Oreo Cookie Ice Cream

June 19, 2009
Oreo cookie ice cream

I *LOVE* Oreo Cookies. And if you’ve hung around here long enough, you’d know just how much I love them. I’ve made cupcakes, Oreo pie with Philly cream cheese and brownies with Oreo cookies. It has now been quite a while since I got my Oreo fix; making a wonderfully rich and creamy Oreo ice cream seemed like the perfectly indulgent idea in this tropical heat.

I referred to Dorie’s recipe from her book Baking From My Home to Yours and followed the steps diligently after I had overlooked an important point the first time – instead of gently heating the custard, I turned up the heat and messy scrambled eggs soon followed. The second time around, equipped with an instant-read thermometer, I made sure to keep my eyes on it all the time. The second it reached 170F/76C, I took it off the heat. Another way of determining the doneness of the custard is to see that it coats the spoon. You don’t really need a thermometer for it, but it feels really cool do things in a scientific way – feels like Chemistry lab all over. Well, much better actually

This ice cream turned out beautifully; rich, dense and creamy. It is absolutely lovely on its own and even better with the Oreo cookie bits thrown it. Try it, you will love it!

Oreo cookie ice cream

Oreo Ice Cream
Vanilla base adapted from Baking From My Home to Yours
Yield: 1 pint

1 cup/240ml whole milk
1 cup/240ml heavy cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 large egg yolks
6 tbsp sugar
6-8 Oreo cookies, crushed

  1. In a heavy bottom saucepan, bring the milk and cream to a boil
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or alternatively in a medium bowl whisk together the egg yolks and sugar together until very well blended and slightly thick.
  3. While the mixer is on, pour in half a cup on the milk-cream mixture so as to raise the temperature of the eggs. Then add another half a cup. Blend well. Do not stop stirring if you’re doing it manually.
  4. Now mix the custard mixture with the milk and cream in the saucepan. Stir well making sure all the sugar has dissolved (it’s best to do this before you turn on the heat source).
  5. Cook this ice cream mixture on a low heat, stirring constantly till the custard thickens and coats the back of the spoon.
  6. It should reach at least 170F/76C, and not exceed 180F/82C on an instant read thermometer.
  7. Just as it reaches this temperature, remove it from the heat source and strain it into another clean bowl.
  8. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  9. Refrigerate the custard before churning into cream.
  10. Once cool (a couple of hours or overnight) then churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  11. During the last 5 minutes, when the mixture looks thick, throw in crushed bits of Oreo cookies.
  12. Transfer into a container, top with more Oreo cookie bits and freeze for at least 2 hours for the ice cream to be firm enough to scoop. Serve!


  • Reply Jamie June 19, 2009 at 2:12 AM

    I am going to have to make this SOON! The motor on my ice cream machine died –but I think it is worth the time to hand crank this lovely ice cream.

  • Reply jenn June 19, 2009 at 2:15 AM


    • Reply Anonymous September 22, 2010 at 9:53 PM


      • Reply Hen September 2, 2012 at 3:43 AM

        This isn’t really working cause I made it into oreos and yolks

  • Reply Wild Boar June 19, 2009 at 2:21 AM

    Looks awesome with the amount of cookies!

  • Reply Nick June 19, 2009 at 3:12 AM

    I'm such a sucker for ice cream. You're cookie to cream ratio looks spot on!

    Nice photos also ;)


  • Reply oneofagrind June 19, 2009 at 6:21 AM

    wow! you must really love oreos ha? which ice cream maker do you use?

  • Reply Kieran June 19, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Nice one! Great thing about making ice cream at home is you can add as many Oreos as you like!

  • Reply Aparna June 19, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Love ice-cream, though I'm not very fond of oreo cookies. I don't mind apple pie in my ice-cream though. :)

  • Reply MeetaK June 19, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    looks so good! i am sure soeren will love you for this!

  • Reply Shaheen June 19, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Jamie: You bet it is worth do it manually!

    Jenn: Could not agree more!

    Wildboar: Thank you!

    Nick: :D

    oneofagrind: Totally love them! I have a cuisnart automatic 20.

