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Circus Animal Cookie Ice Cream (No Churn)

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Creamy, dreamy, cools you off when you are steamy, Circus Animal Cookie Ice Cream is incredible easy, has only 5 ingredients and in no time you’ll be enjoying a cool scoop that transports you back to your childhood.

No Churn ICE CREAM

I love the combination of ice cream and cookies; like Simple Ice Cream Cake, this Mile High Mud Pie or Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches!

This recipe is no different; it’s cool, light and refreshing and pairing it with crushed Circus Animal cookies…oh be still my clogging arteries (just kidding!).

I’m a firm believer in healthy, whole foods; but Circus Animal cookies? I guess it’s no longer a secret, I love them. I know, I know, but it’s about balance right?

So leave them out if you want, or crush your favorite cookies and toss them in instead, either way you should make this no churn ice cream.

All you need is a mixer and a few simple ingredients!

Or if you are the type that feels they need to work off their sweets, then get your arm workout in and kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, by whipping your cream by hand! In no time, you will have delicious Circus Animal Cookie ice cream!

And if you are looking for something gluten free, that is very celebratory, try Roses & Whiskers Birthday Cake No Churn Ice Cream! WOW!

No churn circus animal ice cream with sprinkles on top, circus animal pink and white cookies and a pink handled ice cream scoop
How to Make Circus Animal Ice Cream
  1. Start by whipping your cream on medium high until thickened slightly, toss a tea towel over the top of the mixer to help avoid splattering all over your kitchen!
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  1. About half way through, add vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract. Scrape down sides and continue whipping until stiff peaks form.
 Adding vanilla bean paste to whipped cream mixture for Circus Animal Ice Cream
  1. Slowly pour in sweetened condensed milk and mix into the whipped cream.
Pouring in organic sweetened condensed milk into whipped cream mixture for Circus Animal Ice Cream.
  1. Add a pinch of sea salt, yep just a touch and it will add depth to all of the flavors.
 An ⅛ of a teaspoon of salt going into mixing bowl for Circus Animal Ice Cream
  1. Chop up animal cookies, just a good rough chop.
  2. Gently fold the crushed cookies into the cream and condensed milk mixture.
Chopped Circus Animal cookies on marble with knife and mixing bowl with whipped cream mixture for Circus Animal Ice Cream
  1. Scoop into a loaf pan or any storage container. Smooth out and if desired, sprinkle with nonpareils.
Circus Animal Ice Cream in loaf pan ready for freezer, top sprinkled with non-pariels in rainbow colors
  1. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze 6 hours or preferably overnight, but if you cannot wait that long, scoop away when you are ready, it will just be more like soft serve and there is nothing wrong with that!
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There you have it! I told you it was easy! Hope you give this No Churn Circus Animal Ice Cream a try today!

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Yield: 12 servings

Circus Animal Cookie Ice Cream (No Churn)

Circus Animal Cookie Ice Cream (No Churn)

Creamy, no-churn Circus Animal Ice Cream, no machines necessary for this cool dessert. Swap out your cookies to change it up!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Freeze Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream (I used organic)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 1 (15 oz) can sweetened condensed milk (I used organic)
  • pinch of salt (about 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1 1/2 cups Circus Animal Cookies, rough chopped
  • nonpareils or other sprinkles for the top

Instructions

  1. Start by whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla bean paste (or extract) about half way through, scrape down sides while you are at it.
  2. Slowly pour in your sweetened condensed milk and mix into the whipped cream, mix until combined. Add a pinch of salt, yep just a touch and it will add depth of your flavors.
  3. Chop up your animal cookies, just a good rough chop. Gently fold the crushed cookies into the cream and condensed milk mixture. Spoon mixture into a loaf pan or a quart sized glass container. Smooth out and if desired, sprinkle with nonpareils or sprinkles.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze 6 hours or preferably overnight, but if you cannot wait that long, scoop away when you are ready, it will just be softer than if you left it overnight.

Notes

Try other cookies, jimmies, fruit, swirl hot fudge, chocolate chips, caramel, fudge, coffee granules, flavorings to make it unique! The basic recipe is for a vanilla ice cream, go to town!

GLUTEN FREE | Substitute GF Cookies for a simple GF ice cream.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate.

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Lynn Spencer

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Can I just say, imagine the world peace that would break out if all our leaders sat down to a bowl of circus animal ice cream! And I'm not joking...all the good feels in one cone. Thanks for the recipe!

Kathleen

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Is it that easy?? I'll make them all they want!

Miz Helen

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019

Wishing you a great 4th of July Celebration and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday! The links will be open early tomorrow, see you then. Miz Helen

Kathleen

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019

Thank you Miz Helen! Same to you!

Carol A Hudson

Friday 3rd of August 2018

Kathleen – I may try this later for a lunch tomorrow with Jeff’s nephew. Have you ever put fresh fruit into the ice cream – like blueberries or peaches?

Kathleen

Friday 3rd of August 2018

Absolutely. Omit the cookies and put in cut up fruit!! Delish!!

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