5 Ingredients or Fewer

Cookies & Cream Frozen Yogurt

August 17, 2020
9 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland. Food stylist: Anna Billingskog. Prop stylist: Amanda Widis.
Author Notes

Swapping out the usual ice cream custard for a tart, tangy frozen yogurt base means a more balanced (dare I say, more adult) cookies and cream—the sort that I could eat several scoops at a time. And you know what? I will!

I learned of this extra-speedy approach to homemade frozen yogurt from Max Falkowitz and Ethan Frisch, via our Genius Recipes column a few years back. All you need is full-fat plain yogurt, granulated sugar, and a pinch of salt. (Don’t substitute in a lower fat or Greek variety; the former will compromise the flavor and latter will affect the texture.) I use slightly less sugar here than the Genius version because the cookies bring their own sweetness.

Don’t be tempted to streamline the second step and chop all the cookies the same size. The extra minute of work yields a cookies and cream with big chunks, medium hunks, and lots of swirled crumbs in between.

This is one of our Big Little Recipes, our weekly column all about dishes with big flavor and little ingredient lists. Do you know (and love) a recipe that’s low in ask, high in reward? Let us know in the comments.Emma Laperruque

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Cookies & Cream Frozen Yogurt
  • Prep time 8 hours
  • Makes about 1 1/2 quarts
Ingredients
  • 1 quart whole-milk plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 18 chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreos)
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Stir or whisk the yogurt, sugar, and salt in a bowl until the sugar dissolves, then refrigerate until very cold.
  2. Meanwhile, halve 6 cookies, quarter 3, and finely chop the remaining 9. Combine the chopped cookies in a bowl or container and stick in the freezer.
  3. Churn the frozen yogurt according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once it’s a minute or so from being ready (for me, this means it’s been churning for 25 to 30 minutes), pull the cookies from the freezer and add to the machine, pushing them down with a flexible spatula as needed so they’re evenly dispersed.
  4. Transfer the frozen yogurt to freezer-safe lidded containers and stick those in the freezer until you’re ready to scoop and eat.

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Emma is the food editor at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles "on the fly," baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., reviewing restaurants, and writing articles about everything from how to use leftover mashed potatoes to the history of pies in North Carolina. Now she lives in New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's cooking column, Big Little Recipes, all about big flavor and little ingredient lists. And see what she's up to on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.