This creamy vanilla ice cream with hints of brown sugar and cinnamon is generously filled with pieces of oatmeal cream pie cookies.
When I first spied Little Debbie’s line of ice creams in the grocery store, I did a double take. And then I immediately put them all on my must-try-soon list. You know how much I love trying new flavors of ice cream and then recreating them at home. Check out Nutty Bars Ice Cream for the first Little Debbie ice cream we made!
Oatmeal Creme Pies
My grandmother introduced me to Little Debbie’s Oatmeal Creme Pies when I was so young they were basically a magic treat in a plastic sleeve. And there’s still something special about that first moment when I open one. It makes me feel a bit like a kid again.
What I like best about this particular Little Debbie treat is that you can really taste the oats in the cookies, along with a noticeable brown sugar and cinnamon flavor.
They’re chewy, satisfying cookies that I have no shame in eating when I’m craving a treat like my grandma used to make. (Unlike my other grandmother, my grandma on my mom’s side wasn’t known for her baking skills.)
Little Debbie Ice Cream
Both Little Debbie and Blue Bell make an oatmeal cream pie ice cream. Blue Bell’s version is made with an oatmeal-flavored ice cream base with a vanilla icing swirl throughout. (I was not a fan of that idea, as that icing swirl is just too sweet for me.)
Little Debbie’s version is made with a vanilla ice cream base that has just a hint of molasses. Both ice creams contain pieces of chopped-up oatmeal cream pie cookies.
However, much like homemade cookies and cream ice cream, more cookie pieces are always better, and this recipe for oatmeal cream pie ice cream trumped both store-bought versions.
Do I really even need to tell you that I like this homemade ice cream best? The pieces of oatmeal cream pie cookies are irresistible, and the brown sugar in the ice cream base gives just a hint of that molasses flavor without overpowering everything else. I really played up the cinnamon too and the whole family gave it two thumbs up.
We had friends over for dinner the day after I made this ice cream. It was fun to share a new flavor and see if they could guess it. Our friend Jeff knew immediately what it was and declared it to be fantastic.
Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream
You’ll need the following ingredients for this recipe:
- heavy cream
- white sugar
- light brown sugar
- ground cinnamon
- kosher salt
- vanilla extract
- oatmeal cream pies
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Oatmeal Creme Pie Ice Cream
To make this ice cream, you’ll start by whisking together the cream, milk, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla. Pour this mixture into your ice cream maker and process it according to your machine’s instructions.
When the ice cream finishes churning, scoop the ice cream into a freezer-safe airtight container, sprinkling pieces of the oatmeal cream pies over each scoop.
Stir gently for just a moment to mix the cookie pieces throughout the ice cream after everything has been added. Freeze until ready to serve.
Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream
As much as I LOVE oatmeal cookies, it’s no surprise that I’ve made versions of oatmeal cookie ice cream before, right?
The original Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream is a creamy, rich ice cream loaded with chunks of chewy oatmeal cookies. You can make the ice cream with or without the raisins in the cookies. I’ve tried both ways and the raisins stayed nice and chewy, not at all hard as I’d assumed they would be.
All of these oatmeal cookies will work fabulously in ice cream. Oatmeal Toffee Cookies, Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, and these Coconut Lover’s Oatmeal Cookies are a few delicious options. (Chewy store-bought oatmeal cookies will work too!)
Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream
- 1½ cups heavy cream
- 1½ cups milk
- ⅓ cup white sugar
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar
- 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 regular size oatmeal cream pies chopped into approximately ½-inch pieces
- Whisk together the cream, milk, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla. Pour into your ice cream maker and process according to your machine's instructions.
- When the ice cream finishes churning, scoop the ice cream into a freezer-safe airtight container, sprinkling cookie pieces over each scoop.
- Stir gently for just a moment to mix the cookie pieces throughout the ice cream after everything has been added. Freeze until ready to serve.
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.
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