Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream

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Peanut butter cookie Ice cream cone introLast month on The Scoop we posed a question:  If you could have 25% more of anything in your life, what would it be?  People from all across the country and from all walks of life piped up with great ideas. Reading them just made me want more of everything!  I wish I could list every single comment, but there were well over 100, so here’s a little sampling:

“I would love to have 25% more self confidence!! I am constantly questioning myself. Am I being a good wife, a good mom, a good co-worker, a good Christian, a good friend …. I have to trust my gut and efforts more.” -Wendy

“I’d like 25% more of time NOT on a phone or iPad. So maybe I actually want 25% less? Hmmm….” -Emily

“I would love 25% more of time in my day, as a working Mom there never seems to be enough hours for everything on the list.” -Lizzy

“I want 25% more white chocolate berry mochas in the morning!” – Jennifer

I would go for 25% more cooking time, so I could really knock out some tasty meals. Does that include 25% more time with the people I share the meals with? I hope so!” -LizBeth

“I’d like 25% more strawberries in my garden because that would be a huge increase compared to what I’ve got!” -Angela

“I’d like it to be 25% cooler in my bedroom so I can sleep upstairs in our bed instead of downstairs on the couch.” -Carrie

“I would love 25% more time in the bathroom. Alone. With the door locked. And my 4 kids not barging in or pounding on the door asking if I’m ‘going 1 or 2’. Judge all you want. It’s true.” -Kate

“I would like 25% more time to enjoy life’s daily blessings. I will count my blessings and live in the present.” -Natalie

No doubt that the overwhelming theme through all of the comments was time. More time with loved ones, time with kids, time with spouses, we all want to spend more time with the people we love!

Me with a couple of my kiddos on a tilt-a-whirl mid-ride!
Me with a couple of my kiddos on a tilt-a-whirl mid-ride!

That was my own goal when I posted that and since then I’ve honestly made a conscious effort to spend more quality time connecting with my kids this summer.  That doesn’t mean we have to spend hours participating in structured educational activities.  It can mean being lazy, but being lazy together!  We jump on the tramp, we go on bike rides, and we do one of our favorite things: cook.

Most of you know I’m pregnant right now, with my 4th boy.  People say to me all the time, “You need a little girl, so you can have a little helper in the kitchen!”  I totally get where they’re coming from, but what they don’t know is that I have three awesome helpers already.


My boys love to help and be involved, (especially when it’s something like ice cream.)  I’ve been doing this cooking gig for their entire lives, so they’ve grown up being a part of it and I hope their future wives appreciate that!  When we’re all home during the summer I like to let them pick special kitchen projects that we can do together.  They helped design this ice cream flavor!

little helpers

This is a custard-based ice cream, meaning it starts with a cooked mixture involving egg yolks.  Don’t worry- the eggs are cooked!  Custard-based ice creams are incredibly creamy and extra silky smooth, so although they take a little more effort than a quick mix-and-freeze style ice cream, the payoff is grand. Also, I kind of love prepping it all the day before and having more time (like, 25% more!) to relax the next day and just pop it in the ice cream maker.

Start by combing some whole milk, whipping cream, and sugar, on the stove top.  You’ll want to heat it gently, so as not to scorch the dairy, so use a rubber spatula and stir pretty constantly.

Cream and Milk

While that’s heating,  separate 4 egg yolks into a bowl (you can use the whites for something else- make an omelet!).  The next step is to temper the eggs, meaning to bring them up to temperature.  If you drop egg yolks into a simmering liquid, they would scramble, so instead, take a ladle and slowly drizzle a small stream of the hot milk mixture into the eggs, while constantly whisking.

Tempering Eggs for ice Cream

Once you’ve transferred about half of the milk mixture into the eggs, it should be warm enough and now you can add the egg mixture back into the pot.

adding tempered eggs into custard

Continue cooking until the mixture registers about 170 degrees.  If you don’t have a thermometer, the mixture will thicken slightly and when you dip a spoon into it, you should be able to run your finger over the back of the spoon and leave a “track”.

When the mixture is up to temperature, we’ll add the peanutty goodness.  Just use regular ol’ creamy store-bought peanut butter here.  I don’t recommend getting fancy and using homemade or natural style peanut butters.

creamy peanut butter

Take the milk mixture off the heat and immediately stir in a little peanut butter. The heat will make it easy to whisk it right in.

Creamy Peanut Butter in Custard

Once mixed in, strain through a fine mesh strainer (just to make sure there aren’t any scrambled egg or sugar bits) and let it cool completely.  Then pop it in the fridge over night.

Straining Custard

The next day you can freeze in an ice cream maker according to the directions.

While your ice cream is churning, break up some peanut butter cookies.  I use this super quick and easy recipe, that I made the day before when I prepped my ice cream.   When I put cookies in ice cream, I like to under-bake them so they stay nice and soft.

breaking up cookies

And while we’re throwing delicious things into homemade ice cream, let me just say that any peanut butter-chocolatey thing would be delicious in here.  I cut up some Snickers Peanut Butter Squares, because ya know, that can only be a good thing.  My kiddos loved them sprinkled on top, and the soft nougat and peanut butter layers went perfectly with the ice cream.

Chopped Snickers

This ice cream will be smooth and creamy, and as you can see it’s just a light golden color and has a nice mild peanut butter flavor.

Churned ice cream

We wanted ours to have a yummy peanut butter ribbon, so I softened a little creamy peanut butter in the microwave until it was stirable.  Frozen peanut butter has a perfect texture, so you don’t need to add anything to it.

softened peanut butter
You can hand mix your cookies into the ice cream, or just sprinkle them in like I did.

