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Red Velvet Ice Cream with Cookie Dough

Cookie dough ice cream is nice, but red velvet ice cream with red velvet cookie dough is a whole lot more fun. This buttermilk-based ice cream is packed with cookie dough and is pretty on the eyes.

Head-on view of red velvet ice cream with cookie dough in an ice cream cone sitting in a mason jar surrounded by sprinkles and a ice cream container with recipe title at top

I know reality TV is so 2002, but it’s still pretty much my favorite variety of television. All I can really handle in my life right now is mindless, easy television that I can watch while I’m doing one of a million other things, including working, writing blog posts, recipe planning, playing/cuddling with my dog, and/or accidentally passing out on the couch. I just love that I can half watch shows like The Bachelor and still, for the most part, understand what’s going on. Also, it’s oftentimes ridiculous and indulgent, which I absolutely love. I think most of us could use a little bit more ridiculousness and indulgence in our lives and I feel no shame in getting that from my television-watching.

And from my ice cream, too. I mean, I think red velvet in general is kind of ridiculous and indulgent, but in the most fun way possible. Turn it into ice cream and add in red velvet cookie dough (double the red velvet!) and I’m just ridiculously happy. That’s what I did here and I ended up with one of the most fun ice creams I’ve ever made.


I tried to keep this ice cream pretty true to red velvet, so I made it with buttermilk instead of milk and mixed in a little cocoa powder, too. I was going to do a cream cheese swirl, but started craving cookie dough and thought a little red velvet cookie dough would be even more delicious (sue me, but I’m not a huge lover of cream cheese in desserts). I ended up putting some of the red velvet cookie dough in the ice cream and then snacking on way too much of the remaining. Oops!

The red velvet ice cream is a pretty typical custard-based ice cream and I promise it’s not difficult to make. It just requires a whole bunch of chilling time, so make sure you plan ahead!

Collage showing process for making red velvet ice cream, including cream/milk mixture being stirred with red food coloring and ice cream mixture in bowl ready to chill in fridge

I’m big into making homemade edible cookie dough these days and it’s super easy to do, too. Obviously there is no baking required! It just requires mixing all the ingredients together. And then trying not to eat too much before you mix it into the red velvet ice cream.

Close-up overhead photo of red velvet ice cream with cookie dough in a cone in a mason jar surrounded by sprinkles with an ice cream container and bowl of red velvet cookie dough in background

If you thought reality TV was indulgent, you should try eating red velvet ice cream with cookie dough on the couch while watching reality TV. But come on, you work hard and you deserve it. I haven’t watched Big Brother since college, but I got a little sucked in this season. It’s so bad that it’s good. That really is a thing.

Overhead view of red velvet ice cream with cookie dough in an ice cream cone laying and melting on grey surface with bowl of red velvet cookie dough and sprinkles in background

The funny thing is that I would absolutely never be on a reality show. Chris basically died laughing when I asked him if he could see me on Big Brother. He said I’d be the worst player in history because I’d feel so bad about making anyone else feel bad or having to lie to anyone. True. Also, I’d pretty much just want to sit in my bed reading a book and would basically avoid getting involved in drama or talking to anyone. Producers would love me.

Cone of red velvet ice cream with cookie dough being held out

However, I might actually make a lot of friends because when I wasn’t hiding in a corner with a book, I’d be in the kitchen whipping up treats like this. If they let me? I am still not totally clear what they eat on Big Brother when they’re allowed to eat. Do you think they’d have an ice cream maker stocked in the kitchen? Would they purchase buttermilk upon request? Could I bring my own? I have so many questions.

But I don’t have any questions on my love for this red velvet ice cream. It’s different from other ice creams in that it has a distinct tartness (not quite as intense as yogurt) from the buttermilk and a little bit of richness from the cocoa. It’s fun to get bites of red velvet cookie dough and obviously looks pretty in a cone. All very important things when it comes to ice cream, in my opinion!

