Category Archives: Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream

This Rachael Ray recipe makes 1 pint.

3 cups coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1/2 cup whole milk

4 oz dark chocolate, chopped (about 3/4 cup)

1/4 cup sugar

pinch salt

1. In a medium, heavy saucepan, combine the chopped mint leaves, heavy cream and milk and, stirring constantly, bring to a simmer.  Remove from the heat and let steep, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

2. Using a fine sieve, strain the cream mixture into a medium bowl, pressing with a wooden spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Add the liquid to the saucepan, stir in the chocolate, sugar and salt, and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the chocolate is melted. Let cool, then transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

3. Scrape the chilled mint-chocolate mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Garnish with the mint sprigs before serving.


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Easy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (Our Favorite)

We have a very old electric ice cream maker and have tried many different flavors & recipes over the years.  Once we discovered this recipe, though, we stopped making anything else!  It is sooo creamy and delicious.  My mother-in-law found it on All Recipes, submitted by Darryn M. Briggs.

2 cups 2% milk

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp peppermint extract

3 drops green food coloring (optional)

1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips (chop in food processor)

1. In a large bowl, stir together milk, cream, sugar, salt, vanilla extract and peppermint extract until the sugar has dissolved. Color to your liking with the green food coloring.

2. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. After about 10 minutes into the freezing, add the chocolate chips. After the ice cream has thickened, about 30 minutes later, spoon into a container, and freeze for 2 hours.

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Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

This page from a Rachael Ray magazine fell out of my messy cookbook today & little E said, “Mommy, can you make this sometime?”

1 3/4 cups sugar

4 large eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

2 cups heavy cream

1/2 cup chopped peanuts

2 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 tsp baking soda

1. Whisk together 3/4 cup sugar and 3 eggs until thick. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer. Whisk a few tablespoons warm milk into the egg mixture, then pour the mixture into the pan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture coats a spoon, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the creamy peanut butter. Strain into a bowl. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cream, the peanuts, vanilla, and salt and refrigerate for 2 hours.

2. Scrape the chilled peanut butter mixture into an ice cream maker and prepare according to the manufacturer’s directions.

3. Preheat the oven to 350. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using an electric mixer, combine the crunchy peanut butter, the remaining 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup chocolate chips on medium speed. Whisk together the remaining egg and the baking soda, then mix into the crunchy peanut butter mixture until combined. Place tablespoon-size balls of dough 2″ apart on the baking sheets. Bake until golden, about 16 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheets.

4. In a small saucepan, bring the remaining 1/2 cup cream to a boil. Remove from the heat and store in the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips until smooth. Cover to keep warm.

5. Assemble the ice cream sandwiches and drizzle with the chocolate sauce before serving.

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Hot Fudge Ice Cream Bar Dessert

This one’s from my mother-in-law. 

16 oz can chocolate syrup (I didn’t know it still came in cans! That brings me back.)

3/4 cup peanut butter

19 ice cream sandwiches

12 oz container frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 cup salted peanuts or other nuts

1. Pour the chocolate syrup into a medium microwave safe bowl & microwave 2 minutes on high. Do not allow to boil. Stir peanut butter into hot chocolate until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature.

2. Line the bottom of a 9×13″ dish with a layer of ice cream sandwiches. SPread half the whipped topping over the sandwiches. Spoon half the chocolate mixture over that. Top with half the peanuts. Repeat layers. Freeze until firm, 1 hour. Cut into squares to serve.

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