Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Can you feel the magic? These aren’t just plain old chocolate chip cookies. They’re magical cookies! These cookies are made with ice cream inside the batter!

Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies - these easy cookies have ice cream IN the dough! Flavor your cookies with your favorite ice cream!

Yes, I totally did that. I put ice cream INSIDE cookies.

How awesome is that?? RIGHT??!!

Now, if we’re being totally honest with each other, this is not the first time I’ve done this. Except the last time I put ice cream in cookies about 3 people read my blog and my photos were less than desirable. Long story short, no one saw them.

So I decided it was time for a revamp because these cookies deserve their day in the limelight. They’re that good.

Also, I have eleventy-billion cartons of ice cream in my freezer. Best way to use up ice cream? Make it even more fattening by putting it in chocolate chip cookies!

Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies - an easy cookie recipe made with ice cream!

It was about a month ago when I was perusing through my archives and was reminded of my original ice cream cookies. As I often do with recipes I made in my first year of blogging I immediately wondered why I thought I was a good photographer, and then I wondered if the recipe actually worked. I mean…it did back then. But back then I really had no idea how to write recipes. You learn a lot in 4.5 years.

#KeepingItReal

I made these cookies three times in two days, with three different flavors of ice cream. You guys, I was onto something back then. Not only did the recipe work every time but every flavor tasted the same but oh-so different.

These cookies taste like chocolate chip cookies. But then, while you’re eating them, you get another flavor. And if you didn’t know the cookies had mint chip ice cream or strawberry ice cream inside you’d probably think what the heck is that flavor?

But if you know the ice cream is there? You can totally taste it. And it totally changes the cookie for the better.

If you don’t believe me, ask Lisa. She was the lucky recipient of a good portion of these cookies. They were her birthday present and I mailed them to her in a fun little ice cream container. (Get it? Ice cream cookies in an ice cream container? I kill myself.)

Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies

(BTW, Lisa, that’s my container. I didn’t, like, use yours and then mail it to you. Not that you’d expect any less of me, ha!)

I used my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe of all time for these cookies. The only difference is that I did not brown the butter. I was just too lazy to do that. But you totally could!

The trick for adding ice cream to cookies is to replace some of the butter and some of the egg with ice cream. My original recipe calls for 1 cup of butter and 2 eggs. This recipe has 1/2 cup butter, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup of ice cream. The science works, trust me.

When measuring the ice cream, I used it cold straight from the freezer. I just packed it into my (dry measure) measuring cup. You can use any flavor ice cream, but I recommend that you use full-fat regular ice cream (not reduced fat ice cream or frozen yogurt). I did not test this with anything but regular ice cream.

Once your dough is mixed together, it’s just like a regular cookie dough. Because the dough starts with melted butter you need to chill it before you bake it. My favorite way to do this is to scoop your cookies (I used a 2 tablespoon sized cookie scoop) onto a cookie sheet, no need to space them out. Wrap them with plastic and chill the dough for at least an hour (or longer is fine too). When you’re ready to bake, space them out onto cookie sheets.

Chilling the dough lets it rest and lets all the flavors melt together and it also gives you that crunchy exterior and soft interior. I love a gooey soft cookie and these are totally that. They stay soft for days!

And they taste like ice cream. That’s pretty much the perfect cookie right there!

Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies - these easy cookies have ice cream IN the dough! Flavor your cookies with your favorite ice cream!

Ice cream and cookies. Now that’s a combo I’m going to make for years to come. What flavor ice cream would you use?

Did you make this recipe?

Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies have your favorite flavor ice cream IN the cookies! I substituted some of the butter for ice cream and the result is the perfect cookie with a hint of the ice cream flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup ice cream (use your favorite flavor, see note)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (or a combination of white and chocolate chips)

Directions:

  1. Note: this dough requires chilling!
  2. Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl. Pour into an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment. While still hot, add both sugars and mix on low until combined. Add ice cream and mix until smooth.
  3. Add egg and vanilla extract, mix for just a few seconds, then add baking soda and salt. Mix until smooth, then mix in flour slowly. Mix dough just until it comes together, then stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop 2 tablespoon balls of dough onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. You’re going to chill the dough balls so there is no need to space them out. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place cookies 2” apart on cookie sheets covered with parchment paper or silpat baking mats. (If you’ve chilled them longer than 4 hours you might want to press them down slightly with the palm of your hand otherwise they won’t flatten totally.) Bake for about 9-11 minutes, until they start to get golden around the edges. Cool at least 5 minutes on cookie sheets before moving to a rack to cool completely.
  6. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 1 month.

