Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

So many things are just so much better when you make them yourself at home. Ice cream is no exception. Every single time I make a batch I am reminded of just how much better it is. The flavor is richer, the ice cream is creamier. And you can control the amount and size of add-ins.

If there is one thing I hate it’s digging into big bowl of Cookies and Cream Ice Cream and finding just one or two chocolate cookies. I want a cookie in every bite. And I don’t want cookie crumbs either. I want big hunks of cookies. Making this ice cream at home means I get everything I want.


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Cookies and Cream Cake
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Black and Tan Brownies


One of the first things Jesse asked when we landed back in the states was, “So what are you going to bake?” Hmmm, good question. I had spent the last 5 weeks drooling over everyone else’s blog updates and I had so many ideas that I almost had no ideas at all. So I had to sit and think a little while.

When we made our first trip to the grocery stores I could tell his sweet tooth was settling in when a bag of Golden Oreos found their way into our cart. Have you tried these yet? Jesse and Sean are absolutely addicted to them. I love chocolate so I didn’t think I would like them, but there is just something about them, so good! I don’t even buy them because I know if I do the bag will be gone in one night.

However on this occasion, instead of fighting the stow-away Golden Oreos, I started thinking of a way I could use them to my baking advantage. I tossed around bar cookies with a peanut pairing (and those will be coming soon!) but in the end what I really wanted was CHOCOLATE. But how could Golden Oreos satisfy my chocolate craving? Then out of the blue it hit me, Black and Tan! Like the drink, where thick and rich Guinness mysteriously floats over top of a smooth pale ale. What if I created a thick and rich brownie that could mysteriously float over a smooth pale oreo?? Jackpot.

I was pretty pleased with the results. Just for fun, I’m still toying around with another variation of this dessert, but everyone was perfectly satisfied with this version. Give a try today and let me know how it goes!!

Black and Tan Brownies
(Sunny Side Up Original Idea; Brownie adapted from My Baking Addiction Cookie)

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate; coarsely chopped
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
12 Golden Oreos

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a microwave safe glass bowl, melt the butter and coarsely chopped chocolate on 50% power for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir with a rubber spatula. Return to microwave in 30 second increments until you can stir and the chocolate looks smooth, even in color, and melted through.

Add the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt to the chocolate and stir to combine. Gradually add the flour and stir just until combined.

Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray. Place a Golden Oreo in the bottom of each muffin cup. Fill each muffin cup a little more than halfway full with brownie batter (it should be just enough to fill all 12). Use the back of a spoon to smooth the tops. Bake for 15-16 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Careful not to over bake (like me!).