Apple Pie Ice Cream

You didn't really think I was through making ice cream, did you? Even if I lived in the north country, I'd be making ice cream year round, but here in Florida, it's still hot. At least I used apples, with fingers crossed the arrival of fall might cool our weather just a little.

This is an interesting recipe. I took a look at the ingredient list and got to the last item and said HUH? Snickerdoodles? In the ice cream? Well, it was worth as try. Let me preface this by saying I am NOT an apple pie lover; apple crisp? Definitely. Pie, not so much. But you know me...I'll try any kind of ice cream.

The house smelled divinely fragrant of fall while I was cooking the apples. After leaving the apples and base in the fridge overnight, I put the apples and half the base in the processor the next day. It resulted in an ice cream base that had a slight texture. Rather interesting, actually.
After I churned it, I added the snickerdoodles. Even more texture. (And no, I didn't make them myself because I wasn't certain until the end I'd even use them. I bought Pepperidge Farm snickerdoodles. I was amazed
 they made them!)
What the snickerdoodle addition seems to do is add a pie crust element to the ice cream. Sounds weird, I know. I crumbled them up pretty good, but when you eat the ice cream, they're there in the background. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Apple Pie Ice Cream
From the Brown Eyed Baker

Yield: 1 quart
Ingredients for the Apples:
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Ingredients for the Ice Cream:
5 egg yolks
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1¾ cups heavy cream
¾ cup whole milk
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup chopped snickerdoodles

Cook the Apples: Combine the brown sugar and butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. When the butter is melted and bubbly, add the apples and cinnamon. Cook, stirring frequently, until the apples are softened and most of the liquid has evaporated, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Make the Ice Cream Base: In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, then whisk in 2½ tablespoons of the sugar. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, stir together the cream, milk, salt and remaining sugar over medium-high heat. When the mixture approaches a simmer, reduce the heat to medium.

Ladle some of the hot cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Repeat once more. Using a rubber spatula, stir the cream in the saucepan as you slowly pour the egg-and-cream mixture from the bowl into the pan.

Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it is thickened, coats the back of a spatula and reaches 170 to 175 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Strain the base through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Set the bowl in an ice water bath and stir occasionally until cool. Cover and refrigerator overnight.

Churn the Ice Cream: When you’re ready to puree the ice cream, combine the cooked apples with the vanilla extract and half of the chilled custard base in a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth.

Combine the pureed mixture and the remaining custard base in the bowl of your ice cream machine and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Add the chopped cookies during the last minute or so of churning, or fold them by hand when it has finished. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze.


  1. An excellent way to usher fall into Florida Barbara. My husband has been asking about cooking something with apples. Thanks for the idea.

  2. Incredible! This is one gorgeous ice cream flavor.



  3. I'm with you on the year-round ice cream even in the frigid midwest! This looks interesting. I didn't know that P.R. made snickerdoodles!!


  4. Apple pie ice cream sounds amazing,Barbara!Great idea!

  5. This is a new twist on the comfort of fall and the onset of apples.

  6. Apple picking in these parts is right around the corner. The Knight is buying a new ice cream maker this weekend. They'll be on sale now, right?

  7. Oh yum! Now, I love apple pie but this looks even better!

  8. A la mode and pie all in one, looks fantastic!

  9. This look heavenly dear Barbara I love Ice cream every time!!

  10. I love apple pie and apple crisps! So I bet I would really like this ice cream too :)

  11. It's like pie in ice cream!

  12. I think this sounds fabulous! And so seasonal. I'm interested in that dish. It looks similar to set of depression dishes that I inherited from my mom.

  13. Hi Barbara,

    Oh yum this apple pie icecream looks delicious.
    I had to google snickerdoodle as I have never heard of this word.
    Take it is a cinnamon cookie.

    Happy week

  14. This is one ice cream I would certainly love!!

  15. We didn't really have a great Summer over here but you can call my mouth when I see this stunning ice-cream recipe!

    I can eat Fabulicious ice-cream like this one any time of the year! :)

  16. I'm an apple crisp kind of girl, too. I'm also a snickerdoodle girl, so this ice cream sounds divine.

  17. Must be the season - just came across an apple crisp ice cream yesterday!
    Love any kind of homemade ice cream - but hot apple pie with ice cream may be the only thing better than apple pie ice cream.

  18. Well I thought autumn was here but the last couple of days the temperatures have risen to 35 C can you believe it? This ice cream looks like the perfect idea in days like these!

  19. That looks incredible my friend, a warming ice cream :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  20. I'm not ready to stop making ice cream either and it snowed here a little yesterday!

    This looks like a fun idea...

  21. I have apples in the fridge that would be perfect for this ice cream. It's still ice cream weather here although it's almost the first of October. Ice cream freezer is still on my kitchen counter all ready for the weekend. Thanks for sharing this, Barbara. We love apple pie.

  22. We have talked about this before, now that I have a great ice cream maker I love making ice cream all year long (and boy, is it easier to shoot ice cream in WInter than in summer!).

    I did apples this week too. I love the idea of an apple pie ice cream... the snickerdoodle addition isn't quite up my alley but love the rest!

  23. Oh, it has been way too long since I've had apple pie ice cream! I used to order it at a local ice cream shop in the fall, but they stopped making it a while ago. I need to try this recipe!

  24. What a perfect dessert to make in that time between summer and fall. Even for those of you who have warm weather year round!

  25. this is such a great spin on a fall favorite! love it!

  26. Year round ice-cream weather for me too. The heat has been unbearable lately. Perfect weather to try this delicious sounding combo.....pie and ice-cream rolled into one....why yes please!

  27. Year round ice-cream weather for me too. The heat has been unbearable lately. Perfect weather to try this delicious sounding combo.....pie and ice-cream rolled into one....why yes please!

  28. Here in New England it is apple picking time. Ice cream usually tops apple pie or crisp but you have turned it around with the pie in the ice cream...very clever.

  29. you made this just for me, didn't you?!! the chopped snickerdoodles are a masterful touch!

  30. It's still hot here,too. But I like ice cream all year and this apple pie ice cream looks delicious!

  31. I will be envying your warm weather for months :)

    What a delicious flavor for fall, Barbara. Maybe a scoop on a warm slice of apple pie would be overkill? Maybe not.

  32. A very delicious autumn dessert!
    Are these dried apple slices also homemade?

  33. This would be heaven! I made a carrot cake ice cream and we all loved it :) It was actually inspired by an apple pie shake that I had at Counter Burger! :P

  34. What a wonderful way to usher in the fall season. This sounds fantastic and with a little caramel syrup it would satisfy even the Silver Fox. I, too, make and serve ice cream throughout the year, so this is a natural for my kitchen. Have a wonderful weekend, Barbara. Blessings...Mary

  35. Ice cream has no seasons, it's one of those things I'd happily eat any time of year. I love the seasonal fall flavors in this one.

  36. apple ice cream--who'd a thunk it! sounds pretty tasty, snickerdoodles and all.

  37. Me encanta el helado de manzana estoy babeando un postre rico y refrescante ahora en primavera,abrazos y saludos.

  38. I do love any kind of ice cream especially apple flavor. Amazing!


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