If you’ve been positively sweltering these past few weeks, today’s post is for you! These are the yummiest no-churn frozen treats on this site, and even without a fancy ice cream machine, you can have delicious homemade ice cream in no time.
What is No-Churn Ice Cream?
No-churn ice cream is as simple as it sounds. Unlike traditional ice creams that require a machine or churn, no-churn ice creams come together with just two ingredients and a bit of mixing. Once you have a standard base recipe, the opportunities for ice cream flavors are endless! Just swirl in your favorite sauces, sprinkles, cookies, or toppings, and watch the magic happen.
How to Make It
Most no-churn ice creams start with heavy whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk. Two cups of heavy whipping cream are whipped on low speed until fluffy and thickened. After that, a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk is folded in, and voila- an ice cream that is ready for the freezer. To make vanilla ice cream, simply add a splash of vanilla extract or vanilla bean. On the other hand, for chocolate, stir in a bit of cocoa powder into the milk. In the end, most recipes include the basic ingredients of 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk and 2 cups of heavy whipping cream.
In addition, you can opt to use whipped coconut cream and cream of coconut or even dairy-free whipped topping. Today, we’re looking at the traditional method in 10 of my very favorite original recipes. Someone, start the countdown!
I know, I know- it’s DECEMBER. “Why on earth is this crazy woman sharing a no-churn peppermint cookie ice cream recipe?” In our house, ice cream is supreme, and mint Oreos are a favorite. This simple frozen treat is one all of my people enjoy, and I hope it becomes one of yours too.
But first, let me just tell you that this has been such a special week. Truly. Last week’s release of my first book, Her Daily Bread, found me on the receiving end of SO. MUCH. LOVE. I was over the moon for all of the encouragement, and so many of the heartfelt texts, emails, and DMs had me in tears. Her Daily Bread is truly an outpouring of my heart, and it means the world to see so many people embracing it as such. We won’t talk about the book on this site forever, but I just couldn’t let the moment pass without saying thank you.
In addition, Christmas is just around the corner! My kids have been out of school for a few days now, and I have enjoyed doing all the fun Christmassy stuff: cookie decorating, movies, crafts, and way too much Pentatonix. My kids love to get in the kitchen with me almost as much as they enjoy eating the fruit of that labor, and, as a result, this no-churn peppermint cookie ice cream has been made twice this month. A favorite in our house, this simple frozen dessert is a go-to when our pantry is overflowing with candy canes and cookies from class parties and gift baskets. If you like peppermint and ice cream, this one will definitely be a winner for you.
I hope the next few days are full of the good stuff: rest, joy, and lots of no-churn peppermint cookie ice cream. Don’t forget to slow down long enough to enjoy every bit of it. Merry Christmas to you all!
If you like this no-churn peppermint cookie ice cream you should try:
This no-Churn Peppermint Cookie Ice Cream is loaded with crushed candy canes and chocolate sandwich cookies and can be made in less than 5 minutes without an ice cream machine!
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup finely crushed candy canes or peppermints
1–1/4 cups crushed chocolate sandwich cookies (about 12 cookies)
In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the sweetened condensed milk and whipping cream and whip on medium speed until it thickens to a fluffy, cloud-like mixture. Fold in the crushed candy canes and sandwich cookies until well combined. Spread the mixture out into a 9×4″ loaf pan or freezer-safe dish and cover with aluminum foil to protect. Allow to freeze until solid, about 6 hours or overnight. Enjoy!
Since the beginning of the summer (or even months before that, if we’re being honest), I’ve been making an effort to keep things simpler around the house. Less fuss, less to do, and more time being present. For me, that’s included restructuring house chores, pairing down meals and unnecessary errands, and saying no to things that aren’t so important. Well, imagine my surprise when I discovered that there is such things as one-ingredient ice cream. YUP, YOU HEARD ME RIGHT. Did you know you can make ice cream with just ONE INGREDIENT? No machine, no cooking, no lengthy list of ingredients, just frozen bananas! Today, I’m going to share this no-churn bananas foster ice cream which, admittedly, has more than just one ingredient, but is still incredibly simple to make. Let’s dive in.
Bananas Foster Ice Cream
To make this no-churn bananas foster ice cream, we start with ripe bananas. Once peeled, chopped, and frozen throughout, the bananas can be placed in a blender with half and half (or non-dairy milk, if you prefer!) and pureed until smooth. The bananas take on a frozen yogurt consistency that firms upon freezing and welcomes a number of sauces or toppings.
