Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream

Bob got me the ice cream maker attachment for my KitchenAid mixer for Christmas and I’ve been wanting to try it out so here is the first batch.  It was pretty runny as it needs to be put in the freezer after mixing it in the mixer but no one wanted to wait so we sampled it right away and it was really good.  This recipe is one that came with the ice cream maker attachment but of course you could use this recipe with any ice cream maker.  A few years ago Bob got me a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream cookbook so I’m looking forward to trying out some of those with my new toy!

2 1/2 cups half and half

8 egg yolks

1 cup sugar

2 1/2 cups whipping cream

4 teaspoons vanilla

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups chopped Oreos or other cookies, nuts or candy (I used mint Oreos)

1  In medium saucepan over medium heat, heat half and half until very hot but not boiling, stirring often.  Remove from heat and set aside.

2  Place egg yolks and sugar in mixer bowl.  Using wire whip attachment, on speed 2, mix eggs and sugar for about 30 seconds or until well blended an slightly thickened.  Still on speed 2, very gradually add half and half and mix until well blended.  Return mixture to saucepan; cook over medium heat until small bubbles form around edge and mixture is steamy, stirring constantly.  Do not boil.  Transfer mixture to large bowl; stir in whipping cream, vanilla and salt.  Cover and chill thoroughly, at least 8 hours.

3  Attach ice cream mixer to mixer.  Turn to STIR (speed 1).  Pour mixture into freezer bowl.  Continue to STIR for 15 – 20 minutes or until desired consistency.  Add cookies during last 1 – 2 minutes of freeze time.  Serve immediately or freeze in airtight container.

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