I made us ice cream! In November.

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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.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Pumpkin Marshmallow Ice Cream

Yield: makes about 1 quart

Total Time: 8 hours

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

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[someone ate all of the bowls.]

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

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    Katriel — November 7, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    I made ice cream last night also!! My very first ice cream maker adventure! And between my husband and I, we ate the entire batch ourselves. No excuse. Just wanted ice cream.
    Hope you have a fabulous birthday! And I’m excited to try out this recipe!

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    Jenna — November 7, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    Awesome bday post!! Have a fabulous day!!

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    Nicole — November 7, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    I mean seriously!!! Wow!

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    Kristin — November 7, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    Happy birthday!

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    Tanvee — November 7, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSICA!!!! Ice cream is an amazing way to celebrate your birthday :)
    And this looks soooo good. Going go make it no bai.

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — November 7, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    That’s a mouthful, and I bet its a tasty mouthful!

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    Talia — November 7, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    as always, you manage to take all of my favorite things in life and smush them together into something wonderful! words cannot describe my excitement towards this deliciousness.

    treat yourself today with a little more ice cream (and maybe some wine… as long as it’s after 9am). Happy Birthday!! :)

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    Katie @ Veggie and the Beast — November 7, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    This ice cream looks to-die-for, and I would probably choose it over wine as well (and that’s saying something…) :) Happy birthday!

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    Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat — November 7, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    Happy birthday! I get you- I’m wondering how I’m not 14 anymore!

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    Maren — November 7, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    Happy Birthday Jessica!! You are so incredibly talented. I know you have GREAT things in your future this year! Hope you have a happy day filled with lots of sprinkles. xo

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    Gina — November 7, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    Happy birthday!! Eat as much midnight ice cream as you want because at 31….you can do whatever you want :D

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    Lauren — November 7, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jess! Go buy these and tell 31 to switch around and add 10 years (because being 13 and wearing these shoes wouldn’t be right).

    http://www.lulus.com/products/speed-limit-98-vivian-blue-curvy-platform-pumps/118658.html

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    Jessica @Food Luv Bites — November 7, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    Wow. This looks amazing! I would dare to make this now but I don’t have the stuff needed, booo.

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — November 7, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    Happpppy birthday!! You should NEVER stop eating ice cream at midnight…. Especially ice cream this amazing..

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    Mareike — November 7, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!! I love your blog.. it makes my every morning just that much more awesome!
    And hell yes you should live in every moment!! That’s what life’s for ;)

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    Jenna — November 7, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    So you’re saying the pumpkin ice cream has cream in it…

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    Ross | TheFaceBaby — November 7, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    That last picture … it’s like your ice cream is wearing a sugary top hat. And it’s tilted to the side because it’s just that cool. And it’s its birthday, so it does what it wants.

    I was really looking forward to learning the 31 things I should never, ever do … but I suppose chocolatey-pumpkin ice cream will suffice :o)

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    Elinor — November 7, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    Such a great post. you’re a great writer and your positivity is really an inspiration and a joy to read. your blog puts me in a good mood :-)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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    Marisa — November 7, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    first! Happy Birrthday!! And from a girl in her mid 30′s i’m loving every minute of it!! I, like you, don’t feel or act much like i’m in my mid 30′s. ha!
    But questions regarding ice cream! I LOVE ice cream, and have been recently making my own. But when I put it into a container to store in the freezer, it is always HARD AS A ROCK, when I try to scoop some out days later. Any storage suggestions for homemade ice cream!?

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    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker — November 7, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    The best birthday present to yourself. Happy Birthday!! Enjoy living in the moment :)

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    Ashley — November 7, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    Happy Birthday! I will eat ice cream tonight in your honor!

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    Rena — November 7, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    Happy birthday!!

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    deva — November 7, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    Happy birthday :-)!

    I may have to buy an ice cream maker. Pumpkin AND marshmallows AND chocolate chip cookie? YUM!

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    Sarah — November 7, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    Happy birthday to you!! :)

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    Larry — November 7, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Here is your custom-made playlist:
    Birthday – Selena Gomez
    Prima Donna – Christina Aguilera
    Birthday Song – Madonna
    Birthday Cake [Remix] – Rihanna feat Chris Brown (dirty but SO GOOD)
    Birthday – Flo Rida

    Girly and ghetto! Just like ME! hahahah ♥♥♥

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — November 7, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    Best pumpkin recipe I’ve seen so far.

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    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — November 7, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    So many delicious things all in one bowl! Happy Birthday :)

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — November 7, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    31 will be my new number in January!! I know – it’s scary!!! i still think I’m my 22 year old self. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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    Kylie — November 7, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    It was you! You ate all of the bowls! Yummy ice cream. Happy birthday! Thanks for being born so you could blog all of the awesome.

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — November 7, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    Happy birthday! What a fun flavor to celebrate with. I love that you brought in your bday appropriate with a serving at midnight.

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    Natasha — November 7, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

    Happy Birthday! This ice cream sounds perfect, yum!

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    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} — November 7, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

    Happy birthday! This ice cream looks like the perfect way to celebrate a fall birthday (even at midnight). Love it!

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    JulieD — November 7, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    Ahhhh I recently had an ice cream that had marshmallow fluff in it…I’m obsessed. Hope you’re having a nice bday sweet friend! :)

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — November 7, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    [this looks perfect .. I need it.]

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    Babs — November 7, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    Love everything about this post. Happy Birthday!

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    Rebecca — November 7, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

    Happy, happy birthday! I thought you just recently turned 30…anyway, I’m glad you had this scrumptious-looking ice cream to enjoy on your birthday. Your pictures are super adorable too!

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    Ashley — November 8, 2013 @ 12:08 am

    Happy birthday! Its kind of fitting that you made ice cream on your 31st birthday because of 31 Flavors. Did you plan that? If not, maybe subliminally Baskin Robbins was speaking to you. Hope your day was great!

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    Kelly — November 8, 2013 @ 12:51 am

    This ice cream sounds absolutely amazing!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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    Michelle — November 8, 2013 @ 2:07 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! The love I have for you and this blog is ridiculous. and weird. the end.

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    Liz S. — November 8, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    Happy belated birthday!!!!! I say ice cream is a year-round treat, so ice cream in November is normal in my book :D

    LOVE this ice cream flavor you created – oh. my. word.

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    Janet — November 8, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    Happy Birthday!
    Ice cream looks delicious and so do the pictures :)
    What is bizarre is how fast the years fly by. My husband said the movie “The Outsiders” just had it’s 30-year anniversary. WHAT?! 30 years? I saw that movie in the theater with a school field trip in middle school. Time flies!!

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    LB — November 8, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    Happy Birthday…a day late.

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    Brittany — November 8, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    Oh my goodness. I am dying to have a bite of this ice cream. It looks amazing.

    Happy belated. xoxo

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 8, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    HAPYDAFU:SAYFAS BIRRHRINGIDAYDAYYAYDA!! xoxoxoxooxox!

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    Lakenya Jacobs — November 8, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    Happy Birthday! :)

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    Samantha — November 8, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    Happy birthday!!!!! I love the upside down ice cream photo!

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — November 8, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    Happy Birthday! I hope it was wonderful! What a great birthday recipe and blog post!

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    Beth @ bethcakes — November 8, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    Happy (late) Birthday!! I really can’t believe this ice cream. So many good things. Love that you put cookies in there!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — November 8, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    I’ve had a difficult time getting onboard the pumpkin and chocolate train; I’ve never found the combination the least bit appealing. This might change my mind!

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    Katie — November 8, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    Happy “belated” Birthday! This ice cream looks like the perfect Bday treat!

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