Notes:

Use your favorite flavor of ice cream. The cookies will have a slight flavor from the ice cream but it won’t be overwhelming. For best results, use regular full-fat ice cream, not reduced fat, fat-free, or frozen yogurt.

To measure the ice cream, just scoop it from the freezer into your (dry measure) measuring cup.

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  1. You definitely nailed the pics. I keep trying to learn more about taking better pics, but it’s a learning process. It is frustrating when you’ve made the most amazing recipe and the photos don’t come out like you want them to!
    Lisa just got the best birthday present. Putting ice cream in cookies is GENIUS. I have to try it! And BTW, my birthday’s in August. 😉

  2. Why have I never done this before? Cookies baked with ice cream!? Brilliant. My favorite flavor of ice cream is bubblegum (I know, I’m weird), so that flavor might not work…haha. I’ll stick to some vanilla or cookie dough! 😀 Thank you for always awing us with you amazing photographs. <3

  3. What a creative cookie, Dorothy! I’ve never thought to add ice cream in. This sounds very interesting and so delish!

  4. I’ve seen recipes (maybe yours!) for cookies with ice cream in the dough and have always been intrigued (but forgot about them) and I am glad you made these to remind me…and they look perfect!

    And bravo to resurrecting and reviving an old recipe…new photography, new way to write it out, new spin on a buried treasure!

  5. My husband has been begging me to try a recipe like this. Since I am an ice cream fiend, it pains me to use my precious ice cream up like this. I may try it anyway because I’m sure I’ll love it in the end! 🙂

  6. This sounds incredible!  Gotta try this for my next cookie batch 🙂

  7. This is such a cool idea! Glad you brought it back and it didn’t get lost in the archives 🙂 Pinning!

  8. These might just be me new obsession!!  I love love love ice cream and what better than to put it into choc. chip cookie dough.  GENIUS!!!!  Great job with the photos!  Your pics always turn out looking fab though! 

  9. This is such a cool idea! These photos are great, the cookie texture and chocolate looks so inviting. Oh, these made with-mint choc-chip ice cream, that would be so good! 

  10. Wow Dorothy!! What an awesome idea, these look great. Chocolate chip cookies are my fave to bake and eat

  11. Cookies and ice cream are the best!! Love this idea. However, I did spend the majority of this post wondering why you have so many unfinished cartons of ice cream in your freezer.. 😉

  12. You are a genius, Dorothy! Annnnnd…..I can’t believe Lisa didn’t share any of her cookies with me!!!!!

  13. I am totally going to have to make these! I have some ice cream in the freezer right now that I don’t really like as ice cream, but I bet it would be great in cookies!

  14. Coincidentally, when I wanted to send ice cream to Afghanistan (sounds like the beginning of a bad joke…but its real 🙂 ) I put the ice cream into cookies too! I can vouch for what a tasty idea it is! You don’t really taste the ice cream….but then again maybe you do….All you know is that the cookies taste great! Sending your cookies in a cute ice cream container is a wonderful idea, I will attempt to copy….if I can find some of those containers! 🙂

  15. This is seriously the most genius thing ever!  I want these all summer long!

  16. You put ice cream inside of cookies. Of course you did. Because you’re like the smartest person I know. The end. 

  17. You are a genius!!! Can’t wait to give them a try! 

  18. why have i never tried this….SO brilliant Dorothy, and that ice cream container is adorable

  19. Wow, these pics look great! Of course the subject matter looks even better!!! 🙂
    xoxo

  20. Where did you get that ice cream container? It looks custom made. I would be very interested to know, being the purveyor of ice cream that I am!

