recipes… I refuse to use any other ones!” (Hello- star struck idot) haha David Promptly responded with… “And I just LOVE your shoulders!” Hilarious. At least it makes for a great memory!

Anyhow, as for this cookies n’ cream ice cream. I made David’s vanilla ice cream recipe omitting the vanilla bean and adding some crushed and chopped Oreo cookies.  Delicious.

David’s recipes NEVER dissapoint. Thanks again Mr. Lebovitz!

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Cookies n' Cream Ice Cream


2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 cups heavy cream, divided
pinch of salt
6 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
14 Oreos, ground
14 Oreos, chopped


Heat the milk, 2 cups of heavy cream, salt, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat until warmed through. Whisk together the egg yolks in a separate bowl. Gradually add the warmed milk/cream mixture whisking contantly (this is to temper the yolks).

Pour the warmed yolk/cream mixture back into the saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the pan with a heat-resistant spatula until the custard thickens. It's done when it thickens enough to coat the back of the spatula.

In a large bowl, add the remaining 2 cups of heavy cream, and set a mesh strainer over top of it. Strain the thickened custard into the heavy cream. Add vanilla extract and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for a few hours or overnight.

Freeze in ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions. Once the ice cream is almost done, pour in the ground Oreos. Allow machine to run for an additional 5 minutes. Turn off machine and fold in the chopped oreos. Serve ice cream as soft serve -OR- place in a freezer safe container and freeze for a few hours (or overnight) to harden.

**NOTE: If using and ice cream maker that requires ice and salt, make sure you purchase the correct salt (Rock Salt / Ice Cream Salt). "Hypothetically", if one were to accidentally use course course kosher salt, it would take like 4 hours to freeze instead of the typical 45 minutes. haha

Source: David Lebovitz

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20 Responses to “Cookies n’ Cream Ice Cream”

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    Mrs. Puma — June 28, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    Mmm, I want to dig in right now, that look delicious!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — June 28, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    hahah ice cream is one of the few foods I refuse to share as well! I’ve made this–LOVE it!

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    Hester aka The Chef Doc — June 28, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    I busted out my ice cream maker last week! However, I haven’t made anything yet. But this does give some ideas. Thanks for sharing this awesomeness with us!

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    brandi — June 28, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    I need an ice cream machine already! This looks perfect.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — June 28, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

    I love cookies n’ cream ice cream – it is in my top 3 for favorites. This looks delicious!

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    Emily @ NewlyWife — June 28, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    Ice cream is my favorite food. So amazing. We each buy our own flavors so there’s no worries about someone stealing.

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious — June 28, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

    All these ice cream treats people are cooking up make me want to upgrade my ice cream maker. I have a super old school one where you need Ice and Salt. Someone gave it to me… Cookies and Cream is one of my favorites- i love it when you get a big chunk of cookie!

    • Kristina replied: — July 8th, 2011 @ 9:24 am

      I used the old school kind too… It does the trick 🙂

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    Casey — June 29, 2011 @ 12:24 am


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    Tina@flourtrader — June 29, 2011 @ 5:25 am

    This ice cream looks quite a bit more chocolaty than most cookies and cream..I will need to try it. Yum!

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    La Enredadera — June 29, 2011 @ 7:33 am

    I also love David Lebovitz recipes!! They are simply perfect!!
    And this ice cream looks really good!!!

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    Kneady Sweetie — June 29, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    I LOVE cookies n cream ice cream! This looks amazing!

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    Kristen — June 29, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    I have to ask—where did you buy the container to freeze the icecream in?


    • Kristina replied: — June 29th, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

      I bought it at Sur la Table! They are great! The are re-usable and also insulated so that if you take ice cream to a friend’s house, it won’t melt on the way! 🙂

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    Lenore — July 7, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    I have heard so many good things about The Perfect Scoop…I think I need to get it, instead of trying to make up my own ice cream recipes over and over, haha. Cookies ‘n’ Cream was my FAVORITE growing up, so I’m so excited to see this recipe on your site! I also love the container, and am so glad someone else already asked where to get it 🙂

    • Kristina replied: — July 8th, 2011 @ 9:26 am

      You HAVE to get the book – it is THE best! 🙂

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    The Novice Chef » {Foodie Block Party} Strawberry Sour Cream Ice Cream — July 14, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

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    Carolyn — August 18, 2011 @ 9:06 pm


    I am doing an end of summer ice cream round up on my own blog, All Day I Dream About Food, and would love to include this recipe. I would use one of your images, and link back to you, but I wouldn’t be posting the recipe directly. If you would like to be a part of it, please email me at carketch29 (at) yahoo (dot) com.


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    Elizabeth — December 26, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    I just got an ice cream maker and I can’t wait to use it! Cookies and cream is my favorite flavor.

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    Elizabeth — December 28, 2011 @ 1:24 am

    I made this today and it is AMAZING!!

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