Making Ice Cream With Human Power

I LOVE ice cream and my favorite is homemade ice cream. For years for my birthday I always asked for brownies and homemade ice cream. I hadn’t had any in a long time but last night that all changed.

My wonderful husband got me a Play & Freeze quart size ice cream ball. It’s BPA free and to power it you roll it around, no plugging it in!

Here is how it works and my recipe for chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.

Cookie Dough

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon water
Chocolate chips (to taste)

Cream butter and sugar.
Add other ingredients and mix well.

Roll in balls (small balls if using for ice cream) and flash freeze* until firm, about 20 minutes.

*To flash freeze cover a cookie sheet with natural wax paper and make sure none of the items touch.

After making your cookie dough you want to move on to your ice cream maker. If you are using a Play & Freeze like mine just open the bottom of the ball and fill with ice and 1 cup of rock salt, close lid and now you are ready to make your ice cream.

Vanilla Ice Cream

1 quart of Half & Half or Cream (Half &Half takes a bit longer but is more affordable and lighter)
1 tablespoon vanilla
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar

Mix all ingredients in bowl and pour in to the metal cylinder or your ice cream ball.

Now it’s time to make the ice cream. Just roll the ball around for 15 minutes, then check the ice cream and scrap the hard ice cream off the sides and add a bit more ice and salt. Then around again for 15 more minutes.

Once the ice cream is done just scoop out your ice cream and top with the small cookie dough balls. Now it’s time to enjoy your hard work. Yum!

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  1. Colleen Smith says

    Love this! and since I’m working on a whole new me and looking for healthier alternatives to ice cream, this is perfect! Thanks for sharing. I need to look into replacing the lid of my ice cream maker so that I can make my own too. And if not, one of these ice cream balls, a couple of kids, and there’s my ice cream!

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