Ever since I made cookies & cream cupcakes I’ve been craving anything Oreo. I do that though – as soon as I have a bite of anything Oreo or Cookies & Cream I need more. Rather than just eat the leftover Oreo’s straight out of the packaging with a glass of cold milk I decided to actually make something with them. The weather was starting to warm up so why not make Cookies & Cream Ice Cream to bring myself out of the funk this winter has brought on to most of us this year.
I’ve made Cookies & Cream Ice Cream with a basic vanilla ice cream base, just folding in some chopped Oreo’s but I decided this time to look for an actual recipe. I’m glad I did because while my old version was good, this was much better. It’s exactly what I look for in a Cookies & Cream Ice Cream.
Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
15-20 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped
Combine the milk and cream in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until bubbles form around the edges. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until smooth and well combined. Slowly add the warm milk mixture to the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling.
Pour the mixture back into the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, about 5-8 minutes, until the mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon (about 175 degrees F on an instant read thermometer). Pour the liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Stir in the vanilla extract. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until completely chilled.
Once the mixture is well chilled, pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the mixture is softly frozen, transfer half of it to a storage container. Add half of the chopped Oreo pieces and fold in gently with a rubber spatula. Add the remaining ice cream and Oreo pieces to the container, and fold once more until the mixture is evenly combined. Freeze until completely hardened.