As delightfully creamy and sweet as the ice cream is, the star of the show here is for sure the mix-ins. Here, a foster sauce made with brown sugar and rum is cooked until slightly thickened. After cooling to room temperature, the sauce swirls into the banana ice cream, lending it a rich and decadent flavor reminescent of the classic New Orleans desert. Finally, we finish with the candied pecans. Brown sugar and cinnamon come together on the stove with a little water to make an easy candy coating that sweetens the pecans and complements the other flavors in the ice cream.
This no-churn bananas foster ice cream is a fun and equipment-free way to make yummy homemade ice cream, and it’s a great option for people who tend to avoid dairy products too! Give it a try and let me know what you think, or make your own spin on this banana ice cream! Chocolate sauce? Almond and coconut? A peanut butter swirl? Why not try it all! Happy Thursday, y’all!
If you like this no-churn bananas foster ice cream you should try:
This bananas foster ice cream is a no-churn banana ice cream base swirled with a rum foster sauce and dotted with candied pecans!
Total Time:12 hours
For the ice cream:
2 pounds of peeled ripe bananas (from about 7 large bananas)
½ cup half and half (or non-dairy milk of choice)
1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste
For the foster sauce:
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons spiced rum
For the pecans:
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons water
1 cup pecan halves
To make the ice cream:
Roughly chop the bananas into ½” sized pieces. Spread them out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and freeze until solid, about 6 hours or overnight.
When ready to make your ice cream, combine the frozen bananas pieces, half and half, and vanilla bean paste in a large blender or food processor and blend on high until smooth. I like to let the banana pieces thaw for about 15 minutes at room temperature prior to pureeing. Once smooth, layer the ice cream in an 8”x4” bread pan or other freezer-safe ice cream container with the foster sauce and pecans, swirling in the sauce and sprinkling pecans in as you go. I typically use about 2/3 of the foster sauce and ¾ of the pecans. Freeze the ice cream until solid, about 6 hours or overnight. Serve with extra foster sauce and pecans.
To make the foster sauce:
Combine the light brown sugar and heavy whipping cream in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add the cinnamon and salt and bring to a gentle bubble, cooking about 4-5 minutes until thickened slightly. Remove from heat and stir in the rum. Pour the mixture into a heat-safe container and place in the fridge to cool at least to room temperature.
To make the pecans:
Combine the brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and water in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. Cook until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is gently bubbling. Stir in the pecans and cook about 3 minutes, stirring gently only once or twice, until the mixture has thickened. Spread the pecans out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and allow to cool completely. Chop the pecans into ¼” sized pieces prior to incorporating into the ice cream.
What is the maximum dose of sand a baby can ingest in one weekend? Is there any kind of rule on the tolerable upper limit of salt water and watermelon? I’m totally asking for a friend- not because I’m at all concerned about my own children… (clears throat). Anyways, we went to the beach this past weekend, and it was adorable. Don’t get me wrong- taking kids to the beach is no walk in the park, but watching them enjoy and explore is super memorable. This was Charlie’s first romp in the sand, and although I was mildly terrified every time he got anywhere close to the water, I loved seeing him get so fired up.
One of my favorite things about the beach is the margaritas is the seafood and summer desserts. I figured I’m not the only one heading South this summer, so if you have a trip to the shore planned, please let me introduce you to this peanut butter honey graham ice cream cake. It’s make-ahead, completely frozen, and is a fun sweets option when you’re serving a hot and sandy crowd. Let me tell you how to make it.
This peanut butter honey graham ice cream cake begins similarly to many of the other ice cream desserts on this site. No-churn ice cream comes together with little more than a hand mixer and a giant bowl. Here, we have two flavors of ice cream- honey and peanut butter swirl. Both get whipped up and layered into a prepared loaf pan with some graham cracker crumble and extra peanut butter. Once the peanut butter honey graham ice cream cake has frozen solid, you can remove it from the pan and top it with additional whipped cream that has been lightly sweetened with honey. It’s simple and delightful!
A few things to know about this recipe: first, you can add a little extra peanut butter if you prefer. Look, I don’t know your life. Maybe you are super into PB. I get that, so if that’s you, add in some more! I like to swirl additional creamy peanut butter into the peanut butter ice cream, or add a few drizzles in with the graham cracker. Second, if you’re on team Salty Sweet, you’re going to want to add a smidge more salt to the graham cracker crumble. I like mine super salty to offset the sweet ice creams, but this is totally up to you. Finally, if you don’t have a loaf pan, feel free to opt for a different type of pan. Just be sure that every slice has each of the cake elements in it.
Give this peanut butter honey graham ice cream cake a try and let me know what you think! Ice cream cake is the perfect treat for these salty days, and I think you’ll really like this one. Have a terrific week, and stay tuned for a new recipe coming up next week!