Head-on view of red velvet ice cream with cookie dough in an ice cream cone sitting in a mason jar surrounded by sprinkles and a ice cream container

I’m sure this won’t be the last ice cream you’ll see around this blog this summer. Let me know if there are any flavors you’ve been dreaming of that you’d like to see me whip up!

Are you a reality TV fan, too? Or am I all alone in my television watching shame?

If you’re looking for more recipes for edible cookie dough, be sure to check out my Red Velvet Cookie Dough Bars and my Funfetti Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes. I’m also dying to try this Cookie Dough Smoothie from Nourishing Amy!

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5 from 11 votes

Red Velvet Ice Cream with Cookie Dough

Cookie dough ice cream is nice, but red velvet ice cream with red velvet cookie dough is a whole lot more fun. This buttermilk-based ice cream is packed with cookie dough and is pretty on the eyes.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chill Time8 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookie Dough, ice cream, Red Velvet
Servings: 1 1/2 quarts ice cream
Author: Sues


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8-10 drops red food coloring
  • 1/3 cup Red Velvet Cookie Dough, broken into pieces (recipe below)

Red Velvet Cookie Dough:

  • 1/2 stick (4 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp buttermilk
  • 3-4 drops red food coloring
  • 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips


  • Heat heavy cream, buttermilk, sugar, and salt in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir constantly, until the mixture just reaches the point of simmer. Remove from heat.
  • While cream/buttermilk is heating, lightly whisk egg yolks with cocoa powder in a separate medium-sized bowl.
  • Pour half of the warm cream/buttermilk into the bowl with the egg yolks, whisking while you do so.
  • Then pour the egg mixture back into the pan with the rest of the cream/buttermilk.
  • Continue to cook over low heat, while stirring with a wooden spoon. Stir for about 3-5 minutes, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon. Remove the saucepan from heat.
  • Strain egg/milk mixture into a separate large bowl.
  • Mix in vanilla extract and red food coloring.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap, making sure plastic wrap is touching top of the liquid so skin does not form, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • Once mixture is chilled, freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions, mixing in pieces of red velvet cookie dough when ice cream is almost done processing.
  • Place ice cream in airtight containers and put in freezer for at least 4 hours to continue to harden.

Red Velvet Cookie Dough:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in vanilla and salt.
  • Slowly beat in flour and cocoa powder until combined. Stir in buttermilk.
  • Add red food coloring and mix until combined.
  • Fold in mini chocolate chips.
  • Refrigerate cookie dough for at least one hour.


39 Responses to "Red Velvet Ice Cream with Cookie Dough"

  1. I’m a little too obsessed with all of the Real Housewives series…ugh.

  2. Dawn - Girl Heart Food says:

    Totally need this, like, asap!! This is a dream ice-cream, Sues!! Genius!

  3. Nora L. says:

    Oh wow, I’m loving this so much. Such a great color! And yes….. I’m all about bad reality tv all the time!

  4. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says:

    I’d never make it in reality TV for the same reason as you. As much as I enjoy watching the drama on TV I HATE it in real life! But I love this ice cream :). The addition of cookie dough has me swooning!

  5. Maria @ kitchenathoskins says:

    First, amazing photography!! Love this. Red velvet is one of my favorite flavors and this ice cream is just BRILLIANT!!!

  6. Anita says:

    I love red velvet cake, and red velvet cookie, and basically, anything red velvet. In short, I need this red velvet ice cream in my life! Such a genius idea, and with red velvet cookie dough too, oh my!

  7. Karly says:

    I have two kiddos who are red-velvet obsessed, and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree if ya know what I mean. This is bound to be a new favorite around my house!

  8. Vicky @ Avocado Pesto says:

    My boyfriend would LOVE this ice cream! And totally hear you on watching reality tv and being able to multi task and half watch yet still understand everything going on. And I too would be a producer’s nightmare — I would stay out of all the drama too and just sit quietly or cook for everyone!

  9. Dannii says:

    Oh wow. The colour of this is amazing! The perfect way to cool down in the summer heat.

