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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe

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Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is a classic for a reason. Creamy vanilla ice cream is stuffed with cookie dough chunks and chocolate chips! No baking, no eggs. Try making my chocolate chip cookies and making ice cream sandwiches with them.

Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in a bowl and a waffle cone

I couldn't possibly give you a recipe for ridiculously delicious homemade waffle cones and not give you another new ice cream recipe to stuff inside of those cones.

It occurred to me recently that I've never shared my chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream recipe, and seeing as it's my go-to, favorite ice cream flavor… that just seems wrong.

Cookie dough and ice cream have always been my two vices. I can't say no to either one. There's a reason I'm not a smaller dress size – and I'm completely okay with that, because a life without ice cream and cookie dough is just not worth living for me.

Swirls of raw cookie dough in a speckled mixing bowl

Hear me out. I want to open a restaurant that serves nothing but ice cream, cookie dough, and variations of each. Can you imagine?

There's no way that I wouldn't “sample” every single thing I make and never eat anything else. That's probably a less-than-balanced diet.

… Probably.

To make cookie dough ice cream, you need to make an ice cream base and a separate ice cream-specific cookie dough. Then you'll churn them together.

You can't just make cookie dough that you'd throw in the oven and bake – it needs to be without eggs so that it's safe to eat raw.

  • We're going to use a mix of light brown sugar and granulated sugar – this is part of the key to the cookie dough flavor, so don't use entirely one or the other.
  • To avoid the potential for bacteria in raw flour, you can quickly heat treat it by spreading it out onto a baking sheet and toasting it at 350°F for 5 minutes. Let it cool, then add to your cookie dough mixture.
  • I recommend mini chocolate chips or chopped chocolate instead of regular sized chocolate chips.
  • You can use kind of milk or non-dairy milk you'd like, but I recommend one with a mild flavor. Something like coconut milk will overpower the flavors you're going for.
Two scoops of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in a white bowl

I considered doubling the amount of cookie dough in the recipe but then I thought that might be a little excessive. But frankly… do it if you want to, because I have from time to time. 

The ice cream, overall, would end up being a little less creamy and more like Ben & Jerry's. There's nothing wrong with that, it's just a different texture than the finished product you see here. 

Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in a white bowl on a dark counter

This ice cream is so creamy – no eggs needed

The thing I really love about this recipe is that it stays creamy. There's no need to warm up the ice cream scoop, or let the ice cream sit out on the counter to warm up enough for you to scoop.

As long as your freezer isn't set to some crazy, unreasonably low temperature, it's always ready to go.

Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in a bowl and a waffle cone

Obviously you can just scoop it into a bowl and go to town. But it goes so well with my homemade waffle cones. The combination of flavors of the sugar cookie-esque cone and cookie dough ice cream is just… ugh. So good.

You know what else you could do? Dip the tops of the cones in melted chocolate, and let it set before you add the ice cream. Waffle cone + chocolate + chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream = everything you need in a summer dessert.

Chocolate chip cookie dough in a waffle cone being held in front of a dark background
Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in a bowl and a waffle cone

Behind the scenes

Every time I make ice cream, it's basically a war in the kitchen between one of the cats and myself. Puck is a hardcore dairy enthusiast, and it's almost impossible to get anything done without frequently having to pick him up and put him in another room.

Case in point, I turned my back to grab the ice cream for the photos and this thing was suddenly in frame:

And then he devolved into a fit of sneezing, which resulted in that second gem of a picture.

I want to make him some social media profiles just for the sake of humiliating him with this as his profile picture. But I'm sure that if I did that, he'd have more followers than my blog in a matter of days and it would be seriously depressing.

Damn cat.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

4.44 from 44 votes
Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is a classic for a reason. Creamy vanilla ice cream is stuffed with chunks of cookie dough and chocolate chips! No baking, no eggs.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 cups

Ingredients
 

Cookie dough:

Ice cream:

Instructions

Cookie dough:

  • In a medium bowl, combine butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Using a hand mixer, beat on medium speed until combined.
    1/4 cup (56 ¾ g) unsalted butter
    1/4 cup (55 g) light brown sugar
    2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Add milk and vanilla and beat again until combined.
    1 tablespoon milk
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla bean paste
  • Add flour and salt and beat again until just combined. Add chocolate chips and stir to incorporate.
    1/3 cup (41 ⅔ g) all purpose flour*
    Pinch salt
    1/3 cup (60 g) mini chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the freezer until you're ready to add them to your ice cream.

