One thing I missed so very much while living abroad was Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. The ice cream in New Zealand was amazing, don't get me wrong - it was the creamiest ice cream I've ever tasted. Unfortunately, ice cream with those little hunks of cookie dough heaven was unheard of over there (If anyone wants to make a million dollars, go start up a cookie dough ice cream business in NZ!). I couldn't go without, so I just made my own!
What You'll Need:
For the Cookie Dough* (mix in this order):
1 Stick Melted Butter
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3/4 Cup White Sugar
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar (Packed)
2 1/4 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Water
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Walnuts (optional)
For the Ice Cream:
1.5 Quart Size Vanilla Ice Cream (the cheaper, the better)
1/3 C Brown Sugar - Loose
Mix all of the cookie dough ingredients together and set aside. *Please note that there are NO EGGS in this recipe as opposed to traditional cookie dough that you would bake. Eating raw eggs can be dangerous, so I have substituted water in their place to keep the dough moist.
Put the ice cream in a large bowl and mix in the Brown Sugar. Stir until the mixture is uniform and the consistency of mashed potatoes - this will only take 60 seconds at most. The addition of the Brown Sugar makes ordinary, cheap ice cream taste rich - just like the real thing!
Using four, 2 Cup Containers, alternately layer the ice cream and chunks of cookie dough. Make sure not to leave any air pockets. Work quickly to maintain the texture of the ice cream - if it becomes liquid, it won't refreeze well.
Fill the containers up to the very top. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and then add the container lid.
Put them in the freezer for a couple of hours to refreeze. You now have FOUR Pints of Fake Ben & Jerry's!
You'll notice that there's a bunch of cookie dough leftover. You have two choices: (1) Add one beaten egg to the mixture and bake cookies at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or (2) Put the dough in a freezer bag, mark as egg-less dough, and use it the next time you make Fake Ben & Jerry's!
Meantime, dig in to your money-saving goodness! Enjoy!
Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
Fake Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Ice Cream: (Aldi's Vanilla Bean Ice Cream $2.69, Pantry Items $1.50) Yield: 4 Pints
Total Fake-It Cost: $4.19
Real Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Ice Cream: $3.99/Pint
Total Fake-It Yourself Savings: $11.77
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