Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cookie Dough

January 2, 2012

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Ice Cream

I love eating raw cookie dough, cake mix too. Sometimes it can be difficult to resist eating it all before it goes in the oven. It hasn’t quite got to the stage where I make something just to eat it raw but it has crossed my mind. I also love cookie dough ice cream and have been planning to make some for a while. I finally made some for Christmas Day dessert as an alternative to Christmas Pudding.

I mixed up several batches of this gingerbread dough during December in preparation for a gingerbread house that never quite materialised. The recipe is delicious whatever you decide to use it for and has the added bonus of being egg free if you want to use it raw. It has a lot of ginger and cinnamon in it so has a strong flavour that works really well with vanilla ice cream. It would also be good in orange or chocolate ice cream. It is really quick and easy to make and also stays quite soft and chewy when frozen.

The ice cream recipe involves making a basic vanilla custard then stirring in whipped cream before pouring it into an ice cream maker. It has a lovely light yet creamy texture and a beautiful vanilla flavour. I would be happy to eat it on its own, or perhap with a dark chocolate sauce. As with all homemade ice cream it needs to be taken out of the freezer about ten minutes before serving, something I forgot about on Christmas Day. I have included instructions for those of you who don’t have an ice cream maker but it is a bit more work. Alternatively you could just stir some cookie dough into shop bought ice cream.

Choc Chip Gingerbread Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cookie Dough Recipes

Vanilla Ice Cream {Click for printable recipe}


1 vanilla pod
300ml full fat milk
4 egg yolks
75g caster sugar
300ml whipping cream


1. Split the vanilla pod lengthways and place in a heavy bottomed saucepan with the milk. Bring just to the boil then remove from heat.

2. Cover with a lid and allow the vanilla to infuse for at least 15 minutes.

3. Remove the vanilla pod and scrape the black seeds from the vanilla back into the milk. Put the vanilla pod to the side.

4. Bring the milk back to the boil.

5. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a large bowl until you have a thick, foamy mixture.

6. Once the milk reaches boiling point again pour it onto the egg and sugar mixture while whisking constantly.

6. Return the mixture to the pan and cook over a gentle heat while stirring all the time.

7. When the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon remove from the heat. Pour it back into the bowl and allow to cool, then chill it.

8. Whip the cream until it is lightly whipped and fold it into the custard.

9. If you are using an ice cream maker then pour your mixture into it and churn until it is frozen. I have this ice cream maker and it took about half an hour. If not, pour into a container and freeze until it starts to set at the edges (about 3 hours) then whisk thoroughly. Return it to the freezer for a few more hours until firm.

10. If adding cookie dough then stir it it now. Place in a suitable container and freeze until required. This ice cream is best eaten within 1 week. Serve with a gingerbread cookie.

Choc Chip Gingerbread Cookie Dough Vanilla Ice Cream with Cookies

Gingerbread Cookie Dough (adapted from recipe in Peggy Porschen’s ‘Pretty Party Cakes’) {Click for printable recipe}


Hot mix ingredients;
180g dark brown muscovado sugar
4 tbsp clear honey
2 tsbp black treacle
2 tbsp orange juice
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp ground nutmeg
seeds from 1 vanilla pod
pinch of salt

Other ingredients;
200g unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
450g plain flour
100g dark chocolate chips (optional)


1. Put all the hot mix ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to the boil while stirring

2. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually add cubes of butter. Stir in gently.

3. Once all the butter is combined add the bicarbonate of sugar and whisk briefly until combined.

4. Pour the bowl of a stand mixer and leave to cool.

5. Prepare your mixer with the paddle attachment.

6. Once cool, sieve in the flour and mix on a low speed until the mixture just forms a dough.

For ice cream;
7a. If you are going to use the dough in ice cream then set aside half the dough and add chocolate chips (if using). Roll into balls about 1cm across and refrigerate until the ice cream is ready.

For cookies;
7b. Wrap all (or half if making the ice cream) the dough well in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least two hours. It keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days or freezes well if you don?t want to use it soon. Just move it into the fridge the day before you want to use it.

8. Place the dough between two pieces of cling film and roll it to roughly 5mm thick.

9. Prepare a baking tray with baking paper and cut shapes out of the dough using cookie cutters. It is best to keep similar sized shapes on a single tray. If there is a slight variation place the smaller shapes in the middle of the tray. If there is a lot of variation then use multiple baking trays.

10. Chill the cookie dough again for at least half an hour.

11. Preheat the oven to 200°C and bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until they are slightly browned. They will firm up as they cool so don?t think they should be really hard when just baked.

12. Leave until slightly firmer then use a palette knife to move onto a wire rack and leave until cold. They will last up to a month if kept in a cool dry place.


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  • Reply Lauren January 3, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Such a great idea!!

  • Reply thelittleloaf January 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious and love the idea of using gingerbread cookie dough rather than standard chocolate chip. A lovely wintry ice cream, yum 🙂

  • Reply Fuss Free Helen January 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Lovely ice cream, and a twist on the usualy cookie dough. I especially love the plate.

    • Reply Laura January 23, 2012 at 11:27 am

      Thanks Helen. It’s actually a large cup and saucer from the Retro range by Lotta Odelius. There are plates too.

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