Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Cake

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Want the recipe for the easiest ice cream dessert EVER? You’re gonna laugh when you see how easy it is. You ready??

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Take two different ice creams. Set them on the counter for a bit so they get melty. Take a bunch of Oreos and smash them.

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Layer the ice creams in between a thick layer of the smashed cookies and FREEZE. This all happens in a loaf pan. The result is a super tasty showstopper that you can take a ridiculous amount of credit for…and no one will comprehend that something so pretty could be that easy. Kudos to you! You just won battle DESSERT.

And we’re off! Three simple ingredients.

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Smash your Oreos. I actually used Trader Joe’s EVERYTHING for this. Trader Joe’s O’s (did you know they’re vegan?!)

Smash. It’s all in the palms.

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Layer a loaf pan with parchment (for easy retrieving!) and cling wrap for protection!

First layer is VANILLA.

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Spread the vanilla ice cream around, making sure to get into all the crevices/edges.

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Now top with the crushed Oreos. Push them lightly into the vanilla ice cream.

Place mixture in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

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Chocolate layer!

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I forgot how scrumptious chocolate ice cream is…

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Cover and FREEZE! Takes about 4-5 hours to harden.

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DONE!  Now we unwrap & slice. Don’t worry about the cling wrap marks. You won’t see them!

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What I love about this recipe (besides being super simple!) is that you can easily slice into the “cake.”

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I don’t know about you, but I have the hardest time getting a perfect scoop of ice cream out of a container.

It’s also super awkward when there are people around…the pressure!

It’s like trying to parallel park with an audience.

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Rectangles of layered ice cream are super pretty.

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Just work fast!!

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And here they are!

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IN REAL LIFE! I served them to our friends ON A WEEKNIGHT with random paper plates and wooden spoons and we LOVED LOVED LOVED them.

Next time I’m adding hot fudge on top!

Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Cake

  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1 pint chocolate ice cream
  • 14 Oreos, smashed

Let vanilla and chocolate ice cream soften at room temperature for about 15 minutes. You want the ice cream to be spreadable. Layer a sheet of parchment paper on a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan and top parchment with cling wrap. Layer vanilla ice cream (about 4-5 scoops) on the bottom of loaf pan. Spread ice cream into the pan with a spatula making sure to push ice cream to the edges. Layer ice cream with a thick layer of crumbled Oreo cookies and press cookie crumbs gently into the vanilla ice cream. Freeze mixture for 15 minutes and then spread chocolate ice cream (about 4-5 scoops) on top of cookie crumbles, making sure to cover all edges. Wrap loaf pan with cling wrap and give loaf pan a few taps to settle the ice cream into the pan. Freeze for at least 4 hours to make sure the ice cream has hardened. To serve, pull the ice cream cake out of the pan and slice into thin pieces with a sharp knife.

 

 

 

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  • berrie
    June 23, 2014

    oh yum ! so simple but hits the spot and looks great… maybe I could even do a Neapolitan…

    • Tracy
      June 23, 2014

      You sure could!

  • June 23, 2014

    They always say the best idea’s are the simplest idea’s and this proves the point exactly….just think what else you could do…the mind boggles!
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  • Hot fudge would be amaaaazing on that! You could even do this in a popsicle… mmm!

    • Tracy
      June 23, 2014

      You totally could!

  • Definitely my kind of cake! And I love those little spoons :)

  • June 23, 2014

    A chocolate and/or caramel layer would just rock my world!!!

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  • June 23, 2014

    I love this…and how about a layer of fudge with those Oreos…so very much like Dairy Queen. Happy Monday!

    • Kate
      June 23, 2014

      Definitely trying it that way! Love DQ ice cream cakes!

  • June 23, 2014

    Can I have this for breakfast? Because Mondays require THIS!

  • June 23, 2014

    Oh definitely with the hot fudge

  • June 23, 2014

    OMG. I want this now! Love how easy it is to veganize this! Trader Joe’s soy ice cream is amazing. I would love this with a fudge brownie or cookie dough layer as well :)

    • Tracy
      June 23, 2014

      SOOOOO easy to veganize :)

  • June 23, 2014

    does the ice cream still have a good texture after its been warmed up enough to spread like that? because i find if my icecream has melted and refreezed it forms (what i find to be) unpleasant ice crystals. please say yes because this looks so good!

