Cookies and Cream Icing Recipe

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How to make cookies and cream icing?

Cookie and cream icing can be broken down into only a few different components:

  • Butter for buttercream icing
  • Cookies: choose your favorite cookies for your icing. Some of my favorite cookies to use are Oreos, birthday cake Oreos, vanilla creme peek freans
  • Milk (alternatives include: half and half for a more rich flavor, oat milk & skim milk for a lighter flavor. The percentage of milk I usually choose is 2%. It’s a nice balance of flavors and creaminess
  • vanilla- you could get the vanilla flavor from the filling in the cookie, or vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • Icing sugar
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Cookies and Cream Icing Recipe

How to make cookies and cream buttercream icing at home using a stand mixer
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: icing, macaron filling
Yield: 60 macarons
Author: Jenna Atkinson

Equipment

  • Stand mixer

Materials

  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 2 tbsp Oreo crumbs
  • 8 Oreo Cookies smashed into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups Icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk 2%
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Begin by creaming the butter until it is fluffy, just a few minutes by a stand mixer.
  • Add your vanilla extract and cream together.
  • Add the milk and mix together. It should be a but liquidy and not fully come together yet.
  • Add Oreo crumbs.
  • Put Oreos into a ziploc bag. Place the bad on a wooden cutting board and then put the cutting board on a strong surface. You could put it on your kitchen counter or on your dining room table. Smash the cookies using a kitchen mallet or crush them up with the opposite end of a wooden spoon until they are all broken up into smaller pieces.
  • Remove the Oreos from the bag and put them in your stand mixer bowl. Mix together with butter mixture.
  • Start adding the icing sugar 1/2 cup at a time and beat it until it’s fully combined and a nice consistency. If you need the icing a bit more stiff add a bit more icing sugar. If you need the icing more runny, add a splash of milk.
  • Your icing is ready. For any leftovers, store in the fridge for 5-7 days. For anything longer, store in the freezer for up to one month.

Notes

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Vanilla Earl Grey Lavender Ice Cream

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How to use lavender from the garden in baking?

When your lavender is in full bloom and ready to harvest, cut the stems below the flowers. Dry your lavender by with laying them near a sunny window or tie them together and hang them upside down.

lavender buds

Culinary Lavender vs Garden Lavender

Do you need to use culinary lavender instead of lavender from the garden?

No you don’t need to use culinary lavender in your baking. You can use your fresh lavender from the garden.

lavender with stems

Why?

Culinary lavender gives off a sweet fragrance. Your lavender from the garden might not be as sweet, so it might not give you the perfect flavor you’re wanting. The more sweet the lavender, the more intense lavender flavor it will give you.

dried lavender

I don’t use the stems when I use lavender from my garden. The most sweet part of lavender are the flowers, so I just put the flowers/buds into my baking.

steeping lavender in cream

If you wanted to try out using lavender in different recipes you can try grinding up the lavender using a mortar and pestle. Then add it to some sugar to give you that rich sugar/lavender-perfect for your morning coffee with a hint of lavender!

lavender base for ice cream
Lavender ice cream ready to be chilled and churned

What can you bake with lavender flowers from the garden?

Vanilla Earl Grey Lavender Ice Cream

How to make vanilla earl grey lavender ice cream using lavender from your own garden. Infuse earl grey tea into your vanilla ice cream mixture, then use your ice cream maker to churn it.
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time45 mins
Fridge/Freezer9 hrs
Total Time10 hrs
Course: Dessert
Keyword: ice cream
Yield: 10 scoops

Equipment

  • Ice Cream Maker

Materials

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup dried lavender
  • 1 tea bag earl grey tea
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Purple gel food coloring optional

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan (make sure it holds >1.5 liters) combine the heavy cream and half and half together. Add lavender to the saucepan without the stems. Bring to a gentle simmer for a couple of minutes over medium heat.
  • Remove your saucepan from the burner. Add earl grey tea bag to the pot and let steep for 4 minutes. Remove and discard the tea bag. 
  • In a large bowl whisk egg yolks and sugar together. Gradually temper the eggs by adding a bit of the hot cream mixture (couple of tablespoons at first) to the eggs and whisk vigorously to make sure not to cook the eggs.  Add all of the hot mixture to the bowl gradually until it’s all incorporated.
  • Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat until the mixture thickens (couple of min).
  • Remove the saucepan from the burner. Use your large bowl from before and add your food colouring if desired. Place a mesh sieve on the bowl and pour your hot egg/cream mixture through the sieve. Whisk the food coloring until it’s combined. Add the vanilla extract. Let cool to room temperature/cold enough to put in the fridge. Refrigerate overnight. Freeze your ice cream bowl overnight as well.
  • Pour mixture into your ice cream machine and churn for 20-25 min.
  • Freeze for a few hours to let it harden up before serving.

Notes

lavender ice cream recipe

Happy Baking!

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe with Ice Cream Maker

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Coffee ice cream is made using a custard base, and then adding your favorite freshly brewed coffee or espresso to flavor the ice cream cream.

Coffee can be a very powerful flavor, therefore we’ll only be adding a couple of ounces of coffee to flavor the ice cream.

If you’re concerned about the flavor, only add 1 fluid ounce at a time, and taste test it. Only add as much as you need to.

If you over flavor the ice cream, you can add a little more vanilla extract to counter act the coffee flavor.

Alternatively, you can add a bit more whole milk to thin out the coffee flavor.

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe with Ice Cream Maker

What can you add to coffee ice cream

In the last 5 minutes of churning coffee ice cream, you can add:

  • mini chocolate chips
  • toffee bits
  • sprinkles
  • raisins
  • caramel sauce (marbled look)
  • gingerbread pieces
  • crushed cookies
  • chocolate sauce (marbled look)
  • mini peanut butter cups
Coffee Ice Cream Recipe with Ice Cream Maker

What can you serve coffee ice cream in

You can make your own chocolate cups to serve your coffee ice cream in for a special treat.

If you don’t have a silicone mold, you can use a cupcake liner and paint the inside of the liner with melted chocolate.

Place the cup in the fridge for a few hours, then remove the outer paper lining.

Serve your coffee ice cream in your delicious chocolate cup.

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe with Ice Cream Maker

How to make coffee ice cream using an ice cream maker.
Prep Time30 mins
Active Time25 mins
Fridge/Freezer time9 hrs
Total Time9 hrs 55 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: ice cream
Yield: 10 people

Equipment

  • espresso maker
  • Ice Cream Maker
  • Saucepan
  • mesh sieve

Materials

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 shots freshly brewed espresso/strong coffee

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan over low to medium heat add the heavy cream, whole milk, sugar and salt. Whisk to fully dissolve the sugar ~ 4 to 5 minutes.
  • In a large glass bowl place add the egg yolks and whisk the yolks together.
  • Slowly whisk 1 cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks. You do not want to cook the eggs. Only add a couple of tablespoons at a time at the beginning and whisk vigorously to prevent the eggs from cooking. Continue whisking until 1 cup of the hot milk in mixed into the egg yolks.
  • Add the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan. Whisk until it comes to a simmer.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat source and mix in the vanilla and espresso or hot coffee. 
  • Pour the mixture through a sieve and place in fridge until chilled (about 6 hours, but leave it overnight in the fridge to make it easy).
  • Add mixture to ice cream maker and churn for 20-25 min.
  • Freeze mixture for another 3 hours until fully chilled for ice cream and not just soft serve.

Notes

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