If you like this peanut butter honey graham ice cream cake you should try:
This peanut butter honey graham ice cream cake has two flavors of no-churn ice cream and a salty graham cracker crumble throughout!
For the graham crumble:
2/3 cup (60 gm) graham cracker crumbs
2–1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8–1/4 teaspoon salt (more or less depending on your preferences)
For the ice cream:
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk, divided
2 cups (480 gm) heavy whipping cream, divided
2 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup peanut butter
For the frosting, if desired:
1 cup (240 gm) heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
To prepare the graham crumble:
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, stirring until it forms a sandy mixture. Use an 1/8 teaspoon salt at first and add a little extra if desired. Set aside.
To prepare the ice creams:
Line a large loaf pan with plastic wrap that extends up all four sides with a few inches of extra hangover. You’ll form your ice cream cake in the pan so you want to make sure that no ice cream actually touches the pan or it could stick! Set aside.
Pour 7 ounces (half the can) of sweetened condensed milk and 1 cup of heavy whipping cream in a large bowl. Use a hand mixer to beat the mixture until it thickens to a soupy fluff consistency. Add the honey and vanilla extract and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Dollop and spread this ice cream into the bottom of the prepared pan. Crumble the graham crumble on top of the honey ice cream until it is adequately covered. You may have a little leftover.
To prepare the peanut butter ice cream stir the remaining sweetened condensed milk with the peanut butter. In a large bowl, whip the remaining cream until stiff peaks form. Fold the peanut butter/ condensed milk into the whipped cream. I like to leave the mixture a little streaky so there appears to be ribbons of peanut butter throughout, but you can fold it all the way together if desired. Pour the ice cream on top of the graham crumble in the pan and then spread to smooth. Freeze completely, at least six hours or overnight.
To prepare the frosting (if desired):
Whip the cream to soft peaks and then add in the honey. Continue whipping to medium-hard peaks. Remove the cake from the pan and peel off the plastic. You may need to let it set out for a moment to release from the pan. Spread the honey whipped cream all over the cake and then freeze until about 15 minutes prior to serving. Enjoy!
Wow. A ton has happened since we last spoke. We basically have a lifetime’s worth of stuff to talk about, so get ready to hear all about it in the coming weeks. For now, I’ll give you the reader’s digest version, and then we’ll dive into these brownie ice cream sandwiches. Here’s a quick close-up to awaken your tastebuds:
We Had a Baby!
Last Monday, July 1, we had a baby! Remember me going on and on about being pregnant with our third child, a baby girl? Well, we had the baby, and it turns out HE’S A BOY. Yep. A boy. Who knew an ultrasound at 20 weeks (in 2019, no less) could be wrong!? Well, we are overjoyed, shocked, and ridiculously blown away at the turn of events and have been spending the past week and a half getting to know our little guy, Charlie. Everyone is healthy, Aimee and George are thrilled to love on a bitty brother, and we’re all getting at least 6 hours of sleep which is worth a set of praise hands all on its own. I can’t wait to introduce you all to him a bit more, but for now I’ll just share a couple of photos my friend Jesse of Dreamtown Co. took of the baby’s arrival.
On to the second cutest thing in this post: brownie ice cream sandwiches. If you ask me, brownies are always best served a la mode. While I’ve long enjoyed the frozen supermarket version of brownie ice cream sandwiches, I really felt like we needed to explore a rich, ultra-chocolatey homemade version. What we finally landed on is nothing short of fabulous.
Making the Sammies
Here we have a chewy, soft-baked brownie layered with a huge schemer of no-churn cookies and cream ice cream.The brownie is rich and pretty dense, so to keep it chewy once frozen be sure to not overbake it. The ice cream is a cinch to make and contains little more than whipped cream, chocolate sandwich cookies, and sweetened condensed milk. We whip it all together until it becomes thick and cloud-like and then spread it in on top of half of the brownies. The second half of brownies is pressed on top and left to freeze together until solid.
There’s a few ways you can cut these brownie ice cream sandwiches. You’ll notice for the photos I opted to use a 2-1/2″ biscuit cutter, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend doing that. I found it much easier to trim out pieces with a chef’s knife and was able to maintain a more manageable portion size that way as well. If you like the cute circles- go for it! Just keep in mind you’ll have little scraps from the cut-out rounds leftover. After trying it both ways, I totally prefer to cut small rectangles.
You definitely need to give these brownie ice cream sandwiches a try before the summer is up. They’re incredibly tasty and a delicious treat to add to your summertime dessert repertoire. Give them a try and let me know what you think! In the meantime, thank you for your prayers for baby Charlie and our new family of five. I can’t wait to introduce you more.
