Mint. I have a love/hate relationship with it. Mint brownies, ice cream, cookies, candies, all of those desserts served at church functions with crushed peppermint, or pink peppermint ice cream ICK (at holiday time)…never a temptation. My mom didn’t like mint, so she never served it. I could go my whole life without mint, without a second thought.Until a couple of years ago. I tasted a really yummy scoop of mint ice cream, and for some unknown reason, it triggered an intense (about once a year) craving for chocolate and mint. Uh Huh. Thin Mints. You know- Girl Scout cookies. Why would anyone love or crave those waxy, thin, chocolate covered cookies?? I have no idea….A few weeks ago, I handed some friends my trusty Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert book.
“Choose a flavor”, I said.
“Really, you want Oreo MINT?”
OK. How bad could it be, I mean, it had cookies in it.
It was yummy. Creamy. A little minty. Chocolaty. Oreos are probably my favorite store bought cookie of all time. Oh my word. This flavor is beyond delish. I thought adding Andes Mints put this recipe over the top. You are going to love/hate it.
Oreo Andes Mint Ice Cream
1 cup coarsely chopped Oreo cookies
1/2 cup Andes chocolate mints, chopped (optional)
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy or whipping cream
1 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons mint extract ( I used 1 1/2)
Place cookies in bowl, cover and refrigerate.
Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy 1-2 minutes. Whisk in sugar a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute. Pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend. Add the peppermint extract and blend again.
Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following manufacturer’s directions.
After the ice cream stiffens (about 2 minutes before it is done), add the chopped cookies and mints (if using), then continue freezing until the ice cream is ready. Makes generous 1 quart.
-With regard to the amount of extract- My friend Leeanne says ” In the world of extract, a little goes a long way.” Profound. Especially with mint.
-Best to wait and add the cookies right before serving.