Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Recipe

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Prep. time:
360 min
10 dishes

Indulgent Oreo Ice Cream Recipe – Creamy, Dreamy, and Absolutely Irresistible!

Get ready to embark on a heavenly journey of taste and texture with this mind-blowing cookies and cream ice cream recipe! Imagine sinking your spoon into a luscious, velvety smooth ice cream base, generously studded with chunks of classic Oreo cookies. Each bite is a perfect harmony of rich, creamy sweetness and satisfying cookie crunch.

This recipe is a true game-changer, elevating the iconic flavor combination to new heights of deliciousness. Trust us, once you try this homemade version, you’ll never go back to store-bought again!

Preparation Time, Difficulty, and Servings

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Churning Time: 25-30 minutes
  • Freezing Time: 4-6 hours
  • Total Time: 5-6 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Servings: 8-10

Before we dive into the magical world of ice cream making, let’s gather our ingredients. The key to this recipe’s success lies in using high-quality, full-fat dairy products and the freshest Oreo cookies you can find. Don’t settle for less, as every component plays a crucial role in creating the ultimate indulgent treat.

Essential Ingredients for Oreo Ice Cream Bliss

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 20 Oreo cookies, roughly chopped

Variations and Substitutions:

  • For a vegan version, swap the dairy for full-fat coconut milk and use vegan sandwich cookies.
  • To make it gluten-free, opt for gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies.
  • Add a tablespoon of instant coffee powder for a mocha twist.
  • Drizzle in some caramel sauce or chocolate fudge for an extra indulgent touch.

Step-by-Step Guide to Ice Cream Perfection

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream, milk, sugar, and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is steaming. Remove from heat.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Gradually pour in about 1 cup of the hot cream mixture while whisking constantly to temper the eggs.
  3. Slowly pour the tempered egg mixture back into the saucepan, whisking continuously. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 5-7 minutes).
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the custard through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean bowl to remove any lumps.
  5. Cover the surface of the custard with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Once chilled, pour the custard into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions (usually 25-30 minutes).
  7. In the last 5 minutes of churning, gradually add the chopped Oreo cookies, ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout the ice cream.
  8. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container, cover tightly, and freeze for at least 4-6 hours, or until firm.
  9. When ready to serve, let the ice cream soften at room temperature for 5-10 minutes for optimal scoopability. Enjoy your heavenly creation!

Nutritional Perks of Homemade Ice Cream

  • Control over ingredients: By making ice cream at home, you can ensure the use of high-quality, wholesome ingredients without any artificial additives or preservatives.
  • Calcium boost: The dairy products used in this recipe provide a significant amount of calcium, essential for strong bones and teeth.
  • Moderate indulgence: While ice cream is undoubtedly a treat, homemade versions allow you to control portion sizes and enjoy it as part of a balanced diet.

Elevate your ice cream experience with these tempting variations:

  • Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches: Scoop the ice cream between two large Oreo cookies for a handheld treat.
  • Oreo Ice Cream Cake: Layer the ice cream with Oreo crumbs and chocolate ganache for a showstopping dessert.
  • Oreo Milkshakes: Blend the ice cream with milk and extra Oreos for a thick, creamy shake.
  • Oreo Ice Cream Sundaes: Top scoops of the ice cream with hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry for a classic sundae.

Frequently Asked Questions About Oreo Ice Cream

Can I make this recipe without an ice cream maker? Yes, you can! After making the custard, pour it into a freezer-safe container and place it in the freezer. Every 30 minutes, remove the container and stir the mixture vigorously to break up ice crystals. Repeat this process until the ice cream is firm and creamy (about 3-4 hours).

How long does homemade ice cream last in the freezer? Homemade ice cream is best consumed within 1-2 weeks for optimal texture and flavor. Beyond that, it may start to form ice crystals and lose its creaminess.

Can I use low-fat milk or cream? While you can use low-fat dairy, keep in mind that the higher the fat content, the richer and creamier your ice cream will be. For the best results, stick with whole milk and heavy cream.

How can I prevent ice crystals from forming in my ice cream? To minimize ice crystal formation, make sure your custard base is thoroughly chilled before churning, and don’t skimp on the churning time. Churning incorporates air and prevents large ice crystals from forming.

Can I add other mix-ins besides Oreos? Absolutely! Feel free to get creative with your mix-ins. Chocolate chips, crushed candy bars, fruit swirls, and nuts are all delicious options. Just make sure to add them during the last few minutes of churning.

What’s the best way to store homemade ice cream? To prevent freezer burn and ice crystal formation, store your ice cream in an airtight container with a layer of plastic wrap pressed directly onto the surface of the ice cream. This will help maintain its smooth, creamy texture.

Can I make a larger batch of this ice cream? Yes, you can easily double or triple the recipe to make a larger quantity. Just make sure your ice cream maker can accommodate the increased volume, and adjust the churning time accordingly.

How do I achieve the perfect cookies and cream texture? The key is to use a mix of finely crushed and roughly chopped Oreos. The finely crushed cookies will infuse the ice cream base with a delightful Oreo flavor, while the larger chunks provide a satisfying crunch and textural contrast.

What’s the best way to scoop hard ice cream? To make scooping easier, dip your ice cream scoop in hot water before scooping. This will help the scoop glide smoothly through the ice cream. Alternatively, you can let the ice cream soften at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before scooping.

Can I use other types of cookies instead of Oreos? While Oreos are the classic choice for cookies and cream ice cream, you can certainly experiment with other types of cookies. Chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, or even Girl Scout cookies like Thin Mints or Samoas would be delicious alternatives.

This recipe holds a special place in my heart, as it brings back cherished memories of summer gatherings with my family. I remember how we used to sit on the porch, savoring scoops of this heavenly ice cream while sharing laughter and stories. The joy on everyone’s faces as they experienced the perfect balance of creamy vanilla and crunchy Oreos was priceless. To me, this recipe is more than just a dessert; it’s a reflection of the love and happiness that surrounded those moments.

I hope this recipe becomes a beloved tradition in your home as well, creating memories that will last a lifetime. So, go ahead and indulge in this dreamy, creamy creation. Share it with your loved ones, and watch as smiles spread across their faces. Don’t forget to snap a picture of your ice cream masterpiece and share it on social media, tagging us so we can join in on the joy!

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