Milk’s favorite cookie is also ice cream’s favorite cookie! This Cookies and Cream Ice Cream has real Oreo cookies mixed in a rich vanilla ice cream base. The heavenly vanilla flavor and chocolate cookie chunks make this a favorite dessert recipe!
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Why this Recipe Works
You can’t beat the flavor of freshly churned homemade ice cream. For Oreo cookie lovers, this Cookies ‘n Cream ice cream recipe is unbeatable.
- Loaded with Oreos.
- Real heavy whipping cream.
- Robust vanilla flavor.
- Easy ice cream maker recipe.
Using our vanilla ice cream recipe as the starting point, I packed my homemade cookies and cream ice cream with lots of BIG cookie pieces.
This creamy frozen treat was an instant hit with my family. With summer just around the corner, I foresee many more helpings of cookies and cream ice cream in our future!
Don’t leave your puppies out of the fun, make them a batch of our dog ice cream so they can have a cool treat too!
Oreo Cookies. Any variety of chocolate sandwich cookies works too. Crush the whole cookies into bite size pieces.
Vanilla. I love using my homemade Vanilla Extract in cookies and cream ice cream. Or substitute a vanilla bean pod for an even richer flavor!
Granulated sugar. Swap out the plain sugar for Vanilla Sugar for a tasty extra vanilla twist.
The best part about owning an ice cream maker (besides the delicious results) is that it does all the hard work for you.
STEP 1. Whisk ingredients
Combine the cream, milk, vanilla, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
STEP 2. Churn
Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker. Follow your manufacturer’s directions for churning. I use this Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker (found on Amazon)!
STEP 3. Freeze
Pour the churned cookies and cream ice cream into an airtight freezer safe container. Freeze for 12 hours or until hard and scoopable.
Tips and Tricks
- For softer ice cream: Reduce the freezing time as desired.
- Richest vanilla flavor: Make sure to use real vanilla extract (not imitation flavor) or a vanilla bean pod.
- Big Oreo chunks. Leave a few bigger Oreo pieces when crushing for best results!
- Deep freeze: If you have access to a deep freezer, use it for this recipe. Traditional home freezers tend to take longer to freeze ice cream, because of the frequency of the doors opening and closing.
- Other mix ins: Chopped nuts, chocolate chips, M&Ms and other cookie pieces would all be delicious mix ins additions. Fold them in when you add the Oreos. Swap out oreos and make our chocolate ice cream instead.
- Serve it on a cone. Dip the tip of a waffle cone in melted chocolate, then dip in sprinkles Allow to set for a few minutes. Add ice cream and enjoy!
- Make it a Sundae. Add sprinkles and a cherry (and whipped cream too if desired)! Or drizzle it with homemade magic shell.
- No Ice cream maker? No problem! Give our berry ice cream or no churn vanilla ice cream a try instead.
I store homemade ice cream in a metal loaf pan. Cover it with plastic wrap and wrap in foil to preserve freshness.
For classic cookies and cream flavor, use original Oreos or Double Stuffed Oreos. You can also play with the flavor by changing up the kind of Oreos you use.
I use this Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker for my homemade ice cream recipes. I find it creates a perfect soft serve texture after churning. Any 2 quart ice cream maker would work too.
More Oreo Recipes
Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Recipe
- 1 ¾ cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 ¼ cup whole milk
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 20 Oreo cookies about 1 1/2 cups, crushed
- In a large bowl, whisk heavy cream, milk, sugar, sald, and vanilla extract together.
- Pour directly into an ice cream maker and follow directions per manufacturer’s instructions for churning.
- Once churning is complete, fold in crushed cookies and pour into an airtight, freezer-safe container and freeze at least 12 hours before serving.
- For a deeper vanilla bean flavor, use one vanilla pod, split lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Or use homemade vanilla sugar!
- I used a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and it took about 20-25 minutes to churn. Ice cream was soft, not not scoopable.
- I use a metal bread loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap then foil to store my ice cream.
- Due to the frequent opening and closing of a traditional refrigerator/freezer, it may take longer for the ice cream to be solid. Additionally, the ice cream may remain in a soft state. For best results, placing the ice cream in a deep freezer is recommended.
- Crush your cookies to desired consistency. Leave a few larger chunks for best results!
- Dip the tip of a waffle cone in melted chocolate and add sprinkles.
Skip the store bought tubs and give homemade ice cream a try. No one can turn down a bowl of this rich, creamy and delicious Cookies and Cream Ice Cream!