I made us ice cream! In November.

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Pumpkin Marshmallow Ice Cream I howsweeteats.com

Okay. Lying. I made me ice cream. But in turn, it comes out to be your ice cream. It’s just how we do things here.

Today I turn 31 years old and I’m sort of… confused? Like what? When I see the number 31 I just start laughing and think “I’m not 31!” That’s not me! No, seriously. It’s happened multiple times already.

The good news is that I almost sat down with a glass of wine to write this blog post but instead, sat down with a bowl of this ice cream. So apparently the idea of 31 is not driving me to drink.

The bad news is that I sat down with a bowl of this ice cream. At midnight.

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Pumpkin Marshmallow Ice Cream I howsweeteats.com

If I was super creative, prepared and cleverly wordy enough, I could do one of those fun posts about the 31 things I’ve learned in my life or the 31 things that I hope to do this year or the 31 things that you should never, ever do. (one of them probably including eating ice cream at midnight at the age of 31.)

I could tell you what I consider to be really good secrets, things like work harder than everyone else and accept constructive criticism up until the point where it comprises who you really are inside. Things that sound totally awesome and might blow up the internets and while completely pertaining to me and my real life, still don’t really get across the point of… being myself.

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Pumpkin Marshmallow Ice Cream I howsweeteats.com

Instead! I’m going to do one of those fun posts about how while cookies and cream ice cream is okay, I really get all hot and bothered over chocolate chip cookies and cream ice cream.

Just kidding. About the fun post part.

Not kidding about the chocolate chip cookies and cream ice cream.

I don’t think it’s any secret that I spend a good chunk of time in the past, not necessarily in a bad way, but just because I am this weird nostalgic person who for some reason thinks she is 67 years old inside. It’s like I’ve aged myself in dog years.

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Pumpkin Marshmallow Ice Cream I howsweeteats.com

For real, the only thing I want 31 to bring me is more of a focus on living right now and all that jazz. Sure, it sounds disgustingly cliché, but it’s so very true. I mean, have you ever sat there and thought of the expression “living in the moment?” When you really think about it, man… it’s deep. I kinda want to make every second count.

Every bacon-eating second, heck – even every spinach eating second. (well, maybe.)

I just want to live and enjoy every single minute and love everything I do and be happy and help others and buy more neon blue leopard print pillows for our not-matching couch to drive my husband insane. (I might have just done that.)

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Pumpkin Marshmallow Ice Cream I howsweeteats.com

I just want to show you this ice cream that I can’t stop taking spoonfuls of from the freezer and talk to my invisible internet friends every day and only instagram things when my life seems really fun. Except I want it to be really fun. All the time!

Starting with this ice cream. Do it.

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Pumpkin Marshmallow Ice Cream I howsweeteats.com


Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Pumpkin Marshmallow Ice Cream

Yield: makes about 1 quart

Total Time: 8 hours


2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 baked chocolate chip cookies, crushed
1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff


Add the cream, milk, sugar, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, pie spice and salt to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is combined, making sure not to let it stick to the bottom. Continue to heat until the mixture becomes warm and begins to bubble around the edges. Remove from heat, add the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate until cold, at least 30 to 60 minutes.

Once it's cold, add the mixture to your ice cream maker and churn according to directions. A few minutes before it's finished churning, add in 1 cup of marshmallow fluff and half of the cookies in a few increments. Once it's finished churning, scoop the ice cream into a freezer-safe container. Stir in the remaining cookies and marshmallow, then freeze for at least 4 to 6 hours. Let sit for a few minutes before serving so the ice cream can soften.

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Pumpkin Marshmallow Ice Cream I howsweeteats.com

[someone ate all of the bowls.]

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124 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Pumpkin Marshmallow Ice Cream.”

  1. #
    Paula — November 7, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    Happy 31! I think eating homemade ice cream at midnight is the perfect way to celebrate who you’ve become in adulthood while nodding to your inner child. Also, ice cream is a super source of calcium, which our aging bones need in increased quantities. Justified! Consider this my birthday gift to you — it’s the least I can do in return for all the delicious recipies you have put in my face over the last few years.


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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — November 7, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    Ah SO much good stuff in this ice cream! Happy Happy Birthday!!!


