Just in time for Memorial Day, it’s here. The easiest no-churn coffee cookie dough ice cream that is sure to rock the face off of all of your weekend festivites. Don’t believe me? Then take a spare 25 minutes and give it a try for yourself.
This no-churn coffee cookie dough ice cream is a result of my poor decision making, born out of my inability to choose a favorite ice cream flavor. Shopping for ice cream at the grocery store requires a ridiculous amount of mental focus for me. How anyone is able to choose just one flavor is beyond me. Mint chocolate chip or coffee crunch? Strawberry cheesecake or birthday cake? Gelato or fro-yo? I ask you, WHO IS STRONG ENOUGH TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS?
I think we need to bring back the guy who created the Neapolitan flavor. Combining three in one, that guy knew what was up. Or the groundbreaking marketing guy at Panera who came up with the “You Pick Two” concept. Let’s get them in the ice cream plants and start creating half gallons filled with coconut sorbet and vanilla bean. Rocky road and butter pecan. Peanut butter brownie and caramel swirl. WHO IS WITH ME?
With this no-churn coffee cookie dough ice cream, you don’t have to choose. You get the best of two worlds- the subtle punch of espresso and swirls of hot fudge, mixed with nuggets of sweet and salty no-bake chocolate chip cookie dough in every single bite. It’s the stuff dreams are made of. The best part is that this frozen treat requires no ice cream maker or special equipment, and i requires only about 25 minutes of active prep time. Lucky you.
Making the Dough
We get started making this ice cream by doing work on the cookie dough. It’s a magical recipe, really, with just a little butter, sugar, and flour. Throw in some mini chocolate chips and you’re looking at a party! The dough works best if you let it chill briefly. That way, the dough crumbles easily into little bite-sized nibs that are perfect for folding into your ice cream mixture.
Making the Ice Cream
The coffee ice cream base comes together with literally only three ingredients- heavy cream, espresso powder, and sweetened condensed milk. The espresso powder (instant coffee will work in a pinch) gets dissolved in the heavy cream before it gets whipped to oblivion. We’re looking for thick, fluffy peaks here. To sweeten it up, we fold in an entire can of sweetened condensed milk which gives us a super creamy ice cream once frozen. All of those chocolate chip cookie dough nibs get folded into the ice cream base and- Voilà!- no-churn coffee cookie dough ice cream. If you’re feeling extra jazzy, you can do like I did and drizzle in some chocolate fudge sauce. I prefer this recipe, but you can use whichever you like.
It’s no accident that I’m sharing this recipe today. If you can’t munge on hot dogs and salty chips and creamy scoops if ice cream on a summer holiday like Memorial Day, WHEN CAN YOU? These summer days are meant for melty cones of frozen dessert, laying in the grass, and breathing in the sights and sounds of summer. So do yourself a favor and do it- take it all in.
If you’ve always wanted to make ice cream but are unsure or don’t know how, try this one. You won’t be disappointed with the outcome of this no-churn coffee cookie dough ice cream situation. And to the families who are quietly observing tomorrow’s holiday, remembering their loved ones who were lost while fighting for their country, thank you. Today, we grieve with you. We honor your family and extend our deepest gratitude for their sacrifice. I pray that you hold your chin high tomorrow knowing that a nation of people have hope and promise because of their work.
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No-Churn Coffee Cookie Dough Ice Cream
This no-churn coffee cookie dough ice cream is a java scented ice cream base speckled with chunks of salty chocolate chip cookie dough and drizzles of hot fudge sauce.
- Prep Time: 25
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Category: Dessert
For the cookie dough
- ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2/3 cup (130 gm) brown sugar
- 1/3 cup (65 gm) sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ cup (100 gm) flour
- 1 cup (150 gm) mini chocolate chips
For the coffee ice cream
- 2 cups (480 mL) heavy whipping cream
- 1–1/2 tablespoons instant espresso
- 1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
- ¼ cup warmed hot fudge sauce (optional)
To prepare the cookie dough
- Beat the butter on medium speed in a medium sized bowl until smooth. Add the brown sugar and sugar and continue beating on medium to cream together, about 1 minute. Add the salt, vanilla, and flour and beat on low just until all of the ingredients are combined. Add the chocolate chips and beat to combine. Place the cookie dough in the fridge to cool if desired. Once chilled, the dough should easily crumble into 1/8” dough balls. Set aside in the fridge while you make the ice cream.
To prepare the coffee ice cream
- In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, sprinkle the espresso powder over the top of the heavy cream. Stir together to combine so that the espresso powder begins dissolving. You can add a teaspoon more or less of espresso to this recipe depending on your taste preferences. After about five minutes, the espresso powder should be nearly dissolved. Stir together once more. Use a whip attachment to beat on low speed until frothy and then increase the speed to medium high until whipped to stiff peaks. Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a separate large bowl and then fold in about half of the whipped cream. Once well distributed, fold in the remaining half of whipped cream.
To assemble the ice cream
- Sprinkle the cookie dough bites into the ice cream base and fold together. (If you prefer a creamier, less chunky ice cream, you may want to start with adding about 2/3 of the chunks and saving the rest for later. I love a super chunky ice cream, but you may prefer not using all of the dough. You decide!) Spread ¼ of the mixture into the bottom of a metal loaf pan or another freezer safe container. Drizzle in some of the hot fudge sauce. Repeat this process three more times until most of the ice cream mixture and fudge sauce has been used. I usually have about ½ cup of leftover ice cream that I freeze in a separate container. Cover with foil and freeze until solid, at least 6 hours or overnight. Enjoy frozen!