Double Cookie Dough Ice Cream

What’s better than cookie dough?  Double cookie dough, of course.  I’ve always been pretty lukewarm to cookie dough ice cream in general because while the bites of cookie dough were delicious, the base ice cream was usually just a boring vanilla.  Don’t get me wrong, I love vanilla.  It just seems the vanilla used as a base for cookie dough is often sub-par.  Then I saw a recipe for ice cream that is cookie dough-flavored.  Immediately I thought the best thing to do would be combine the that ice cream as a base with chunks of cookie dough mixed in.  Now we’re talking.  Ooooh my, this stuff is pretty amazing.  In fact, it catapulted right up the ranks of ice cream flavors and is now vying with coffee ice cream for the number one spot in my heart.  Which will it be?  I think I’ll need to try a bit more of each before I decide.  Darn.

And of course, the best way to serve it?  Over a warm chocolate chip cookie….or with a warm cookie crumbled over the top…or maybe sandwiched between two cookies…basically anything that takes it to triple cookie dough – yeah, I went there.  These cupcakes made me do it.

PS – I think it is good sense to have frozen cookie dough in your freezer at all times for just this sort of emergency.

Double Cookie Dough Ice Cream
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For the cookie dough:
5 tbsp. salted butter, melted (or unsalted butter plus ¼ tsp. salt)
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
¼ cup flour
½ tsp. vanilla extract
¾ cup chocolate chips (I used mini chips)

For the ice cream:
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
4 large egg yolks
Pinch of coarse salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1½ cups whole milk
1 cup chocolate chips (semisweet or bittersweet)

To make the cookie dough, stir together the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until smooth.  Mix in the flour, then the vanilla and chocolate chips.  Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm.

To make the ice cream, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  Continue heating, stirring often, until the butter is a deep golden brown color, being careful not to burn it.  Whisk in the heavy cream and heat until simmering.  Meanwhile in a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and the egg yolks until pale and fluffy.  Once the cream mixture is warm, add a small amount to the bowl with the egg yolks, whisking constantly.  Slowly whisk in the rest of the cream.  Mix in the salt.  Return the egg-cream mixture to the saucepan and heat until just slightly thickened, and the temperature reads 170-175˚ F on an instant-read thermometer.  Immediately remove the mixture from the heat and pour through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl.  Stir in the vanilla extract and the whole milk.  Cover and chill thoroughly in the refrigerator.

Once the mixture is chilled, freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Chop the disk of cookie dough into small chunks.  As soon as the mixture is done churning, transfer to a bowl or airtight container and stir in the chocolate chips and the chunks of cookie dough.  Store in the freezer until firm.

Source: cookie dough from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz, ice cream adapted from Joy the Baker

67 Responses

  1. This looks delicious! I like the presentation.

    • We just made this ice cream and I must agree that this is the best “base” ice cream EVER! It took a little longer to make than any ice cream before but well worth it. It tasted great but mine was not as pretty as the picture!!

    • Okay… so I made this and my only question is: are the measurements off for the cookie dough…? the stuff I got was a liquid mess. Maybe more flour or just soften the butter and not melt it? Help!

      • No, you need to let it cool and it will firm up. It helps to read the other comments on the recipe, you can see others have asked this same question.

  2. Wow. I’ve been wanting an ice cream maker for awhile, but now I want one more than ever. I’m with you– love cookie dough chunks, but the vanilla base? Far too boring! This looks like perfection.

  3. um, yeah – I need to make this ice cream – WOW! Where are the cute cup and spoon from?

  4. Oh how we LOVE that you serve this with more cookies! Cookie sandwiches even! Because what’s better than cookie dough ice cream surrounded by more cookie!? Delicious!

  5. Of course, the only thing better than double cookie dough is triple cookie dough!! That makes perfect sense!!
    Your ice cream looks gorgeous, I really need to invest in that book.

  6. ok my husband might just die of happiness when I make this for him!!

  7. Thanks for this, Annie! I’m also underwhelmed by normal cc cookie dough ice cream. I’ve even made Lebovitz’s cc cookie dough in a vanilla base and was STILL underwhelmed. Why cookie dough when you can tin roof?! I’m so glad to know it isn’t just me! I’m not so weird! This will be on my list!

  8. The ice cream looks and sounds amazing! I’m always looking for new ice cream ideas…why didn’t I ever think of double cookie dough? hehe Thanks for sharing!