If you like these brownie ice cream sandwiches you should try:
These brownie ice cream sandwiches are chewy brownies filled with no-churn cookies and cream ice cream!
For the brownies:
1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter
5 ounces dark (I use 70%) chocolate
1–1/4 cups (250 gm) sugar
½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar packed
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (140 gm) all-purpose flour
1 cup (85 gm) unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips (optional, see notes)
For the ice cream:
2 cups (480 gm) heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
18 (210 gm) chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos), chopped
To prepare the brownie layers:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two quarter sheet pans (or two 9”x13” pans) with foil that extends up the sides and grease with baking spray. Set aside.
In a small saucepan over low heat, gently heat the dark chocolate and butter, stirring regularly, just until barely melted. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and whisk in the sugar and brown sugar. Whisk in the eggs and the vanilla extract. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then fold in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Fold in the chocolate chips. Spread the batter evenly between the two pans and bake in the preheated oven for about 11-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted only comes out with a few moist crumbs. Set aside to cool completely.
To prepare the sandwiches:
Once the brownie layers have cooled, flip them one layer out of the pan. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the cream on medium-high speed until thick and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Fold in the sweetened condensed milk and cookie crumbs. Spread the thick filling on top of the brownie layer still inside the prepared pan. Smooth the top as much as possible and then place the second brownie layer directly on top. Gently press down to adhere, but avoid squishing the ice cream out the sides. Place in the freezer to freeze completely, about 6 hours. Use a 3” cookie or biscuit cutter to trim out sandwiches or use a chef’s knife to cut square. Keep frozen and covered until ready to eat!
The chocolate chips in the brownies will freeze FIRM. It is vital you use mini chips or skip them all together or you’ll risk breaking a tooth. 🙂
I used a biscuit cutter to trim out these sandwiches but FAR PREFER to slice into skinny rectangles. It’s much easier!
Look, I’m just going to say it: we have it really, really easy these days. In a world full of iPhones and Uber and meal delivery services, I’m pretty sure we’ve got it made in the shade.
Every once in a while, I find myself getting caught up in a bad case of “First World Problems.” Though they’re merely minor inconveniences that typically pop up when someone has hacked onto my Netflix or my online purchase isn’t eligible for free two-day shipping, it does sometimes blow my mind how modernized life has become even the time since I was a kid. Back then we still had to flip our tape cassettes in order to listen to side B. We had to blow into the Nintendo to get it to work. We had to know how to read a paper map when we went anywhere. The world has evolved so much over the course of my lifetime, and lucky for us, sometimes those changes are just downright delicious.
Case and point: this no-churn sugar cookie ice cream.
No-Churn Sugar Cookie Ice Cream
Can you imagine our forefathers trying to whip up something like this? They’d spend hours breaking ice, churning ice cream, making natural dyes for sprinkles. Instead of 10 minutes, a treat like this might take them all day, and I guarantee it wouldn’t taste as good. So thank you, America, for giving us just enough conveniences to make this life super yummy, festive, and fabulous. I’ll take a busted Netflix account if it means the opportunity to make homemade ice cream in a flash. So let’s get to the run-down on this no-churn sugar cookie ice cream.
As it’s name implies, this frozen treat tastes like a sprinkle sugar cookie and requires zero ice cream machine to make it. Like my other favorite no-churn ice creams, we use sweetened condensed milk and whipped cream to make the base for this ultra-creamy treat. To give it that authentic sugar cookie dough flavor, I’ve included chunks of eggless sugar cookie dough, a hefty helping of clear vanilla extract, and an abundance of sprinkles for flavor (and decorative flair, obviously).
Making the Ice Cream
To make this no-churn sugar cookie ice cream, we start by whipping cream. First, heavy whipping cream is transformed in the bowl of a stand mixer into a fluffy cloud of dairy that we fold into a single can of sweetened condensed milk. Next, clear vanilla extract and rainbow sprinkles are added to the mix along with tiny chunks of cookie dough. To make the dough, we cream butter with sugar, add a smidge of flour, vanilla, and baking powder for flavor, and follow that with even more sprinkles. Truly, this is a seriously festive treat.
Finally, the mixture freezes up into a soft and creamy no-churn sugar cookie ice cream that keeps weeks. Whenever I make this, I typically find myself hovering over the freezer drawer for five minutes at a time, devouring spoon after spoon of sugar cookie goodness. It’s just really hard to stop.
Waste no time getting around to making this no-churn sugar cookie ice cream! It’s a simple treat the whole family will enjoy, and it literally couldn’t be any easier. Enjoy!
