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Mint-Cookie Ice Cream Made with Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies


Turn the Girl Scouts' best-selling cookie into a refreshing frozen treat with this recipe. For an extra dose of minty goodness, use any extra cookies to build mini ice cream sandwiches.

  • Yield: Makes 1 1/2 quarts

Photography: Rob Tannenbaum

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May 2012


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 bunches fresh mint
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies


  1. Combine cream, milk, mint, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Immediately remove from heat and let steep at least 1 hour and up to overnight, covered, in the refrigerator.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar and yolks; set aside. Remove mint from cream mixture; discard mint. Bring milk mixture just to a simmer. Using a measuring cup or ladle, slowly pour about 1/2 cup hot milk mixture into the egg-yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Continue adding milk mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, until it has all been added.

  3. Pour mixture back into saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, 3 to 5 minutes. The custard should retain a line drawn across the back of the spoon with your finger. Pour through a fine sieve into a medium bowl. Stir occasionally until cooled. Cover and transfer to refrigerator until chilled, at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

  4. Pour custard into a 2-quart ice cream maker; add chopped thin mints and process according to manufacturers' instructions until set but not hard.

  5. Transfer the soft ice cream to a loaf pan, cover and freeze at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

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