mint cookies and cream milkshakes

August 29, 2018 Portland, OR, USA


This post was sponsored by Pepperidge Farm®, who provided the compensation and Tim Tam® biscuits to make this awesome milkshake recipe! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own, and I'm incredibly excited to make desserts with Tim Tam® biscuits since they really are one of my favorite snacks. Thank you for supporting Hummingbird High and my awesome sponsors!


For most of my professional career, I worked in the tech industry for start-ups or big tech companies whose products you probably use on an everyday basis. For the most part, all the stories you hear about tech company perks are very true — many of the offices had nap pods, scooters, and swings strewn around the office. Several of the companies had multiple kegs of beer, cold-brew, and kombucha on tap that you could help yourself to whenever you wanted. One even had a barista onsite, allowing you to order whatever caffeinated beverage of your choice (complete with latte art to boot) without paying a single penny. A lot of lunches and dinners were catered, and there were Bagel Mondays, Donut Fridays, and a whole lot of other occasions involving free food.


Despite all the food available all the time, most of my coworkers ate like they didn't know where their next meal was coming from. Any baked good I would bring to the office would be devoured within 10 minutes of emailing folks that I'd set something in the kitchen. Some folks would even email or DM me directly, asking me to set aside a piece or two for them since they were too slow to get to the kitchen and kept missing out on my baked goods. It was nuts! But I shouldn't judge, especially since there were days in which I participated in the feeding frenzy myself — specifically, when several Australian coworkers who would come in from Sydney and bring everybody Tim Tam® biscuits and I'd camp out in the office kitchen to eat them all.

If you've never had a Tim Tam® biscuit before, prepare to have your mind blown. They're legit one of my favorite snacks; they're rectangular cookies that are chocolaty on the outside, crunchy and creamy on the inside, and delicious all over. I have trouble restraining myself from eating an entire pack in one sitting. For a long time, Tim Tam® biscuits were only available to purchase in Australia (hence my freak out whenever my Australian coworkers would bring them in after their visits back home); it's only recently that they're available for purchase in the United States (but the cookies are still all made in Australia!).


To celebrate the end of summer, I decided to whip up some ice cream milkshakes (Because what's a more classic summer recipe than milkshakes? Seriously.) featuring my beloved biscuits. Tim Tam® biscuits come in four flavors (Original, Chewy Caramel, Classic Dark, and Dark Mint) and I decided to use Dark Mint, my current favorite Tim Tam® biscuit flavor, for a minty twist on the classic cookies and cream milkshake. If you're a fan of mint chocolate, these shakes are 100% for you — enjoy!


Some maker's notes:
  • A little mint goes along way! I thought the shakes were plenty minty with just the Tim Tam® biscuits, but Erlend preferred his with a stronger kick. If you like a subtle mint flavor, I suggest omitting the mint extract. That being said, if you decide to us the mint extract, know that a little goes a LONG way. 1/8 of a teaspoon doesn't seem like much, but any more than that and it will taste like you're drinking toothpaste. If your measuring spoon set doesn't come with an 1/8 measure, individual 1/8 teaspoon measures are available for purchase online.

Mint Cookies and Cream Milkshakes

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Ingredients

Special Equipment:
  • a high-powered blender

For the Mint Cookies and Cream Milkshakes:
(makes two 12-ounce milkshakes)
  • 2 cups (16 ounces //1 pint) vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) whole milk
  • 6 Tim Tam® Dark Mint biscuits
  • 1/8 teaspoon mint extract (see maker's notes)
  • a pinch of kosher salt

For Serving:

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Recipe

For the Mint Cookies and Cream Milkshakes:
  1. In the bowl of a blender, combine 2 cups vanilla ice cream, 1 cup whole milk, 6 Tim Tam® Dark Mint biscuits, 1/8 teaspoon mint extract, and a pinch of kosher salt. Blend on medium-high speed for 60 seconds, until the mixture is thick yet smooth, and all the Tim Tam biscuits have crumbled to give the mixture that classic cookies and cream look.

  2. Pour immediately into two tall glasses and garnish with chocolate sprinkles and mint sprigs. Carefully balance a Tim Tam® Dark Mint biscuit on top of each glass and serve immediately with straws.
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