If you like this no-churn sugar cookie ice cream you should try:
This no-churn sugar cookie ice cream is loaded with chunks of eggless cookie dough, sprinkles, and that yummy birthday cake flavor! Read more about the how-to for this simple treat here!
For the sugar cookie dough:
¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup (50 gm) brown sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
¾ teaspoon clear vanilla extract
½ cup (70 gm) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles
For the ice cream:
2 cups (470 mL) heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons clear vanilla extract
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup rainbow sprinkles
To prepare the sugar cookie dough:
Cream the butter and sugars on medium speed with a hand mixer for one minute. Add the clear vanilla extract and stir to combine. Next, add the flour and stir on low speed until the dough almost comes together into clumps. Add the sprinkles and stir just to combine. Set aside in the fridge while you make the ice cream.
For the ice cream:
Whip the heavy whipping cream in the bowl of stand mixer on medium high speed until soft peaks form. Add the clear vanilla extract and continue whipping just until stiff peaks form. Fold the condensed milk into the whipped cream and add the sprinkles and the crumbled cookie dough when the milk is almost combined. Spread the mixture into a loaf-pan or freezer-safe container and allow to freeze until firm, about 6 hours or overnight.
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.
If you like this No-Churn Coffee Cookie Dough Ice Cream, you may like:
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.
Total Time:25 minutes
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!
In our house, summer shows up with a bang, and for a few months, our days are changed. We plan our weekdays around sidewalk chalk and our weekends around trips to the lake. Afternoons are spent in wet bathing suits and bare feet, and the smells of charcoal fires and fresh cut grass abound. Even our freezer changes, filling up with blueberries that we’ve picked, fish that we’ve caught, and frozen treats like the Samoa ice cream that I’m sharing with you all today.
Summertime comes every year at no surprise, yet I’m always taken back by how much I’ve missed it. By how good it feels to thaw my bones. Sure, in a few weeks, I’ll beg for an autumn breeze. I’ll wish away the heat and the sweat. I’ll long for chunky sweaters and curse my jean shorts for forcing me to shave my legs one more time. But for now, I’ll enjoy the glow. I’ll take in all the barbecues and salty-skinned babies and Jimmy Buffet sounds that these days have to offer, because I know we need this season. Our family needs the lazy, chill pace that summer calls for.
The Summer Reprieve
I’m sure your days may look different. Maybe you’re traveling abroad or camping. Or maybe you’re stuck inside the four walls of an office. Maybe you’re home-bound with a new baby or spending your hours studying for summer school courses and exams. Wherever you find yourself this summer, I hope that you’ll spend a few moments taking it in. Do something worth writing home about, even if that something is nothing at all. And if you find yourself unsure of what to make of your time, consider making ice cream. Specifically, this no-churn Samoa ice cream.
Samoa Ice Cream
The idea of this ice cream came from a lone box of Girl Scout Cookies that Brett had stashed in the freezer. For weeks, he would pass over slices of cake and cups of homemade butterscotch pudding for one or two frozen cookies. Infuriating. I was not going to let my desserts, the product of my blood, sweat, and tears be passed over for some pre-packaged, commercially-prepared snacks.
Ok, ok, that’s being dramatic, I know. Girl Scout cookies are the best. I’m sorry for even bringing it up. But still. I was determined to win him over with Girl Scout Cookie inspired ice cream. And so Samoa ice cream was born.
This ice cream is one of those super Kate-ish type recipes where you can make this as from-scratch or as semi-homemade as you want. I love doing it the long, homemade way, but I totally get that not every one of you feels that way. So, to make things simple, I’m going to break this recipe down for you so that you can do you. You can make this however ya please, cool?
Making the Ice Cream
To prepare this Samoa ice cream, we start by making a no-churn coconut base. Like all no-churn ice cream, this starts with a little whipped cream, but here, we amp up the coconutty flavor by trading out the sweetened condensed milk for a can of cream of coconut. Sidenote: this is not the same thing as coconut cream. This is not the same thing as coconut milk. This is cream of coconut, okay? Don’t make the mistake of buying the wrong thing. I use this brand, but you can use whichever kind works best for you.
Adding the Mix-Ins
Next, we add in a few mix-ins. True to the Girl Scout cookie, I added toasted coconut flakes and crumbled store-bought shortbread cookies. Once all of that is folded in with the coconut ice cream base, we layer in a few more toppings- salted caramel and chocolate fudge sauce. Here, you can sub in some high quality store-bought varieties if you please, but in case you’re wondering, I make this caramel and this fudge sauce. This ice cream won’t use the entire yield of those two recipes, so now you have a little bit of caramel and fudge to store in your fridge for a rainy day. Lucky you! Might I suggest using your caramel to make this chocolate caramel crumble cake or this salty caramel peanut butter pie?
