Where I live, the temperature is starting its steady climb into the 90s. And for me, that means summer, even if the solstice hasn’t quite arrived yet. Anything over 75 feels like summer to me, but I grew up in the North East where sustained 90-degree weather was that one week in August everyone complained about. Maybe two weeks, if we were having a “heat wave”. But summer or no summer, all this heat means one thing: ice cream.
Food is one of my favorite aspects of summer. I love cookouts, pitcher cocktails, and fresh, local produce from the farmer’s market, but nothing beats a bowl of ice cream on a hot summer day. And since I got an ice cream maker for my birthday, ice cream is definitely on the menu this summer.
So, I present to you the first in my unofficial summer ice cream series: Mint Oreo Cookie Ice Cream. This is a year-round flavor, unlike those fresh berries and cream creations that I’ve seen sprouting up all over the internet. They have their place, and I’ll make those soon, but I wanted something truly classic, an ice cream tradition, for my first ice cream post.
This ice cream is wonderful by itself, but it also builds into a great sundae. Add some hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, maybe a Luxardo cherry or an Oreo cookie garnish. Or perhaps, it’s time for ice cream sandwich cookie inception – with cookies in the ice cream and surrounding it. Whatever you choose to do with this ice cream, I hope that you enjoy it and it helps you welcome summer.
This recipe is inspired by Ben and Jerry’s Oreo Mint Ice Cream from their cookbook Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Dessert Book. It’s a fabulous book that I highly recommend.