Growing up, my love of all things chocolate and peanut butter really didn’t transcend the ice cream realm. When I was a kid, I really was never a fan of chocolate ice cream, and I didn’t even discover peanut butter ice cream until college. Rather, I was all about vanilla and if you could get me vanilla ice cream with lots of chunky stuff mixed in, all the better. As a result, cookies and cream was my absolute favorite variety of ice cream for the longest time. I couldn’t get enough of those big chunks of cookies – what kid wouldn’t love that?! I started to wane on it as I got older, because the ice cream companies seemed to start skimping on the amount of cookies in the ice cream and, even more important, the size of the chunks. I needed big chunks, darn it! Luckily, I’ve taken to making ice cream at home and have resurrected my love of cookies and cream ice cream. When you make it yourself, you can make the cookie chunks as big as you want and add in as much as you want! Ahh, the beauty of being a grown-up :)
I recently picked up the brand-new ice cream book, Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones, which is written by the owners of the Bi-Rite Creamery in San Francisco. This was the first recipe I made from it, but I’m dying to try many more. If you have an ice cream maker and enjoy converting your kitchen into a creamery, you definitely want to pick up this book!
I am in love with this ice cream – it’s by far the best version of cookies and cream that I’ve ever had. The base of this recipe is a wonderfully rich sweet cream, vanilla-scented ice cream and is loaded with chopped Oreo cookies. You might remember me talking about my grandpap’s love of Oreo cookies a few years ago when I made the Oreo Look-a-Like Cake. Since he has always adored the cookies, each year when we celebrate Father’s Day and his birthday in tandem, I try to think of a fun, new spin for dessert. This year, I used this ice cream as the base for an extra-special birthday treat. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, you need to churn this up and sit down with a big bowl and a spoon. Trust me, you’re not going to want to share!
Set a wire-mesh sieve over a large bowl. Whisk together the egg yolks and ¼ cup of the sugar in a large bowl; set aside.
Warm the remaining ¼ cup of sugar, cream, milk and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When the mixture begins to simmer, slowly drizzle it into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir in the vanilla extract. Place the bowl in an ice bath and stir occasionally, until the mixture reaches room temperature. Cover the bowl and place the mixture in the refrigerator and chill at least 2 hours, or overnight.
Churn the ice cream in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the ice cream is ready, layer it into your freezer-safe container with alternating layers of the chopped cookies, beginning and ending with the ice cream.