Creamy, dreamy and oh so easy! You don’t need an ice cream maker to enjoy this decadent treat that is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth.
“Deliciously delicious!” And I quote. From my cookie-loving, vanilla-obsessed, constantly hungry twelve year old son. He is speaking about none other than this no-churn, rich and creamy chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. He is happy.
And why shouldn’t he be? He successfully completed his first year of middle school two day ago, has already had a sleepover, entertained a houseful of buddies that worked up sweat playing basketball followed up with Overwatch on Playstation, ate a ridiculously big bowl of this ice cream, and (as you read this) is en route to the Jersey shore for the summer. Life does not suck.
It’s funny. We work so hard to make sure our kids’ lives don’t suck and then I turn around and get indignant when they act remotely entitled. It’s a catch-22. Here…have this bowl of ice cream, a summer at the shore and zero responsibilities…but just don’t enjoy it too much. I remind them constantly about how lucky they are, that their dad and I worked from day one out of the womb (or when we turned 15, but that’s just semantics) and how we appreciated every trip, gift or morsel of food that passed our lips (we didn’t). I love going out to dinner with them and sampling new foods and appetizers when it’s my suggestion, but as soon as they decide to order a starter on their own I get all cuckoo.
Thing is, they’re good kids and I’m super proud of them, but as soon as I get a whiff of entitlement I go bonkers. This whole parental navigation thing can make you nuts. Don’t hover, but stay close. Help, but not too much. It’s a tight-rope and I’m constantly teetering.
The good news is my kids are at least half-way formed. I no longer have to worry about them eating rocks, climbing and subsequently falling off of the stairs or choking on Cheerios. But I now I worry about them becoming good people: young men that hold the door, look a waiter in the eye and carry in the bags of groceries from the car when I pull up.
So far, so good. They’re so much more in tune with the world, the environment and fortunately (or unfortunately) the political climate than I ever was at their age. They ask smart questions, are mostly consistent with their chores and seem to have a general appreciation for all the good stuff in their lives. They’re also bright enough to filter their mom’s choice words when we’re behind a maddeningly slow driver or their dad’s when the Giants are losing on football Sunday.
So I guess they earned this ice cream. Maybe they didn’t walk back and forth 12 miles in the snow, uphill both ways to school like I did, but they did get through the school year with high marks and zero detentions. And the sheer joy on their faces when they dipped their spoons into this ice cream, well…it made this mom’s heart sing.
And speaking of this ice cream…today’s recipe is stupid good. It’s not remotely healthy, but it is worth every calorie-laden bite. The cookie dough to ice cream ratio is on point and it is seriously easy to make. Hard part…waiting for it to freeze up before digging in. Oh, and even harder? Listening to your mom lecture you on all of your good fortune while you wait.
- Cookie Dough
- 4 oz 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
- 2 - 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 qt heavy cream
- 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
Cookie Dough: Beat the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy, 2 mins.
Beat in the salt and then alternate adding the flour and the milk until just combined.
Stir in the vanilla extract and chocolate chips.
Line a sheet tray with wax or parchment paper. Drop teaspoons of the cookie dough onto the prepared sheet. Cover and chill for at least an hour or overnight.
Ice Cream: Stir the sweetened condensed milk and the vanilla together in a large bowl.
In a separate large bowl, whip the heavy cream until you have stiff peaks.
Fold the whipped cream into the condensed milk and vanilla. Then gently fold in the chocolate chips and cold cookie dough chunks.
Scrape into two loaf pans, cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 5 hours or overnight.