Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

One of the perks of living in the South is Blue Bell ice cream. When we first moved here, I kept seeing it in the store and kept thinking, “Who do they think they are to be asking upwards of $7 for a 1/2 gallon of ice cream?!” Granted, you can almost always find it on sale somewhere, but still. It costs a pretty penny. And then I tried it and yeah, they can pretty much charge whatever they want because it’s the best ice cream ever. Cookies and cream. Pineapples and vanilla. Banana pudding. And the Candy Jar ice cream? Um, yeah, this blog is family-friendly, so I’ll just tell you that as I was just browsing their site and saw that Candy Jar is one of the flavors this month, I clapped my hands like a tricky monkey and my husband was slightly ashamed to be in the same room with me.

A few months ago, one of the flavors I tried was Snickerdoodle. Cookies. Cinnamon ice cream. Girl living 1723 miles away from home at Christmas. It was all I could do not to eat the whole thing in one sitting.

While some of their flavors stick around all year, others only pop up every once in awhile. Since I had never seen Snickerdoodle before and haven’t seen it since and don’t know when I’ll see it again, I resorted to making my own snickerdoodle ice cream. And I’ll tell you what–I think it might be just as good. And cheaper (probably…I didn’t actually price it out…) than $7 for a 1/2 gallon.

Really, it couldn’t be easier.  I used Sara’s legendary sugar cookie recipe, rolling them a little thick and leaving them on the soft side so they’ll freeze up nicely and won’t break your teeth. If you’re short on time, I would recommend getting those little, softish shortbread cookies in the cookie aisle. Keebler, maybe? You could also use actual snickerdoodles, but I’m afraid they might not stand up to being churned in ice cream. And…now…don’t shoot me, but I don’t actually love snickerdoodles. I love the IDEA of snickerdoodles, hence the delicious, delicious ice cream, but I have NEVER had a snickerdoodle that doesn’t have a metallic aftertaste. I think it’s the cream of tartar. So maybe I’m the wrong gal to ask about putting snickerdoodles in your ice cream.

Anyway, apparently I’m feeling quite chatty, so I’ll shut up and get on with the recipe.

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream
Recipe by Our Best Bites

1 1/2 c. 2% milk
1 c. sugar
2 egg yolks
1 c. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. cinnamon
About 1 1/2-2 c. chopped high-quality sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, or shortbread cookies

Combine milk and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium until bubbles form around the edges. Remove from heat.

In a small mixing bowl (or really big cereal bowl), whisk egg yolks thoroughly. Very slowly, add 1/2 of the hot milk mixture, whisking the yolks constantly. Return pan with remaining milk mixture to stove top and then whisk the egg and milk mixture back into the saucepan, whisking constantly. You need to be careful here to not get the eggs too hot too fast, or else they’ll curdle. So just relax and take it slow.

Add whipping cream. Over medium-low heat and stirring constantly, continue heating the custard mixture to 160 degrees. It will start to thicken quickly; remove from heat when your finger leaves a track on a spoon coated in the custard mixture.

Whisk in cinnamon and vanilla. Place the custard in an airtight container and chill in the refrigerator several hours.

When ready to make ice cream, pour chilled mixture into ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When the ice cream is almost done (like maybe the machine’s struggling a little…it looks like really firm soft-serve…), add chopped cookies.

Remove from ice cream freezer and place in another air-tight container and freeze a couple of hours at least to firm up.

Scoop up and enjoy!



  1. hi kate! this looks so good! you are so good at this. i wouldn’t know where to start in reinventing a recipe. and the time you take to do it all! amazing! make some for us when you come home!


  2. This sounds just fabulous! It would be great with apple pie, or sandwiched between two snickerdoodles. OK, I’ll stop, I’m starting to drool.

  3. Yum! I love cinnamon ice cream and can’t find it here in Oregon. I know I will definitely love Snickerdoodle ice cream too!! We don’t get Blue Bell here so I will definitely be making my own!! Need to get that ice cream maker out!!

