Gingerbread Cookie Crunch Ice Cream

The perfect holiday ice cream recipe. Sweet creamy gingerbread flavored ice cream with chunks of gingerbread cookies throughout.

Gingerbread Cookie Crunch Ice Cream Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

This week has been a fun movie/tv week for me. Since the Mr was away, I took advantage of my evenings watching stuff I knew he wouldn’t likely appreciate as much. Let’s discuss…

Maleficent: the kids and I enjoyed it. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. The previews gave off a really dark feeling so I was a bit concerned that it might be too much. It wasn’t. It was such a fun look into that character. I won’t give anything away in case you haven’t seen it, but if you love Disney movies and love the newer real people recreations of them, you should check this out!

Still Mine: Really good! It’s about a man who is determined to build a new home for his wife who has alzheimer’s. He runs into a lot of problems along the way, but remains determined. It’s touching and sweet.

We’re also giving House of Cards a try. So far so good. We’re only a few episodes in, so I can’t really be sure if we’ll stick it out or not… only time will tell!

What must see movies/shows have seen recently?

Gingerbread Cookie Crunch Ice Cream Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

And since the weekend is here… that means dessert… and of course pizza night. But, let’s start with this dessert!

Imagine your favorite bowl of cookies and cream ice cream, only better and with a seasonal twist. Sweet creamy gingerbread ice cream with homemade gingerbread cookie chunks throughout. So good!

Mash it between two of your favorite gingersnap cookies for an extra special treat!

The perfect ice cream for the season! Add this gingerbread cookie crunch ice cream to your holiday dessert plans!

Gingerbread Cookie Crunch Ice Cream Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Gingerbread Cookie Crunch Ice Cream

A sweet seasonal ice cream, that tastes just like your favorite gingerbread cookie.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time1 day
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gingerbread, Ice cream
Servings: 4 plus


  • 1 C whole milk
  • 2 C heavy cream
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C molasses
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 C gingerbread cookie pieces


  • Add 1 cup heavy cream to a large bowl with a mesh strainer set on top. Whisk egg yolks in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine whole milk, 1 cup heavy cream, sugar, molasses, salt, vanilla and spices. Stirring until sugar has dissolved and ingredients are well combined. Cook until steaming. While whisking yolks continuously, slowly drizzle a portion of the hot milk mixture into yolks. Add yolk mixture into saucepan. Stir to combine. Continue cooking until mixture coats the back of a spoon or spatula. Pour through mesh strainer into reserved heavy cream. Cool over an ice bath. Cover and chill overnight.
  • When mixture is thoroughly chilled, churn according to manufacturer's directions. Add gingerbread cookie pieces when 5 minutes remain. Transfer to a freezer safe container. Freeze until solid, or overnight.


Recipe serves roughly 4-6, yields 1 quart.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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44 Responses to “Gingerbread Cookie Crunch Ice Cream”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — December 5, 2014 at 7:45 am

    My husband I saw Malificent in Theaters, and were so pumped about it! Unfortunately, we didn’t love it.
    BUT, I do LOVE gingerbread cookies. AND ice cream. So…THIS. Pinned!

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      Rachel — December 6, 2014 at 8:10 am

      I can see how it would be a hit or miss movie for most.

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    Christie — December 5, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I just presumed Malificent would be too much for my daughter. I’ll have to check it out. She still gets pretty scared so… Now this ice cream is something we would all love. I adore ginger so this would have to be my new favorite ice cream ever!

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      Rachel — December 6, 2014 at 8:11 am

      I think it depends on how old and what she’s already been exposed to. It’s not G but the PG aspect isn’t too much in comparison to a lot of kids shows these days.

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    Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom — December 5, 2014 at 7:59 am

    My kids are 3 and 5 so pretty much for the entire month of December we watch Elf, lol. We’ve bean meaning to start House of Cards too! This ice cream looks perfect for tv watching at night, yum!

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      Rachel — December 6, 2014 at 8:11 am

      One of the best holiday movies! Love Elf :)

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — December 5, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Heck yes, dessert first!!! And those gingerbread mean?! So darn cute!

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      Rachel — December 6, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Thanks Meg!

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    Lexi+@+Lexi's+Clean+Kitchen — December 5, 2014 at 9:07 am

    As always— DELISH! Happy Friday Rachel :)

    • #
      Rachel — December 6, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Thanks Lexi! :)

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    Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen — December 5, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Ok now I have to go out a buy an ice cream maker! Gingerbread is one of my most favorite flavors!

