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You will love this twist on strawberry ice cream because swirls of caramel surround sweet, silky strawberry ice cream dotted with chocolate cookies.

Strawberry Caramel Swirl Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream

I love ice cream! LOVE. If you even just casually read blogs or food magazines, you can’t help but be bombarded with delicious photos of every conceivable type of ice cream. It was torture; so several weeks ago I finally caved and bought an ice cream maker!

Strawberry Caramel Swirl Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream
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My brother’s visit seemed to be the perfect time to break it in! I texted him asking his current favorite type of ice cream but he responded, “I don’t know.”

Ummm I don’t know how to make that type of ice cream so I suggested that strawberry used to be his favorite (how he could pick that over chocolate, I could never understand!). But why make plain strawberry when you can make Strawberry Caramel Swirl Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream instead?!

Why indeed.

You will love this twist on strawberry ice cream because what could be better than swirls of caramel surrounding sweet, silky strawberry ice cream dotted with chocolate cookies. This is how I do fresh fruit dessert: with chocolate and caramel tipping it way over the edge of “healthy.”

Strawberry Caramel Swirl Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream

I made the caramel with a higher ratio of sugar to cream and cut out the butter entirely so that it would stay semi-fluid in the freezer. Nobody wants to chip a tooth on their ice cream.

Strawberry Caramel Swirl Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream

You know what I learned? Ice cream is easy. Too easy.

And my Cuisinart came with a bonus extra mixer bowl to keep in the freezer at all times.
I got this Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker, White

Strawberry Caramel Swirl Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream

Uh oh. I see lots of ice cream and extra hours in the gym in my future…

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This ice cream got rave reviews from both Andrew, my brother, and Hubs. Rave!

Strawberry Caramel Swirl Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream

Not bad for my first go at it! I wish I could say the same for the photos…{sigh}

Strawberry Caramel Swirl Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream
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Strawberry Caramel Swirl Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream

You will love this twist on strawberry ice cream because swirls of caramel surround sweet, silky strawberry ice cream dotted with chocolate cookies.
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Chill: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people


For the Ice Cream:

For the Caramel:


  • Pre-freeze your freezer bowl at least 24 hours in advance!
  • Place the strawberries in a food processor fitted with the chopping blade. Pulse until the berries are your desired consistency. I really didn’t want too many large chunks so mine was fairly smooth.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, salt and milk together with a whisk or a hand mixer on low speed until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla, mix until combined. Add the strawberry puree and mix until combined. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight. Overnight is better.
  • Several hours in advance, or the night before, prepare your caramel. Heat sugar in heavy-gauge saucepan over medium-high heat, swirling occasionally, until the sugar has melted and turned an amber color. Remove from the heat and pour in the cream while stirring the caramel. An oven mitt is super helpful here because the steam can burn and the caramel will sputter. If small clumps form, you can return the caramel to the heat and stir until it melts. Just know that the longer you cook it, the harder it will be in the freezer. You don’t need all the caramel so you could just remove the lumps. Stir in vanilla. Allow to cool completely before using.
  • Place the container that you are going to use to store the ice cream in the freezer.
  • Turn on the ice cream maker and pour the chilled mixture in the feed tube with the maker running. Let churn 15 minutes and then add the crushed cookies. Churn an additional 5 minutes or until the ice cream has thickened considerably. It should be slightly thicker than soft serve.
  • Spread 1/3 of the ice cream in the storage container. Drizzle some caramel over the surface; repeat with the remaining 2/3’s. You can further swirl the caramel with a knife if you desire, but it isn’t really necessary.
  • Cover with a piece of plastic wrap that touches the surface of the ice cream and doesn’t leave any space for air. Cover with an additional piece of plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band or you can use a lid if your container has one. Freeze for at least 2 hours prior to serving. It will harden substantially more after 4 hours or over night.


Yield: 1.5 Quarts
Strawberry Ice Cream recipe adapted from the Cuisinart Instruction Manual.


Calories: 887kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 97g | Vitamin A: 2050IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Chinese, French, Italian
Calories: 887
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  1. I agree – What IS better than this ice cream?? I can’t even imagine what caramel and strawberry taste like together, but it sounds decadent and right up my alley!

  2. You seem like a good big sis! I really really want to try that ice cream. I remember when I was little, my mom used to buy Dreyer’s strawberry ice cream. And every time she bought ice cream, it would be a surprise which flavor it would be. And I’d get so disappointed if it was strawberry. I don’t know why I disliked it so much. I’ve had great ones too though. And you certainly can’t beat homemade.

    1. Lol! When I was little I couldn’t understand why anyone, my brother included, would choose strawberry when there was chocolate and chocolate peanut butter to be had! As I’ve gotten older, I have learned to appreciate the well-made fruit ice cream, but when pressed to order just one flavor, it will never be fruit. Mark my words! 😉

  3. This ice cream sounds wonderful.. I am sure it tasted as good as it sounds. Love the use of chocolate.. caramel and strawberry in one ice cream. Great idea.

  4. I am so tortured my ice cream photos! The worst part about making ice cream is waiting for the bowl to freeze. I can’t wait to try this combination!

    1. Which is why I always keep one bowl in the freezer so that I don’t have to wait! Whose got the patience for that!?

  5. What a brilliant ice cream flavor! I never would have thought to combine strawberry ice cream with caramel and chocolate cookies. I NEED to try this soon! And, I think your ice cream photos are beautiful! 😉

    1. Thanks, Kristine! I tried! I like the ones in the container better than the bowl. I’ll work on it 🙂