How to Make Your Very Own Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Let us delve, now, into the mystery of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream…

Today, cats and kittens, we're going to show you how to make chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream! Yeah, we know this doesn't seem all that extreme, but see, we thought we'd show you our soft and gentle side for once. And you know, this stuff tastes pretty darn good, so why not?

The basics

Unsurprisingly, one of the prime ingredients of cookie dough ice cream is, well, cookie dough. Now, we could tell you how to make chocolate chip cookie dough in this article, but we've done that in so many places already. Instead, we thought we'd go at the process from the other direction.

That is, we're going to approach our chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream from the ice cream perspective, assuming that the dough is ready to go already. That's extreme in a sense, right? It forces you to learn how to make ice cream.

The Recipe, please!

Here are the ingredients you'll need for your yummy ice cream:

A big hunk of cookie dough (duh)
1/2 teaspoon of salt (be careful not to overdo it)
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups of table sugar
2 cups of whole milk
2 cups of half & half
4 cups of whipping cream

In order to make your chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream to spec, you'll need to go through the entire custard-making and ice-cream cranking process. This might take a while, but it's fun! Your first task is to put the milk on the stovetop in a large pot and scald it. It'll be ready when you see bubbles form around the edges of the pan.

Then take it off the heat, and stir in the sugar and salt until they're entirely dissolved. Next, stir the vanilla, cream, and half & half into the milk mix, and put it all into the refrigerator for half an hour to cool. That's your custard right there.

Make it ice cream!

Follow your ice cream machine's instructions to freeze the custard into a soft mass. Whether you're cranking by hand or the machine's doing it for you, this won't take too long. You'll end up with what amounts to soft-serve ice cream.

It's not going to be the type of ice cream you expect until you freeze it for a while (patience, young Jedi). Now, break up the cookie dough into small chunks with your hands, or you can cut it into chunks with a knife. Then distribute it as evenly as possible throughout the soft ice cream. Use a large spoon to mix it in if necessary, just be sure you get it all in there before the ice cream melts!

Finally, scoop your chunky ice cream into a container, and put it in the freezer for several hours until it freezes hard. And Viola! Your own personal brand of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream -- ready to savor.

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