Strawberry Blonde Cookies-n-Cream Ice Cream

Roasted strawberry ice cream studded with chunks of blonde Oreos. This pretty pink ice cream packs a punch of flavor.

Strawberry Blonde Cookies-n-Cream Ice Cream

This time of year can be so frustrating. Right when I’m ready to completely retire all my summer skirts and shorts for the year, we have a day where it’s 87. Now that the leaves are starting to change, I’m ready for Fall to be here for good. Hubby and I both love ice cream, so I don’t see my ice cream making obsession subsiding any time soon. I hope you guys won’t mind year-round ice cream posts.

Strawberry Blonde Cookies-n-Cream Ice Cream

As much as I love Oreos, I have to admit that I’ve never actually had a Blonde Oreo before making this ice cream. They sure are delicious, but nothing beats a standard Oreo. A couple years ago, Hubby and I played in a kickball league with some friends. There was a bar near the fields that we would stop in after our games. They had a big jar of Oreos sitting on the bar for people to help themselves to. My good friend K and I would always sneak at least one Oreo when we went there. Sometimes two or three…

Strawberry Blonde Cookies-n-Cream Ice Cream

I have to admit, I loved this ice cream. But I do think it would be equally delicious, if not better, with regular chocolate Oreos. Whichever kind of Oreo you use, definitely add this to your must-make ice cream list. If you’re anything like me, that list grows faster than I can make ice cream, but that’s ok.

And, if for some horrible reason, you don’t like regular or blonde Oreos, the strawberry base of this ice cream would be great on it’s own as well. It has roasted strawberries in it. How could it possibly be bad?!? Roasting fruit just makes them even sweeter and more intensely flavored than they are raw.

Strawberry Blonde Cookies-n-Cream Ice Cream

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Strawberry Blonde Cookies-n-Cream Ice Cream

Roasted strawberry ice cream studded with chunks of blonde Oreos. This pretty pink ice cream packs a punch of flavor.

Ingredients:

For the Roasted Strawberries
1 lb container strawberries, hulled & halved
1 Tsbp sugar

For the Other Mix-ins
2 cups roughly chopped blonde Oreos (~25 cookies)

For the Ice Cream Base
2 cans coconut milk
4 tsp cornstarch
2/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp light corn syrup
1/4 tsp kosher salt
3 Tbsp cream cheese, softened

Directions:

For the Roasted Strawberries
Preheat oven to 300 degF. Toss strawberries with sugar on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast in oven for 20 minutes. Let cool completely.

Process cooled roasted strawberries, plus any accumulated juices, in a food processor or blender until pureed. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Ice Cream Base
In a bowl, stir together 1/4 cup milk and the cornstarch; set slurry aside.

In a 4-qt saucepan, whisk together 3 cups milk, sugar, syrup, and salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Cook for 4 minutes; stir in slurry. Return to a boil and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes.

Place cream cheese in a bowl and pour in 1/4 cup hot milk mixture; whisk until smooth. Then whisk in remaining milk mixture.

Chill mixture in fridge until completely cool or overnight.

For the Ice Cream
Stir the roasted strawberry mixture in to the coconut milk mixture. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker; process according to manufacturer's instructions.

During the last five minutes, add the blonde Oreo pieces. Freeze at least 4 hours before serving.

Recipe inspired by Healthy Food For Living, ice cream base from Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream at Home

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16 Responses to “Caramelized Apple Grilled Cheese”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 11, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    This looks great! After apple picking last year, I was desperately searching for ways to use the apples in savory ways. Now one of my favorite recipes is a calzone filled with apples, proscuitto, brie and sage. SO good!

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    The Red Headed Mama — October 11, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    My husband used to laugh at me when I told him that as kids we would do apple pie filling and cheese in the hobo pie maker. It was fabulous…I’m going to show him this post to prove that I’m not crazy. We’re apple picking this weekend, so I’ll be sure to try this out!

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    Melissa — October 11, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I definitely need to think of some savory ways to use up all of the apples we pick every fall, and stop making sweets! This looks like a great recipe!

    http://www.madeinmelskitchen.com

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    Heavenly Housewife — October 11, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    What a great apple treat. I’ve got loads of apples this years from my trees and am looking for yummy recipes to use them up. After all, a girl can only eat so much apple sauce LOL.
    *kisses* HH

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    Cupcake Activist — October 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I didn’t realize this was going to be a sweet sandwich. It looks so yummy! I once had a grilled cheese sandwich with thinly sliced apples in the middle and it was delicious!

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — October 11, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    I love what you did with your leftover apples! This looks incredible…love the apple and cheese combinations!

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    feerlessfood.com — October 12, 2010 at 2:07 am

    This recipe looks really tasty! I tried a similar flavor combo, but it was apple, cheddar omelete. I needed as apple with more flavor- the one I used wasn’t tart enough!

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    nutmegnanny — October 12, 2010 at 2:40 am

    What a great way to use up apples…yum!

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    Val — October 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    This made my mouth water. I have to make this soon.

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    Boston Food Diary — October 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Looks delicious Jen! I love the combination of apples and gouda! After my apple picking adventures I am definitely seeking lots of good apple ideas as well!

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    Rachel Cannon Humiston — October 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    This looks like a great comfort food sandwich! I spent yesterday baking apple pies and snacking on cheese and crackers. I snuck in a few apple slices on my cheddar & crackers – yum!

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    Evan B — October 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Um YES please! ps. everyone in the office loved your brownie recipe- it has totally become my go-to 🙂

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    Jen — October 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I love making grilled cheese with a really great goat’s milk gouda–it’s our new favorite grilled cheese–but I think I’d die and go to heaven if I made it this way! thanks for sharing.

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    newlywed — October 12, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    This looks delicous! I love the combination of apples and cheese. It is great to see a savory apple recipe…I have lots too!

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    .dear.jenny. — November 25, 2010 at 1:48 am

    HUSH! oh my…looks amazing!!

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    Souffle Bombay (Colleen) — January 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I HAVE to try this!!!

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