Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

So I finally got an ice cream maker. I’ve only been debating over this for easily the last year. Indecisive much? Everyone I know that has one loves it so I knew it’d be a safe bet. Sadly it sat in the basement after purchasing for a week at least before I even washed it and took the manual/recipe book out. Part of the problem was lack of ingredients. I needed to do some research and then make a decision. What would be my first indulgence with this handy machine? So it sat. Waiting patiently for me. That’s the great thing about an inanimate object – it can’t get hurt feelings if it sits in the corner not being loved and collecting dust.

I ended up settling on the idea to make a batch of cookies n cream. I had a package of regular oreos sitting, waiting to be used for another recipe that to this day still hasn’t been made. I need to put some more thought into that one first. I hate recipe failures… must plan it out! They were calling to me… the oreos. Not to eat them. No. To use them in a delicious way. I only truly like the double stuffed. The more yummy white filling the better! I don’t care if they’re technically bad for you. It’s not like I sit and eat an entire package in one sitting, nor would I want to.

Apparently there are a few ways you can make homemade ice cream. One way is more time consuming and requires making a custard base. The other is quick, no heating or cooking required in any way. I like quick and easy, especially to start out. This was a test. Would the basic version truly be tasty? Well of course it was or I wouldn’t be here sharing it with you. Though one of these days I promise I will tell you a story about all of my recipe failures – give you some warnings and friendly kitchen advice. Today is not that day though. This was a winner and if you have an ice cream maker, you’ll want to make this. If you don’t have an ice cream maker… what are you waiting for? The queen of indecision is telling you to go get one!

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1C whole milk (though I used what I had on hand and it was fine - 1% I think?)
3/4C sugar
pinch salt
2C heavy cream
1 tbsp vanilla (*though you could certainly leave this out as it does give a more vanilla flavor than traditional cookies n cream ice cream)
Original oreo cookies (not double stuffed)

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine milk, sugar and salt. Whisk or beat for several minutes until the sugar has dissolved completely. Add cream and the optional vanilla. Give a quick stir to blend. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours, longer is even better.

Just prior to making your ice cream, chop up 15-20 cookies in an irregular manner. Transfer to a bowl. You really want to eyeball how much cookie you feel you're going to need. If that doesn't look like enough, chop up some more. You can never have enough cookie in this ice cream!

Grab your frozen ice cream bowl, prep the machine as you normally would. Follow manufacturer's directions for best results. After pouring my liquid mixture into the machine I let it spin for around 20 minutes, then added the cookies in batches.

It will be soft at this point. I was concerned truly concerned but it's okay! Transfer creamy mixture to a clean container suitable for freezing. Cover and freeze until it reaches your desired consistency. I let mine sit overnight. It warms up extremely fast so no need to let it sit before scooping.

*Basic simple vanilla recipe is from the Cuisinart recipe book included with the machine.

Surprise!!!

It’s giveaway time! I mentioned back in April that I had a few goodie bags from Bake it Pretty to give away over the course of spring and summer months. I have absolutely no idea what is in them besides some fun and cute baking and decorating supplies.

Only one guess per person. US residents only. All comments/guesses must include a valid email address.

All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me what your favorite ice cream flavor is! That’s it. A random winner will be chosen Tues 6/28. Good luck! :)


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52 Responses to “Cookies and Cream Ice Cream”

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    Alan Cooke — June 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I Luv Cookies and Cream, but right now I’d love some coffee ice cream!! Congrats on finally taking the plunge and getting the I.C. Maker =)
    @alanecooke

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    Sarah Jordan — June 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I love me some peanut butter cup ice cream!

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    nicole — June 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Cookies and Cream is my favorite ice cream. except when my aunt makes rum raisin and ther eis a crap load of rum in there, but 9 times out of 10 I will pick cookies and cream. how have i not made this yet???

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    Jan — June 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I love cookies & cream ice cream. And now, Ben & Jerry’s has a mint version of it too! So yummy! I think my favorite ice cream might be rum raisin (the best way to enjoy a raisin is when it is soaked in booze!) or maybe white russian (which Ben & Jerry’s used to make back in the day). My favs seem to all involve booze… Hmmmm….
    Anyways, I have never made ice cream the simple way (without the cooked custard). This looks so much easier! Can’t wait to try :)

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I’m a cookie dough ice cream girl myself. But cookies and cream goes down as 2nd for sure! Your ice cream looks amazing! I SO need an ice cream maker! :O

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    Aggie — June 23, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Good job on your ice cream! I’ve only made ice cream a few times but I plan on trying more recipes this summer. Yours looks delicious!