  9. Cookie Dough ice cream was always my favorite flavor growing up. I think Ben & Jerry’s was the first time I ever indulged in this blissful flavor. Double Cookie Dough takes this favorite over the top! Gorgeous photos.

  10. I love cookie dough ice cream. I can’t wait to try this.

  11. I love all of your props that you use. That’s what I need to start investing in for my blog to make it better but I just don’t have the storage space. Bummer! Anyway, Cookie Dough Ice Cream was next on my list to try but I think I’ll have to use this recipe. Delicious!

  12. Dark brown sugar in the ice cream base? That is genius!! This must taste wonderful. Sigh I wish I had an ice cream maker. LOL

  13. Oh, this is perfect, Annie, because I still have a bunch of cookie dough in the freezer from when I made the cupcakes (the stuff that goes in the middle). That should work just as good, right? It’ll be great to use it up, and I was already thinking of making vanilla ice-cream and mixing it in, so this is even better!

    • Holli, yes, that would work well too. I think David’s is a little closer to what you expect from the usual cookie dough ice cream, but that stuff will taste great too.

  14. Oh wow! That looks insane. I hadn’t thought of making the ice cream cookie flavoured – excellent.

  15. Cookie Dough ice cream is my absolute fav, but there is never enough cookie dough chunks! I think this recipe the answer to my problem! Beautiful photos, my compliments to the photographer!

  16. I love it! Cookie dough is amazing stuff. I agree with the vanilla ice cream never being good enough for the cookie dough, it just never is…

  17. Oh wow! Thanks for sharing! I think my husband would have a field day with this ice cream. 🙂

  18. Ah double cookie dough ice cream!! What could be better??

  19. Just got my first ice cream maker for my birthday this week! I think my children are trying to tell me something! Cookie dough is their fav ice cream so this will be my first recipe! (also just read My Sweet Life in Paris on vacation…so inspiring and funny!)
    Thanx for the post! So glad I found it!

  20. Wow your brilliant! What an awesome idea!

  21. I’m for sure going to try this recipe (and the cupcakes one too). But I wonder… the cookie dough is not cooked? I mean, it has flour in it, don’t you get your stomach upset? Sorry, never tried cookie dough, don’t know how it is supposed to taste like and I’m a terrible cooker so I know nothing about it. I just love this blog and I’m sure this recipe is great as any other from Annie but seems weird to me uncooked flour!

    • Liv, all cookie dough has raw flour in it, and it is delicious. You have seriously never had cookie dough in your whole life?

  22. Oh, wow! This sounds so wonderful!

  23. This looks absolutely amazing. I will try it tomorrow!

  24. Annie, I am not from the USA and not sure cookie dough is sold in here… My mom just gave me her ice cream maker so I will try this recipe. I am dying to find out what this taste like since it sounds really great!! =o)

    • Liv, I meant you have never made a batch of cookies and tasted the dough?

      • Annie, I made cookies once but didn’t tasted the dough. A cousin loooves dough, any kind: tamales dough, flour tortilla dough, etc. She always tastes them and eats a bit. I always thought it could make my stomach upset if I did it. But I’m amazed about all the comments so it must be really good. As soon as I finish the Roasted Banana ice cream (from your recipe) that I recently made, I will try this ice cream (I wish I had a bigger freezer, he he)

  25. I’m in love. Cannot wait to try this out!!

  26. This looks so good! My hubs loves cookie dough ice cream…so I’m saving this for him.

  27. oooohhhh myyyy goooodddd…That looks amazing!! I am definitely making this…SOON!!!

  28. This might look even better than the cake batter ice cream. Wow!

  29. Oooh my that’s looks and sounds so good. I’m definitely going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Ohhh, I can never get enough of the cookie dough in cookie dough ice cream. Brilliant move, kicking the vanilla background up a notch. Yum!

  31. This looks so wonderful! I really need to make some!

  32. DOUBLE cookie dough! Wow this looks so good!!!

  33. i love homemade ice cream. this looks delicious!

  34. What a great idea! Sounds (and looks) delicious!

  35. Just brilliant. 🙂

  36. I wanted to stop by to let say I read this post yesterday (Friday) and saw it again in my google reader…I can’t stop thinking about this ice cream. I’m going to have to make some this weekend. Great post!

