Easy Homemade Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe

Learn how to make easy homemade cookie dough ice cream from scratch! Indulge in creamy and doughy deliciousness with this simple homemade recipe.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream has risen in popularity in recent years and has become a formidable contender alongside classics like chocolate and vanilla. With its irresistible blend of creamy goodness and chunks of cookie dough, it’s no wonder that Cookie Dough has secured its place as a top favourite among ice cream enthusiasts.

In this article, we will share some background information on how cookie dough has become such a favourite and we’ll also share with you our recipes and step-by-step guides to both Cookie Dough and Cookie Dough Ice Cream. Our guides will give you all you need to learn how to make this delicious ice cream yourself, and we’re sure that you’re gonna dig it, dough! lol. Let’s get going.

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The Sweet Evolution: The History of Cookie Dough

Cookie dough has been around for quite some time, although its popularity skyrocketed in the late 20th century. The concept of eating raw cookie dough dates back to the invention of chocolate chip cookies in the 1930s by Ruth Wakefield.

However, it wasn’t until the 1980s that cookie dough began to appear as a standalone flavour in ice cream parlours and supermarkets. Since then, it has become a beloved classic, loved by people of all ages for its indulgent taste and nostalgic appeal.

Cookie dough is particularly a favourite among the younger generations over and above the classics such as strawberry, mint or chocolate. Check out our article – What is the Most Popular Ice Cream Flavour? – to find out more about the world’s favourite flavours.

My youngest has recently taken to cookie dough ice cream and I asked what it is she loves so much, she said ‘oh I just love it, it’s the way it melts on my tongue’. Hmm, interesting so it’s the texture that makes this flavour stand out from the endless flavours that are available these days.

So with that, we want to share our recipe for an Easy Homemade Cookie Dough Ice Cream.

Dough-Lightfully Delicious: Understanding the Essentials

What exactly is Cookie Dough Ice Cream and am I using raw cookie dough in an ice cream?

Easy Homemade Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe image 3 ice cream cone with scoops of cookie dough ice cream sat in pile of cookies frosted fusionsCookie dough ice cream is a blend of smooth, creamy vanilla ice cream infused with generous chunks of cookie dough. This irresistible treat combines the rich, buttery sweetness of cookie dough with the cool, creamy texture of ice cream, creating a delicious fusion of flavours and textures that tantalise the taste buds with every spoonful and melts on your tongue so I’ve been told!

But don’t fret about the raw dough – the recipe we will provide is made without eggs and also heat-treated flour to ensure safety without sacrificing taste. So what you get is a combination of smooth and textural deliciousness.

As this is a raw recipe, i.e.; no cooking is involved, we must emphasise the importance of using safe ingredients, especially when preparing recipes like cookie dough that are often consumed raw.

Raw Eggs: Raw eggs can pose a risk of foodborne illness due to the potential presence of harmful bacteria such as Salmonella. When eggs are consumed raw or undercooked, there is a higher risk of contracting food poisoning. This risk is particularly significant in recipes like cookie dough ice cream, where the eggs are not cooked, allowing any bacteria present in the eggs to remain active.

To mitigate this risk, it’s essential to use pasteurised eggs or egg substitutes in recipes that call for raw eggs, ensuring they are safe to consume. Additionally, following proper food safety practices, such as storing eggs properly and maintaining cleanliness during food preparation, can help reduce the risk of contamination.

Heat-Treated Flour: This process refers to flour that has been heated to a specific temperature to kill any potential bacteria, such as E. coli or Salmonella, that may be present in raw flour. This process helps make the flour safer to consume, especially when used in recipes that don’t involve baking, such as cookie dough ice cream where the flour is not cooked. Heat-treated flour is often recommended for recipes that call for raw flour to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Our recipe is eggless and our method provides instructions on heat-treating your flour before use. So let’s get into making this delicious Homemade Cookie Dough Ice Cream.

