Recipe: Frosted Animal Cracker Ice Cream

As excited as I am for warmer weather and sunnier days, I know that means that summer must be close behind. And I don't know if you've ever tried to make ice cream or ice cream treats in an un-air conditioned house and then attempted to style them in the middle of your living room for a photo session, but I can tell you that at the end, everything is sticky. And as much as I love styling food, ice cream on a hot day can be quite the challenging diva.

The other day I was lamenting about these same ice cream troubles when G, the practical human that he is, told me I should be making ice cream now while it's chilly out and save those post until summer. And though I think that's a wonderful idea, I just can't stand to sit on a post for that long! I want to share these recipes with you when there's still a little bit still left in the freezer, a donut or two still left on the counter. 

So I'm sharing ice cream with you today in hopes that it will hype you up for the summer ahead. Plus, it's just plain delicious (because how could frosted cookies thrown into homemade ice cream not be??)

Frosted Animal Cracker Ice Cream

Yields 6-8 servings

1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pink food coloring (optional)
2 cups frosted animal crackers, chopped into small pieces with a few larger pieces

In a large bowl, whisk eggs until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Whisk is sugar until combined. Add in milk and vanilla extract and whisk until combined. Switch to a rubber spatula and stir in heavy cream. Pour mixture into ice cream machine and follow manufacturer's instructions.

I have the ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchenaid, which doesn't like chunky add-ins, so I added my chopped animal crackers 2 minutes before it was finished in the ice cream maker.

If you want a pink swirl in your ice cream, once ice cream is finished, spoon out about a cup of ice cream, add a small amount of red/pink food coloring, and combine until ice cream is pink. Pour ice cream into a loaf pan, randomly adding spoonfuls of pink throughout. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the pan, pressing it lightly into the pan so it touches the top of the ice cream. Place in the freezer to set for 2 hours (or overnight). Once frozen, scoop into a bowl or ice cream cone and top with additional frosted animal crackers.