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Cookie Dough Ice Cream, yo

I imagine the idea of creating an ice cream flavor full of cookie dough came from a little kid who, while eating an ice cream cone, went to scoop out a finger-full of his mom’s homemade cookie dough, only to find a piece of it plopped down onto his cone.  Bothered at first, he looked down to see his predicament.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe

Gluten, egg and dairy-free

Adapted from Corrina Darling’s Cookie Dough Hummus


  • 1 pint non-dairy vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 c rolled oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 c brown sugar 
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 2 Tb applesauce or oil
  • 1 c. Enjoy Life chocolate chips


  1. In food processor blend chickpeas, oats, salt, baking soda, sugar, vanilla, and oil.  Blend until smooth, yet thick enough to form into a ball.
  2. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Place in a bowl and freeze for 10 minutes.
  4. Roll out into small balls and throw into pint of softened non-dairy vanilla ice cream carton. Re-freeze until solid.

Unable to remove it with his hands, his only choice was to pick up the cookie dough with his mouth. Simultaneously he managed to scoop up a slurp of vanilla ice cream along with the dough and as the flavors mixed around in his mouth, his eyes widened. Had he just accidentally created the world’s greatest ice cream flavor?

Without a doubt.

52 Comments Post a comment
  1. Omg I love you. This looks SO good. I love cookie dough ice cream it is my all time favorite.

    June 1, 2012
    • And I love YOU, Brittany 🙂 There is really nothing better than cookie dough, in my opinion…

      June 2, 2012
  2. So let me get this straight: There’s chickpeas and oats and applesauce in this, so technically, I could count this as a meal, yes?

    I love your non-ice-cream-maker-needing ice cream recipes! My appliance-overflowing cabinet space says thank you!

    May 31, 2012
  3. Oh man, this looks so incredibly amazing. I have been craving “ice cream” like none other lately, and now I really can’t wait to make/eat this. Mmm!

    May 31, 2012
    • The cookie dough is beckoning you, Alicia… 🙂

      May 31, 2012
  4. Somer #

    I need that. Now. Maybe I will just make the cookie dough and eat it all since I don’t have any ice cream in the freezer. Can you taste the beans, Ms. Bean?

    May 30, 2012
    • You know, I won’t lie, you can taste them slightly. However, once you throw the chocolate chips in, freeze them with the ice cream, it really goes away.

      May 31, 2012
      • Somer #

        It’s ok, me like beans and the garbs are my fave 😉

        email. details. last night. now. I was waiting up like a good Nanny McPhee 😉

        May 31, 2012
  5. Chocolate chip cookie dough has been one of my longtime favorites. Love cookie dough, love vanilla ice cream – done and done! I made a similar chickpea-based cookie dough from Chocolate Covered Katie, and it was amazing. Looking forward to trying this dreamy, creamy concoction!

    May 30, 2012
    • I haven’t tried that recipe yet but I keep hearing great things about it so I must try it now 🙂

      May 31, 2012
  6. YO! This looks awesome Cara! 🙂

    May 30, 2012
  7. bitt #

    you made me curious who invented cookie dough ice cream because i was pretty sure it was first available through ben and jerry’s. and yes they are taking all the credit for it. awesome that now there are even commercial coconut dairy free ice creams with gluten free cookie dough chunks in them. love it.

    May 30, 2012
    • Yeah I’m pretty sure a little kid invented it 🙂 Most definitely. At least it’s more of an exciting story, right?

      May 31, 2012
  8. Reblogged this on veggiesandpatchouli.

    May 30, 2012
  9. If that is how these brilliant flavors are discovered, then more kids should be allowed to experiment in the kitchen!
    love that chickpea cookie dough.. yo!
    we need some spicy icecream next 😉
    today i went to the kitchen 3 times and came back without doing what i went there to do.. one of those days..

    May 30, 2012
    • That’s what I’m thinking too! Not sure why mothers keep their children out of the kitchen when they are truly concotion geniuses!
      Spicy ice cream??? Oh Richa, you just gave me an idea!! I will call it The Richa 🙂 It will have the healing power of memory in it too…

      May 31, 2012
  10. So, we are just adding some stuff to common vanilla ice cream ? You must be kidding.

    What about mixing together the ingredients for home-made vanilla ice cream and the cookie dough thingies, freezing it and then smashing the mixture into our beloved blender ? =)

    May 30, 2012
    • Maybe you can do that on your blog? 🙂 I am in the midst of moving so my time is limited and sometimes easier is just more fun…

      May 31, 2012
      • Challenge accepted !

        May 31, 2012
        • YES! I love it. Can’t wait to see what you do!!!

          May 31, 2012
  11. Yum. Cookie dough is my favorite flavor of ice cream. Hands down.

    May 30, 2012
    • It’s hard to resist little bits of cookie heaven in ice cream, isn’t it? I don’t blame you that it’s your favorite. It’s in my top 5 as well…

      May 31, 2012
  12. Rocky Road , now cookie dough – what’s next on the list Cara, maybe cherry garcia?