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      Rachel — December 6, 2014 at 8:11 am

      You absolutely do! :)

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    Alyssa — December 5, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I want to see Malificent. Maybe we will rent it this weekend. I also have been meaning to check out House of Cards. This ice cream sounds fantastic, perfect for this time of year!

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      Rachel — December 6, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Thanks Alyssa! And I hope you enjoy the movie and show!

  8. #
    Karishma — December 5, 2014 at 11:27 am

    i am definitely going to check out maleficient now! house of cards is amazing!!! i am hoping you guys will get more and more into it.

    right now i don’t watch that much tv, but i definitely love the mindy project!

    this gingerbread ice cream sounds amaaazing, definitely pinning

    • #
      Rachel — December 6, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Thanks so much! :) I hope you like the movie!

  9. #
    Jen @ Baked by an Introvert — December 5, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Is it sad that I totally want a bowl of this ice cream for breakfast? It looks and sounds amazing!

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      Rachel — December 6, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Not sad at all! And thank you!

  10. #
    cookingcassy — December 5, 2014 at 11:41 am

    What kind of molasses did you use in the gingerbread cookie? I recently made a similar gingerbread recipe and the dough was dark dark brown. Your cookies are paler, and in my opinion, prettier than mine. I want to try again with your recipe and I think the molasses is the key to paler cookies.

  11. #
    Jennifer EngineerMommy — December 5, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I’m a huge ice cream fan, and this recipe is a must-try for me! Thanks for sharing!

    • #
      Rachel — December 6, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Thanks Jennifer!

  12. #
    Wendy — December 5, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Loved Malificent and just finished Gravity and loved that too. This gingerbread recipe looks amazing!!

    • #
      Rachel — December 6, 2014 at 8:16 am

      Gravity surprised me – I wasn’t blown away by it but it still held my attention, which is a good thing.

  13. #
    Lexi+@+Sempre+Dolce — December 5, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Mmm… it’s certainly ice cream weather here!

    • #
      Rachel — December 6, 2014 at 8:16 am

      It’s always ice cream weather ;)

  14. #
    chrysta@noshed — December 5, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Gingerbread ice cream looks super delish. I love gingerbread, so festive. Last movie I saw was Interstellar. It was ok…It was hyped up but I feel it went too long. Im super into Sons of Anarchy, last espisode left me in tears. OMG…

    • #
      Rachel — December 6, 2014 at 8:17 am

      I’ve heard so much about Sons of Anarchy. Will have to check it out!

  15. #
    Sarah @ Bonjoursucre — December 5, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    That look sooo good! I love gingerbread. I will definitely try this. It would be great for Christmas. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      Rachel — December 6, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Thanks Sarah! :)

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    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. — December 6, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    What a great combo, gingerbread cookies in ice cream! We saw Malificent last week too, and thought it was pretty good. Haven’t tried House of Cards yet though. Although we did just discover The Mindy Project and may be binge watching that on Netflix for the next little while!

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      Rachel — December 7, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Thanks Stacey! So funny to hear when others are binging on shows too :)

  17. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — December 7, 2014 at 6:52 am

    I never get sick of ice cream and want to eat it all year long. This bowl looks so good. A perfect night would be this bowl of ice cream and a nice movie.

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      Rachel — December 7, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Thanks Emily!

  18. #
    Tad Davis — December 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Used my own gingerbread cookie recipe, but otherwise, exactly as written. My wife and I think the ice cream tastes like pumpkin pie. Probably, the spice blend? It is yummy! (I don’t understand how everyone can look at the pictures and oo and aaah, but not head straight to the kitchen?!)

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      Rachel — December 7, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it! You should try my pumpkin ice cream sometime to compare. They definitely have similarities with the spices but otherwise very different flavors.

  19. #
    Jessica @ Sweet Menu — December 7, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    This sounds and looks like the best ice cream ever! Love it!

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      Rachel — December 8, 2014 at 7:29 am

      Thanks Jessica!

  20. #
    Katrina+@+In+Katrina's+Kitchen — December 8, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Proof that I need to keep my ice cream maker out alllll year!

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      Rachel — December 8, 2014 at 7:29 am

      You absolutely do!

  21. #
    Kristen — December 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I felt the same way about Maleficient. We were only indulging the kids in watching it, but we both ended up really liking it. It will forever change Sleeping Beauty for me. This ice cream looks so great!!!! I love gingerbread!

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      Rachel — December 12, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Exactly! Now the classic movie is forever changed knowing how she got that way!! And thanks Kristen :)

  22. #
    Lynypep — December 2, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Perfect! Followed the recipe exactly…. creamy and gingrrbready! Will definitely make this again!

    • #
      Rachel — December 3, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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