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    Lindsay — November 7, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    Holy moly batman. What a perfect bday present for yourself! (Hope it’s a great one!)

    I might have to pretend it’s my birthday and make some… stat! :)


  4. #
    dervla — November 7, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    happy birthday sweet friend – 31 is not so bad, promise!


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 7, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    Happy Birthday!!!! I love that of all the things you could have made for your bday, you made pumpkin ice cream. I know you’ve been in love with that TJs one and I can only imagine your version blows the pants off it!! The choc chip cookies, the marshmallows, all the texture and flavors, oh boy! Pinned!

    I hope you have an awesome 31st year and that it’s filled with tons of happiness and joy and amazing things! xoxox :)


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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — November 7, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    Happy birthday! and any time is ice cream time in my books! The texture sand swirls going on here are divine!


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    conextradequeso — November 7, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    Ok…THAT left me BREATHLESS!! could you please send some in a parcel to Spain???:) it really looks so yummy!! I can’t blame you for being sitting in front of the PC eating spoonfuls of it!!:)

    and btw!HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!and how we say in Spain FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS!! I hope its a great one! (and hey, you have to tell us where can we buy the neon blue print leopard pillows! lol ;)
    lots of love from conextradequeso.com


  8. #
    Rachel — November 7, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    Happy happy 31st Jessica! May this be your best year yet :-)


  9. #
    Genny — November 7, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    Happy, Happy Birthday! Hope all your wishes come true!


  10. #
    Trisha — November 7, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    Amazingness! One of the things I love most about your blog is that you are unabashedly yourself, always. And you =awesome. Hope 31 brings lots of happiness, colorful pillows, cookies, and bacon!


  11. #
    Brittany — November 7, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    It’s my birthday too! Happy birthday birthday buddy! I will also be eating homemade ice cream in November because I’m obnoxious and insisted my husband make me some instead of a cake.


    • Jessica — November 7th, 2013 @ 9:01 am

      happy birthday!!


  12. #
    Meg Jones | The Spatularettes — November 7, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    Happy birthday Jess!! Have an awesome ice cream (and maybe even spinach) filled day! You deserve it :)


  13. #
    Caitlin — November 7, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    Happy Happy Birthday!!! LOVE your blog so much!


  14. #
    Kellie @ Keeprunninkellie — November 7, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    Happy Birthday! That look so good. I think I need to buy an ice cream maker :)


  15. #
    Molly @ Yes to Yolks — November 7, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    Happy birthday!!! I love your thoughts on living in the moment. It’s true…it kinda makes your brain explode when you think about it too hard, but it’s important. Just like getting this ice cream made and in my belly is important. Love this idea. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays!


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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 7, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    A very big happy birthday to you Jessica! Here’s to pumpkin ice cream midnight snacks, homemade marshmallow fluff, leopard print anything, and living in the moment!

    Have a great one!


  17. #
    Amanda @ Food, Fitness, Faith — November 7, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    Happiest of birthdays Jessica! Eat all the ice cream you want today. And any day!


  18. #
    Erika — November 7, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    Happy Birthday lady!! A midnight bowl of ice cream is a great way to celebrate. :)


  19. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 7, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    Happy Birthday!!! Great way to celebrate it with your crazy ice cream concoction! I LOVE it! Enjoy your day!!


  20. #
    Heather — November 7, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    Happy 31st! And ice cream in November at midnight is perfect!


  21. #
    Ellie — November 7, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    Happy birthday! We have the same birthday, fall birthdays are definitely the best!


    • Jessica — November 7th, 2013 @ 9:02 am

      happy birthday!


  22. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — November 7, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    OMG this looks amazing!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESS!! I hope you have a wonderful day, and if you’ve got any of this ice cream left, I’m sure it will be! I always feel like I should write some sort of sentimental post on my birthdays but I like the way you think – fluffy ice cream is far more fun!


  23. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — November 7, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    Happy Birthday! This ice cream looks amazing! Perfect way to kick off 31.


  24. #
    Tieghan — November 7, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Happy Birthday!! I hope it is an awesome one and it is on a Thursday! I am pretty sure I have read you love Thursdays! Eat lots of ice cream and cake and bacon and live it up! Oh and nothing is better than ice cream (especially this one!!) at midnight. Duh, everyone knows that!


