Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fake Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

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

Check out my other Great Fake Recipes!


  1. Yummo! I'm bookmarking this recipe. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  2. I love this! Would you come over to my link party tomorrow and share your recipes with us at Cast Party Wednesday? http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com
    I hope to see you there!

  3. What a great idea!! Ice cream is my downfall and this recipe seems easy and quick.. love it!!

  4. How fun! I love this idea and I bet it tastes amazing!

  5. OH...MY...HEAVENS!

    I am so happy you shared this on Made it on Monday! This is MY kind of treat!

    I hope you will join in often, & make yourself at home, on Lark's Country Heart :)

  6. Thanks so much! The only problem is having FOUR pints of Ice Cream in the freezer...it doesn't last long!!! LOL!

  7. This is great! I love your savings counter at the top of your blog. I LOVE being frugal as does my husband. He used to just call himself "cheap," but he has accepted the more positive description of "frugal." I am your newest follower. I can't wait to learn more of your frugal ideas. I would love it if you came over to visit me at Greetings From the Asylum! :)

  8. I am so making this ice cream ASAP! I already have all the ingredients on hand. Eggless cookie dough - this could be very dangerous (for my waistline)!

  9. ummmm...yes please! That is amazing. I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing this! Would you consider showing this at my blog party Simply Creative over at 365days2simplicity? I adore recipes!


  10. This looks so good, & gotta love the savings =D I'm stopping by from the Sunday Showcase party. I would love for you to link this up to My Favorite Things party! It's going on all week,
    & be sure to check out my giveaway too!


  11. The hubs would love this indeed!

  12. Thank you for joining me at my blog party Simply Creative! Stop by this Thursday and we'll party again!!


  13. YUM! I'd love for you to share your recipe at my July 4th recipe party at Cajun Sugar Pie!

  14. {squeal} I love this idea! I am so going to have to make this for my hubby and Pretty Princess~ I am your newest follower and would LOVE it if you would follow me back! Havve a great day!;)

  15. I made this yesterday. Oh it is so addicting. You never have to worry about your carton of ice cream running out of cookie dough ever again, because if it does, just whip up some more cookie dough. I'm a new follower. Check out my blog if you're interested http://eatcakefordinner.blogspot.com

  16. *drool* I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/06/tuesday-confessional-link-party.html. I hope to see you soon!

  17. We now have Cookie dough icecream in New Zealand but it costs $10 NZ or around $15 US for only 1 litre. 4x the price of other flavours!

  18. OMG!!!! I hav 2 try dis!!!! Ben nd jerrys cookie dough is my favourite ice cream in da WORLD!!!! Nd now I can make it myself!!!!yaaaaahoooo!!!! Hahaha!!!! Yum yum!!!!

  19. Wow, you just made my day, not only can I make my own cookie dough ice cream, but I can make cheap vanilla ice cream taste much better! I can't wait to try that out! I also was wondering if those containers that deli meats come in were two cups, and I just checked, and they are, so I can start saving some of those to put the ice cream in and save some money that way too! Thank you! =)

  20. OMG... You have made my day, I just made some of your brownies, and now I cant wait until this weekend so I can make me some ice cream!! Loving it!!!

  21. This is an awesome recipe. Thank You! The only thing I did different was I put the cookie dough in a pan, smoothed it out and froze it. When it was frozen I cut it into small bite sized pieces. Once that was done I used my stand mixer and mixed the brown sugar into the ice cream for a few seconds until blended. Then I added the frozen cookie dough bites. I liked this better than layering it. It didn't take long at all, just a few seconds because I wanted the cookie dough chunks. Then I put it all in the containers as stated above.

    1. BTW if you do put it in a pan, do not put wax paper on the bottom, or if you do remove it before cutting. yeah duh moment when I had to peel tiny bits of wax paper off the bites. Although I ate a few then too :) The BF LOVED the recipe and left the rest of the Ben & Jerry's pints in the freezer and at these instead. Thanks again!

  22. I spent many months in New Zealand and omg how I miss it. <3 The ice cream was amazing! Now that I think of it though you are right - no cookie dough lol! Thank you for posting this. :)


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