Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Chip and Cookies & Cream Versions

Today is the day.  My son Clark and his lovely bride Jessica are getting married.  We are so excited and can hardly believe the day has arrived.   I thought today’s recipe was pretty appropriate because this is probably what we are doing right now…..
ice creamYes, that would be melting.  It is suppose to be 115 degrees today in Phoenix.  I am not sure this Northwest, use to 70 degree summer days girl is going to be able to handle this!!

I am just going to keep thinking about this yummy vanilla ice cream and it will keep me cool.  Maybe I’ll even find me some Arizona ice cream to help cool me off!!

Last week I posted a recipe for some pretty delicious Key Lime Pie Ice Cream.  I mentioned that I used my basic vanilla recipe as the base.  Several of you asked for the recipe which I thought was on the blog.  After 5 years of sharing recipes it is sometimes hard to remember which recipes I have shared and which I haven’t.  Guess I hadn’t shared this one so today I am fixing that problem.
ice creamI have to admit, when it comes to ice cream flavors, I love me some good vanilla ice cream.  Call me plain jane, call me boring but I love vanilla ice cream. The key to really good vanilla ice cream though is to use a high quality, pure vanilla.  None of that imitation stuff.

Every once in a while though I get a little adventurous.    I go for chocolate chip ice cream!  Living on the edge here.

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

For this homemade version of chocolate chip ice cream I just used the basic vanilla ice cream base and once the ice cream was set up I tossed in about 1 cup of mini chocolate chips.  I prefer the minis over the full size.  Sometimes you end up with too much chocolate otherwise and you don’t want to overpower the beauty of the vanilla.

ice cream

And then when I am feeling really wild I go for a Cookies & Cream version!

Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

For this version all you need are some crushed up Oreo cookies or the chocolate cream cookie of your choice.  Again, for my 2 qt. recipe I use about 1 cup of crushed cookie.  I also crush up a cookie or two to sprinkle on top.
ice cream
The possibilities are pretty much endless here.  Thinking some candy bar in the ice cream would be pretty tasty too.  What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?  Are you a plain jane vanilla girl like me??!

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Chip and Cookies & Cream Versions
  • 1½ C whole milk
  • 1½ C sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1½ C half & half
  • 1½ Tbsp pure vanilla (use the good stuff)
  • 2 C whipping cream
  • For variations: add in 1 c mini chocolate chips or 1 c crushed Oreo cookie
  1. Mix together all ingredients and pour into 2 qt. ice cream maker.
  2. Follow manufacturer's directions.
  3. After ice cream has set up, stir in add in (mini chocolate chips, crushed cookies etc.)
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. nancy says

    Thank you for taking the time to post the vanilla ice cream recipe (I was one of those pesky people bothering you for the recipe!!!) . I can’t wait to make it this weekend. My thoughts are with you and your family today ~~~much joy and love are being sent you way!!!

  2. Heidi says

    That looks so yummy! Gonna have to make it with the kids! Congratulations to you and your family today as your family grows with a new daughter. Wishing you all the best. Can’t wait to see the pictures of the carnival wedding.

  3. Ginger says

    Welcome to my world. When I read all your posts about such amazing weather, it is hard to imagine. I live here in Mesa, and we live through this awful heat year after year, and stay here. :) I’m curious if you son was part of the “mega wedding event” or you guys had your own “normal” wedding and reception. Our niece was married today and we were outside for pictures after the ceremony and we were dripping by the time we were done. I hope you make it back to your cool world. If you come here again, come in Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb. March, it is beautful!!!

    • says

      Truly not sure how people live in Arizona in the summer! We were not part of the “Big Fat Mormon Wedding” but our sealing was in between two of theirs. They must have all been at lunch because we didn’t see any of them. We only took a group shot outside and then the bride and groom took a few – the rest of us got in our air conditioned cars!!

  4. Romy Greenwood says

    Just a quick review…

    We tried the straight vanilla ice cream. Great texture. We happened to double the recipe. Flawless and yummy.

    This is the recipe I will stick with. Ziplist is a tremendous help to me for organizing and experimenting with recipes. It has transformed me into a bit of a chef.

    Thank you!

  5. Kat says

    This ice cream rocks! My mix in of choice was raspberries. mmm. I made it for our neighborhood block party and it was a huge hit. I now have a go to vanilla ice cream base recipe. Thanks!

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