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Cookies & Cream Ice Cream with a Surprise!

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Category : Dessert, Ice Cream

 

OK, I just want to inform you guys that Oklahoma broke the heat record for every state in the United States! Ever! In the history of recording heat! I do not know about my fellow Oklahomans but this is not a record that I want to be known for breaking! I am also telling you this so when you hear me whining about the heat it is because IT IS SO FREAKIN HOT!!! Nothing beats this heat but this ice cream makes it bearable for the 5 minutes it will take you to devour it! Then you will  be staring at the container wondering how you can justify another cone only 15 minutes after you had the first one (come on it can’t just be me who feels this way!) Well I have the perfect way for you to justify it!

  1. It is low fat and low calorie but tastes like the real deal (I would never lie to you!!) it is a miracle in the ice cream world in my humble opinion!
  2. It is so flipping hot that you can’t possibly slave away in front of a stove to make a high calorie delicious sauce filled dinner so why not splurge a little.
  3. IT IS FREAKING HOT! Like so hot I am waiting for Lucifer to knock on my door and say HAPPY TUESDAY! Yes it is that hot!

 

Ok so I bet you guessed what the surprise is? Yes the surprise is that this super creamy, yummy and impossibly easy dessert is on the healthier side! Now I am not going to lie and call it “healthy” but it is much better than making it with heavy cream (even though we all love some heavy cream from time to time) also you DO NOT NEED AN ICE CREAM MACHINE! You need only three things to make this: a container to make and freeze it in, a fork and some gold old fashion love! Yep! NO freezing an ice cream maker bowl a day before… NO whisking or beating! NOPE NOT HERE KIDS! This is the easiest and creamiest ice cream and it is super tasty! I hate that when you try to make a healthy version of things a lot of time the flavor is lacking. What I love about this recipe is that you do not have that happening! You do not have to give up good flavor or a creamy texture and yet you can cut the fat and calories tremendously!

 

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Fantastico!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Cool Whip Lite
  • 1 can Fat Free Sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup Fat Free Smart Balance milk (or organic milk. If you use regular milk just make it 2% so you get a creamy texture to your ice cream)
  • 1 Vanilla bean (or you can use 1 to 2 teaspoon vanilla extract depending on how vanilla you want it to be)
  • 12 Oreo cookies (go with reduced fat Oreos to cut more calories if you like)

Open your can of Fat Free sweetened condensed milk and pour it into the container you will be freezing your ice cream in (I just used a 2 quart plastic container.) Use a spatula to get all the condensed milk out of the can. Pour your smart balance milk into the condensed milk and give it a stir with a fork.

 

Getting Omega 3′s and a creamy texutre! How can you go wrong! This is not a paid advertisement for them but I wish it was! Smart Balance products rock! OK back to the ice cream!

Then add the vanilla. I choose to use a vanilla bean because nothing compares to the flavor from a vanilla bean and I love them! If you do that you want to cut a slit down the bean with a sharp knife but do not cut the bean all the way through. With the back side of a butter knife slide it all the way down the bean until all the seeds are on the tip of your knife. Then you can just put them in your milk mixture and give it a quick stir with your fork so all the seeds are disbursed throughout the milk mixture.

 

Look at all those vanilla bean seeds! YUM! That is good stuff people!

Now it is time to add the cool whip. It will not measure perfectly level and that is ok! Just measure it out the best you can and dump it in the bowl.

 

Use the fork to incorporate the cool whip into the milk until you have a smooth consistency. This will take about 4 to 5 minutes and you want as many of the chunks of cool whip out as possible. It should look like this….

 

See the consistancy…

 

At this point you want to taste the batter. It should taste just like melted ice cream. You will know if you want to add more vanilla or not at this point. This is the base. This alone makes an amazing vanilla ice cream and about 117 calories per .5 cup serving!

Chop up your Oreos. This is the best part because you are in control of the size of the cookie bites in your ice cream so cut them as big or as small as you like!

 

Add the Oreos to the mixture and give it a stir just so they are all mixed in.

Put the lid on the container and freeze for 6 to 8 hours until set.

 

 

Then you eat it! And it is that easy! Enjoy!