  4. Kara, we must share a brain because I thought the EXACT same thing about both the pie and the ice cream sandwiches! Next time…if it lasts that long!

  5. I’ve been dreaming about this ever since you told me about it a few days ago. It looks just as good as it sounds! I can’t wait to try it.

    By the way, I know what you mean about the metallic taste of snickerdoodles. I hardly ever make them; I’m thinking we need to put our heads together and come up with the perfect recipe!

  6. Mmmmm I LOVE snickerdooles and I love ice cream. This is a winner already- I can tell!

    I personally love snickerdoodles, even the taste of the cream of tartar! Sara I think the recipe in our family cookbook is probably the best I have ever tasted.

  7. I've never actually had a snickerdoodle cookie but snickerdoodle blondies are a whole different story. They are fabulous and not metallic tasting at all. Don't know that they would work for ice cream but wanted to let you know as I think you're missing out. I've tried Peabody's & Dozen Flours, both good but I liked Dozen's better.

    Now on to the good stuff, ICE CREAM! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!! I had no idea Blue Bell made "flavor of the months" might be because I can't get past homemade vanilla but I'm gonna keep my eye open.

  8. Becca, that’s true- we do have a great snickerdoodle recipe. That one is from Helen; I haven’t had them in years.

  9. Oh my. I am a huge cinnamon lover and snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie. This is my kind of ice cream!

  10. Ohh…you should see what we pay for ice cream from a local farm. They make their own ice cream there, M&M, Triple Brownie, Candy Cane, man they have a lot of flavours for a local company.
    They charge 10-12 bucks for a 4L bucket…. whew…lol.. But it is yummo!!! :o)

  11. Hmmm. I am enjoying this blog (I’m new here) but I am wondering about the IMITATION VANILLA FLAVORING (eeewwwwww) in the photo for this recipe. Seems unlikely for folks who fancy themselves foodies. What happened?

  12. Well, considering real vanilla is hard to come by in my neck of the sticks, I have to settle for imitation unless I’m willing to sell my first-born child. Which, believe me, is an option sometimes, but usually more frowned upon than using imitation vanilla. Besides, we generally try to avoid the “foodie” label and the snobbery that comes along with that. Yeah, we’re not big on casseroles, but we’re not so far detached from the real world that we don’t use imitation vanilla in a pinch. I’m a small-town girl livin’ in a lonely world, what am I gonna do? 🙂

  13. This was sooooooooo good, but next time I’m going to leave out the cookies and just have the cinnamon ice cream. I am in love with it.

  14. Manda, I’m so glad you tried it and loved it! I figured this would probably be one of “those” recipes that hardly anyone makes because they either don’t have an ice cream maker or they don’t want to haul it out.

    I’m seriously going to use this as my new ice cream base, just sans the cinnamon. I bet it would be awesome as plain ol’ French vanilla or with strawberris in it.

  15. I love what you wrote in response to the vanilla/foodie comment. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I use the imitation version as well and don’t taste a big enough difference b/w the expensive and cheap kind to warrant paying more.

    I WILL be trying out this recipe. I actually love snickerdoodles.

  16. I just made the ginger snaps with added orange rind and dipped them in white chocolate, I was thinking how wonderful that would be to incorporate into ice cream! Cut up the cookies and put in white choco chips? Worth a shot! Love your site and recommend it to everyone I know, all the time! Thanks!!

  17. Kate, I bet you guys would like this…..You can make your own vanilla very inexpensively. (Much, much, much cheaper than buying those teensy little bottles at a grocery.)

    All it takes is some cheap vodka, a handful of Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans (dirt cheap on EBay), a mason jar, a dark cabinet, and about a month or so of time in the dark cabinet.

    As much as you guys must use for your test cooking, it would be worth your while.

    You can make your own lemon, orange, grapefruit and coconut extracts very easily using the same methods.

    I even made some little bottles of key lime extract for gifts, which isn't something you see every day.
    (I don't recommend doing that though, peeling the limes just about crippled me.)

