It's that time of year again! Have you gotten the mass email from someone at the office saying they're coming? Pretty soon they'll be everywhere. They'll be outside your grocery store, your hardware store, and your church.
I'm talking about Girl Scout Cookies!
What's your favorite Girl Scout Cookie? Are you a crowd of the fan favorite: Thin Mints? Do you drool over Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs? Do you dream about Caramel Delights/Samoas?
Stock up now, because I'm here to tell you a little secret. You can totally freeze your Girl Scout Cookies! This way you'll be sure to save at least one box from being devoured immediately. Because then you can smash up the frozen cookies and churn them into a delicious batch of homemade ice cream!
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream with Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup whole milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 sleeve Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies, frozen
Note: You will need an ice cream maker for this recipe. I used (and highly recommend!) this Donvier ice cream maker
Freeze the canister of your ice cream maker overnight.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Whisk in the sugar a little bit at a time, then whisk for 1 minute once all the sugar is added. Add the cream, milk, and vanilla, and whisk until combined.
Assemble your ice cream maker with the pre-chilled canister. Add the ice cream mixture to the canister of the ice cream maker and churn according to your ice cream maker's directions.
While the ice cream is freezing, place the Thin Mint cookies in a plastic bag and bang with the back of a wooden spoon to break the cookies. Aim for a mixture of large and small cookie bits. Add the cookie bits to the ice cream just before it's completely frozen and continue to churn. Save some cookie crumbles to top each serving, if desired.
Once ice cream reaches desired consistency, it's ready to eat! If not eating immediately or if you have any leftovers, ice cream can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for a few days.
Recipe for ice cream base adapted from Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book