 

I put this into a recipe calculator and it calculated at 237 calories per half cup serving! But the other amazing thing is all the possibilities this recipe gives you! You can do all the same ingredients but sub peppermint extract for vanilla and add some mint Oreos or chocolate chips and you have mint and chip! Add some chopped mangos for a tropical tasting vanilla ice cream! You could add some cream cheese and strawberries with gram cracker crumbles for a strawberry cheese cake variety! The options are limitless and if you can imagine it then you can make it happen! I love the easiness of this recipe and the quickness. I can mix it up in less than 15 minutes before work in the morning and I know I will have a wonderful dessert by the evening! Not to mention if you are having people over you can ask them what their favorite dessert is and surprise them by having it in the form of ice cream! If they say their favorite dessert is Key Lime Pie then you can add some crumbled up gram crackers and squeeze in some lime juice! Just test it before you freeze it and you will know just how it will taste frozen! That way you can make it as lime flavored as you like! There is no dessert that you could not re-create through this ice cream! And if you get stumped you can always leave a comment here and I will be quick to reply to help you customize your flavor!

 

 

I love my ice cream in a cone! I love this ice cream for many reasons and I feel that not making it would be the biggest mistake you ever made! Ok so maybe that was a little on the dramatic side, but make it! Trust me! You will be glad you did!

**Cooks Note**

-          You can substitute Cool Whip Free if you want to. I do not eat fake sugar so I did not use this. I am sure the results would be just as good and it would work just fine but I did not use that so I did not list it. If you try this be sure to let me know!

-          I say to use Smart Balance milk because they add omega 3, protein & calcium. The fat free has a rich creamy texture and taste like 2% milk but without the fat and calories! You get very similar taste with Fat Free Organic milk. If you want to use regular milk you can use any type but I recommend at least 2% to get a creamy texture so your ice cream is not icy.

-          I have used every brand of sweetened condensed milk I can find and find that it does not change the integrity of the ice cream so go ahead and get the cheaper stuff or get what is on sale!

 

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Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Fantastico!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Cool Whip Lite
  • 1 can Fat Free Sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup Fat Free Smart Balance milk (or organic milk. If you use regular milk just make it 2% so you get a creamy texture to your ice cream)
  • 1 Vanilla bean (or you can use 1 to 2 teaspoon vanilla extract depending on how vanilla you want it to be)
  • 12 Oreo cookies (go with reduced fat Oreos to cut more calories if you like)

Instructions

  1. Open your can of Fat Free sweetened condensed milk and pour it into the container you will be freezing your ice cream in (I just used a 2 quart plastic container.) Use a spatula to get all the condensed milk out of the can. Pour your smart balance milk into the condensed milk and give it a stir with a fork.
  2. Then add the vanilla. I choose to use a vanilla bean because nothing compares to the flavor from a vanilla bean and I love them! If you do that you want to cute a slit down the bean with a sharp knife but do not cut the bean all the way through. With the back side of a butter knife slide it all the way down the bean until all the seeds are on the tip of your knife. Then you can just put them in your milk mixture and give it a quick stir with your fork so all the seeds are disbursed throughout the milk mixture.
  3. Now it is time to add the cool whip. It will not measure perfectly level and that is ok! Just measure it out the best you can and dump it in the bowl.
  4. Use the fork to incorporate the cool whip into the milk until you have a smooth consistency. This will take about 4 to 5 minutes and you want as many of the chunks of cool whip out as possible.
  5. At this point you want to taste the batter. It should taste just like melted ice cream. You will know if you want to add more vanilla or not at this point. This is the base.
  6. Chop up your Oreos. This is the best part because you are in control of the size of the cookie bites in your ice cream so cut them as big or as small as you like!
  7. Add the Oreos to the mixture and give it a stir just so they are all mixed in.
  8. Put the lid on the container and freeze for 6 to 8 hours until set.
  9. Then you eat it! And it is that easy! Enjoy!
  10. **Cooks Note**
  11. - You can substitute Cool Whip Free if you want to. I do not eat fake sugar so I did not use this. I am sure the results would be just as good and it would work just fine but I did not use that so I did not list it. If you try this be sure to let me know!
  12. - I say to use Smart Balance milk because they add omega 3, protein & calcium and the fat free has a rich creamy texture and taste like 2% milk but without the fat and calories! You get very similar taste with Fat Free Organic milk. If you want to use regular milk you can use any type but I recommend at least 2% to get a creamy texture so your ice cream is not icy.
  13. - I have used every brand of sweetened condensed milk I can find and find that it does not change the integrity of the ice cream so go ahead and get the cheaper stuff or get what is on sale!
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Comments (22)

Yummmm. You got my attention with this post!! I know what I am adding to my list for the market today!! Nothing like ice cream on these hot days…and something to make my husband that will make me look like the goddess I am. Ha. ha.

