It was mid-January and it might have been the coldest day of the entire year when we made this gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. While doing some reorganizing, we found our Cuisinart® Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker that had been painted shut in a kitchen bench. After liberating the ice cream maker, we made green apple sorbet a few times before making this gfcf vanilla ice cream which quickly became cookie dough ice cream. The ultimate thumbs up came from my eleven year old who announced "You got it, Mom!" while sampling the just-made soft serve ice cream. )My eleven year old eats dairy and usually will not even go near dairy free ice cream. So, it was a huge compliment that she liked it too.) The ice cream base tastes like Crème anglaise or egg nog and it is quite hard to resist.
- 1 cup butter or spectrum shortening
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoons ice cream batter
- 1.5 cups gluten free free flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Ice Cream Base:
- 10 egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons corn starch
- 4 cups "milk" of choice (I use equal parts coconut milk, almond milk and rice milk)
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped out
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
When cool, pour the mixture into an ice cream maker frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened. About 35 minutes. The ice cream will have a soft creamy consistency. To make cookie dough ice cream fold the cookie dough into the soft ice cream before hardening in the freezer. For harder ice cream, transfer to a container and freeze for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 10 minutes before serving.
NOTE: The secret, I have found, to making a good dairy free ice cream is to use several different types of milk. Mixing almond, rice and coconut milk gives you a creamy milk that has subtle rich flavors. When I swap out the butter to make a recipe dairy free I do the same thing. Instead of just using shortening I use spectrum shortening with a little earth balance spread. I like the buttery flavor of the earth balance but too much can give the dish a fake taste. I have found that for a cup of butter you can start with 2 Tablespoons of earth balance then fill the rest of the cup with spectrum shortening (14 Tablespoons). So, for half a cup of butter I would use 1 Tablespoon of earth balance and 7 Tablespoons of spectrum shortening.