  37. OMG OMG OMG. And also? OMG!!! Cookie dough is my favorite ice cream, but as you say, the vanilla is often sub-par. Right on! You had me at cookie dough! And then again at double!!! You may have just killed me because I might just have to gorge myself to death on it. All drama aside, really great recipe. Can’t wait to try it. 🙂

  38. mmm sounds like the PERFECT treat. I love regular cookie dough icecream as I bet the double would really send me over the edge 😀

  39. Annie, this is fabulous. I’m making it as I type and my husband is already dancing around, giddy at the chance of trying it in a few hours!
    Just wondering- the CC dough recipe really only calls for 1/4 c. flour? I used between 1/3 and 1/2 c just now, trying to get it to the right consistency and making sure I didn’t have separated melted butter! Can’t wait to taste the final product later tonight. 😀

    • Yes, 1/4 cup is right. It seems like too little when first mixed but is the perfect amount once the dough is chilled. Trust in David 🙂

  40. as much as i hate cookie dough ice cream, that looks pretty darn good

  41. Looks delicious, but deadly!! I totally agree with you on the boring vanilla base, but this looks like anything but boring 🙂

  42. I made this last night and all I can say is WOW!!!!! This is the best ice cream I have ever had. I too questioned the 1/4 cup of flour. I used slightly more but I could see that once it’s chilled it hardens a bit more. I’ll definitely make this again but only use the 1.4 cup flour. The ice cream base was absolutely amazing as is. But to add the cookie dough…..perfection 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

  43. This look BEYOND delicious!!!

  44. Annie, you’ve got an amazing talent of re-creating all the flavours we love in delicious and “guilt free” ways! Cookie dough is the bomb! Gonna go make this right now 🙂

  45. Made this Saturday and it’s incredible!!! Fantastic. Thanks for the recipe – I think my husband want’s me to frame the recipe so I never lose it.

  46. GIRL!!! You are killin’ me with this chocolate chip cookie dough stuff. Made your cookie dough cupcakes…..I ran out of butter, had to go get more. LOVED them!!!! My 8 year old son thanks you for this super yummy recipe. Guess I’m gonna have to try this now. You are NOT helping with the ol’ diet….

  47. I can’t stop thinking about this. Like seriously, this icecream is haunting me. I need to get an icecream maker STAT!

  48. I’ve yet to use the ice cream maker I got as a wedding gift almost 2 years ago…this might be the one to break it in! : )

  49. What a fantastic idea – cookie dough flavour! I can see this becoming a new favourite too, guess I just have to try it out!

    (And the idea of triple cookie dough is just irresistable)

  50. Made it, loved it, then I calculated that as we made it there were 700 calories and 50 grams of fat in 8 servings. And I assure you, it didn’t last 8 servings worth, we ate it in more like 3.

  51. Another hit…….we made this last Saturday and everyone loved it!

  52. I just made this tonight and it was sooooo good. I kept saying over and over how I couldn’t believe I actually made it.
    I too was worried about how it seemed there wasn’t enough flour in the cookie dough and I added more. Then later I decided to read through the comments to see if anyone else noticed that and it seemed to be pretty common. Maybe you could make a note in the receipe saying that it is supposed to be that way. Just a thought.
    Thanks for the receipe. I can’t wait to try some of the other ice cream ones you have!

  53. amazing! i made thisat the cabin last weekend. i’ve owned an ice cream maker for close to 10 years, and had yet to use it. i read this recipe and had to dust it off. i’ve known my husband for 8 years, and he said this is the BEST thing i’ve ever made.

  54. I made this yesterday and it came out so good! Don’t worry about the 1/4 cup of flour for the cookie dough- it’s perfect! Thanks for a wonderful recipe =)

  55. I made this today, and it was sooo good! I replaced the chocolate chip cookie dough with some oatmeal cookie dough, and I really liked how it turned out. I’ve always wanted to make oatmeal cookie dough ice cream! Thanks for the great recipe!

  56. I just made this, and it is sooooo good! The cookie dough flavor in the ice cream is amazing. My brother is in the army and he gets home from Iraq tomorrow, and I asked him what his favorite ice cream is, so I made this for him. I can’t wait for him to try it, he’s going to LOVE it!!! Hopefully it lasts until tomorrow.. 🙂

  57. Making this ice cream for a birthday party. Do you use a countertop ice cream maker or a regular old fashion ice cream freezer? The amount of fluids looks like it would work in a countertop freezer.

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