Oreo Ice Cream Cake

This Oreo Ice Cream Cake makes for the perfect no bake dessert during warm summer months. Best of all, it only takes 5 simple store bought ingredients!

This simple, cool dessert is a go-to for summer time! And if you love cookies and cream, them you have to try it. For more Oreo goodness, you may also love our Dirt Cake and Oreo Pudding Cake.

Oreo Ice Cream Cake recipe - cut on plate

the perfect summer treat

Born and raised in Arizona, we are used to VERY hot summers. But even though we have become accustomed to them, we still like to have plenty of cool desserts to help us survive them!

One of our favorites is ice cream cake, and especially today’s Cookies and Cream Oreo Ice Cream Cake.

This ice cream cake is delicious and super easy to make. If you’ve tried our Dirt Cake and love Oreos, then I think you’ll love this one too. The recipe reminded me of the Dirt cake with all the Oreos, which made it really familiar and really yummy…. and perfect to keep us cool in the hot Arizona heat.

How to make ice cream cake process pics

How to Make Ice Cream Cake

A lot of people are hesitant to make ice cream cakes, because it seems difficult, but it’s actually really simple! It does take time, since you have to freeze it after you add each layer (totaling 5 hours of freezer time), but believe me it is SO worth it because you end up with these 5 delicious layers:

COOKIES. Like I said, the actual steps themselves are really simple. You start by adding the crushed cookie crumbs to a bowl, reserving about ½ cup for the topping. Add the butter to the crushed Oreos, mix it up, then press it into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan.

ICE CREAM & SAUCE. Spread the softened Cookies and Cream ice cream over the crust and freeze for 2 hours. Take it out, drizzle chocolate fudge sauce over the ice cream and freeze for another hour.

FREEZE. Finally, add whipped cream and sprinkle with remaining Oreos, then freeze for 2 more hours. Simple!

Ice Cream Cake TIPS:

  • When making your cake soften the ice cream to about 15 degrees F so that it’s easy to spread. Be sure that it doesn’t have a chance to melt.
  • Be sure to thaw the cake before serving. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes or leave on the counter for about 15 minutes.
  • Use a long serrated knife. Warm the knife in hot water dry the excess water and cut. The warm knife should slice right through the ice cream cake and create clean even slices.   
  • Prior to serving, thaw the cake 30 minutes in the refrigerator or 15 minutes on the counter. This will ensure the cake is at just the right temperature and consistency. Cut with a long, serrated knife for clean slices. Re warm the knife when necessary.

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake Recipe

STORING & TRANSPORTING

How long can you keep an ice cream cake in the freezer? As a general rule ice cream cake can last in the freezer for 5-7 days and keep its flavor and texture.

If your cake does not contain cream cheese, whipped cream, eggs or butter cream then it can last for up to two months.

When storing wrap in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.

How do I transport an ice cream cake without melting? Use an insulated ice chest to transport your ice cream cake along with ice. You have a few ice options:

  • Regular ice will work for  short traveling time.
  • Ice packs/blue ice last longer than regular ice and don’t leave water when they’ve melted. This is a good option if you’re traveling longer or your destination, such as a park, will not have a freezer to store the cake until it’s time to eat.
  • A third option is to use dry ice. This will keep your cake frozen for quite some time. Be aware that you will need extra time to thaw the cake before serving or it will be too frozen/hard to cut.

Easy Ice Cream Cake Recipe - Oreo version, cut on plate

the easiest Ice Cream Cake

You really can’t go wrong with a Ice Cream Cake, right? And this recipe is so simple, anyone can do it.

This cake is great too because it can be changed up with your favorite ice cream. I think we will try Mint Chocolate Chip next time. 🙂 Or maybe even Bluebell’s Cookie Two Step which is half cookies and cream and half chocolate chip cookie dough. 😉

We hope you enjoy this easy ice cream cake!

For more cookies and cream treats, check out:

Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe

4.96 from 47 votes
This Oreo Ice Cream Cake makes for the perfect no bake dessert during warm summer months. Best of all, it only takes 5 simple store bought ingredients! No one can resist the layers of crushed Oreos, Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, Hot Fudge, Cool Whip, and MORE Oreos!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Freezer Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 689 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Oreos crushed (see notes)
  • 1/4 c butter melted
  • 1/2 Gallon cookies and cream ice cream softened
  • 16 oz jar hot fudge warmed
  • 8 oz carton whipped topping thawed

Instructions
 

  • Add crushed cookie crumbs to a bowl reserving ½ cup for the top. Add butter and mix well. Press into a greased 9x13 pan.
  • Spread softened ice cream over crust and freeze for 2 hours.
  • Drizzle warm fudge over ice cream and freeze for 1 hour.
  • Add whipped topping and sprinkle with reserve Oreos and freeze for 2 hours. Remove from freezer and let it set out for 15 minutes before serving. ENJOY!