  21. OMG.  I die.  These cookies!!  They are so insanely ridiculously good.  I still say that you are a wizard.  Also, I just about died when I read the line about the container, because when I first saw the picture I thought, “Oooo, she used it as a prop first, very smart!!!”  BWAHAHAHAHA!!!

  22. I LOVE creativity in the kitchen – this is the coolest idea EVER! Also loving your gorgeous profile pic on the right. Beautiful! 

  23. Okay, these are brilliant. And I might have snuck at peak at your first ice cream cookie recipe — pretty sure my first photos are worse than your first photos! Lol. Definitely pinning these to try this summer!

  24. My goodness, Dorothy, I never would have thought to have combined ice cream with cookies in a million years. You’re amazing. I wish I had one of those cookies right now. 🙂

  25. Oh, Dorothy, these sound dreamy. And the photos look great!

  26. I love ice cream and I love cookies so these are bound to be awesome. So genius, Dorothy!

  27. These sound like the perfect chocolate chip cookies! Can’t wait to try them!

  28. first mayo, now ice cream… cookies are evolving ! 

  29. What an awesome idea, Dorothy, and cookies look absolute amazing!

  30. These look amazing!!! Definitely wish I was eating one right now!!

  31. Good for you for redoing an old recipe and post…it’s been on my list of things to do…so far only 2 have gotten done.  Eventually, right?  I love that you added ice cream to the cookies.  I bet they tasted amazing!  I have done ice cream in cake, donuts, and scones…I definitely need to try it in cookies next!!!

  32. Again with the genius use of ice cream!  These look amazing.  And I totally get what you mean about testing and retrying old recipes.  I’ve only been doing this a year and continue to learn more every day!

  33. These are WAY TOO FUN!! 🙂 I bet they taste just incredible…I’ve gotta make these happen in my kitchen asap!! Pinned!

  34. It is so cool that these are made with ice cream! How fun is that! It would be fun to try with different flavors of ice cream too!

  35. These cookies are genius. Ice cream in a cookie is the best of both worlds. 

  36. I really want to try this with chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, is that bad or what? Your description is killing me – a chocolate chip cookie but so much more? Um yes, please, and thank you! Pinning!

  37. Do you recommend making these with solid ice cream only, or would ice cream with add-ins (like rocky road or cookie dough or half-baked) work as well as solids?

    Also, what is the consistency of the ice cream when you add it to the dough?

    • You could use ice cream with add ins if you like, that shouldn’t be a problem. The ice cream was straight from my freezer, measured, then added to the batter!

  38. Ummm seriously?? This is GENIUS! Pinning ASAP.

  39. omigosh all I want is to make these with hazelnut or salted caramel ice cream or some such!!!

  40. oh my gosh, Dorothy. I made these today and awesome doesn’t even begin to do justice to how marvelous these cookies taste. Love the gooey, chocolaty texture, too. This recipe is a keeper for sure! 🙂

  41. Hi Dorothy! I came across this recipe and it looks delicious! I will be trying this soon. I just want to ask if i can use an electric mixer with whisk attachment. Thanks 🙂

    • You can use an electric stand mixer with the paddle or a hand mixer with the beater attachments. I don’t think a hand mixer whisk attachment will be strong enough for the dough (but I haven’t tried it, so it might, I’d just hate for it to break your mixer!)

  42. I love the idea of putting ice cream into the cookie dough. Genius! I think I’d like to try mint choc chip ice cream and maybe use mint choc chips in the cookie. Oh the possible combinations. Thank you for re-vamping this recipe. Sammie http://www.feastingisfun.com

  43. I just made the dough with mint chip ice cream and a little mint extract. WOW. I haven’t even baked the cookies yet and I already know they’re delicious. I’ve had way too many tasting spoonfuls of the batter already (gotta make sure they’re not poison, right?) and I’m in love. They’re going to be a gift for my ice-cream-loving boyfriend. He’ll be pleased 🙂

  44. I just took these out of the oven! They are delicious and very easy. I added some condensed milk because I didn’t quite have enough ice cream and replaced 1/4 cup of flour with almond meal.

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