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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream

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A recipe for ice cream that doesn't involve cookie dough, but that has the flavors of our favorite cookie. Creamy and plain delicious, it's a total crowd-pleaser.

  • Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white, granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cream
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Mix yolks in a large bowl. Reserve.
  2. In a saucepan heat milk and both sugars, stirring over medium until it breaks into a boil. Immediately remove from heat, and pour, in a thin stream while you continually whisk, over the yolks.
  3. Return the mixture to the same saucepan and stir over medium low heat until it thickens, but do not let it boil. It will coat theback of a spoon and leave a path if you draw a finger across it.
  4. Add softened butter, salt and vanilla paste and mix until it melts completely. Add cream, mix well, cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight, depending on the ice cream maker you're using. Some need to have a very cold custard and others don't. 
  5. Process in ice cream machine according to manufacturer's directions. Add chocolate chips and keep the ice cream in the freezer.
  6. Scoop into bowls or ice cream cones and sprinkle with more chips if you want to. 


Organization: read the recipe first and ensure you have ingredients at the correct temperature, utensils and equipment needed, and enough workspace. This will make the process so much easier. 

Chilling the custard before churning: this depends on the ice cream machine you use. The less expensive ones made for home use usually need a very cold mixture, so I recommend making it the day before. Better machines can handle room-temperature or hotter mixtures, so read the instructions before. 

  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Churning + Freezing time: 6 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Cooking + freezing
  • Cuisine: American