Peppermint Sandwich Cookie Ice Cream

IMG_0144You know that James Joyce quote that goes something like, “A man’s mistakes are his portals of discovery”? No? You’ve never heard that one? Me neither… until five minutes ago when I googled “quotes about mistakes”.

Nevertheless, I like this quote’s message and “flow”. It’s artsy yet succinct. Most importantly, it’s accurate; mistakes do lead to amazing discoveries! Take, for example, this ice cream recipe. It was born out of one of my (many) mistakes in the kitchen, or in this case, the freezer section of Trader Joe’s. You see, I don’t like Oreos or any of the knock-off brands of chocolate sandwich cookies. Yet, come December when Trader Joes started rolling out the boxes of Candy Cane Joe Joe’s, I decided that the addition of peppermint to the cream layer of Joe Joe’s would instantly make me LOVE them. I was wrong, of course, so I dumped an entire package of Candy Cane Joe Joe’s into a tupperware and stored it in the freezer for a year.

That didn’t go over too well with my mother, since our entire freezer was already stuffed with bags of frozen fruit, whole wheat muffins, and various other “healthified” baked goods. I had to find a way to get rid of a large tub of cookies, so I decided to chop them up and mix them into homemade vanilla ice cream. BINGO. Best ice cream I’ve ever made.

Everybody likes it, and you should try it. End of story.IMG_0128

Recipe Notes: You can play with the proportion of whole milk to cream and switch it up depending on your tastes. Just make sure you end up with 3 cups of liquid altogether. But, keep in mind that less fat= harder ice cream. That’s where the liquor comes in; it helps keep ice cream soft. Use something mild-flavored, such as vodka.

P.S. No, you do not cook off the alcohol. No, you cannot get drunk off of this ice cream. Unless, of course, you eat the entire quart AND have the ability to get drunk off of 2 tbsp of vodka. You have much bigger issues if this applies to you. Just sayin’.

Peppermint Sandwich Cookie Ice Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp vodka or other mild flavored liquor (optional / don’t be stupid if you’re under 21)
  • generous pinch of sea salt
  • about 10 Candy Cane Joe Joe’s, chopped into small pieces (adjust according to how much cookie you like in your ice cream)

1) Pour the heavy cream into a large mixing bowl. Set aside. In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine the whole milk, salt, and sugar. Heat until the sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Then, remove the pan from the heat and pour the hot milk mixture into the bowl of cream. Pour in the vanilla extract and stir to combine. Refrigerate the ice cream mixture until thoroughly chilled (overnight works well).

2) Remove the chilled mixture from the fridge and stir in the vodka if you wish to use it. Freeze in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the ice cream is finished churning/freezing, stir in the chopped cookies. Pour the soft ice cream into a freezer safe container and freeze until firm, at least four hours.

Done! Easy peasy, right? Enjoy!

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