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To celebrate National Ice Cream Day this year, I made Cookies & Cream and Chocolate Almond (recipe coming soon). In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month; and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day and this year it happened to be on July 20. A little bit of history for you!

How did I make two different flavors on the same day? It's easy when you have an ice cream maker. Last month, I went to Sur La Table on a mission to buy an ice cream maker. I left with a Cuisinart, and it was only $59. The funny thing about that experience was that my sales associate took me to this first, the other associate showed me the $399 ice cream maker. Before she could even finish her pitch, I looked at her and said, "Girl, I don't need a $399 ice cream maker, I'm just making ice cream." She was just doing her job, and I even thanked her for it. But seriously folks!

I may never buy ice cream from a store again. Homemade ice cream is the bomb! And yes, I still say "the bomb." And it's so easy to make. I simply followed the recipes from the booklet provided. What I love about making your own ice cream, is that I know exactly what's going in it. And, even when the mixture has hardened in the freezer it has this light consistency. So far, I've made vanilla ice cream, cookies & cream and chocolate almond and all have come out to be delicious!

Cookies & Cream is my favorite flavor, what's yours?


Adapted from Cuisinart

Serves 10


  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • Pinch of salt

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup Oreos, chopped


<preparing the freezer bowl>

  • Place freezer bowl of the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker in the freezer.

  • Freeze for at least 24 hours, prior to use.

<making the ice cream>

  • Mix together milk, sugar and salt with a hand mixer or Kitchen Aid on low, until sugar is dissolved.

  • Add the heavy cream and vanilla extract to the mixture, and stir until combined.

  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

<mixing the ice cream>

  • Turn on the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker.

  • Pour the mixture into the freezer bowl.

  • Allow the mixture to thicken for 15 minutes.

  • Add the chopped oreos, mix for another 5 minutes.

  • Enjoy!


  • I used organic milk and heavy cream for this recipe.

  • You can refrigerate the mixture overnight, before putting it in the freezer bowl to form.

  • After 20 minutes of being in the ice cream maker, you will have a soft texture. If you want a more firm texture, you can put the freezer bowl in the freezer for at least 2 hours. You can also transfer the ice cream mixture to another container. I used a 6x3 inch baking pan and covered it with plastic wrap.

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