Broken Cookies

Start layering your ice cream in a freezer safe container and drizzle on a little peanut butter.

Drizzled Peanut Butter

Sprinkle in cookies (or candies if you want) and continue until everything is used.

Cookies in ice cream

Pop the container in the freezer until it’s firmed up (that usually requires at least 3-4 hours) and then dig in.  You know how sometimes homemade ice cream can be a little icy?  And turn rock hard after sitting in the freezer?  This one is insanely rich and creamy and has a perfect texture.

Ice Cream Scoops

In fact, I fed this to several guests, on different occasions, and every single one of them said, “this is homemade?  It tastes like ice cream ice cream. ”

The chunks of soft cookies are kind of like cookie dough, and the creamy peanut butter ribbon is out of this world.  Eat it out of a bowl,

Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream from Our Best Bites

Or with extra toppings (because, why not?)

Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream with Snickers

Or in a homemade chocolate waffle cone (whaaa?)

Peanut butter cookie Ice cream cone

Or save your cookies for the outside instead of the inside.  This makes amazing peanut butter cookie sandwiches.

Peanut Butter ice Cream Sandwich

Any way the cookie crumbles, this will be a new favorite in your house- I can almost guarantee it!

Yummy Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream from Our Best Bites




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Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. I have 2 girls and a boy. My 5 year old boy is by far my biggest helper and the most creative in the kitchen. He always want to invent his “own” recipes. It is so much fun to create in the kitchen with that boy!!! Love them boys!!!

  2. You made me a custard-base ice cream convert. The added creaminess is so worth a bit of extra effort. Hubby loved this too and he’s not a peanut butter lover. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Love this recipe. One change I will make is to put all the ice cream ingredients, except maybe the peanut butter, in my Vitamix. Just turn it on and leave it for four or five minutes. No stirring, no cooked egg yolk pieces, just yummyness.

  4. Is there an alternate recipe for making it with an ice cream maker?! Sounds delicious but I love my ice cream maker!!

  5. I’ve never tried making ice cream by cooking it but I made this recipe. However after chilling it for a few hours it turned from a thick liquid to a thick pudding-like mixture! What did I do?

  6. Oh my gosh there are so many wonderful things about this ice cream, I cannot handle not having it in front of me.

  7. I’ve never made ice cream before, but I’ve been wanting to make it for years. What is a good ice cream maker?

  8. Oh yum! Another recipe to go and borrow Granny’s ice cream maker for! We made the old ” one ingredient” banana ” ice cream w/PB 2 and mini chocolate chips in the blender tonight. Did the trick but craving the ” real thing!

    Awww and thanks for the “shout out”? Wishing I thought of something more creative that I wanted 25% of. Can i mention that I’d be content with 25% less zucchini at the moment?!? Zucchini for every meal, it seems! Bedtime snack was zucchini sticks, managed to eat 5 zucchini! Yummmmm

  9. Just wanted to let you know that for months whenever I use the ‘save recipe’ icon for your recipes, it saves the Southwestern Brown Rice Salad to my Ziplist recipe box, no matter what recipe I’m trying to save. I’ve tried deleting my cookies but it must be a glitch with your site. Love your site and recipes (would love to be able to save them).

    1. That’s an issue with a third party app- I think we may just need to remove it, it causes too many problems!

  10. Mouth = watering. Literally. Also, (smacks forehead). It kills me when people say things with good intentions that are just…incorrect. Of COURSE you have excellent little helpers! Boys like to cook just as much as girls do, and bravo to you for never limiting or excluding them from one of life’s great pleasures. Really great post.

  11. I’m going to be one of *those* people, but do you think it would work to sub coconut milk? I’m trying to stay away from dairy right now…

    1. Haha. Well coconut milk will never, ever be the same as cream and whole milk, in both taste and texture, so you’d just have to experiment and see.

  12. Cookies AND Snickers in the same ice cream (and they’re PEANUT BUTTER?)! I am in!

  13. You know girls, I had tried to make a custard based ice cream many times, failing miserably, UNTIL I used an ice cream recipe from your first cookbook. Total success!!! I cannot wait to try this, because, you know, Snickers. Fact: My sister has a chocolate and caramel colored dachshund, named Snickers!!! 🙂

    Thanks for the recipe Sara, loved the pictures. And thanks for featuring my comment. I STILL need 25% more self-confidence, working on it!!!

  14. What a fun day with the kiddos this must have been. Love the result of it as well, PB cookie ice cream sounds like a dream 🙂

  15. Now you’ve gone and given me a dilemma. Recently, I’ve been thinking that those peanutbutter cookies might be delicious in your carmelized banana ice cream, but now I want to make this! Either way, I am putting my ice cream maker in the freezer 🙂

  16. Oh, goodness, if I could count the times someone said that I needed a girl. Or asked if we’re going to try for a girl. 🙁 We also have three boys, and they are all amazing helpers and love being in the kitchen! Yay for little boys!!

  17. This sounds amazing! I made the strawberry cheesecake ice cream last weekend for company because it was quick and easy, but this sounds like it’s worth the extra time….

  18. Mmmm! is 8:35 a.m. too early to eat ice cream? It sounds delicious. And it inspires so many ideas. Our Costco used to sell a caramel almond toffee ice cream that was my favorite and I bet I could re-create it exactly the same way you did this one. If it works, you will be my new best friend.

  19. I wish I was one of your friends that got to sample your concoctions! This looks amazing!