Cookies 'n Cream Ice Cream Recipe

Photographs: Sarah Jane Sanders

Don't hesitate to use real Oreos in this recipe, but if you'd like to go all the way, follow my Fauxreo recipe for a 100% homemade version. There is a gluten free variation with the Fauxreo recipe, so it may be used to make this ice cream gluten free as well.

Recipe Details

Cookies 'n Cream Ice Cream Recipe

Active 30 mins
Total 24 hrs
Serves 6 to 8 servings
Makes 1 quart


  • 8 ounces whole milk

  • 12 ounces heavy cream

  • 3 ounces egg yolks (from 4 or 5 eggs, depending on size)

  • 7 ounces sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 ounce vodka or other neutral spirit

  • 8 ounces Oreos or Fauxreos, divided


  1. Prepare the ice cream base: In a medium pot, bring the milk and cream to a simmer. Meanwhile put the yolks in a medium bowl and whisk the sugar in gradually. It's a lot of sugar, so don't dump it in all at once or it will be difficult to incorporate. Whisk in salt. Once the dairy begins to simmer, whisk some of the dairy mixture into the egg yolks, one ladle-full at a time, until the egg mixture is quite warm. Then whisk egg mixture into the pot of cream. Turn heat to medium low. Stir constantly with a rubber spatula, making sure to scrape all along the bottom of the pot to avoid curdling.

  2. Normally, ice cream recipes entreat you to cook until the mixture is "thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon," but with this recipe, that will never happen. Instead, cook until a thermometer registers 145° F. When it does, immediately shut off the heat and strain the custard through a sieve and into a large bowl. Stir in vanilla extract and vodka. Cool in an ice bath and refrigerate, covered, overnight.

  3. Prepare the Oreo mix-ins: Use a knife or a food processor to pulverize three ounces of Oreos or Fauxreos into very fine crumbs. With a knife, dice three ounces of Oreos into small, 1/4" bits. Chop the remaining Oreos in half or thirds. Place all of these Oreo bits in a large bowl and stash in the freezer until needed.

  4. Finishing the ice cream: Process chilled ice cream base in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions. When the ice cream has finished churning, transfer it to the bowl of all of the Oreo bits and stir to combine.

  5. Cover ice cream tightly with plastic wrap, or transfer to an airtight container and store in freezer. Ice cream will keep for two weeks.


All measurements are in weights, as volume measures can be very imprecise. I strongly recommend using a scale for all pastry projects. Serious Eats' recommended kitchen scale is the Oxo Good Grips Scale with Pull Out Display.

Special Equipment

Ice cream maker, thermometer, sieve

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
444 Calories
25g Fat
48g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 444
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 33%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 169mg 56%
Sodium 273mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 163mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)