    My favorite ice cream is pistachio, but not the green kind. I also love good ole vanilla bean. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Janeen — June 23, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Strawberry is my absolute fave but I can’t wait to try this cookies & cream. Especially since I know my husband won’t like it and it will all be mine.
    PS – I am new to the whole cooking thing and have been finding blogs to help me learn. Just came across yours last week and I really enjoy it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Rachel — June 24th, 2011 @ 11:28 am

      Thanks for the sweet comment Janeen! So glad you found me. I hope I’m able to inspire you and help with your cooking journey.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — June 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    this looks so good

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    Valerie (Lovethroughthestomach.com) — June 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    My favorite ice cream would be gelato alla nocciole, a very silky, fluffy hazelnut ice cream. A close second is cookie dough. Never attempted to make cookie dough ice cream myself yet. Must. Try. Soon!

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    The Chocolate Priestess — June 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    We just got an ice cream maker, too, but no time to try it yet.

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    Ashley — June 23, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Birthday cake, cuz I’ma kid like that ;) but I’d choose sherbet over ice cream any day.

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    Meghan — June 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    That ice cream looks delicious! Glad you got an ice cream maker, I get so much use out of mine! My favorite ice cream at the moment is Frangelico :)

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    natalie (the sweets life) — June 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    so glad you got an ice cream maker–you will LOVE it, i’m obsessed! my fave flavor lately is banana pudding ice cream!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — June 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I HAVE to get an ice cream maker! Everyone is posting ice cream recipes, it is killing me! This looks awesome! It is so hard to pick a favorite ice cream, but if it has caramel or peanut butter I’m usually a happy girl!

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    Adam — June 23, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Dublin Mudslide from Ben and Jerry’s

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    Kate@Diethood — June 23, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    MMMMMMM!! LOVE this!! I made some oreo cookie ice cream last week and we inhaled it! :)) I use my ice cream maker every other day… totally worth the investment!

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    something_good — June 24, 2011 at 1:18 am

    I love my ice cream maker! During these hot days it’s closer to me than my husband :)))
    Interesting recipe; this kind of ice cream is so rich !

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    Carolyn — June 24, 2011 at 7:08 am

    I’ve had an ice cream maker for about 10 years, but I only really started to put it to good use in the last 2! I love it now. And cookies and cream is such a classic, beloved flavour.
    BTW, your sundae dish…did you by chance get that at Homegoods? Because I bought some of the same ones, except in the solid colours!

    • Rachel — June 24th, 2011 @ 11:24 am

      Carolyn – The dish is actually from Christmas Tree Shop! They had them in a handful of colors so I grabbed a couple. :) I saw the ones you were talking about at Home Goods yesterday though!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — June 24, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I need an ice cream maker!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — June 24, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I love cookies and cream ice cream. I have the ice cream maker attachment for the Kitchen Aid. I think the worst part is remembering to put it in the freezer for about 24 hours before making any ice cream. This always seems like a pain in the butt but I am always so happy with the end results!

    • Rachel — June 24th, 2011 @ 11:26 am

      Emily – I’ve been told to just keep the bowl in the freezer when I’m not actively using it to mix ice cream. That way it’s always ready! If you have room in the freezer pop that sucker in there to store! :)

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    Eating Deliciously — June 24, 2011 at 9:15 am

    My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate and peanut butter. Looking forward to trying this cookies n cream version.

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — June 24, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Yum! I am a cookies and cream fiend. Love this!

    I have always wanted to purchase an ice cream maker and make my own, but I am afraid I would end up eating it all the time. Think I should just give in to temptation?

    • Rachel — June 24th, 2011 @ 11:27 am

      Chris – Definitely just give in to temptation. Unless you always have supplies on hand I doubt you’ll go crazy making it on a weekly basis. Totally fun to have for those occasions you want something special though.

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    Amy @ Poor Girl Gourmet — June 24, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Rachel, I have to make this now. Right now. I made strawberry ice cream (custard and all) last weekend, and it was good – don’t get me wrong – BUUUTTT, a little chocolate crunchiness sounds like it might be a better ice cream bet! Thanks for sharing!

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    Danae (The Busty Baker) — June 24, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Ooh Cookies and Cream sounds great! My favorite ice cream is Lemon Blueberry from a local place called Jeni’s (which has a cookbook now!). It’s soo good!

    • Rachel — June 24th, 2011 @ 11:52 am

      I was looking for that book at Borders today but they only have it online – so annoying. Should have gone to BN but at least they had The Perfect Scoop – it’s a start!

