Swirled with chunks of peanut butter and loaded with cookies, Monster Cookie Ice Cream is a perfect balance of salty-sweet. It will leave you craving just one more bite every time you make it.
“You had me at Monster Cookies” should probably be written somewhere as my brother Karl’s catchphrase. For as long as I can remember, Monster Cookies have been his thing.
My grandmother’s recipe has been passed down and adapted and remade endlessly into new desserts for our family.
Monster Cookie Ice Cream
Monster Cookie Ice Cream has earned “best ice cream ever” comments from the family each time I’ve made it. It’s the latest in our line-up of monster cookie inspired desserts and it just might be the greatest.
There are a couple of things to note before you make this ice cream. First, I recommend skipping the M&M’s on top of the cookies when you bake them. I’m not a big fan of the candies when frozen whole into the ice cream.
Instead, roughly chop a handful of M&M’s to scatter into the ice cream or purchase mini M&M candies to use. All the classic Monster Cookie flavors will be there without any rock-hard candies to deal with in the mix.
Second, don’t skip the peanut butter sauce. It adds a whole new depth of flavor to the ice cream that is truly memorable.
When poured into the ice cream, the peanut butter mixture will firm and harden into something akin to magic shell. The shell it forms will melt smoothly when you bite into it, creating peanut butter chunks with the perfect chewy bite.
I highly recommend setting aside some extra peanut butter sauce to pour over the top of each bowl as well. You won’t regret it.
Monster Cookie Ice Cream Ingredients
- heavy cream
- kosher salt
- vanilla extract
- Monster Cookies
- Peanut Butter Sauce
The peanut butter sauce in this ice cream is an optional ingredient. I’ve made the ice cream both with and without the sauce. It’s great with just the cookies if you don’t want to play up the peanut butter flavor.
Monster Cookie Recipes
I’m not going to name names here <cough> Augusta <cough>, but a certain friend and I have a history that includes eating almost the entire batch of monster cookie dough at certain times in the past.
Out of all the cookies I make, this cookie dough tempts me the most. That craving led to the creation of these Monster Cookie Dough Bites. Eaten with a spoon or rolled into bite-size balls, this is a sweet snack everyone enjoys.
No time to scoop and bake trays of cookies? Make a batch of Monster Cookie Bars instead. The bars come close to trumping the cookies, my friends. Slightly gooier than the cookies while still crisp on top and bottom, these are some of the best bar cookies I’ve ever tasted.
Monster Cookie Chocolate Cheesecake Bars are the ultimate combination of my grandmother’s Monster Cookies, turned into Monster Cookie Bars, and married to these Cheesecake Cookie Bars.
Chewy peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies layered on each side of a scoop of pure vanilla ice cream to make these Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. The chewy cookie stays soft next to the ice cream, even straight from the freezer.
Monster Cookie Ice Cream
- 1¾ cups heavy cream
- 1¼ cups milk
- ¾ cups sugar
- ⅙ tsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 12 Monster Cookies roughly chopped, about 2½ cups
- ⅔ cup Peanut Butter Sauce OPTIONAL
- Whisk together the cream, milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions. While the ice cream is churning, roughly chop each cookie into 6-8 pieces.
- Scatter about ⅓ of the cookie pieces in the bottom of a freezer-safe container. When the ice cream has finished churning, scoop half the ice cream over the cookies in the container, drizzle generously with ¼ cup room-temperature peanut butter sauce, and sprinkle with about half of the remaining cookie pieces.
- Scoop the remaining ice cream into the container and gently spread it evenly, drizzle with an additional ¼ cup peanut butter sauce, and top with the last of the cookies. Freeze until firm. Serve with additional peanut butter sauce, if desired.
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