Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

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This is not your average Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, this isn’t Oreo dust or a few crumbles of cookies, this is nearly an entire package of chocolate sandwich cookies stuffed into a batch of ice cream.

If you love Oreos, you are certain to love this homemade cookies and cream ice cream.

Homemade Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

This is creamy, rich, homemade vanilla ice cream absolutely loaded with chunks of Oreos. Oh, Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, how I love you. Is it the fact that handfuls of my favorite sandwich cookies are crammed into each bowl of creamy ice cream?

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Or is it simply that I can never have too many ways to eat Oreos? or is it that I can never have enough recipes for homemade ice cream? Whatever the reason, this is our house’s newest favorite ice cream.

To really take this ice cream over the top, I recommend stirring together a batch of this Homemade Chocolate Sauce while the ice cream is churning.

Chocolate Magic Shell is another favorite topping for ice cream in our house as well. However you serve it, this ice cream is always a treat.

The most popular question I get is whether it’s possible to make ice cream without a machine. The answer is YES. You can make ice cream without a machine. Find the full directions here!

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

A great many of our favorite ice cream recipes begin with a batch of smooth and creamy vanilla ice cream.

To make the best-ever cookies n cream ice cream, chop up a whole pile of chocolate sandwich cookies while the ice cream is churning. When the ice cream is ready, layer those cookie pieces into a container with the soft ice cream.

All that’s left is to stash the ice cream cookie mixture in the freezer until it’s semi-firm and scoopable. Easy as can be to make and you likely won’t be buying another carton of cookie and cream ice cream from the store anytime soon.

Yes, homemade cookies and cream ice cream really IS that good.

The ultimate cookies and cream ice cream

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Recipe

  1. Whisk together the cream, milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla.
  2. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker. (I use this ice cream compressor or this ice cream maker for homemade ice cream.)
  3. Churn according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  4. While the ice cream is churning, chop each cookie into 4 pieces.
  5. When the ice cream has finished churning, scatter 1 cup of cookie pieces in the bottom of a freezer-safe container.
  6. Scoop half the ice cream over the cookies in the container, sprinkle the ice cream with 1 cup of cookie pieces.
  7. Spread the ice cream across the container and top it with the remaining cup of cookie pieces. Freeze until firm.
Homemade Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

With over 70 ice cream recipes here to choose from, there’s sure to be an ice cream for everyone! If you’re new to making ice cream, the best and easiest vanilla ice cream is a great place to start.

These are my favorite inexpensive containers for storing ice cream. They’re perfect for gifting (who doesn’t love homemade ice cream?) storage, re-using, etc. I write the flavors on the lids with a sharpie and it washes off with dish soap.

I have more ice cream scoops than I can keep track of at this point and I definitely play favorites. This ice cream scoop does the best job ever of cutting through firm ice cream and still delivers a pretty scoop. It gets bonus points for being one of the least expensive scoops I own as well.

Don’t miss our Ice Cream Maker Review for all the information you need to find the BEST Ice Cream Maker for your needs. Spoiler alert – our top-rated machine under $50 just might surprise you. It sure surprised me!

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce

Homemade Ice Cream

There aren’t many things I enjoy more than a bowl of homemade ice cream. The odds are good that you will find my ice cream maker churning on the kitchen counter at least a couple of times a month. (Truthfully, you’ll probably find it there more often than that.)

This Chocolate Chip Toffee Ice Cream is one of my favorite go-to ice cream recipes. I keep the mini chips and toffee bits for that ice cream on hand in the pantry.

If you’re a fan of Reese’s peanut butter cups, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream is going to be your new favorite. Brownie Berry Ice Cream was inspired by a trip to Portland and I still grin every time I make it.

Fresh Mint Ice Cream is like no other mint ice cream you’ve tried in the past. As you know, I love a great mint ice cream and Peppermint Candy Cane Ice Cream is a Christmas-time proof of that.

Creamy vanilla ice cream swirled with rich caramel sauce, filled with chunks of crisp shortbread, chewy caramel candy, and dark chocolate.

Creamy Cookie Monster Ice Cream filled with chunks of Oreo and chocolate chip cookies is a hit with all cookie-loving kids and adults!

Butterbeer Ice Cream and Fried Ice Cream are a couple of new ones that are on my list to try this summer.

Every scoop of this Twix Ice Cream is bursting with chunks of cookies, caramel, and chocolate. If you love Twix candy bars, this ice cream just might be your newest favorite flavor!

Creamy vanilla ice cream is swirled with decadent fudge while tiny peanut butter cups dance in every spoonful of this homemade Moose Tracks Ice Cream.

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Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Recipe

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

4.53 from 19 votes
Creamy vanilla ice cream filled with chunks of Oreo cookies is a classic that everyone loves.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6


  • cups heavy cream
  • cups milk
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 20 chocolate sandwich cookies, quartered, about 3 cups


  • Whisk together the cream, milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. While the ice cream is churning, chop each cookie into 4 pieces.
  • Scatter 1 cup of cookie pieces in the bottom of a freezer safe container. When the ice cream has finished churning, scoop half the ice cream over the cookies in the container, sprinkle the ice cream with 1 cup of cookie pieces. Spread the ice cream across the container and top with the remaining cup of cookie pieces. Freeze until firm. Enjoy!