  25. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — November 7, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    Happy birthday Jessica! Hope this year brings you all those things and many more. And YES–living in the moment is something I’m trying to get much better at.

    PS. I need to see a picture of those pillows!! Too funny.


  26. #
    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — November 7, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    Happy Birthday! And OMG THIS ICE CREAM!

    Hope you have a great day!


  27. #
    Rachel — November 7, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    I just came across your blog today looking for beer mac and cheese. I have only read two posts and have to say I am IN LOVE WITH YOU! Ok that’s creepy but yeah, I know what I will be doing today….not working….oops. Happy Birthday!!!!


  28. #
    Wendy @ All Kinds of Miles — November 7, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    YAY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! We’re so glad you’ve decided to invest so much time in this space– here’s to 20 more! :)


  29. #
    Kim — November 7, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    1. Happy birthday!
    2. If you’re sneaking spoonfuls from the fridge, the calories don’t count. It’s basic food science. I think Alton Brown has addressed this once.


  30. #
    Tricia — November 7, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    Happy Birthday! You should go buy 31 things at Sephora to celebrate ;)


    • Jessica — November 7th, 2013 @ 9:33 am



  31. #
    jennifer — November 7, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    ice cream at midnight? it’s a great way to start a new year. happy birthday! have a great day!


  32. #
    cindy — November 7, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    THIS ICE CREAM! I’m into it.

    and Happy Birthday! I hope there are sprinkles and something sparkly involved!!


  33. #
    Stephanie @ PlainChicken — November 7, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    Happy Birthday! This ice cream is the perfect birthday treat!


  34. #
    Julia Kent @ The Domestic Blonde — November 7, 2013 @ 9:57 am



  35. #
    Monica — November 7, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    Happy, happy birthday!! Enjoy it!

    This ice cream…seriously? I am dying to make it asap. If only I didn’t have to wait for my ice cream bowl to freeze!


  36. #
    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — November 7, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    happy birthday!!


  37. #
    Elizabeth — November 7, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    Happy birthday!!! Those pictures are making my mouth water!


  38. #
    Ang @ Nutty for Life — November 7, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    Happy Birthday Jessica! I hope your day is sweet :) and filled with sprinkles.


  39. #
    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate — November 7, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    Happy Birthday Jessica! That is definitely something I would do, sit down with a bowl of homemade icecream at midnight to celebrate. Sounds better than wine any day!


  40. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — November 7, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    wow this ice cream is insane, and fantastic…I love the cookies in there..mm its like a double whammy!
    Happy happy birthday! Eat lots and drink even more! ;)


  41. #
    jen — November 7, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    i am going to make chocolate chip cookies today SOLELY so i can make this tomorrow! looks delish as always and happy birthday!!!


  42. #
    Miriam — November 7, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    Happy brithday to you!!! :)

    I’ve also turned 31 on the 31st of July. I have been waiting for that -my lucky year!- since I was old enough to do math. I like the number 31 ;)


  43. #
    Kim @ AdventuresInANew(ish)CIty — November 7, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    Happy Birthday!!


  44. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — November 7, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Happy Birthday, Jess! This ice cream sounds like the perfect way to celebrate! :)


  45. #
    Jeff — November 7, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    Happy, happy birthday to you Jessica! You should have a bite of this ridiculously delicious looking ice cream for every birthday wish you get!! Cheers to you!


  46. #
    Christy — November 7, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    Happy Birthday!! There’s just no better present than marshmallow-fluffed ice cream.


  47. #
    Becky @ A Calculated Whisk — November 7, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    Love this post! Happy Birthday!! This ice cream sounds amazing. I was literally JUST thinking about how I wanted to make another batch of pumpkin ice cream, but with something else interesting added to it, and BOOM! You read my mind :).


  48. #
    Laura — November 7, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    This sounds incredible. Also: Happy Birthday!


  49. #
    Paige — November 7, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    Happy Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a fabulous birthday!! Enjoy it and celebrate….In the moment!


  50. #
    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — November 7, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    Happy Birthday!!! I love that you made ice cream, in November and for your birthday. Hope its a great one and 31 really ain’t all that bad. Its pretty much the same as 30 with one years experience. Like you are just getting good at being 30. Something like that. ha ha!!


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