The Girl Scouts are Coming . . . Thin Mint Ice Cream

It’s that time of year again. . . Girl Scout cookie season! To celebrate, I’ve created an ice cream with everyone’s favorite cookie:

thin mint cookie

To begin, assemble the ingredients:

3 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup sugar, divided
pinch Kosher salt
1 vanilla bean
4 large egg yolks
1-2 tsp. vanilla extract
1-2 drops mint extract
1/2 box of Thin Mint cookies (about 15 cookies)

In a medium saucepan, mix together the milk, cream, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Add the vanilla seeds and bean to the milk. Heat over medium-high heat until it just begins to simmer. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar:

making mint ice cream 1

After the milk-vanilla mixture has steeped, return the pan to medium-high heat. When it begins to simmer, turn it down to medium. Add 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Add another 1/2 cup. Continue until you’ve added about 1/2 of the milk mixture to the egg mixture:

making mint ice cream 2

Carefully, pour the egg-milk mixture into the pan. Heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and pour through a strainer into a clean bowl. Cover the bowl and let the mixture cool to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator overnight:

making mint ice cream 3

Add 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 1-2 drops of mint extract:

making mint ice cream 4

Stir until combined, then pour the mixture into your ice cream maker:

making mint ice cream 5

Meanwhile, crumble the Thin Mint cookies into a small bowl:

making mint ice cream 6

When the ice cream is nearly finished churning, add the cookie pieces:

making mint ice cream 7

Pack the ice cream into an airtight container and freeze for at least 2 hours before eating. To tide you over until then, lick the bowl clean:

making mint ice cream 8
Despite what this picture appears to show, you should NEVER use a metal spoon on your freezer bowl. I was using the metal spoon to scrape ice cream off the plastic spoon.

Word to the wise: use caution when licking cold metal. You don’t want to be like Flick in A Christmas Story. Not that I’d know or anything. . .

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