Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream + Double Chocolate Cookies

by Megan on March 12, 2011

Caramel ice cream is the prettiest ice cream of all the ice cream. It’s prettiness was the main reason I wanted an ice cream maker.

The combo of this frozen goodness and these cookies is love. That’s what all the silly arrows, asterisks and that heart mean.

So after a few pep talks to myself and after reading through the recipe 57 times, I finally felt prepared to tackle all the sugar-melting and caramel-making.

Jake bought me Fleur de Sel a couple weeks ago, so I knew I needed to get my caramel on. (The dolphin on the packaging makes it extra fancy, right? It reminds me of the Ecco the Dolphin Sega game. That game was fu-un.)

Anyway, when I tasted this caramel goodness, I immediately wanted something super chocolatey to pair it with. That’s how the double chocolate cookies came to be.

Other tasty chocolate options: brownieshot fudge, or chocolate biscotti.

Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream
Recipe adapted from David Lebovitz

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole milk, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 T salted butter
  • scant 1/2 t Fleur de Sel*
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 t vanilla extract

* Fleur de Sel is recommended, but if you don’t have kosher salt can be used.

Directions:

  1. Make an ice bath by filling a large bowl about a third full with ice cubes and adding a a cup or so of water so they’re floating. Next, nest a smaller bowl at least 2 quarts in size over the ice. Pour 1 cup of the milk into the inner bowl, and rest a mesh strainer on top.
  2. Spread 1 1/2 cups of sugar in a single layer in an unlined heavy duty sauce pan (I used a large skillet). Cook over moderate heat, until the edges begin to melt. Use a heat proof utensil (like a wooden spoon) to gently stir the liquefied sugar from the bottom and edges toward the center, stirring, until all the sugar is dissolved. Continue to cook, stirring infrequently until the caramel turns golden. Remove from heat when caramelized.
  3. Stir in the butter and salt, until butter is melted, then stir in the cream gradually. The caramel may harden and seize. It did for me (refer to 2nd photo). Try not to get too frustrated like I did, and just  return to  a low heat and continue to stir until the hard caramel is melted. Stir in the remaining cup of milk.
  4. Whisk the yolks in a small bowl and gradually pour some of the caramel mixture over the yolks, stirring constantly. Scrape the warmed yolks back into the saucepan and cook the custard, stirring with a wooden spoon constantly (scraping the bottom as you stir) until the mixture thickens. (You can check the temperature and if it reads 160-170°F it’s done.)
  5. Pour the custard through the strainer into the milk set over the ice bath. Add the vanilla, then stir frequently until the mixture is cooled down. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or until thoroughly chilled. Freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturers directions. Chill in the freezer until firm, at least 24 hours.

NOTE: When I added the cream, all of the caramel seized and I had to stir it for quite awhile to melt the caramel. I may have wanted to give up, but I pushed through and I’m so glad I did. Also, this ice cream didn’t want to freeze super firm, but it turned out super caramel-y and tasty and was just the color I was dreaming of.

I sprinkled a pinch of Fleur de Sel on these cookies to pump up the salty sweetness of this dessert. Pump, pump, pump it up.

Placing the chopped chocolate on parchment paper for easy pouring into the double boiler bowl is the best idea ever. Why didn’t I think of that before in my life? Normally I clumsily transport the chocolate from the cutting board while spilling it on the floor and into my apron pockets.

Double Chocolate Cookies
Recipe adapted (mostly on accident*) from The Hummingbird Bakery

Ingredients:

  • 3 T unsalted butter
  • 15 oz. bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped (divided)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4  cup + 2 T light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 t pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t baking powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet or two with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Put the butter and half of the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Leave until melted and smooth. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla until well mixed. Add the melted chocolate mixture and beat until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, salt and baking powder. Stir into the chocolate mixture,  in three additions, mixing well after each addition, scraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl. Finally, stir in the remaining chocolate until evenly dispersed.
  4. For small cookies like I made, drop the dough on the prepared baking sheet a teaspoon at a time, sprinkling with a bit of Fleur de Sel and baking for about 9 minutes or until crackled and set. Or if you want to make large cookies drop 12 equal amounts of cookie dough on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until crackled and glossy. Whether you’re making big or small cookies allow the cookis to cool on the sheet a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Use as a garnish for the caramel ice cream.

* It was adapted mostly on accident because I didn’t read the directions well, and melted ALL of the 15 oz. of chocolate instead of melting half and then mixing in the other half later. Just know that it won’t ruin them if you have no regard to correct cookie-baking.

What. A. Mess.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Sally March 12, 2011 at 10:04 am

1. NICE apron! 🙂
2. Oh.My.Stars. That dessert sound AMAZING!

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cindy March 12, 2011 at 10:25 am

everything looks so tasty! but really, can you go wrong with caramel sauce, chocolate, and fleur de sel? no, no you can’t.

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Megan (megabite) March 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

Sally! I wear that apron from you ALL the time. But the truth is, I don’t wipe my hands on it. I don’t want it to get stained! 🙂

Cindy! I agree, caramel, chocolate and fleur de sel is a combo that always wins. 🙂

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mum March 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Megan..salted caramel stuff is my NEW fav!! I need a taste.. and a run to Starbucks..today I made a French silk pie..a good FIRST fancy dessert to make here! LY

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Megan (megabite) March 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm

We’ll go on a starbucks date when you visit! And I think a French Silk pie was the first thing I made when i got my stand mixer. We have so much in common. 🙂

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mum March 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I love you Megan!!!

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Amy March 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Mmmmm! Yum! salted caramel and chocolate- a match made in heaven! (I noticed the apron too:) Reminded me of something my grandma had!

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Megan (megabite) March 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Amy – You’re so right! Heavenly desserts are where it’s at. And it’s my blueberry apron! A birthday gift. 🙂

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Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies March 14, 2011 at 12:44 am

Oh boy, you couldn’t have come up with a tastier combo for a dessert. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link your treat up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/03/sweets-for-saturday-8.html

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Dana March 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Yummmmm….

I need to make this ice cream. Ice cream making is the best!

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Megan (megabite) March 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Oh, you totally should!

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MelissaJane March 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Oh, yum. I love caramel ice cream. Just so you know, the seizing-when-you-add-the-cream is normal, not something you did wrong; the sugar is over 300 degrees and solidifies when you add the much cooler cream (happens too if you add butter, or any other ingredient in whatever caramelly-yumminess you’re making). Just letting it simmer gently and stirring lackadaisically will bring about smoothness eventually as the sugar remelts.

Can’t wait to make this and the cookies look like a great accompaniment!

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Megan (megabite) March 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm

OOh, good to know! Thanks!

And I bet you’ll love it. : )

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