BEYOND COOKIE DOUGH
Get creative with the extra somethings you add. Freeze cookies, nuts, and candies so they don’t melt your batch down, then add them during the last minute of churning.
STARCHY SWEETS: Enrobe cookies, popcorn, and flour-based ingredients in chocolate, or candy them in sugar so that they don’t turn soggy. Two preenrobed options: Cracker Jacks and Pocky.
NUTS: Toast nuts in a dry pan to boost their flavor. Chop them to the desired size and shake around in a sifter to dislodge any shards and skin.
CANDIED FRUIT: Cut cherries into small pieces and macerate them in sugar and your favorite liquor for a couple of hours as antifreeze insurance. Or use a reliable premade: Luxardo’s maraschino cherries.
SAUCES: For distinct swirls, don’t swirl at all— layer. As you transfer a batch to its container, alternate ice cream with drizzles of butterscotch, caramel, chocolate sauce, or pomegranate molasses.