Once completed, this Samoa ice cream is a no-churn coconut ice cream filled with shards of toasted coconut, swirls of salty caramel and rich chocolate fudge sauce, and crunchy bits of shortbread cookies. This is a brilliant way to celebrate those campfire treats and to savor that baked flavor even through the warmest of months. And since you’re dying to know, I’ll tell you that Brett tried the ice cream, loved it, and then promptly continued eating the original cookies from the freezer. Men. Am I right?
When planning out your summer months, I hope you’ll carve out space to make and enjoy this Samoa ice cream. Nothing says summer like an ice cream cone, and once you try one filled with this frozen dream, I think you’ll agree. Happy summer to you all and much love from our family to yours. Cheers!
If you like this Samoa ice cream, considering trying:
This Samoa ice cream is a no-churn coconut ice cream filled with toasted coconut, swirls of caramel and fudge sauce, and bits of shortbread cookies.
Total Time:30 minutes
2 cups (240 mL) heavy whipping cream
1–15 ounce can cream of coconut (not coconut milk)
1 cup (85 gm) unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted (see notes)
1 cup (120 gm) crumbled shortbread cookies (see notes)
1/3 (80 mL) cup prepared salted caramel, slightly warmed for drizzling (see notes)
¼ cup (60 mL) prepared chocolate fudge sauce, slightly warm for drizzling (see notes)
To prepare the ice cream
In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl, beat the whipping cream on low speed until it becomes frothy. Increase the speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form. Once whipped, fold in the cream of coconut until well combined. (Sidenote: If the cream of coconut has large solid clumps in it when you open the can, you can immerse most of the can in a bowl of hot water and then stir it vigorously until the clumps melt.) Fold in the crumbled shortbread cookies and coconut.
Spread about ¼ of the ice cream mixture into a large, quart sized freezer safe container (I use a metal loaf pan). Drizzle in ¼ of the caramel and fudge sauce and then swirl it in slightly by dragging a butter knife or spoon through the ice cream mixture a time or two. Repeat this process 3 times until all of the ice cream, caramel, and fudge sauce has been used. Cover with plastic wrap or foil and allow to set up in the freezer until frozen, about 6 hours or overnight. Ice cream will keep in the freezer if covered for about 2 weeks.
To toast shredded coconut, spread coconut out on a baking sheet and cook in a 350 degree oven, tossing occasionally, until golden brown. This will take anywhere from 5-10 minutes depending on the oven. Do not let burn. Once toasted, remove from pan to cool.
I used Girl Scout shortbread cookies, but you can use any brand (or even homemade!) vanilla shortbread. In a pinch, vanilla wafers would work as well.
I keep a jar of caramel sauce in my fridge to add to recipes like this. I prefer Bobby Flay’s recipe for salted caramel (see blog post for link), but any variety of caramel sauce that you enjoy eating would be fine here.
Sometimes, we need a surprise up our sleeves. An extra card in our deck, a furry rabbit hiding in our hat- anything to make our audience think we’re all but magical. Friends, I may be short on trick mirrors and trap doors, but this super simple, make-ahead mint brownie ice cream cake is for sure going to be the disappearing act at your next dinner party. It’s that awesome. So let’s get to it!
You probably already know how much I love no-churn ice cream. There’s always a quart or two in my freezer, because the only thing better than homemade treats is one that is only three ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. It makes me feel domestic and awesome, and we all need that sometimes, right? But when I’m looking for a showstopping dessert to share at a gathering of some sort, I want something with a bit more pizzazz, you know? Something that makes everyone lick their plate and exclaim, “SWEET MERCY, WHERE IS THE ANGEL THAT MADE THIS!?”
Mint brownie ice cream cake is the best of both worlds. The cake is delicious to taste and easy on the eyes, but with only three steps, this recipe is also nearly fool proof, with multiple options for simplifying and making ahead. Let me just go ahead and give you the run down.
Step One: Make the Brownies.
If you’re reading this baking blog, it’s safe to assume you’ve made brownies before. I’ve included the recipe for an easy brownie that I use for frozen desserts, but you could totally use a box brownie mix or even (gasp!) store bought ones. I won’t tell. And your taste testers will have no clue. Promise.
Step Two: Make the Ice Cream.