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Notes

A regular size package of Oreo cookies is 14.3 oz which is about 36 cookies. However, if you add more or less the recipe will still work. It just depends on how thick you want your Oreo crust to be and if your pan is big enough.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    Oh, my, this is dangerously addicting! I love cookies and cream ice cream, so to make it into a cake, is the best thing ever!!

  2. 5 stars
    Title: *** SHE ASKED FOR A CAKE, INSTEAD I BROUGHT HOME SOME QUALITY TIME WITH DAD! ***

    We’ve made this 3 times since the recipe was published. The finished product was amazing. Last time was even better because we used mint chocolate chip ice cream.

    But here’s the real win: The first time we made it, my 11 year-old daughter had asked me to buy an ice cream cake when I went to the store. Instead, I came home with the ingredients to make this. We spent several times during the day working on this together. And, she basked in the compliments for days.

    Note. Make sure not to use double-stuff Oreos. The cookie is more important than the cream filling here.

  3. Hi! I am wondering if you ever tried this with chocolate suace instead OF THE HOT FUDGE, or if you think that will work OK? MY DAUGHTER HAS ALLERGIES SO I CAN’T DO THE HOT FUDGE. Thanks so Much!
    -KRIS

    1. It definitely doesn’t have to be the fudge. I’ve only used the fudge, because we love it, but you could for sure use sauce.

  4. 5 stars
    I have been making this recipe for my son’s birthday for the last four years. He requests it every year and doesn’t want anything different. Thanks for sharing this delicious and easy desert!

  5. 5 stars
    I was surprised HOW GOOD this was! I mean, I knew an Oreo/ice cream combo would be good, but this recipe was a huge hit at our Super Bowl party! I’m sending it to all my friends!

    1. You’re welcome! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the cake! It’s a great one for the summertime.

  6. OOOOOH my gosh I can’t wait to make this! My kids love Oreos and I don’t buy them unless it’s a special occasion — I think this recipe — IS that special occasion!

    1. Yes!! Definitely a great reason to buy some Oreos! Hope you and your kiddos enjoy the cake. 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious recipe that was a huge hit with my Oreo loving kids. While this is delicious as is, there are so many ice cream/cookie combos I want to try using this recipe! Vanilla Oreos with strawberry ice cream, vanilla Oreos with birthday cake ice cream, peanut butter or mocha ice cream would taste amazing with the chocolate Oreos too. Thank you for such an easy family friendly dessert!

    1. Ooh those flavor combinations all sound amazing! So many fun ways to switch up this recipe. I’m so glad to hear the cake was a hit with your kiddos. Thanks for giving it a try!

  8. 5 stars
    I’ve made this probably 8 times now. Some I added caramel. Others fav ice cream of the celebrant. Superior. Thank you many times over.

    1. I’m so glad you like it! What a great idea to switch up the ice cream flavors. Thanks for the tip!

  9. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! It may take a while to do, but so worth it. I didn’t have the hot fudge one time and used Carmel sauce in its place. Loved it. One of my go to recipes.

    1. Yum! Carmel sauce sounds like a great substitution. I’m so glad you loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  10. 5 stars
    This was delicious!!! I decided to use Neapolitan ice cream but any flavor would be great!

  11. 5 stars
    Made this last year for my daughter’s 5th birthday and it was such a hit with everyone. I now have to make this for everybody’s birthdays since then so I’ve now made this cake 8 times. My daughter’s birthday is tomorrow and it will be the 1 year anniversary of the first time I’ve made this. Guess what cake she’s asked for 🤣! I’m so happy I found this recipe.

  12. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. Made it as stated the first time. Then changed ice cream, used caramel sauce.
    Everyone loves it any way I made it.

  13. 5 stars
    What about using double stuff chocolate Oreos? I’m making this for a birthday this Sunday. Looking forward to giving this to the birthday girl!

    1. You could use double stuff! I prefer just the regular Oreo’s (don’t necessarily care for the extra cream) but you could definitely still use the double stuffs! Happy Birthday!

  14. Half gallon ice cream. Is this referring to the current “size” of half gallon ice cream or should we actually be using 64 oz? Most are 48 oz currently. Or kinda however big you want the ice cream layer?

    1. Yes, it’s referring to a half gallon carton of ice cream, whichever brand you prefer. You could certainly use more if you want a thicker ice cream layer in the cake though.

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