I think we are on your perferred list, cause my love Brenda made this for me last week. She made it with Peppermint extract and Oreos, and needless to say, there is not one scoop left. I want vanilla and reeses next.

Well since Brenda is my BFF She knew all about this before hand! I am so glad you guys liked it! Perfect simple dessert! I did vanilla and the mini mini reeses and it was AMAZING!!!

So I am totally gonna make this!!! Cookies and cream is my absolute fav. and icecream can get costly if you eat it like I dod lol so now I can make my own!!!! Thanks Heather

Your welcome! If you check for coupons there is almost always one for Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk and smart balance milk and that will make it even cheaper! Save the big cool whip containers too and you can use them to freeze your ice cream in!

This ice cream is amazing! My whole family loved it!

I am so glad Whitney! It is great to make with kids!

This ice cream is sooooooo good and smooth…and the best part is that it only took a few minutes from start to finish. The longest part is looking for the cool whip in the terrible grocery store down the street. Who would have known they would have it all by itself…far far far away from the ice cream and dessert isle. UGH. I want to make a new flavor next. That key lime idea is calling my name. I think that is next on my list. I made the cookies in cream but with peppermint extract cause one of my favorite ice creams of all time is the Ben and Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie, I must say….tasted pretty dang close. I dont think I would guess which is which in a blind tasting contest.

Aww!! Thanks Bren! What a random grocery store!

What about a red velvet ice cream or a strawberry shortcake?? The ideas are endless in my mind. haha. I cant wait to try this out!

Red Velvet cake is essentially a chocolate cake so i would add some cocoa powder and some red food coloring and maybe a couple tablespoons of cream cheese so you get the taste of the chocolately red velvet cake with the cream cheese frosting. If you bake some red velvet cake you could also crumble that into the ice cream and I bet it would be heavenly! Same with strawberry short cake… I would crumble in some angel food cake and strawberry chunks! I hope you test these flavors and come back here to let us know how they turned out!

um…..delicious! wow! I agree, I love vanilla bean! have you ever used vanilla bean paste? very affordable and you get the same flavor from an actual vanilla bean pod!
hope it cools down for you! until then…keep eating ice cream!

I have never tried the vanilla bean paste but I have looked for it at our stores and can’t find it. Time to turn to Amazon! That would be awesome since those vanilla beans can be so costly!

Wow! That looks so rich and creamy and yummy with the big oreo chunks. I suggest getting another batch in the freezer so you make it through the heat wave.

no kidding right! I need to come up with some new flavors!

How the hell did you come up with this? It’s very clever. I look forward to making it.

Well I was using the Eagle Brand recipe for the sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream. You whip the cream therefore making it whipped cream and I thought man that areosole whipped cream is so much lower in calories I wonder if that would work? Then I thought that cool whip is a whip cream replacement and it is so tastey and you can get it with hardly any calories! So I thought it had to be tested… and so I did it! I tested it several times! All times it was fail proof! It was in those testing moments that I was so happy I had this blog to use as my excuse for eating way too much ice cream!! LOL I think next flavor combo I try will be chocolate covered strawberry since that is one of my favorite desserts!

What a fantastic innovation. Next time we have a heat wave I will make a batch (sorry to brag… but it’s actually in the 60s in Venice. It was hotter in the spring here).

Well I wish it was here! It did stay in the 70′s today and we got a bunch of much needed rain so that was a really great thing.

I couldn’ wait to see the ‘surprise’, and I wasn’t let down! An ice cream that looks this rich..exactly like the whole fat cookies ‘n cream ice cream, that’s low cal?? I love it and can’t wait to try it!

Also ROTFLOL@ Like so hot I am waiting for Lucifer to knock on my door and say HAPPY TUESDAY!

I hope you do try it! Knowing you and your culinary genius your flavor combos will rock! Those ribbons of berries in that pound cake you made would be amazing in this vanilla base! Just saying! And if you make that and you want to invite me over… I totally would take that invite! I am glad you loved my joke! If only I was kidding and it wasn’t that hot!

Seriously…make this ice cream. You wont be let down!!! Creamy and amazing!!!

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