    • Tracy
      June 23, 2014

      Can I teach you a trick?? If you want to cut down on the ice crystals, take a piece of cling wrap and press it to the top surface of the ice cream before you put the lid on. That way there’s a barrier between air & ice cream. This cake didn’t have ANY ice crystals and I think it’s because all the sides are covered. It remained creamy!

      • June 23, 2014

        thanks for the tip, i’m gonna have to give this one a whirl!

  • Elizabeth
    June 23, 2014

    That even looks fun to make. And that chocolate ice cream looks gorgeous.

  • June 23, 2014

    Yummy! I love anything with ice cream. This would also be delicious with some candy in the middle (I’m thinking butterfingers because I’m a sucker).

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • June 23, 2014

    yes!!! this is so, so awesome. especially how you are going to add hot fudge during the next go around. i always used to just eat the chocolate, fudge and cookie crumbs out of dairy queen ice cream cakes. (i’m a monster – my poor mom would eat my vanilla bits) now i can make my own!!

  • June 23, 2014

    Such an easy, delicious treat! Perfect for summer!! And love the Oreo layer!

  • June 23, 2014

    AWESOME! I love ice cream cake — this is brilliant!

    Haha I love your parallel-parking analogy. Isn’t it fun when people are watching and you totally nail it, though? So fun.

    • Tracy
      June 23, 2014

      Omg YES.

  • June 23, 2014

    I LOVE how easy this one is!!! I’m making it soon for sure, thanks Tracy!! Easy recipes for the win!

  • June 23, 2014

    Brilliant! I might have to try this with some gluten-free oreo-ish cookies…

    • Tracy
      June 23, 2014

      Trader Joe’s have gluten free joe joe’s right??!

  • June 23, 2014

    Yes! I’m all for easy. I actually made two things today using softened ice cream. This cake is the prettiest and the colors/stripes are so you!

    PS, I love that quip about parallel parking. My husband always thinks he needs to rib me about it and I always tell him to “shut it”, but with more expletives, so it comes out something like, “shut your G-D, insert another word for prostitutes, mouth.” Although, I’ve been nailing it lately!

  • Wow!! This looks so yummy for a hot, hot day. And super simple. Love that!! Pinned and shared :)

  • Bet there were heaps of in real life chocolatey ice cream smiles too!
    Out of all the things my boyfriend could have chosen for his birthday cake this year (last year it was a double chocolate Guinness cake with vanilla buttercream) he just wanted an ice cream cake.
    I almost felt like a cheat. Until I had my first bite. Then I was too busy smiling.
    Perfect summer dessert Tracy :)

  • OH MY GOD. I was just sitting here thinking, “How can I use up the leftover banana bread and ice cream?” BAM.

  • June 23, 2014

    Delicious and so simple! I love this idea!!! Those ice cream cakes are so expensive to buy! I never even thought about how easy it would be to make myself. Love, love, love it! Thanks Tracy! ♥

  • June 23, 2014

    But it’s not good for the ice-cream to get melty and then putting it back in the freezer.
    Can’t I forgo the melty part? -I am a bit alarmed at the thought.. :(

    • Tracy
      June 24, 2014

      You could try, but I’m not sure how you could spread it?

  • June 24, 2014

    This looks simple and so delicious – great recipe Tracy!
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  • Love this idea! Looks delicious!

  • June 24, 2014

    OMG I LOOOOVE this, like carvel cake, but homemade!!

  • This reminds of carvel. My favorite part would be the crumbled cookies in the center :)

  • Barbara
    June 24, 2014

    How great is that!? Love it!!

  • Mira C
    June 24, 2014

    Tracy, you are a genius!

    I’m thinking of doing some sort of vanilla/maple cookies/maple-nut ice-cream sitch for my maple-loving hubby. The possibilities are endless!

    • Tracy
      June 24, 2014

      SO MANY POSSIBILITIES!!!!

  • June 24, 2014

    This brings such a big smile to my face! Love the concept of easy make at home ice cream cake! YES!

  • June 25, 2014

    Brilliant and delicious looking!

  • June 29, 2014

    The only thing bad about this recipe is having to wait as it freezes again! Love it!

    • Tracy
      June 29, 2014

      I agree!

  • You have no idea how much I love this. I love easy no bake stuff like this. It must happen! Pinned!

  • My hubby asks for ice cream cake every single birthday and cookies & cream is one of his favorites. This is perfect! :)

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