Coolhaus' Candied Bacon Ice Cream and Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich

The Best Parts of Savory and Sweet

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Servings:Over 8
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Nothing spells summer quite like an ice cream sandwich. Give this one a try at your fourth of July party!


  • For the Brown Butter Candied Bacon Ice Cream:
  • For the candied bacon:
  • Ingredients
  • 1 lb bacon, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • For the ice cream custard:
  • 4 oz. butter, unsalted
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup bacon fat
  • For the Chocolate Chip Cookies:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups [semisweet] chocolate chips
  • Cooking Directions

    For the ice cream:

    To candy the bacon, place a skillet over medium heat add the sliced bacon pieces, and start to cook

    once some of the fat has started to render, stir in the brown sugar to evenly coat continue cooking, stirring occasionally once the bacon is about 3/4 crisped, strain off the bacon fat and reserve

    continue cooking to golden and crispy remove from heat and allow to cool.

    To make the ice cream custard

    To make brown butter:

    Over low heat, in a heavy bottom sauce pot, melt the butter down, and slowly allow it to brown, stirring occasionally.

    To make the base:

    Combine the cream and milk in a large sauce pot over medium heat.

    Bring the liquid to an almost boil. Whisk together the yolks, salt, sugar and brown sugar in a separate bowl. Gently add about 2 cups of the hot liquid, whisking until smooth. Add the egg mixture to the remaining cream/milk mixture, whisking until smooth. Whisk in the remaining ingredients: maple syrup, bacon fat, brown butter and vanilla. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Cool slightly over an ice bath, stirring constantly. You want it to be about room temperature. Add the mixture to the ice cream machine, and make according to the machine's instructions. Once the ice cream is complete, stir in the cooled candied bacon pieces, and freeze to set.

    For the chocolate chip cookies:

    Heat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.

    Melt the butter in a heavy-bottom medium saucepan over

    low heat. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda

    and put aside.

    Pour the melted butter in a mixer's work bowl. Add the

    sugar and brown sugar.

    Cream the butter and sugars on medium speed. Add the

    egg, yolk, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla extract and mix

    until well combined. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture

    until it is thoroughly combined. Stir in the chocolate


    Chill the dough. Scoop onto parchment-lined baking

    sheets, 1 inch balls. Bake for about 13 minutes, checking

    the cookies after 5 minutes. Cookies for ice cream

    sandwiches should be slightly underbaked so that they

    remain chewy when confronted with the coldness of the ice

    cream. The chewiness will also make them hold the weight of

    the ice cream without breaking. The 1 inch ball of dough

    should also produce a thick enough cookie so that the

    cookie is sturdy.

    Rotate the baking sheet for even browning. Cool

    completely and store in an airtight container.

    Creating the ice cream sandwiches:

    After cookies are cooled to room temperature, bring ice

    cream out of the freezer for scooping (ice cream should be

    at about -5 degrees F, or as frozen as possible). Scoop 3.5

    oz of ice cream onto a cookie on a half tray, face down.

    Place second cookie on top. Push down slightly, but not too

    hard, as to not push the ice cream out of the sides or

    break either of the cookies.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: butter, flour, sugar, milk, cream, brown sugar, whiskey, bacon

    Course: Dessert

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