Circus Animal Cookie Ice Cream

homemade ice cream recipes :: Circus Animal Cookie

One weekend the Mr. and I were on the road and we popped into a local shop for an ice cream cone. When we both spotted Circus Animal Cookie ice cream …. we started grinning silly. It is one of our favorite childhood cookies, and now in ice cream form? TWO SCOOP PLEASE! Ice-Cream-4In my opinion, there are few things better than these adorably tasty pink and white cookies. And I knew I had to try to recreate this recipe at home. So, it all started with these sprinkle-covered dudes.

homemade ice cream recipes :: Circus Animal CookieAnd the end product was this creamy, yet crunchy, pink ice cream. SO. GOOD.

Circus Animal Ice CreamCircus Animal Ice Cream

2 cups whole milk

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 1/4 cups heavy cream

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened

1 1/4 cups sugar cookie mix (just buy the premixed kind)

20 Circus Animal Cookies, roughly chopped

Sprinkles (optional)

To Make

-In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup of milk with the cornstarch and mix until smooth. Set aside.

-In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine remaining milk, heavy cream, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.

-Turn temperature down, stir in cornstarch mixture then bring back to a boil for 1 minute.

-Whisk in cream cheese and cake mix, then pour into a large heat-safe bowl.

-Let mixture come to room temperature before covering and letting sit in the fridge overnight to chill for best flavor.

-Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

-Add the cookies and sprinkles in last 5 minutes of churning.

-Transfer to freezer safe container and let harden in the freezer for several hours (or eat immediately for perfect soft serve texture).

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2 Comments on Circus Animal Cookie Ice Cream

  1. Larissa
    September 23 at 10:20 am (3 years ago)

    These animal cracker cookies are a favorite from my childhood. What a fun way to serve them.

  2. Melinda
    September 4 at 9:27 am (2 years ago)

    Hello there. I made this ice cream base last night and I had a few questions. Did you add in the sugar cookie mix without adding the extra wet ingredients or did you prepare the sugar cookie mix according to the bag and add the prepared mix? The box of sugar cookie mix I used suggested only one egg and half a stick of butter, but I didn’t prepare it, I added it in dry, and my ice cream base has turned into a kind of jelly doughy substance.. So I think I did not do it correctly.


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