    Anyway, the cost of the pure homemade extracts is about one eighth the cost of the store bought, and that's just the first time, since you'll want to buy some amber or cobalt bottles to store the extracts in your fridge. After that, refills are roughly the price of the cheap vodka that you use to make them, and the peel scrapings of whatever citrus fruit you just ate. They make fabulous gifts if you slap a pretty label on them.

    Just Google "make your own vanilla extract" for instructions.

    Love the blog! Several of your recipes have become real favorites.

  18. This ice cream sounds fantastic! I love snickerdoodles. Im kind of hesitant on the cookies though. Wouldnt they get soggy sitting in the ice cream?

    I have a good 'no egg'cookie dough recipe for ice cream that I might include instead

  19. I tried to make this this morning, and it didn’t work! I have no doubt that the recipe was flawless and it was something I did; this was my very first ice cream making experience. The batter, for lack of a better word, didn’t harden in the ice cream maker, even after an hour. I added the cookies and popped it in the freezer anyway, and I’m praying for a miracle. The flavour is amazing though, and I will be trying it again!! So disappointed (in myself), I had leftover sugar cookies (your recipe) in the freezer and everything!

    1. You know Kim, it will probably still taste great! Not sure what went wrong, but don’t lose hope quite yet. If the batter tastes great then you can’t go wrong just popping it in the freezer 🙂

  20. This was amazing. We just made it yesterday for Father’s Day. We all loved it. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to use it as a base for other ice creams.

  21. mm my favorite bb flavor is Cake & Ice Cream!! 🙂 and Krazy Kookie Dough! I will definitely try this as I’ve never seen BB Snickerdoodle and I do LOVE my snickerdoodles 🙂

  22. Has anyone tried this with Oreos instead of sugar cookies to make a “cookies and cream” version? Wondering if there is any substitution for the cinnamon which might not be so great in an Oreo version? Thanks!

    1. Meredith–You could totally use this for Cookies and Cream! 🙂 Just omit the cinnamon (no need to replace it with anything…maybe extra vanilla?) and you’ll be good to go!

  23. I’ve been dying to make this since I got your cookbook. I’ve never made ice cream that you had to cook beforehand so I’m new at it. I’m pretty sure I did everything right, but the custard just didn’t thicken all the way. I’m hoping it will still freeze right in my ice cream maker!

  24. New to your site (and food blogs in general). Needless to say my work productivity has suffered. Anyway, the recipe that shows up on the post lists “2 egg YOLKS,” but when I printed it, it says 2 eggs. Which should it be? HELP!

  25. Ahhh! My brother-in-law works for Blue Bell and now that we have had it when we visit him in AZ or other family in KY (and eat lots since he gets lots) we miss it’s goodness here in Provo! (but there are whispers there will be a shop opening here…where we will have to pay $7 a scoop no doubt!) I am so excited to try this! My husband is going to flip when he sees this!

  26. I love snickerdoddles,baking and ice cream. And recintly I have been trying to find a recipe for snickerdoddle ice cream. So I thank you for poping up on google. other wise I woulden’t have found the recipe for snicker doddle ice cream.

  27. Yummm, I love cinnamon ice cream, I’m going to be trying this snickerdoodle recipe this week to compete with just a cinnamon ice cream and see which one I think will be better for a party… knowing the kids coming over for our 4th of july party I have a feeling this one is gonna be the winner! Making this along with the blueberry cheesecake ice cream (my fave EVER!!!) I can’t wait!!!

  28. Going to try this during the winter. I’m one of the weird ones who eats more ice cream during the winter instead of summer. To comment on some above me, yes I realize the comments are old, but real vanilla doesn’t freeze well. The alcohol content is too high. That’s why imitation is better.

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  30. So my husband and I made this tonight from the cookbook, when I got on the site to see more details it says egg yolk.but the book just said eggs. Which is correct or does it not make much difference? I am wondering if that has anything to do with why it isn’t firming up super well.

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