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If you loved those sweet, frosted circus animal cookies as a kid then this pretty pink ice cream recipe will be a favorite! Rich, super-premium style vanilla ice cream has chopped up pink and white circus animal cookies as well as a plethora of colorful sprinkles added to it. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or any time you need a pink dessert!
For this recipe you’ll need: whole milk, heavy cream, vanilla pods (optional), egg yolks, sugar, vanilla extract, pink food color, sprinkles, frosted circus animal cookies, an ice cream maker
Circus Animal Cookies Are Awesome
I absolutely LOVE circus animal cookies. I don’t buy them often because I will literally sit down and eat an entire bag of them at once. I blame Miss Smith, my first grade teacher…
Miss Smith was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. She wore white lipstick, blue eye shadow and her dark hair was cut short (Twiggy style) with a short “c” right in front of each ear. She wore mini skirts and white boots and smelled like sweet flowers. She also brought Circus Animal cookies to school to give us at lunchtime.
I’d never had those little bites of sweet, frosted goodness before and I was addicted. I had every intention of wearing white lipstick and eating mountains of Circus animal cookies when I grew up.
Sadly by the time I was old enough for lipstick in 1974 white lipstick was totally out of style and I carried flavored roll on “Kissing Gloss” in my purse like everyone else.
But I still had a secret passion for pink and white frosted animal crackers.
Homemade Ice Cream FAQs
Don’t skimp on the fat! Good homemade ice cream is high in fat! But if you use too much fat you risk ending up with frozen butter. It’s important to follow the recipe and use the mixture of cream and milk called for.
Homemade ice cream turns icy because there is too much water in the mixture, allowing big ice crystals to form. This happens most often when the ingredients aren’t measured properly or you try to cut back on fat or sugar called for in the recipe.
Ice cream gets grainy when it melts and refreezes or if the ice crystals are too large. Be sure to follow manufacturers instructions for freezing and store, tightly covered, in a freezer.
Ice cream is at its best within two weeks of being made. It is perfectly safe to eat after that but it does lose quality.
Tips for Making Circus Animal Cookies Ice Cream
If you are looking for a pink ice cream recipe it just doesn’t get better than this. Creamy vanilla ice cream that’s exactly as pink as you want it… bites of crunchy circus animal cookies, and loads of sprinkles – who doesn’t like sprinkles? It’s an easy recipe but here are some tips to make sure it’s delicious every single time.
- Use the freshest, highest quality ingredients you can get.
- Split the vanilla beans in half before adding to the milk to get the most flavor. Save the empty pods after use to be added to a canister of sugar for vanilla sugar.
- Chill the base mixture before freezing.
- Add the circus animal cookies and sprinkles when the ice cream has thickened but isn’t completely frozen, or as your manufacturer directs.
- If you’d like a swirled effect with the pink color add the food coloring when the ice cream has thickened instead of in the beginning.
- After it’s finished in the ice cream maker pack it firmly into a freezer safe storage container and let “ripen ” in the freezer overnight.
- Store leftover ice cream in the storage container with a piece of plastic wrap pressed firmly over the top.
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More Great Ice Cream Recipes
Love homemade ice cream? Me too! Here are more of my favorite ice cream recipes.
- French Vanilla Ice Cream
- Cinnamon Gelato
- Key Lime Hatch Chile Gelato
- Brownie Ice Cream
- Ginger Peach Sorbet
- Peanut Butter Ice Cream
And this is a great tutorial from Handle the Heat for how to make ice cream without a machine.
Circus Animal Cookies Ice Cream Recipe
Creamy, pink, super-fatted ice cream that’s perfect for birthday parties and more. If you love this recipe please give it 5 stars.
Circus Animal Cookies Ice Cream
- Beat the egg yolks and sugar until very light and the sugar crystals can’t be felt when you pinch a little between your thumb and forefinger.
- Set aside.
- Combine the milk, cream, and vanilla pods in a heavy saucepan.
- Turn heat to medium high and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a simmer and bubbles form around the edges of the milk mixture. DO NOT BOIL.
- Remove the vanilla pods and scrape the seeds into the milk mixture. Save the pods to use to make vanilla sugar, if desired.
- Add a little of the hot liquid to the egg yolks, beating constantly.
- Continue to add the hot milk mixture to the egg yolks while beating – make sure the eggs don’t curdle.
- If you think you’ve curdled some of the egg pour the mixture through a strainer to catch any cooked egg.
- Return the custard mixture to the saucepan and place over low heat.
- Cook, stirring, until the custard coats the back of the spoon and your finger leaves a track. Make sure it doesn’t boil.
- Remove from heat.
- Let cool to room temperature then stir in the vanilla and food coloring..
- Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
- Pour the cooled mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s directions. If your ice cream maker allows different settings use the “gelato” setting or slow churn setting.
- When the ice cream is thick, just before it’s completely done, add the sprinkles and the cookies.
- Continue to churn until done.
- Remove from churn and pack tightly into a freezer container.
- Seal and freeze overnight for best texture and results.