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


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

4.97 from 53 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


  • 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


  • 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!



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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  1. Wow, this cake looks scrumptious. To bad my birthday was last week. I guess we will have to have it for my brother’s birthday.

    1. You don’t need a birthday to eat this:) It is for sure scrumptious!! Hope you give it a try and like it!!

  2. 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. I haven’t made it that far in advance, but since it’s in the freezer already, I’m sure it’d be ok. Cover well 🙂 Have fun and hope he likes it!

      1. 5 stars
        This was an instant hit with everyone I’ve served it to. made the first one for my son’s birthday. the second one I changed up a bit and served for my daughter’s birthday. the third was one I changed up again for a customized order for a paying customer whom I was referred to by my amazing mother. I chose to make my crust thicker and add way more butter so to get a nice solid crust that allowed for easier removal from a pan or whatever container you assemble it in. I also found that if you place your fudge layer to the bottom between the cookie crust and ice cream that it is by far more visually appealing and far less messy to serve once it starts to warm and loose it’s solidity. im still pretty new to this ice cream cake making game but I don’t see myself disembarking anytime soon. thank you for the recipe!! happy exploring fellow experimenting kitchen EXTRAORDINAIREs! oh yeah and btw… ive premade one of these a full week in advance and as long as you cover with parchment paper while your fudge or ice cream (which ever is directly under the cool whip layer) is still liquidy and cover with foil, plastic wrap or containers tight fitting lid and postpone adding the final cool whip layer until a couple hours before serving it holds up quite well. however if you add the whip or don’t seal in air TIGHT container the whip turns rubbery and absorbs the flavor of whatever your freezer smells like which is unsavory in comparison to what the cake is supposed to taste like. hope that helps those who like to plan and prep way beforehand. enjoy your creations all!!

        <3 Leilei G

        1. Thank you for sharing that! I am so happy to hear you’ve made it a few times 🙂 That’s awesome to have a paying customer!

      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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

    1. The regular size package will work just fine 🙂 Even, if you did the family size, the more oreos, the better 🙂 It won’t ruin the recipe, if there is too much or not enough.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!!

  9. 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.

        1. Not silly at all! I typically use unsalted butter when baking, but either would work for this recipe.

  10. 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.

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

  12. 5 stars
    This turned out fantastic, great crowd pleaser! Easy and delicious, I’ll definitely be making it again.

  13. 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).

  14. 5 stars
    All my favorite things…oreos, ice cream, & chocolate!! It was so heavenly!! My family devoured it within minutes! Thank you!

  15. 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)

  16. 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?

  17. 5 stars
    that’s a perfect oreo ice cream cake this is so tempting. basically ice cream cakes are the best one they are preferable then baked ones. thanks for such great post 🙂

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 5 stars

    1. This is the perfect birthday cake! Everyone always loves it. I am glad it was a hit! Thank you for trying it!

  21. 5 stars
    Huge hit with the kids!!!!! I followed the recipe, but I added mini m&Ms on top of the fudge, and I put the fudge over the oreo crust – was delicious with the rudge over the oreo cookie crust. I then put the ice cream over it and then the cool whip with more mini m&Ms and candy sprinkles

      1. 5 stars
        Oh man, this was so good! I actually made 2 in 9″ pie pans, one for my family and one to give away for someone’s birthday. We also substituted with mint chocolate chip ice cream. I love that the recipe is so versatile and adaptable! We didn’t have fudge sauce on hand, so I was so glad there was also a recipe to make that! My kids and husband keep asking when we’re making this again!!! So easy to make with a little planning for freezing time, and so worth it!

        1. So happy you think that! Yes, it is very versatile! Mint chip is great with this recipe! Thank you for sharing that!

  22. 5 stars
    Made this for my daughter bday! It was amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing!! Better than store bought!

  23. 5 stars
    This is the perfect Summer dessert. We have made this for a birthday cake/dessert too. So quick to put together and it looks like you spent hours making it!

  24. 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!!

  25. 5 stars

    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.

  26. 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!

    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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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. 🙂

  30. 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!

  31. 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!

  32. 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!

  33. 5 stars
    This was delicious!!! I decided to use Neapolitan ice cream but any flavor would be great!

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

    1. Thanks so much!! That is so fun to hear that this is a “birthday cake” for your family members. So glad it’s a hit!

    2. 5 stars
      I made this for my grandson’s birthday and it was a huge hit. The only change I made was to use real whipped cream because my daughter doesn’t like to feed the kids artificial ingredients. It was really, really delicious! My grandson announced that he wants this cake every year for his birthday.

      1. Hooray!! I’m so glad to hear the cake was a hit. And I bet the real whipped cream made it that much more delicious too!

  38. Thanks. This is the best. This is a family favorite for birthdays old and young! love the cookie crumb bottom with butter!! Love to make it with chocolate chip ice cream, especially for summer 7 early fll!!

    1. Mmm I bet it is delicious with chocolate chip ice cream! So fun to switch up the flavors on this one. I’m happy to hear you love the cake!

  39. 5 stars
    My nine year old requested this delicious ice cream cake for her birthday. We all loved it. Even made the whip cream and chocolate sauce. Easy to follow and tasted amazing!

  40. 5 stars
    This was such a hit!! Worth the time of waiting for layers to freeze. I used just plain vanilla ice cream. I bought an extra carton of whipped topping so I could pipe borders on the cake. I used rainbow sprinkles for decorating … the little ones ( and big ones) loved it!! Thanks for a great recipe!!

    1. Sounds like the cake turned out amazing and was decorated just perfect too. So glad you enjoyed the cake recipe!

  41. 5 stars
    Hi! I’m planning on making this cake for my boyfriend’s birthday on Monday. Would it be okay to leave in the freezer overnight Sunday night after doing the last layer of whipped topping and crumble? Or should I do the last layer on monday morning?

    1. Hi Natalia! Hope his birthday went well. Either option would have worked just fine… the cake will last in the freezer fully done for 5-7 days. You’ll have to let us know how it turned out!