  10. Kate | Veggie Desserts says:

    Can I just say a thousand yeses to this amazing recipe? It has EVERYTHING.

  11. Jagruti says:

    Such genius idea, ice cream made with buttermilk.wow! This would be a lovely treat for little girls parties.

  12. Modish Taste | Red Velvet Ice Cream with Red Velvet Cookie Dough says:

    […] Cookie dough ice cream is nice, but red velvet ice cream with red velvet cookie dough is a whole lot more fun. This buttermilk-based ice cream is packed with cookie dough and is pretty on the eyes. […]

  13. Ashley@CookNourishBliss says:

    Red velvet has long been a favorite flavor of mine and this ice cream looks awesome!! I will take a big scoop please!

  14. Katherine | Love In My Oven says:

    I am completely with you on the zoning-out but still know what’s going on type of TV!! This ice cream is just so decadent. I would probably eat it all in one sitting!! Dangerous…!!

  15. Reeni says:

    You make the most unique flavored treats! I could sit on the couch all night and eat this! Love it and Big Brother too. 🙂

  16. Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry says:

    My son loves red velvet cake so this is one to make this weekend for sure

  17. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says:

    What a deliciously decadent ice cream treat!

  18. The Food Hunter says:

    Such a fun recipe for summer!

  19. Sam | Ahead of Thyme says:

    OMG this ice cream looks amazing! And it has cookie dough! Yum!!

  20. Amy @ Two Healthy Kitchens says:

    I just love the intensity of flavor here! And, I mean red velvet AND cookie dough?? Sign me up! Such a great recipe to really take that summer afternoon ice cream fix to the next level!

  21. annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    This takes the cake , my friend! I love red velvet and can honestly sat I’ve never had it in my ice cream! This is brilliant and oh-so-pretty! 🙂

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  24. Dana DeVolk says:

    5 stars
    You had me at cookie dough, that’s all I need in life!

  25. Nellie Tracy says:

    5 stars
    Hands down the best ice cream right here! Plus it is adorable! Everyone I know that has tried it absolutely loves it!

  26. Sara says:

    This looks really delicious! I can’t wait to try your recipe for spring break!

  27. Kim @ Berly's Kitchen says:

    5 stars
    Oh, my! I am craving this ice cream. It’s like heaven in a cone. Red velvet is such a lovely flavor. Putting it in ice cream is genius. 🙂

  28. Jenni says:

    5 stars
    I need to watch more mindless Tv. My husband usually gets to the remote first, and we end up watching this ridiculous drama that you have to pay total attention to or you are lost. I get sucked in every time. LOL This ice cream looks great!

  29. Denise says:

    5 stars
    That is one beautiful scoop of ice cream! I am always on a quest for good ice cream recipes and I have never come across this tasty combination before. Looks yummy!

  30. Swati Saxena says:

    Amazing photography! Red velvet is one of my favorite flavors and this ice cream is just wonderful.

  31. Stephanie says:

    5 stars
    So pretty & it’s actually warm in my area today. Perfect for one of these, and I could definitely use some indulgences in my life like this.

  32. Kitty says:

    I love buttermilk in ice cream! It gives that interesting tang to the flavor. Such a pretty color too!

  33. Jordan says:

    5 stars
    That color! Oh my gosh I bet it tastes just as good as it looks. My husband LOVES red velvet cake… I think I’ll surprise him with this.

  34. Madi says:

    5 stars
    This looks absolutely amazing! I need to make this for dessert tonight!

  35. TaraTeaspoon says:

    5 stars
    you had me at red velvet ! your photos are adorable which makes me want to make it even more !

  36. Kristina says:

    5 stars
    Wow, this looks delicious! Can’t get enough of red velvet cake, cupcakes, cookies….well, red velvet anything!

  37. Paige says:

    I totally get it on the million things part…and I fully support your decision to watch TV and eat ice cream! Looks fabulous too!

  38. Stacey says:

    5 stars
    Everything about this ice cream is gorgeous! I love the color and the flavor combination sounds amazing!

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