Homemade Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream – easy to make at home and a favorite of many! This ice cream is PACKED with Oreo cookies. Use mini Oreos for quick and easy preparation.

Homemade Cookies and Cream Ice Cream -- satisfy your craving! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com

So, it’s September. My daughter, E, goes to preschool for the first time today. HOLY COW. I’m writing this the night before and E is crazy excited to start school. Me? I’ll get back to you tomorrow on that one. I have too many feelings to even describe…excited, happy, nervous, sad….etc. etc. etc.

I really think she’s going to do great though. We’ve decided to send her to a private school because we want her to have a God-centered education, so we had the choice to put her in the 3-year-old or the 4-year-old preschool. She’ll turn 4 in the middle of September. We went back and forth on this decision nearly a million times but we ultimately decided to put her with the 3-year-olds. Not so much because of right now but more so because of her future — middle school and high school especially. We would rather her be slightly ahead (and maybe even risk her being bored!) than have her always being the youngest and possibly struggling to keep up academically. We think she’ll do great but if she’s advanced in high school there are always AP classes or extracurricular activities.

What would you have done? Did you have a similar situation when you were young or with your kids? I’d love to hear your experiences.

Homemade Cookies and Cream Ice Cream - You can't beat this classic flavor! - Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com

One thing E loves is ice cream. What kid doesn’t love ice cream? And I know it’s September and I knowwww everyone is posting their pumpkin and apple recipes but I got a little behind with all the house craziness and besides, who doesn’t love ice cream? ALL YEAR LONG.

Oh, and Oreos. Those are pretty dang good any time of the year as well, right? As in…I never ever keep them in the house unless I buy them for a blog recipe. Because I’ll easily eat faaaaar too many of them. I used the mini Oreos in this cookies and cream ice cream. You can just throw them in whole. You’re guaranteed big bites of cookie goodness but you don’t have to bother with the whole plastic bag/rolling pin situation. Way easier. And if they don’t all fit into your ice cream maker, no worries. I’m sure you can think of something else to do with them.

Homemade Cookies and Cream Ice Cream - You can't beat this classic flavor! - Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com

Homemade Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream – easy to make at home and a favorite of many! This ice cream is PACKED with Oreo cookies.

Did you make this recipe?   Leave a review »


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mini oreos


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk and sugar. Whisk until sugar is dissolved — this should take 2-3 minutes. Add cream, vanilla extract, and whisk until combined. Follow ice cream machine’s directions and add mini oreos in the last 5 minutes of churning (if you have the same one as I do, I churned for 25 minutes, added the oreos and continued to churn for 5 more minutes).
  2. Pour into a shallow container (I used a loaf pan). Freeze until solid, or 3-4 hours.
All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: You really can’t go wrong with classic cookies and cream ice cream and this version is kicked up a notch because of the amount of Oreos. What’s not to love?

Husband’s take: Oh yeah, he was totally on board with this one.

Changes I would make: NONE!

Difficulty: Easy!


Still craving more ice cream? Try coconut & hot fudge ice cream, a Nerds milkshake, chocolate cocoa nib ice cream, salted caramel ice cream with pistachios from Foodness Gracious, or 5 minute strawberry banana ice cream from The Slow Roasted Italian.


Homemade Cookies and Cream Ice Cream - You can't beat this classic flavor! - Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com
When you make a recipe from my site tag it with #RachelCooks!
I love to see what you're creating!


  1. Thanks Rachel! Look so yummy can’t wait to try this!

  2. What did you use to cover your loaf pan in the freezer? We make ice cream all the time but I never thought about using a loaf pan!

  3. Wow those pictures loos good. Now I’m trying to think of ways to do this without a ice cream maker!
    I was 4 (turning 5 on Nov 20) when I entered Kindergarten. My brother was 6 (turned on May 1) when he entered Kindergarten.
    I never felt behind or at a disadvantage when I was in school despite always being the youngest (except when I was the last to get my licence, then 16 yr old me was bummed). I took all the AP classes that were offered by my school and went through honors college without any problems. So, going early was right for me and I’m glad my mom did it. Going late has also been the best for my brother. It may be a boy/girl thing, but I think it depends on the child and their individual maturity/ability/motivation level. I’d say, trust yourself.

  4. omg yes DEF a favorite!!! Yours is so pretty!!!

  5. Mm that shot with the scoop!! I’m with Christina, this ingredient list is a little too short, haha! Oreos are my weakness. My daughter is turning 4 in February. We decided against preschool this year. I don’t know what I would have chosen in your position. Probably we would have gone back and forth a million times too! I hope she does well and loves it :)

  6. oh goodness, my son starts preschool next Fall… that’s a tough decision, I totally get why you went back and forth so many time! eek..I can’t think of him being away from me yet..did you cry!? I know I will!
    Love this ice cream, my kids love it too, they ask for ice cream for dessert every single night! ah yum!

  7. I have a birthday mid October. So I started kindergarten before I turned 5. I never ever noticed a problem with being the youngest or struggling.
    I think it depends on how mature your child is. It’s that aspect that makes the difference in my mind. You are starting early. So you can see how this year goes. I suspect you will have some clues whether she is being properly challenged.

  8. My husband just informed me that I must make this… weekly. ha-ha! Looks amazing Rachel!

  9. ice cream sounds delish!

    most private/Christian schools in our area follow the state’s requirements, so it would be a non-issue here. always do what’s best for your child.

  10. My favourite flavour whenever we go to the ice cream shop! This looks fantastic!

  11. I’m glad to see you are still rocking the ice cream recipes in September! Ice cream ALL YEAR LONG for me please! This looks delicious. Cookies and cream is one of my favorite flavors!

  12. This is one of my favorite ice cream flavors!! Love it!

  13. Oh yum. I love cookies and cream! Apparently, my friend’s Dad, of Steve’s Ice Cream in Boston, originated the recipe ;) I love how simple it is to make!

  14. Ummmm…. is it bad that I have mini oreos in my pantry right this very second? Also, is it bad that I’m going to go get the rest of the ingredients to make this AMAZING looking ice cream right after work? Girl, this looks to die for yummy!

  15. I think we all need some ice cream on the first day of school, right? This one looks delectable – I can’t resist anything involving an Oreo. :)

  16. Yay for homemade ice cream! The cookies and cream hershey’s bars are a guilty pleasure of mine :)

  17. Oreos and cream ice cream- a classic I’ll love forever! I could go to TOWN on this stuff!

  18. Cookies and cream is one of my all-time favorite ice cream flavors. This one looks way better than the typical one! Congrats on sending your little one off to school! :)

  19. This is my favorite flavour!! Love this recipe!

  20. This recipe looks a little too easy! I think I’d make it every other day ;)

  21. since i dont have kids, i have no advice on that…sorry friend. however, on ice cream, i just bought an ice cream maker this weekend, so this is telling me i need to make homemade cookies and cream ASAP.

  22. I keep telling you girls that this food would speed up my recovery, but my doorbell hasn’t rung, yet. :) Actually, we sort of did have the same thing when we moved to Illinois. Stephie was 12 (her birthday is the end of November), and the cut-off date in Illinois is Sept, vs June in Indiana. The school here wasn’t as advanced as the school in Indiana, and we really struggled if we should advance her a year over here so that she would continue to be challenged. We decided that the whole move thing was a struggle as it was, and why hasten to get out into life a year earlier? And yes, she was bored to a degree, but it was a good decision. Your daughter is young enough that if you see that she’s miles ahead of everyone, you can always push her up and not have it be huge at this stage of life. Good luck on your emotions, though. The years go quickly. xoxo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *