Some things in life are worth waiting for.  Warm towels from the dryer on a cold winter morning.  Baseball season after 5 long months of off-season blues.  Hydrangea bushes with bright blue blooms in late June.   Oatmeal raisin cookie ice cream.  Oh my goodness, where has this ice cream been all my life?  Actually, I’ve known about it for quite some time and Josie has been talking about it as one of her favorite homemade flavors for ages, but taking a few extra minutes to make it seemed to be just so elusive to me.  And boy was the wait worth it.  Well worth it.

Clusters of caramel-y oatmeal praline and loads of boozy raisins are scattered throughout creamy vanilla-cinnamon ice cream and even though there aren’t any actual cookies in the ice cream, all of the separate parts come together to taste just like an oatmeal raisin cookie.  The praline remains a little crunchy even though you’d think it would soften after a couple of days in the ice cream and it was those addictive little crunchies that I found myself digging around for in the bowl.  I drizzled this oatmeal raisin ice cream with a little salted caramel sauce and I seriously couldn’t have been happier with a couple little scoops of this very indulgent dessert.  Oh yes, oatmeal raisin cookie ice cream with salted caramel sauce?  Definitely worth the wait.