Homemade Cookie Monster Ice Cream is nut-free, egg-free, and can easily be gluten-free if you use gluten-free cookies.
What is Cookie Monster Ice Cream?
Cookie Monster Ice Cream is the most fun flavor we’ve made yet, and the amount of cookies in this one is insane!
There aren’t so many cookie pieces that the ice cream is difficult to eat, but we are pushing the limit to the max so that you get the maximum cookie to ice cream ratio in every bite.
This creamy frozen treat is delicious eaten with a spoon or on ice cream cones on a hot day. Pair it with Cookie Dough Ice Cream and Funfetti Ice Cream for the best kid friendly ice cream sundae bar ever!
Why You’re Going to Love this Cookie Monster Ice Cream Recipe
Two Types of Cookies: Cookies and cream ice cream is good, but adding both Oreos and chocolate chip cookies takes cookie ice cream to a whole new level.
Have you ever had storebought cookie ice cream and wondered why there weren’t more cookies in it? You won’t have that problem with this recipe.
Fun Blue Vanilla Ice Cream: It can’t be Cookie Monster ice cream without the familiar blue color of our favorite Sesame Street resident! It’s easy to add a bit of food coloring to the ice cream maker.
Step By Step Recipe: As always, this recipe includes step-by-step instructions for making the ice cream base, churning the ice cream, and properly storing homemade ice cream. You’ll be an ice cream making pro in no time!
Philadelphia Style: This type of ice cream recipe doesn’t require cooking an egg-based custard first. This means that it’s easier to make, and requires less cooling time than French-style recipes.
INGREDIENTS IN HOMEMADE COOKIE MONSTER ICE CREAM
Heavy Cream – This is the base of our ice cream, and what makes the ice cream creamy!
Whole Milk – A combination of both whole milk and heavy cream gives the perfect texture to our cookie monster ice cream.
Granulated Sugar – For sweetness and texture, plain, white, granulated sugar is the best choice.
Vanilla Extract – To flavor our ice cream base, a good quality pure vanilla extract is key.
Kosher Salt – A bit of salt balances the sweetness in this recipe.
Blue Food Coloring – You can use liquid or gel food coloring to turn this vanilla ice cream blue! Feel free to skip the coloring if you want to avoid food dye, or use natural food coloring instead.
Chocolate Chip Cookies – Crunchy chocolate chip cookies like Chips Ahoy or Famous Amos cookies are perfect. Try Simple Mills Chocolate chip cookies for a gluten-free cookie monster ice cream.
Oreo Cookies – Regular (or double stuffed) Oreos or gluten-free Oreos are great. Feel free to use store brand if you like too. Chop the cookies into small pieces, about the size of a pistaschio.
If you have any questions about making Cookie Monster Ice Cream, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you.
HOW TO MAKE COOKIE MONSTER ICE CREAM FROM SCRATCH
- Chill the ice cream bowl for at least 24 hours or until solid. You should not hear any water sloshing around when you shake the bowl. In a large bowl, combine the heavy cream, whole milk, granulated sugar, vanilla extract and kosher salt.
- Whisk for 2-3 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved into the mixture. You should not feel any grit if you rub the mixture together between two fingers.
- Add blue food coloring until you have reached your desired color blue.
- Churn the ice cream mixture in the bowl of your ice cream machine according to your manufacturer’s instructions (mine took about 25 minutes), until it is thick and the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.
- In the last two minutes of the churn, add the chopped chocolate chip cookies and sandwich cookies. Reserve two tablespoons of each type of cookie for later.
- Spoon the ice cream into a shallow container or a loaf pan.
- Sprinkle the top of the ice cream with the reserved chopped cookies. Press plastic wrap or wax paper to the surface of the ice cream. Freeze for at least 4 hours, or until solid.
- Let your homemade blue cookie monster ice cream sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes before serving. It will be easier to scoop this way.
These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions, please see the recipe below.
HOW TO STORE COOKIE MONSTER ICE CREAM
Store this fun Cookie Monster ice cream in the freezer in an airtight container (we really like these reusable ice cream containers) with a piece of parchment paper or wax paper pressed on top for up to one month.
TIPS FOR MAKING THIS COOKIE MONSTER ICE CREAM RECIPE
Use quality ingredients – When making homemade ice cream, you’ll want to make sure you are using high-quality ingredients for the best outcome.
