Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

  • Prep 5 mins
  • Total 24h 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

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Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

What do you get when you combine a rich vanilla cream base with the goodness of chocolate sandwich cookies? A yummy frozen treat that people love. Cookies and cream ice cream is one of those desserts people love because it satisfies both the chocolate and vanilla craving. But to make the best version of this popular treat, you need the right cookies and cream ice cream recipe.

What Goes into Cookies and Cream Ice Cream?

Homemade cookies and cream ice cream consists of heavy cream, whole milk, cream cheese, vanilla and the chocolate sandwich cookies that make this the best cookies and cream ice cream recipe around.

If you don’t eat dairy, you can always substitute vegan cream cheese and use unsweetened oat milk instead of whole milk. And you can use any chocolate sandwich cookies you want, but here’s a tip: People call it an Oreo cookie ice cream recipe for a reason.  

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream All Year Round

You can serve cookies and cream ice cream any time you want a delicious frozen treat, but there are some instances when this ice cream makes for a perfect dessert. For instance, you could serve it as a perfect ending to a family meal. You can also make this treat for events such as birthday parties, bridal showers or family and neighborhood gatherings. And if you’re looking for something fun to do with your friends, making this creamy and rich treat is the perfect solution.

5 Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Dessert Combos 

While cookies and cream ice cream served in a bowl or cone is a great treat, you can use the creamy treat in many other ways. If you’re looking for a unique way to serve cookies and cream ice cream, consider one of the options below.

Ice Cream Cake

Ice cream cake is a delicious treat that can be customized to your tastes. For instance, if you use cookies and cream ice cream in the middle, you can match the chocolate in the cookies to the outer shell. Or if you want a combination of chocolate tastes, you can use milk chocolate chips and use dark chocolate for the shell.


Ice cream crepes are not only a unique way to serve ice cream, but they are also delicious. Just imagine the frozen goodness of cookies and cream ice cream wrapped in a soft crepe. It’s important to serve this awesome dessert immediately after making it so the ice cream stays frozen.


People talk about Death by Chocolate desserts, but did you know that you can get the same chocolatey goodness by combining brownies and cookies and cream ice cream? Just make your brownies using an oven, and once the brownies have cooled, pile on the cookies and cream ice cream.


If you love your milkshakes with a little something extra, making them with homemade cookies and cream ice cream is a no-brainer. Just use the Ninja Creami MILKSHAKE function.  Add whole milk, or if you’re dairy-free, you can use almond or oat milk. Make it as thin or thick as you want by adjusting the amount of milk you add.


Want to spice up your sundae? Instead of using traditional vanilla ice cream, use cookies and cream instead. When added to the chocolate and strawberry ice cream, it will add depth and flavor to an already delicious dessert.


Q: Who invented cookies and cream ice cream?

A: Cookies and Cream ice cream was invented at South Dakota State University. The story told is that a professor and two students put chocolate sandwich  cookies in vanilla ice cream and invented the treat. The university did not patent the ice cream flavor much to its regret!

Q: How can you make cookies and cream milkshakes without ice cream?

A: You can make a cookies and ice cream milkshake without the ice cream. Instead of the ice cream, put ice cubes, milk, and a little vanilla in a blender. The result will be almost identical. 

Q: When was cookies and cream ice cream invented?

A: Cookies and cream ice cream was invented at South Dakota State University in 1979. A professor and two students were trying to create a new ice cream flavor and they added chocolate sandwich  cookies to vanilla ice cream. The result is cookies and cream ice cream. 

Q: What kind of cookies are best for cookies and cream ice cream?

A: The original cookies and cream ice cream used Oreos as the cookie. But you can use any kind of cookie you want. You can add peanut butter cookies for a unique flavor, or stick to the tried and true chocolate sandwich cookies. 

Q: How long does cookies and cream ice cream last in the fridge?

A: You should keep your cookies and cream ice cream in the freezer and not in the fridge. A homemade version will last for one to two months. A store-bought version of the ice cream will last for three to four months. 

Q: Why is cookies and cream ice cream the best?

A: Cookies and cream ice cream is considered the best by many people because of the combination of flavors and textures. In each bite, you get a taste of vanilla and chocolate. You can get a creamy ice cream and the crunch of a cookie.

How to Make Homemade Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Are you ready to learn how to make homemade cookies and cream ice cream? It’s easy — just follow the steps below.


  • Contains Milk/Dairy

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This dish contains the following allergens: Milk/Dairy

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  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 chocolate sandwich cookies, broken, for mix-in


  • Microwave-Safe Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Step 1

    In a large, microwave-safe bowl, microwave the cream cheese for 10 seconds. Add the sugar, and vanilla extract and with a whisk or rubber spatula, combine until the mixture looks like frosting, about 60 seconds.

  • Step 2

    Slowly mix in the heavy cream and milk until fully combined and sugar is dissolved.

  • Step 3

    Pour base into an empty CREAMi™ Pint. Place storage lid on pint and freeze for 24 hours.

  • Step 4

    Remove pint from freezer and remove lid from pint. Place pint in outer bowl, install Creamerizer™ Paddle onto outer bowl lid, and lock the lid assembly on the outer bowl. Place bowl assembly on motor base and twist the handle right to raise the platform and lock in place.

  • Step 5

    Select ICE CREAM.

  • Step 6

    With a spoon, create a 1 ½-inch wide hold that reaches the bottom of the pint. During this process, it is okay for your treat to press above the MAX FILL line. Add the broken chocolate sandwich cookies to the hole and process again using the MIX-IN program.

  • Step 7

    When processing is complete, remove ice cream from pint and serve immediately.