    Kieran: I love how you think! WhenI'm in control, more oreos are the order of the day!

    Aparna: Ooooh apple pie ice cream sounds heavely. I have got to put that on my list of things to make!

    MeetaK: Oreos speak the language of kids. Wonder what that makes me. :P

  • Reply Arundathi June 20, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Mmmm… you're killing me in this Chennai heat!

  • Reply aquadaze June 20, 2009 at 7:10 AM

    looks really creamy!

  • Reply Rachel June 20, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Looks really really creamy!

  • Reply Cakelaw June 20, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    What delicious looking icecream. My peach honey icecream was slightly curdly from being heated just a bit too quickly, but I just churned it anyhoo and it seemed to come out OK.

  • Reply Parita June 20, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Heavenly, i too love oreo cookies!

  • Reply Shaheen June 20, 2009 at 7:25 PM


  • Reply Judy@nofearentertaining June 21, 2009 at 3:16 AM

    Love this ice cream!!!

  • Reply Jennifer June 22, 2009 at 8:07 AM

    WOW that looks SO good!!!!! I could make this with gluten free oreos for my husband! thanks! :)

  • Reply Shaheen June 23, 2009 at 1:26 AM

    Let me know how the g-free version works out for you!

  • Reply Meg June 24, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Oh man! My favorite flavor! I want some now!

  • Reply Caroline June 27, 2009 at 1:25 AM

    Way to go with the MAJOR cookie chunks. It has given me a hankering for Oreo ice cream.

  • Reply Natalie July 8, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    omg i think i just had an eyegasm. i want!!

  • Reply somnistra July 8, 2009 at 6:29 PM

    I made this tonight! Actually, I forgot to add the vanilla.. I tasted the custard and it was SO GOOD! Even without the vanilla, it's delliiiiicioous! My ice cream is in the freezer now, firming up but I already had some "soft serve" style. It was like a McFlurry but so much better! Thank you for posting this recipe!

  • Reply Shaheen July 8, 2009 at 11:32 PM

    Somnistra: I know! I compared it to McFlurry instantly and thought the exact same thing! I am so happy you enjoyed this!

    Natalie: The best comment ever! =)

  • Reply Anonymous July 27, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    I've made it two days ago. This is the best cookies ice cream ever! Thanks a lot for the recipie!
    Viktoria from Greece

  • Reply Emi March 27, 2010 at 4:45 AM

    Oh la la! I love ice cream et i love oréo! So oréo ice cream……!!!!!

  • Reply Rajasree June 18, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    I want 2 make ice cream @ home but dont have an ice cream maker. Can u tell me from where can i buy ice ceam maker in bangalore?

  • Reply The Purple Foodie June 18, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    Hi Rajasree, I’m sorry I wouldn’t know where you’d find an ice cream maker in BLR. Why don’t you try making it without one? Instructions here.

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  • Reply Arc December 10, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    what a pic? i want to eat it right now.
    Well done man!!! i have become huge fan of you blog now.
    i need your help to find double cream in mumbai for making ice cream, can i get it at hypercity or natures basket.
    Also it the there any substitute for double cream?

  • Reply Shalini March 10, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    hey, this luks yummmm…
    my hubby adores oreos too and whenver we’re at big chill, he always orders their oreo shake to round off the meal… so, 2 things… one, how can i make this without eggs? two, is there any way i cud know how to make an oreo shake:)

    Looking fwd to hearing fm you…

    • Reply The Purple Foodie March 10, 2011 at 10:19 PM

      Hi Shalini, I haven’t tired making this without eggs. If I try it or find one, I will pass it along. :) have added oreo shake on my list of things to make for the blog.

  • Reply tasheeba April 11, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    i want help from the above instructions i understood till no.8, bt from no.9 to no.11 i didnt understand!!!!! can u help me out bcuz wthout this i cant make it plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
    thank u

  • Reply Mockie August 11, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    I’ve been trying to make ice cream and I’m not satisfied with the texture – I don’t think I’m using the right heavy cream. Do you remember what brand you used?
    Also, have you found a marked difference between using fresh milk packets versus them tetrapacks?

    Thank you!

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