Eggless Cookie Dough Recipe:

You can readily purchase a tub or packet of cookie dough, however, as with all our recipes, we like to make our ice creams from scratch so here is our recipe and method for making your own cookie dough.

Easy Homemade Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe image 2 balls of cookie dough rolled with choc chips showing frosted fusionsIngredients:

  • 125g all-purpose flour (heat-treated)
  • 115g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 50g light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 90g chocolate chips or chunks (optional)


  • Heat-Treat the Flour:
    • Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
    • Spread the flour evenly on a baking sheet and bake for about 5-7 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 70°C (160°F). This process kills any potential bacteria in the flour.
    • Let the flour cool completely before using it in the recipe.
  • Cream Butter and Sugars:
    • In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add Milk and Vanilla:
    • Mix in the milk and vanilla extract until well combined.
  • Incorporate Flour:
    • Gradually add the heat-treated flour to the mixture, stirring until fully incorporated. The dough should be smooth and cohesive.
  • Add Chocolate Chips (Optional):
    • If desired, fold in the chocolate chips or chunks until evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  • Chill the Dough:
    • Cover the cookie dough and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow it to firm up. Chilling also enhances the flavour, allowing all ingredients to meld.
  • Enjoy or Use in Recipes:
    • Once chilled, the cookie dough is ready to be enjoyed on its own or used in various recipes, such as our cookie dough ice cream or cookie dough truffles.

This eggless cookie dough recipe ensures a safe and delicious treat that can be enjoyed raw or incorporated into your favourite desserts!

Homemade Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe:

Now that we have our cookie dough sorted, let’s get to work on our Homemade Cookie Dough Ice Cream.

Here’s our easy recipe and method:

Easy Homemade Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe image 5 chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream scoop in white dish with silver spoon frosted fusionsIngredients:

  • 475 ml double cream
  • 240 ml whole milk
  • 150 g granulated sugar
  • 5 ml vanilla extract
  • 75 g chocolate chips
  • 75 g cookie dough (recipe provided above)


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the double cream, whole milk, sugar, and vanilla extract until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions until it reaches a soft-serve consistency.
    • NB: If you don’t own an ice cream maker, you can still make this recipe, you simply pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze. Every 30 minutes, stir the mixture vigorously with a fork to break up ice crystals, repeating this process for about 3-4 hours or until the ice cream is firm. Please also check out our post – Homemade Ice Cream: Without an Ice Cream Maker – to learn more.
  • During the last few minutes of churning, add in the chocolate chips and small chunks of cookie dough.
  • Transfer the churned ice cream to a freezer-safe container, layering it with additional cookie dough if desired.
  • Freeze the ice cream for at least 4 hours or until firm.
  • Serve and enjoy!

As if Cookie Dough Ice Cream Wasn’t Enough…

Easy Homemade Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe image 6 pile of mini marshmallows choc chips and cookie dough on white plate frosted fusionsHere are some additional toppings you can consider to enhance your cookie dough ice cream:

  1. Crushed Oreo cookies or other chocolate sandwich cookies
  2. Chocolate chips or chunks
  3. Caramel sauce or dulce de leche
  4. Chopped nuts such as almonds, pecans, or walnuts
  5. Sprinkles for a pop of colour
  6. Popping Candy for another layer of texture and crunch and pop!
  7. Whipped cream or whipped coconut cream
  8. Fresh fruit such as sliced strawberries or bananas
  9. Grated chocolate or chocolate shavings
  10. Marshmallows or mini marshmallows for a fun twist
  11. Cookie crumbles from your favourite cookies

These toppings can add texture, flavour, and visual appeal to your homemade cookie dough ice cream, making it even more delicious and irresistible!

Family Fun with Cookie Dough Ice Cream: A Delicious Treat for All Ages

Easy Homemade Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe image 1 childs hands covered in dough whilst baking cookie dough variety of cooking utensils and jar of flour and eggs in background frosted fusionsKids of all ages love the sweet indulgence of cookie dough mixed with creamy ice cream. So making this homemade Ice Cream is the perfect opportunity to get everyone involved. It’s not just about the taste; it’s about the experience of making it together.

