I know that it looks like vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips, but it's not. It's a brown sugar ice cream with mini chocolate chips that also has egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough in it. Oh man. I never buy chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in the store because, to be frank, it sucks. Boring vanilla ice cream (and I actually like vanilla ice cream) with a few pieces of cookie dough here and there. This is so much better. The ice cream is smooth and creamy, and you can control how much cookie dough you put in it. Are you surprised that I loaded it in? Therefore, you get the taste of the cookie dough and brown sugar flavor in every bite. I think this would be awesome if you put some hot fudge or chocolate sauce in the ice cream machine while it was churning, too. I didn't have any, but I'll definitely be sure to add some in next time. With the unofficial start of summer this weekend, I definitely suggest you dust off your ice cream machine and make this!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe
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For the cookie dough:
5 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled for a few minutes
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
For the ice cream:
3 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups heavy cream
4 egg yolks
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips
To make the filling, stir together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add in the flour and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips and place in the refrigerator until cold.
To make the ice cream, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar and cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. Pour in the cream slowly, whisking constantly, and cook until it starts simmering. While that mixture is coming up to a simmer, whisk your egg yolks until light and fluffy. Once the cream mixture is simmering, temper your yolks by very slowly adding a little bit of the hot mixture into your eggs while whisking. Once you have added about 2 cups of the hot mixture to your eggs, pour the egg mixture back into the pot while whisking. Cook this over medium heat until it has thickened slightly and can coat the back of a spoon (170-175 degrees).
Remove from the heat and pour through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl that is sitting in an ice bath. Add in the vanilla, salt, and milk and stir. Once the bowl has cooled, cover with plastic wrap and place in the coldest part of your refrigerator until well chilled.
Freeze this mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. In the last few minutes of churning, add in the mini chocolate chips. Take your chilled cookie dough out of the fridge and scoop out pieces of it. When your ice cream is done churning, pour it into a bowl, adding the chocolate chip cookie dough pieces throughout. Freeze until hardened.
Source: Barely adapted from Sunny Side Up in San Diego, who got it from many others.