Tuesday Treats: Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Last week we got a little surprise package in the mail from Singing Dog Vanilla in Eugene, Oregon. Singing Dog has a whole variety of vanillas and in exchange for featuring one of our recipes on their site, they thanked us by sending along two of their most popular products: vanilla paste and vanilla extract.

I've never seen vanilla paste before so I was excited to make something that would really let its flavor shine. I am obsessed with all desserts chocolate, but vanilla enhances chocolate in recipes and only makes chocolate even more of a superstar. We wanted the vanilla to be the star. I considered another batch of vanilla cupcakes, but we just made those two weeks ago. So since everyone around me is wishing for summer (seriously, do you all remember last summer? Let's practice being in the now, I can't handle 97 days of 90+), I caved and we made ice cream.
I chose a reduced fat vanilla ice cream recipe and then negated all reductions of anything by adding a double batch of cookie dough. I love a good mix-in. If you're more of an ice cream purist then halve the cookie dough. Consequently I ended up masking a lot of the vanilla flavor, but when I dug around for a few bites of just ice cream it had a rich, pure vanilla flavor. And the vanilla paste, which was really more like a gel, was very cool to use. It's like having a jar of vanilla beans already cut and scraped for you. A novelty that I've totally fallen for. 

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

for the ice cream
1 1/2 t. unflavored gelatin
1 T. water
3 c. milk, divided (I used skim)
3 egg yolks
1 14 oz. can nonfat sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 T. vanilla paste or 1 1/2 vanilla beans
for the cookie dough
10 T. salted butter, melted (or unsalted butter plus 1/4 t. salt)
2/3 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 c. flour
1 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. cup mini chocolate chips

prepare the ice cream
1. In a very small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over water and let stand
2. In a large saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups milk and the vanilla. If you're using a vanilla bean then cut it in half lengthwise, scrape the seeds into the milk and add the pod
3. Heat the milk mixture over medium heat until it starts to steam, do not boil.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk
5. Gradually add the steaming milk to the yolk mixture, whisking until well blended.
6. Return the mixture to the sauce pan and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until the back of a wooden spoon is coated, 3-5 minutes. Do not boil
7. At this point you may strain the mixture over cheese cloth or a fine mesh seive, but I usually skip this step.
8. Add the gelatin to the milk mixture, whisking until it is melted
10. Whisk in remaining milk
11. Cover and chill at least two hours, or overnight (I accelerated the chilling by transferring the mixture to a bowl and sitting the bowl in an ice bath). While the ice cream mixture chills, prepare the cookie dough
12. Prepare the chilled mixture in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer's directions (we use the ice cream attachment for our Kitchen Aid), adding cookie dough at the very end and mixing to just combine. Transfer to a sealed container and return to the freezer to harden a bit more, if necessary.
prepare the cookie dough
1. Combined melted butter and sugar until fully incorporated. Add vanilla. Mix in flour. Add chocolate chips and mix until combined.
2. Place cookie dough on a large piece of plastic wrap and roll into a long thin log. Transfer to the refrigerator to set.
3. While the chilled ice cream is mixing, slice the cookie dough into bite-sized chunks. Add to ice cream during the last minute of mixing. Mix only to combine.

Ice cream recipe from eating well, cookie dough adapted from Annie's Eats, vanilla provided by Singing Dog Vanilla.

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  1. OMG that looks so good and it doesn't help that one of my favorite ice creams is cookie dough!

    Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my desk :)

  2. That looks amazing. Do you deliver?

  3. Yummm...this looks so tasty. I wish I had some, I'll have to try the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Michelle, I should deliver! We certainly didn't need to inhale the leftovers in one day :)

  5. This looks amazing!! Yum, can't wait to try it.

  6. I LOVE Cookie Dough Ice Cream, I'm definitely using this recipe this weekend! I might dip some cookies in there as well, MMM!


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