Apple Pie Ice Cream with Cider Caramel and Pie Crust Cookies

Apple Pie Ice Cream with Cider Caramel and Pie Crust Cookies

Apple Pie Ice Cream

There are some things about being an adult that are just no fun. For instance, no longer being able to stay up ridiculously late. Or having more than a couple glasses of wine in one sitting. I mean, I can obviously still do these things, but not without wanting to die for precisely 24 hours after following the event. And then feeling like I wasted an entire day of my life lying in bed recovering. It’s just not fair. My biggest new “being an adult stinks” realization is that I can’t eat spicy food the way I used to. And spicy food is pretty much my favorite thing in all the world. The whole world. Getting old is lame.

But I’m so, so thankful that I haven’t developed any intolerances to lactose thus far in my life (I’m knocking on a giant piece of wood and silently freaking out over the possibility). Because that means that I can enjoy ice cream to the fullest extent and not have to worry about a thing… Besides gaining a bunch of pounds. Like I mentioned in my last post, I actually think I make the least about of ice cream in the summer. There are so many seasonal flavors I’m a fan of and I just can’t resist. Here’s my first fall flavor of the year… Apple Pie with Cider Caramel and Pie Crust Cookies. This fed my ice cream and my apple obsession all at once.

Apple Pie Ice Cream with Cider Caramel and Pie Crust Cookies (makes about 2 pints):
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  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped (macs are my favorite)
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 T flour
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 1 T water
  • 1/2 T lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 batch apple cider caramel (see recipe below)
  • 1 batch pie crust cookies (see recipe below)

Apple Pie Ice Cream Ingredients

In a medium-sized saucepan, combine apples, along with butter, flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, water, and lemon juice over medium heat.

Chopped Apple Mixture

Cook, stirring occasionally for about 4-6 minutes until the apples are slightly softened.

Chopped Apple Saucepan

Remove from heat and spoon apple mixture into a separate bowl. Cover and place in fridge to chill while preparing the rest of the ice cream.

Heat milk and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly, until the mixture just reaches the point of simmer. Then remove from heat.

Cream and Milk

Lightly whisk the egg yolks in a separate medium bowl.

And then pour about half of the warm milk into the bowl with the egg yolks, whisking while you do so.

Egg Yolks and Milk

Then pour the egg/milk mixture back into the pan with the rest of the milk.

In a separate medium-sized bowl, pour the heavy cream. Strain the egg/milk mixture into the heavy cream, making sure to continue to whisk. Stir in the vanilla.

Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Here’s where I recommend you jump down and make the caramel and pie crust cookies. You’ve got time to spare, after all!

Once mixture has been sufficiently chilled, mix it in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. Mine took about 20 minutes.

Cream Ice Cream Maker

When the ice cream is almost done hardening, mix in the apple mixture and cider caramel. I’d reserve a little bit, so you can drizzle it over the top of the ice cream.

Cream Caramel Ice Cream Maker

Put ice cream in airtight containers and put containers in the freezer for a few more hours until it’s at the consistency of your liking.  Put ice cream back in the freezer for another 4+ hours.

Ice Cream Chilling

Now onto the caramel. I TOLD YOU this was a lot of steps. But so worth it. So very, very worth it. Promise.

Apple Cider Caramel Sauce:
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  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 3 T butter, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1/3 C heavy cream
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 T apple cider

Apple Cider Caramel Ingredients

In a medium saucepan, heat granulated sugar over medium heat. Stir frequently with a rubber spatula until sugar turns into a smooth amber-color liquid. This is seriously fun to make.

Sugar Caramelizing

Now, stir the butter into sugar. You’ll notice that the mixture will bubble quite a bit with the addition of the butter. Told you it was fun. Stir this mixture for about 2 minutes, until the butter is completely melted.

Sugar and Butter Caramelizing

Stir the cream into the mixture and let it come to a boil. It will be bubbling like ca-razy.

Caramel Bubbling

Good job. Now, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in cinnamon, salt, and apple cider. Pour the mixture into an airtight container like a mason jar. Store in fridge until you’re ready to use.

See? Making your own caramel sauce is fun AND easy and I”m in love with it.

Apple Cider Caramel Jar

OK, one more thing to do. But it’s OK because that ice cream takes a mighty long time to chill anyway. You may as well keep yourself busy. And pie crust cookies clearly take priority over anything else that may be on your checklist. Correct??

Technically, you may want to make these ahead of time. Because you can. And also because the dough needs to chill for an hour.

Pie Crust Cookies:
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  • 1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 t sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 t cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 stick chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/8 C – 1/4 C ice water

Pie Crust Cookie Ingredients

Put flour, 3/4 t sugar, 1/2 t cinnamon, and salt in the bowl of a food processor, and pulse to combine.

Flour Spices Food Processor

Take the small pieces of butter and add them to the flour mixture. Process for about 10 seconds, until the butter resembles peas.

Chopped Butter

Now, slowly add 1/8 C of the ice water to the mixture while continuing to process, just until the dough holds together. Take care not to over process. If more water is needed, slowly add remaining 1/8 C.

Take dough from food processor, flatten on counter, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for about an hour.

