It all started earlier this week with my own hankering for pumpkin ice cream. (It was actually less about the ice cream and more about beating the tastes of the season into the little ones brains.)
I did minimal research on it (search: pumpkin ice cream) and went with this overly elaborate recipe because I guess I just didn't know any better. I'm still not convinced you need to be cracking eggs and using stovetops for homemade ice cream - those kinda fussy recipes never work out very well for me. I always seem to have the best results with just adding a little something to a basic vanilla recipe.
My first attempted recipe turned out fine...I guess? A little too fancy with all it's custardy undertones though, if you ask me.
In wondering why pumpkin ice cream needed to be so damn difficult, I tried a brainless idea and just added one cup of pumpkin puree and one tablespoon of cinnamon to Cuisinart's Simple Vanilla Ice Cream.
I'm sorry - but did I just discover gold?!
I actually liked my lazy chef recipe better! In fact, when making these tonight, everyone got to do a taste test and decide which pumpkin ice cream was their favorite and three out of four chose the simple one.
As for the oatmeal cookie I just grabbed this super easy one off another recipe on Epicurious and BAM! - I was done.
I let the cookies cool for about 15 minutes, the same amount of time I let the rock-hard ice cream soften. Smashed together it was pure bliss!