Use Store Bought Cookies – Homemade cookies are delicious, but generally too soft to be included in ice cream. Instead buy crispy, grocery store cookies.
Chill out – If possible, always start with chilled ingredients. This is important for homemade no-churn ice cream recipes and ice cream maker recipes. Make sure that your ice cream base chills long enough so that it’s very cold when you add it to the machine.
Don’t skimp on the fat – High-fat milk and cream are essential when making homemade ice cream. Opting for a low-fat option often leads to icy ice creams and inconsistency in the texture.
Don’t go crazy with the add-ins – If you’re adding in additional ingredients, pick one or two and make sure they are chopped into pieces no larger than a blueberry or pea.
Vary the size of the pieces – Variation in size helps to enhance the texture of the ice cream and ensures lots of cookie flavor in every bite! I chop my cookies so that they are no larger than a pistachio. Include all of the dust and crumbs from your cutting board as well.
Blue Food Coloring – You can use any type of food coloring that you have on hand, and the amount that you need to add will depend on the type and how blue you want cookie monster ice cream to be. Start with a few drops and adjust as needed.
Don’t skimp on the sugar – Sugar not only adds sweetness to homemade ice creams, but it also helps with the texture. Sugar is essential for the creamy texture of any ice cream recipe.
No Churn Cookie Monster Ice Cream Directions
Chill a shallow container or a loaf pan in the freezer while you mix the ice cream ingredients.
Pour the ice cream mixture into the prepared pan and freeze for 3-4 hours. Stir the ice cream every 30 minutes for the first 2 hours to help add air. This will help create a creamy, smooth texture.
When making Cookie Monster ice cream no churn, I suggest sprinkling the top of the ice cream with additional cookies after the last time you stir it so that you have different textures in the final product.
If you’d like a full recipe for no-churn Cookies and Cream ice cream, check out my Cookies and Cream ice cream recipe. The no-churn recipe is also a no-cook recipe and uses sweetened condensed milk instead of custard. Add blue food coloring and extra cookies!
Cookie Monster Ice Cream Add-Ins
This ice cream recipe is already packed with cookie pieces! You can add other mix-ins, but be sure not to add much more than 2 cups of total additions to the recipe.
Try adding chocolate pieces, a swirl of fudge topping, or different types of cookies.
I think that Cookie Monster would like it if you switched things up with pieces of sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, or other Oreo flavors!
You can also add cookie dough pieces! Get the recipe for those in my Cookie Dough Ice Cream recipe.
What Flavor is Cookie Monster Ice Cream?
It’s a simple and yummy vanilla ice cream base, tinted blue with food coloring.
Can You Buy Cookie Monster Ice Cream in Stores?
You might see a blue cookies-and-cream-style ice cream at scoop shops and in stores. Blue Bunny makes a “monster cookie mash” flavor, but it isn’t blue, and some regional dairies have varieties of this flavor too.
More Fun with Cookie Monster Ice Cream
Make a delicious, blue cookies and cream milk shake using Cookie Monster Ice Cream instead of the classic option.
Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches will be a huge hit when they are filled with this fun flavor.
I think I’ll use Cookie Monster Ice Cream as one of the layers the next time I make a Homemade Ice Cream cake too!
More Homemade Ice Cream Recipes
If you like this fun ice cream recipe, you are going to love these too. We have tons of homemade ice cream flavors here for you to experiment with.
- Superman Ice Cream is a no churn recipe with fruity flavors and bright colors. Kids LOVE this one.
- Bubblegum Ice Cream is another kid favorite, made in the ice cream maker with pink food coloring and rainbow gum balls.
- Looking for something a bit more simple? Try Chocolate Chip Ice Cream or Birthday Cake Ice Cream next.
Here are some of our favorite tools for making homemade ice cream with an ice cream maker:
- Cuisinart 2QT Ice Cream Maker – Works with ice cream, sorbets, and frozen yogurt.
- Loaf Pan – You can use any 9 x 13 loaf pan or a shallow pan, but we like this one.
- Ice Cream Scoop – Make sure you have a good ice cream scoop. This is one of our favorites.
- Ice Cream Bowls – You can use any bowl, but we think these are fun.
- Ice Cream Containers – We love keeping a couple of ice cream containers on hand for when we make homemade ice cream.
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