Pie Dough

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Then, on a lightly floured surface, roll the pie crust dough into a large round, about 1/4-inch thick. Cut dough into shapes (I used hearts!) and place them about 1/2-inch apart on a parchment paper-line cookie sheet. Gently beat the egg in a small bowl and brush egg wash on top cookie dough. Then, sprinkle additional sugar or cinnamon over the top. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until starting to turn golden brown.

Pie Crust Cookies 2

If you make the cookies ahead of time, you can store them in an airtight container.

Um, are we ready to serve our ice cream yet? Please?? OK, sure!

Apple Pie Ice Cream 9

Remember we talked about saving a little bit of the caramel to drizzle more on top? I wasn’t kidding.

Apple Pie Ice Cream 13

Top every dish of ice cream with a pie crust cookies. I’d crumble one over the top, too. And you’ll kind of sort of feel like you’re eating apple pie a’la mode. But then, I’m not a fan of apple pie a’la mode (I don’t want ice cream near my pie, thank you very much) and I was a gigantic fan of this dish of ice cream.

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And then thank your lucky stars that you’re not lactose intolerant. Life could be so, so much worse. Unless, of course, you are lactose intolerant. And even then, I’m pretty sure there’s a pill you can take for that. Because who could resist what this ice cream is all about?

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have pie without actually making an entire pie? How have I never made pie crust cookies before??

But honestly, the ice cream really did taste like apple pie, especially with the crust crumbled over the top.

Apple Pie Ice Cream 5

We’re officially in festive ice cream season and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Is it bad that I imagine a blizzard going on outside and myself snuggling up on the couch to a fire in the fireplace and a giant bowl of ice cream on my lap? Because to me, that is the life. I’ll probably be wearing some type of long underwear, too.

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Does that sound like heaven to anyone else?? Heaven could also be that same scenario, but with a jar of apple cider caramel in my lap instead of a bowl of ice cream. And a spoon.

Do you have a favorite seasonal ice cream?


24 Responses to "Apple Pie Ice Cream with Cider Caramel and Pie Crust Cookies"

  1. ah this ice cream looks amazing! And kind of glad to know I’m not the only one that needs an entire day to recover after just a couple of drinks!

  2. Joanne says:

    If I became lactose intolerant I would probably cry. Mostly because of having to give up ice cream. I mean, how could I resist this?!

  3. Megan says:

    I am lactose intolerant but would totally suffer through it for this dessert! Exceptions must be made. Ha. This looks amazing!

  4. Odetta says:

    Beautiful ice cream- I love all the fun touches!!!

  5. I am definitely in favor of fall ice cream flavors. This is incredible! You really went over the edge in a good way with all these components.

  6. Apple pie icecream with cider caramel? Sign me up! This sounds incredible! Such a creative dessert. I think I could eat about 10 bowls of this!

  7. Chris says:

    Even though it is almost midnight. I think I have everything I need to start making this tonight. I’m going to borrow your new ice cream tubs from Sur La Table.

  8. This apple pie ice cream looks SOOOO delish, I am craving A BIGGGGGGG bowl of this awesomeness!!!!!!!!!! ^_^

  9. Oh gosh…I can sum this recipe up in one word…YUM!!

  10. Monica says:

    I live in subconscious fear of becoming allergic to some favorite food category, too! Let’s not think about it! This ice cream looks so divine…I just churned some myself yesterday but nothing this amazing-looking!

  11. One word: perfection. Two words: Must have. Three words: I’m very hungry. YUM!

  12. Lexi says:

    Never more in my life have I wished that I had an ice cream maker…

  13. OMG Sues. This is incredible!! I’m an equal opportunist with ice cream – anytime, anywhere, no matter what temperature it is outside. This looks SO GOOD!! There was a period of time where I thought I had acid reflux, and the thought of giving up (or decreasing) lots of my favorite foods was seriously scary. Thankfully that’s behind me now, but so are the days of eating with wild abandon haha

  14. Yes ice cream is a blessing!!! Boy you made the best of it too. I can still remember the first time I ate French apple ice cream—-and that was a long long time ago. BUT it was outstanding and thus memorable. I think this wonderful combo falls in that category—-memorable.

  15. Your ice cream looks amazing. I’m so going to try making the caramel. Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

  16. this looks to die for. My local ice cream joint had one called autumn awesomeness which was cinnamon ice cream with apples, nutmeg, and apple cider DONUTS. So awesome.

  17. Meghan says:

    This looks absolutely amazing! And I hear you on the spicy food. I used to have a stomach of steel, not so much anymore!

  18. I am so with you about getting old! I remember going to Denny’s at 2 AM in college and eating the greasiest foods with no problem. I would definitely pay for that now! Ice cream is still my friend though, and this looks delicious!

  19. I need to skip lunch and have a big bowl of ice cream instead. Just last night I was thinking that it has been too long since I made homemade ice cream. Love the apple pie flavors!

  20. Victoria says:

    Pinned it! This is outstanding. I usually put away my freezer bowl once the freezing temps start to hit outside my door, but I’m really tempted to bring my ice cream maker out of hibernation for this one. Yum!!

  21. Justine says:

    Lovely!! Looks perfectly delish!

  22. yay for no lactose intolerance because that looks like a bowl of deliciousness!

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