From mixing ingredients to rolling out cookie dough balls, this recipe is a fantastic opportunity to bond with your loved ones and create lasting memories. Get everyone involved and enjoy the magic of homemade cookie dough ice cream!

See our article – Fun Ice Cream Recipes for Kids: Getting Children Involved in the Kitchen – that goes into greater detail about the fun and learning we can share with our kids whilst making our ice creams.

We hope that you have enjoyed our article taking you through the process of learning to make a delicious and easy Homemade Cookie Dough Ice Cream.

If you have any questions, please do drop us a comment below and we will gladly get back to you. And if you do give our recipes a try, we would love to hear how you get on.

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  1. Hi Cherie, I just read your article on making homemade cookie dough ice cream, and it’s honestly one of the most comprehensive and delightful guides I’ve come across! What stands out to me is how accessible and fun you makes the whole process. The step-by-step instructions are super clear, and the emphasis on safety with the heat-treated flour and eggless dough gives me total peace of mind.I also appreciate the personal touch you bring with stories and quotes from your family, which adds warmth and makes the article feel like a conversation with a friend. The suggestions for toppings and tips for getting the kids involved make this more than just a recipe—it’s an invitation to create memories with loved ones.If you’re into ice cream or cookie dough (or both!), you’ll find this article incredibly inspiring and easy to follow. Whether you’re a seasoned dessert maker or just looking for a fun weekend project, this guide has got you covered. I can’t wait to try it out myself!

    • Hey Matthias,

      Thank you for your comment and positivity, really appreciate it and very glad to hear that you enjoyed our article – Easy Homemade Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe. We do love ice cream it has to be said and this was a fun recipe to play around with and try different flavours and textures, which we wanted to share with our additional toppings list.

      I am a huge fan of encouraging the kids to get involved, creating, discovering, and learning all whilst making some delicious homemade ice cream. It’s so much more than just the ice cream.

      Our article – Fun Ice Cream Recipes for Kids: Getting Children Involved in the Kitchen – goes into greater detail about how we all can encourage our kids to get involved, offering up ideas, hints, and tips to make the experience fun and create those memories. Glad that resonated with you.

      If you do give this recipe a try, we would love to hear how you get on trying out the recipe and method. Do let us know if you have any questions whatsoever. 

      Thanks again for dropping by and sharing your positive thoughts.

      Wishing you all the best

      Cherie :o)

  2. Hi Cherie, nice article on homemade cookie dough ice cream! I have no practical skills as far as prepping anything is concerned, and this step-by-step approach makes it accessible even for people like me. I especially love the emphasis on safety with the eggless cookie dough and heat-treated flour. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy this popular flavour without any worries. Do you have anything on a classic Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream? I think that could be amazing. 

    • Hey Deon,

      Thanks for your comment and positive thoughts, glad you liked our article. We aim to show that Homemade Ice Cream is relatively easy to make and available to all as there are so many benefits of making your own versus shop bought Ice Cream – check out our article – Homemade Ice Cream vs Shop Bought Ice Cream – that details the benefits of homemade vs shop bought, it’s an interesting read.

      When I first tried this ice cream myself, i had concerns over the raw cookie dough and wanted to ensure this was made very clear in my recipe and article that consideration has been given, it’s important that we create not only delicious ice cream, but healthful deliciousness too.

      We’ve got a couple of mint recipes listed which you’ll easily find in our drop-down recipe and method menus at the top of the page, along with many more fantastic flavours. For ease, here are the links for Mint Chocolate Chip Homemade Ice Cream and After Eight Mint Chocolate Ice Cream, both of which are delicious!

      Thanks again for your positive feedback and please do let us know how you get on if you give any of our recipes a go.

      All the best

      Cherie :o)

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