If there is something easier than making no-churn ice cream, I don’t want to know. Pour the sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream into your mixing bowl and you’re literally already halfway there. For this mint brownie ice cream cake, we split our ingredients in half to make two flavors (because options, duh): a chocolate ice cream and a mint chip ice cream. If you don’t like mint chip ice cream, you can lose that flavor extract and use hazelnut instead. Or how about coconut? Almond? Root beer? Whatever, just use whatever flavor you want, ok? If you’re looking for an ice cream substitute though, I can’t help you, and honestly, we are probably no longer friends. Just kidding. We can still be friends. But don’t push it.
Step Three: Assemble Your Cake.
This is probably the hardest part of preparing this mint brownie ice cream cake. If you’re like me and are a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to the looks of your treats, this step will require some attention from you. At this point, you have the option of preparing a chocolate ganache to layer on the inside and garnish the outside of the cake with. You can also crush up some chocolate sandwich cookies if you want an extra layer of crunch in your masterpiece.
Either way, you layer the ice cream with the prepared brownies, and before you can say “Bippity Boppity Boo,” your bag full of ingredients has transformed into this fab mint brownie ice cream cake that will impress the glass slippers off of everyone you know. So in short, if you want to make this cake 100% from scratch, you will prepare your brownies, whip up some ice cream, and layer the two with some homemade ganache and whipped cream. But if you want to take easy street, you simply acquire brownies, make some ice cream, and dump it all into a pan with some store bought fudge sauce and chocolate cookies. Literally, the hardest part of making this mint brownie ice cream cake is waiting patiently for it to freeze up. Literally.
More Month of Chocolate
Our #monthofchocolate extravaganza has been pretty fun these past few weeks. Be sure to look back at the past few blog posts for other chocolaty goodness and recipe inspiration. Somehow two mint chocolate recipes made it into the lineup, which either means I really like mint, or I’m secretly pregnant again (just kidding, Mom, I am not pregnant. Don’t get too excited.) March may have a bit less chocolate in it, but like any self-respecting addict, I won’t be able to stay away for too long. Give this mint brownie ice cream cake a try, and let me know how it goes!
I strongly recommend going ahead and making it this week, wrapping it in foil, and saving it in your freezer for a rainy day. You never know when you might need that fancy trick up your sleeve. Cheers to you and have a terrific Tuesday!
This mint brownie ice cream cake features a mint chip ice cream and a fudgy brownie layer!
For the brownies (see notes for shortcut):
4 large eggs
1 cup sugar, sifted
1 cup brown sugar, sifted
8 ounces melted butter (2 sticks)
1 1/4 cups cocoa, sifted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
For the ice cream:
1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Green food coloring, if desired
2 ounces finely chopped semisweet chocolate or mini chocolate chips
For the cake topping:
1 cup crushed chocolate sandwich cookies
Either 1–8 ounce container of non-dairy whipped topping (Cool Whip) or
1 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the ganache (see notes for shortcut):
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped or chocolate chips
4 ounces heavy cream
To prepare the brownies:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees (300 for dark nonstick pans) and spray your light pan with baking spray. This cake can be prepared in an 9” springform pan, or, to prepare a loaf-shaped ice cream cake as I did in my photos, bake the brownie batter in two 9×5″ bread loaf pans. You’ll only use one pan worth of brownies if you opt for the loaf cake, so you can save the rest for later. 🙂
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add sugar and brown sugar and beat to combine. Add the remaining ingredients and stir on low just until combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan(s) and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Bake time is about 45 minutes but will differ depending on the size of pan. Once a toothpick comes out clean, you’re done! Allow the brownies to cool completely before assembling the cake. You can speed up this process by cooling them in the fridge, or by preparing the day before.
To prepare the chocolate ice cream:
Pour half (7 ounces) of the sweetened condensed milk to a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla and beat until well combined and no lumps remain. Add one cup of the heavy whipping cream and beat the mixture until stiff peaks form. Set aside in the fridge while you prepare the remaining elements.
To prepare the mint chocolate chip ice cream:
Combine the remaining cup of heavy whipping cream, the remaining sweetened condensed milk, and the peppermint extract, and whip until stiff peaks form. Add two drops (more, if needed) of green food coloring towards the end of the whipping process, if desired. Fold in the chocolate or chocolate chips and set aside until ready to assemble the cake.
To prepare the cake topping:
In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl, whip the cream on low speed until it is frothy. Increase speed to high, beating until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and the extract and beat until stiff peaks form. Set aside until ready to assemble cake.
To prepare the chocolate ganache:
Place the chocolate in a heat proof bowl. Heat the cream in the microwave or on the stovetop until almost bubbling and steaming. Pour directly on top of the chocolate and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Allow to sit for about five minutes. Stir with a whisk or rubber spatula until the chocolate comes together and is a smooth ganache. You can heat briefly in the microwave in 5 second increments if it remains a bit lumpy. If the ganache sets out too long, it will thicken back up, so just reheat in 10-15 second increments as needed.