Ice cream:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine heavy cream, half and half (or milk – see notes), granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and salt. Use a hand mixer on low speed or a whisk to completely combine.
    2 cups (476 g) heavy cream**
    1 cup (242 g) half and half**
    1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
    1/4 cup (55 g) light brown sugar
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla bean paste
    Pinch salt
  • Pour ice cream batter into frozen ice cream maker and prepare according to manufacturers directions (usually 20-25 minutes of churning).
  • During the last 5 minutes, add in your cookie dough by the teaspoon and chopped chocolate (optional).
  • Pour into a loaf pan or other quart-sized container, cover, and place into the freezer until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Video

Notes

  • Heat treating raw flour: If you're concerned about the potential for bacteria in raw flour, you can quickly heat treat it by spreading it out onto a baking sheet and toasting it at 350°F for 5 minutes. Let it cool, then add to your cookie dough mixture.
  • Don't have half and half? Just use 2 1/2 cups heavy cream and 1/2 cup milk instead.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 1179IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1mg

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Recipe created by Leslie Kiszka

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34 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    New to the world of ice cream making with my Kitchen Aid mixer, I decided to ‘get my feet wet’ and make cookie dough ice cream. I’m glad I found this recipe because it came out perfectly. The cookie dough tasted like the real thing (I was that person that always eat some of the raw batter when I was baking)! The ice cream itself has such a delicious flavor I am going to do this recipe as plain vanilla ice cream. I may use this as my base for Butter Pecan ice cream.

  2. 5 stars
    My cooking students would like to make cookie dough ice cream with a small ice cream machine we have in our high school kitchen. We only have 43-minute classes and that includes getting ready and cleanup. They are really doing a demo on the ice cream maker, so I was wondering, in the interest of time if we could use premade edible cookie dough to add to the ice cream. Thoughts????? Thank you!!

    1. What a great idea for a class! As long as it’s edible cookie dough (aka: no eggs), it should be just fine! I’d love to hear how it all works out :)

  3. 4 stars
    This is really good, but when I eat too much, I find I get a slight waxiness in my mouth. Do you have any tips for this, or know what might cause it? I was thinking maybe it was the chocoloate I used, but I really have no clue.

    1. Chocolate chips often contain waxy stabilizers to help the chips keep their shape while melting, which means they don’t melt in your mouth very easily. Larger chunks of chocolate also don’t melt in the mouth easily. A better strategy is to shave bar chocolate with a vegetable peeler to form thin flakes that melt quickly in your mouth.

  4. 5 stars
    This is amazing!
    Also, come to Hanover, PA, sometime and visit Dough and Arrows: edible cookie dough by the scoop! It’s heavenly!

  5. 5 stars
    It’s so delicious, only my second third time with an ice cream maker but it was pretty simple, can’t wait to have it again Tomorrow.
    Ps. You are so funny!

    1. I’m so glad you liked it, thanks for coming back to leave a comment and rating! And also, thanks for the kind words – I try to make it at least a little fun :)

  6. Creamy and delicious. Thanks for the recipe ! Do you know the secret to keeping it so creamy and smooth even after freezing ? I’m trying to explain it to my French father in law…

  7. 5 stars
    Creamy and delicious. Thanks for the recipe ! Do you know the secret ingredient for keeping it creamy and smooth ? I’m trying to explain it to my French father-in-law.

    1. I don’t have a “secret ingredient” for that, per se, but I do find the storing it in a loaf pan and then inside a freezer-safe resealable bag helps keep it that way!

  8. 3 stars
    I liked the taste of the final product, but my only big thing would be that I thought there was way too much sugar in the ice cream as well as the cookie dough. If you reduce the sugar, its a great recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    Delicious! Best homemade ice cream recipe we’ve tried ever! Super creamy. The second time I made it, I refrigerated the cookie dough a little longer, and it held it’s shape much better.

  10. 4 stars
    Saw this on Pinterest and wanted ice cream so I didn’t have to go to the store because thats so hard right now and itwas not as good as my towns store but I liked it

    1. I know it can be tough to meet the same levels of deliciousness as your favorite local spots, but I’m glad you still liked it! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and rating.

  11. 4 stars
    I used salted butter because that’s all I had and it was a little too salty for my taste but I guess that makes sense. Loved the cookie dough chunks

    1. I always call for unsalted butter in my recipes for that reason – you never know what you might end up with since every brand is different! Now you know for next time :) Thanks for leaving a comment and rating!

  12. 5 stars
    Good thing I have an ice cream maker! ;) This recipe is going to come in handy next weekend when we’re on vacation. Can’t wait to try it out!

  13. 5 stars
    Please please please make Puck an Instagram account!! I would totally follow him! He’s hysterical!! And also, your restaurant idea is a winner!! Also love your recipe- it looks chock full of cookie dough. I find most store bought ice creams go kinda light on the cookie dough pieces but yours looks generous with the dough. Yum!

  14. 5 stars
    My kids adore cookie dough treats and with temperature soaring high we can’t have enough of ice cream treats. This cookie dough ice cream looks absolute delish!

  15. 5 stars
    I love making homemade ice cream, and cookie dough is one of my favorite flavors, so this sounds perfect for me! Thanks son I h for sharing!

  16. 5 stars
    There’s no such thing as too much cookie dough in ice cream! It’s one of my favorite flavors, and I’m now obsessed with making no churn ice cream. This recipe looks easy and so delicious

  17. 5 stars
    This recipe looks so creamy, sweet, and delicious — can’t wait to make some to share with my friends! And I totally laughed out loud at the cat pictures!

  18. 5 stars
    With all the bbq parties I am hosting this summer, I know this would be a hit. Perfect for filling cones. Great for putting on brownies, cakes, and pies too.