Oreo Ice Cream Cake

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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 1/2 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

Easy 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

4.9 from 19 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 Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Add crushed cookie crumbs to a bowl reserving ½ cup for the top. Add butter and mix well. Press into a greased 9x13 pan.

  2. Spread softened ice cream over crust and freeze for 2 hours.

  3. Drizzle warm fudge over ice cream and freeze for 1 hour.

  4. 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!

Author

Kristyn Merkley

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
    Hi, Excited to try this recipe for my boyfriend’s birthday! How far in advance can it be made? (Can I make it on Thursday if I plan to serve it on Sunday?)

      1. If we’re meant to use the cream of the oreo, why bother separating them? If we crush the wafer part fo the cookie, when/how is cream part added?

  2. This looks so good! I’d like to make it for my daughter’s birthday, but I wasn’t sure if a full gallon was exactly what you meant for the ice cream or if it was one of the quart size ones. I feel like one of those big tubs of ice cream would be too much. I just want to make sure that it’s not a typo before I go out and buy all of that ice cream for it. 🙂

    1. 4 stars
      Just attempted this recipie and can definitely say that one gallon must be a typo because one carton was plenty. I am left with 2.5 cartons of ice cream that I don’t have any purpose for.

  3. I made this last year for my moms birthday and she loved it!! We’re making it again this year. Super easy super yummy super fun to make!

  4. Hi. Do you by any chance have a more precise measurement for the amount of Oreos used (like approximately how many cookies, or ounces)? It says one package…but it seems like the package sizes keep shrinking lately. There are definitely fewer cookies than there used to be (which is probably good because now if I eat an entire package in one sitting, I can feel slightly less guilty :)! But I’m worried that if, for example, you made it last year when a package of Oreos contained 45 cookies…and I make it today with a package that now only contains 39 cookies…that the crust won’t work out right. I could always use a Family Size package (but that may be too many cookies). Not the biggest problem to have, but just wondering if you could clarify. Thanks!

  5. 4 stars
    Wowww! Looks easy i want to try to make this ice cream cake oreo for my mother’s birthday. But it seems to be often frozen in the freezer. I love this recipe! Thank you.

  6. I am making this for my husband’s birthday. I am needing to make this in parts. Is it okay to be in the freezer longer than 2 hours for the crust/ice cream part? This will be my first ice cream cake but it looks super easy!

  7. I’m also confused about when you add in the cream center of the Oreos. It says crushed and divided, perhaps I wasn’t supposed to remove the filling? The 1/4 cup butter didn’t seem enough to make it pack well for a crust. As for the ice cream, no way will a gallon fit in my 9×13 pan, especially leaving enough room for remaining ingredients. Guess I’m winging it. I’ll add the Oreo filling back in somewhere, probably just to the top with the reserved crushed cookies.

    1. You are supposed to leave the filling 🙂 Really, you need a 1/2 cup for the top, but everything left is for the bottom. The ice cream fits, it’s just very tall 🙂 I hope you like it!!

  8. 5 stars
    I make mine all at once. The layers will stay out with a little manipulation. It’s a great recipe & perfect for summer birthdays, when you don’t want to turn on the oven.

  9. 5 stars
    Just made this for my husband. I did it exactly how you said. And even let it freeze a little longer. But I definitely think I would make it a day a head of time. My cake was a little soft. But everyone still ate it and loved it.

  10. I made this cake using a half gallon ice cream and in a spring form pan . Makes a nice cake for a smaller group.

  11. 5 stars
    My husband requests this cake for his birthday every. single. year! Let’s be honest though, I love it just as much. If we’re not feeding a crowd, I’ll cut the recipe in half and put it in an 8×8 or 9×9 pan. It keeps perfectly in the freezer, so you can easily make it in advance. In fact, we found a piece of it that had been forgotten and left in the freezer for over a month, and it STILL tasted exactly the same (no shame in admitting I ate month old ice cream cake haha).

  12. 5 stars
    This was a fun recipe to make. I worked at cold stone creamery in high school (wow 18 years ago already!) but have never tried doing a cake here at home.
    I like to use a food processor to crumble the Oreos. I like a more fine bottom layer and then a chunkier top layer. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to polish my skills ;o)

  13. Hi there! Im trying this RECIPE out for my brother’s birthday today! I was wondering if you crush the oreos all the way, or just until it gets cracked up a bit?

  14. 5 stars
    I have been wanting to make my own ice cream cake for a couple years now but I have not found the right recipe. After trying the Oreo ice cream cake, my whole family fell in love. Tomorrow is my daughter’s 14th Birthday and I made 3 of the ice cream cakes using the same Oreo recipe but used moose tracks and strawberry for 2 of the cakes . I also added a layer of of penut butter topping to two the them!. I’m super excited!

  15. Ahhhh, okay. That’s not clear.
    So the “divided” part of the recipe isn’t the cookie itself, but divided into two measurements to be used at different points in the process.
    Thank you!