Calories: 561kcal · Carbohydrates: 57g · Protein: 5g · Fat: 35g · Saturated Fat: 19g · Cholesterol: 100mg · Sodium: 281mg · Potassium: 205mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 44g · Vitamin A: 1105IU · Vitamin C: 0.4mg · Calcium: 111mg · Iron: 3.5mg
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{originally published 7/11/18 – recipe notes and photos updated 3/10/23}

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  1. Debbie McLain says

    Mary, do you have to chill the custard mixture before you put it into your ice cream maker? If so, how long? Is it overnight? Or do you just mix it and then freeze it in the ice cream maker?

  2. Laura says

    This worked out beautifully. It was very tasty, very easy to make, and the perfect amount for our small ice cream maker! Yum!5 stars

  3. Mitch Parris says

    Hi! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Do the cookies soften using this method? Or do they remain crunchy after the ice cream firms up?

  4. B says

    Made this ice cream tonight and it was soo good! Will definitely be making it again! It does need to be frozen a little more after it was done in the ice cream maker but it was still so good!5 stars

  5. Noren Robinson says

    I’ve never done Philadelphia style ice cream before. Ive only always known custard base and I was so delighted by how delicious this was. It’s so awesome to have a non egg based recipe especially since my daughter is allergic and I’m pregnant.
    This was so much easier to make than having to heat and do a custard base version. I am in total disbelief as I sit and have so much extra time on my hands. Enjoy and definitely try it if you’re on the fence. It’s worth it. Thank you for posting this for us 🙂5 stars

  6. Jennifer says

    I wanted to make cookies and cream ice cream and couldn’t find my recipe book that came with my ice cream maker’s instructions, so I found this one online. It was super easy and turned out absolutely perfect! I’m definitely going to make more later this week to share with friends and family.5 stars

  7. Thuy says

    Hi Mary,

    Amazing recipe! The icecream came out super creamy and delicious. But just out of curiousity, do you think I could use 1/2 cup sugar instead of 3/4 cup or would that sacrifice the creaminess of the icecream? Thank you again for sharing!5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      If your ice cream maker can handle that much ice cream, if can be doubled without any issues. This recipe is written for a standard 1.5QT ice cream maker, Emily.

  8. Stacy Jackson says

    I use this recipe as a base for so many delicious ice creams! It’s better than a custard style vanilla and so much easier. In my latest version I substituted I can coconut cream for the heavy cream. So yummy!5 stars

  9. Andrea says

    Delicious recipe! Super easy to make and has just the right flavor and sweetness. Super easy to make with my Cuisinart ice cream maker.

  10. Joy says

    Too much vanilla for me so I recommend adding less. Like maybe half of the amount. Otherwise so fast and easy!!! Love it!4 stars

  11. Beth says

    This was easy to make, and tasty, but VERY sweet! I would make it again, but reduce the sugar. My kiddo loved it, though 🙂4 stars

  12. Christine Saville says

    Easy peasy recipe and tasty. I doubled the recipe (should have quadrupled – I have a 6 quart maker) and mixed the cookies in my ice cream maker instead of just putting them on the top and bottom – after the ice cream froze. Perfect for July 4 Festivities. I also refrigeratored over night even though it wasn’t a custard base. I struggle to freeze ice cream if I don’t freeze the container and mixing attachment and refrigerate the ice cream base overnight. Definitely a keeper!5 stars

  13. Haley says

    Mine turned out ice-y, and not as creamy as the Chocolate orange ice cream. Any idea why and what I can change next time?

    • Mary Younkin says

      That’s interesting, Haley. It should have been very much the same consistency. Were you using the same ice cream maker? Was the churning process any different? Sometimes when adding additional ingredients like cookies, it can affect the ice cream’s texture, but it shouldn’t have made this one icy. You could try adding a few less chopped cookies to it though and seeing if that helps with the additional freeze time results.

  14. Kelly says

    This is a phenomenal recipe – my whole family is crazy about it! Now that I’ve made it about ten times, I’m wondering how you would tweak it to add mint?5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      I’m so glad that you like the ice cream, Kelly! You could add very fine crushed candy canes or just a very small amount of peppermint extract. (I’d add 1/4 teaspon, stir and taste. Then repeat until the flavor is what you want.)

  15. Marilu D says

    Thank you for this recipe. It came out delicious! It was super creamy and just the right amount of oreo cookies. I tripled the recipe and my family of 4 finished it in record time. Do you think I could take the vanilla base of this recipe and use it to make other ice creams, such as edible cookie dough or coffee?5 stars

  16. Judy says

    The flavor was good, but man it was so sweet I couldn’t take more than a few bites. I didn’t even put the whole 3/4 cups. Next time I’ll do a little less than half a cup.4 stars