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    cheryl — June 24, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Vanilla!!

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    Evan (@FC_Evan) — June 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Oooh I love cookies and cream ice cream. Congratulations on the ice cream maker! It’s life changing, isn’t it?

    My favorite flavor is very local – it’s called “Ba Da Bing”…dark chocolate ice cream, bing cherries, and bittersweet chocolate chunks. YUM :)

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    Tina@flourtrader — June 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip-but really there are hardly any that I don’t like. Perhaps bubble gum flavored ice cream is one I would not even try. Congrats on finally giving in-you now can have be in a frozen ice cream oasis with that maker. Great flavor pick for first time using it.

    • Rachel — June 24th, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

      I agree – bubble gum flavored would probably be a no way in my book… but then again I have fond memories of bubble yum gum flavors growing up so who knows!

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    Veronica's Kitchen — June 24, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Rachel, thanks for the add at foodbuzz. I also want to have an ice-cream machine, too. I love cookies and cream ice-cream, YUM!

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    Cassie of Bake Your Day — June 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Gotta love Oreos! Sounds great, and I love the photos!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — June 25, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Congrats on your new ice cream maker!! Gotta love Cookies and Cream. My favorite flavor is anything with candy bar chunks in it… or cookie dough!

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    Renee — June 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Cinnamon chocolate chip ice cream is my fav!

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    Chelsea — June 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    My all time fav is mint chocolate chip! With gummy bears on top too. Love you blog!

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    sarah — June 27, 2011 at 12:08 am

    I love love love homemade ice cream- i just made a batch of stawberry vanilla today. Cookies and cream is the perfect choice to break in your new machine!!

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    Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen — June 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    This looks tastyyy! I love summertime. I’m a huge PB and chocolate fan so that would have to be my fav ice cream :)

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    averagebetty — June 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    You got an ice cream maker and the first flavor you make is cookies n’ cream. You are a woman after my own heart. Cookies n’ Cream is totally my fave. And don’t worry, I still haven’t bought the ice cream maker I’ve been pondering for years :)

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    briarrose — June 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Delicious. Looks like a great first batch. :)

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    Sandra — June 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Love how simple the recipe is, it means we can start to eat this a lot sooner. Prettt picture too!

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    Carrie - Pure and Yummy — June 29, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I have the same Cuisinart ice cream maker and I LOVE it!!! I have made so many awesome ice creams, sorbets and sherberts. I have made this particular recipe so many times, and it is one of our favorites. We like to replace the vanilla with peppermint extract for mint cookie ice cream. It is fantastic and so easy to make! Congrats on your new ice cream maker, you are going to love all the possibilities!

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    kita — July 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Im pretty sure that if I dont get an ice cream maker for my birthday Im going to kick and fuss just like a child! This looks delicious and there are so many recipes I want to try!

    • Rachel — July 2nd, 2011 @ 9:06 am

      start leaving notes and hints everywhere so you’re sure to get one! :)

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    lynn @ the actor's diet — July 4, 2011 at 2:24 am

    well i know i’m late to the giveaway but i have to say my favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip. but the real fake kind!

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    Mrs. Jen B — September 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Mmmm I love cookies and cream! I’m also a fan of anything combining chocolate and peanut butter. Heaven. Oh, and cookie dough. And mint chocolate. And… ;)

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    Maria — June 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I recently made fresh strawberry ice cream, chocolate peanut butter ice cream, banana ice cream and chocolate chip mint using fresh mint from the garden. Today will be cookies and cream and a batch of chocolate too!!

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    Debbie — June 12, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    My absolute favorite ice cream is peppermint (with hot fudge topping). I can usually only find this during Christmas. Cookies and cream takes center stage in my freezer the rest of the year. I just bought a Cuisinart ice cream maker (sitting in the box for the last 4 days waiting for me to find a recipe). So, your story made me giggle a bit. I will be trying this recipe out before I hit the weekend. Can’t wait to see how it turns out! Thank you for publishing for us newbies.

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    Breanna — February 9, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I’m gonna try this revipe tonight for dessert while watching The Walking Dead. So excited!! I hope it comes out really good, I haven’t had the best of luck with my ice cream maker lately. My favorite ice cream is Birthday Cake and I’ve been looking up recipes to make it. any help?

    • Rachel — February 9th, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

      When it comes to ice cream… patience is good :) This is an easy ice cream recipe since it doesn’t require eggs but it still needs chilling to firm up properly. As for a birthday cake recipe, this is a favorite of mine: cake batter funfetti ice cream. Enjoy!!

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