To assemble the cake:
Line a loaf pan or an 8” springform pan with plastic wrap, leaving several inches worth of wrap extending over the sides. This will make the removal process easier.
If preparing in a loaf pan, spread the mint ice cream evenly over the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle chocolate cookie crumbles over top and drizzle in some ganache or fudge sauce. Top with a layer of brownie (see notes). Spread the chocolate ice cream over top and smooth out. Cover with a layer of plastic wrap and freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight, if possible.
When ready to frost, remove the cake from the pan to a serving dish. Peel off all of the plastic wrap and cover with whipped cream or topping. Drizzle the ganache over top and allow to freeze for 2-4 hours or until frozen solid, if desired. Alternatively, you can serve immediately, but keep in mind the hot ganache may melt the cake some. Serve frozen and keep covered with plastic wrap and foil to maintain freshness for up to a week.
If you want to prepare the cake in a round springform pan, I recommend layering as follows: brownies, mint ice cream, chocolate cookie crumbles, ganache, chocolate ice cream. Then freeze your cake and frost with whipped cream as desired. Really you can assemble the cake in any manner you like, but the cake is easiest to cut when the brownies are toward the bottom.
Feel free to use boxed brownies or store-bought prepared brownies. I prefer Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Brownie mix when using boxed brownies.
I recommend preparing your brownies in the pan you plan to assemble the cake in so that the brownie is the same size as the cake. However, you can also crumble your prepared brownies into the cake. It won’t make a difference on the final outcome of the cake.
Instead of the chocolate ganache, you can substitute in a store bought hot fudge sauce. Melt slightly in the microwave in 15 second intervals until the sauce is melted but not too hot. Allow to cool slightly before pouring on your cake.
You don’t have to use crumbled chocolate cookies in the cake, but the crunch is not. Alternatively, you could use some mini chocolate chips, Thin Mint Cookies, or even chocolate graham crackers!
Are you sick of ice cream recipes yet? If your answer to that question is yes, my bet is that you’re either lactose intolerant or worse, not an ice cream lover. Either way, you may want to slowly back away from your computer screen because it’s about to get all creamy up in here. Today we’re talking no churn honey salted almond ice cream.
It’s hard to believe that up until one year ago I had never made ice cream. At the time, it seemed scary (all that churning business), unnecessary (because Blue Bell and Talenti, duh), and really challenging. Until last year, I was perfectly content chomping on Ben and Jerry’s and scooping up melty puddles of Mayfield. Such was life for me until a good friend gifted me her ice cream machine. This machine changed my kitchen ‘tude and brought me out of darkness and into the light. I found my new love.
If you have an ice cream maker that you use on a semi-regular basis then you already know what I mean. Homemade ice is so delicious and incredibly rewarding. But if you fall into the “no ice cream machine” or “no space in my kitchen cabinets for one more appliance I’ll never use” category, then look no further. Today’s recipe is for you. Ya welcome.
No churn ice cream is my new boo. It’s quick, simple, and easily made with equipment and ingredients that most home cooks have access to. If you have a can of sweetened condensed milk and a pint of whipping cream, CONGRATS, you’re halfway there! For a basic no churn vanilla ice cream, simply whip together the cream, milk, and a smidge of vanilla or liquor until stiff peaks form. That’s it! All done. Then it’s just some waiting on the clock while the fluffy vanilla goodness sets up in the freezer.
From there, the possibilities are endless. Mix in your favorite toppings (think brownie pieces like in this mocha brownie ice cream or cookie chunks like in this oatmeal cookie ice cream) for a super satisfying, homemade treat, or take it a step further by swirling in caramel, fruit syrups, or fudge. Just be careful to not add too much water via fruit juice or other liquids, as the ice cream can become too icy.
If you’ve got 15 minutes and a can opener, this no churn honey salted almond ice cream recipe is the perfect way to chill out. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stir the nuts, melted butter, and salt together in a small bowl to combine. Spread out on a sheet pan and bake in the oven, stirring occasionally, until toasted, about 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn. Allow to cool to room temperature.
To prepare the ice cream
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the whipping cream, honey, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla, and whip until stiff peaks form.
Fold in the nuts until evenly dispersed. Spread mixture out into a loaf pan or another freezer safe container. Cover and allow to freeze until solid, about 6 hours.
You can use any type of nut you prefer! I really like almonds, but walnuts, pecans, or even pistachios would taste brilliant here!
Use good quality honey. The honey really needs to shine here so use a variety that you enjoy the taste of.