    The best thing about making your own cookie dough ice cream – you can make it anyway you like it, me personally I would go with the 70% cookie dough to 30% ice cream ratio – what can i say I like my cookie dough 🙂

    May 30, 2012
    • Somer #

      please make cherry garcia, please make cherry garcia!!!

      May 30, 2012
      • As per your request, consider it done my love!

        May 31, 2012
        • Somer #


          May 31, 2012
  13. Brooke #

    #1 That top photo is Gorgeous!
    #2 I don’t like cookie dough ice cream.
    #3 That’s neither here nor there.
    #4 Cookie dough hummus is freaking brilliant!

    May 30, 2012
    • #1: A digital camera does SO much more! I love it. And thank you.
      #2: You are crazy.
      #3: Where are we?
      #4: Isn’t it though? Wish I could take credit for it…ha

      May 31, 2012
      • #1 What were you using before? A hammer?
        #2 This is not news.
        #3 The State of Denial.
        #4 Giving credit where it is due is a wonderful thing. Good girl for the link back! 🙂

        May 31, 2012
        • #1: My corrections: My new Nikon DSLR 5100 makes all the difference in world. That, or it really is a hammer.
          #2: Good point.
          #3: Is that the 51st State?
          #4: *taking a bow*

          June 1, 2012
          • #1 That’s one awesome camera! What were you using before? A hammer?
            #2 Hah!
            #3 Yes. I hear a lot of people live there already.
            #4 You have a little something on your butt… I think it might be a sprinkle.

            June 1, 2012
  14. Have you gone gangster on us Cara? I absolutely hope so, I can only imagine the hilarity that would ensue. Then you could start using phrases like fo’ shizzle and you go girl and get really crazy 😉

    fantastic recipe! Love the cookie dough especially!

    Mad props, dude.

    May 30, 2012
    • Um, I am almost embarrassed to admit that I *actually* do talk like that 🙂 It’s the inner gangster in me, wanting to come out… ha

      May 30, 2012
  15. Looks delicious, Cara – of course. I intend to try making my own cookie dough ice cream when I get my machine :D. For now, though, you’ve made me all jealous and ting…

    May 30, 2012
    • You are getting an ice cream machine??? I’m so jealous! May I come over and watch the master work his magic?

      May 30, 2012
      • Haha – it’s bit difficult to ‘come over’, I ain’t yo next door neighbour! I will be getting one… I hope.

        May 30, 2012
        • Did you just say “yo”–Frugs is getting hood on me. Best day ever. And it’s neighbor, by the way. No u 😉

          May 30, 2012
          • Oh yes – by the way, a comment on facebook doesn’t count :D.

            May 30, 2012
  16. what a brilliant little kid:) Choc chip cookie dough is one of my 2 favorite ice cream flavors! i always get it in a bowl, and eat around the cookie dough, saving it for last — haha — thanks for sharing — this looks outrageously delicious — as always:)

    May 30, 2012
  17. you know, i only remember eating cookie dough ice cream once at my best friend’s house in like 4th grade. i remember thinking, “why don’t my parents buy this kind??” but i knew the answer- not enough chocolate! my parents only bought breyers chocolate or death by chocolate or rocky road.

    nowadays, i buy cookie dough ice cream for dayv and he loves it. i think it’s pure decadence brand. i should try making your chickpea version, though! i am loving that idea. seriously, what CAN’T chickpeas do?! one amazing legume 😉

    May 30, 2012
  18. I love this recipe even if it does use beans 😦 That kid was a freaking genius, though.

    May 30, 2012
    • He really was. Sometimes, eating too much sugar can come in handy and creates a great result 🙂

      May 30, 2012
  19. Laurel #

    You’ve got to have a halo you’re hiding somewhere on your person. How do you even have ice cream left to soften and add things to? Nope. Store bought gets eaten directly when it gets home because it’s usually at that perfect just soft enough stage. I’ll save the cookies for later. Well, if I could eat chickpeas or oats. I love the little boy story. Won’t you drop a Trader Joe’s in my backyard? There’s someone back there with ruby slippers who could use an attitude adjustment. Who am I kidding. I just want the slippers. And Ice Cream!

    May 30, 2012
    • Why don’t I just transport you back to California as my next door neighbor? How fun would THAT be??

      May 30, 2012
      • Laurel #

        YES PLEASE!!!

        May 30, 2012
  20. Okay, cookie dough ice cream used to be like, one of my top three favorite things. Who am I kidding, I still love it! This looks so good! 🙂

    May 30, 2012
  21. Argh! Cookie dough balls from beans. Nice. Thanks!!!! Ok. totally tacky, here, but you said Yo which reminded me of pirates. Here is my favorite joke. A pirate walks into a bar and orders a brewski. The bartender says. “Hey, did you know you’ve got a steering wheel stuck in your pants?” The pirate says. “Argh! It’s driving me nuts!” Ha. Ha.

    May 30, 2012
    • Kelly, I freaking live for you. Why are you the best in the world??? That joke is going to be in my top favorites from now on! xo

      May 30, 2012

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