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Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Recipe


Cookies and cream ice cream
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This cookies and cream ice cream recipe is made using an easy vanilla ice cream and chocolate sandwich cookies. You’ll be surprised just how easy it is to recreate your favorite ice cream flavors at home, without spending a ton of time or money. You can enjoy cookies and cream without all the additives that come in many grocery store brands.

Try making the classic cookies and cream ice cream recipe, with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sandwich cookies, or get creative and add your own flavors. Check out the “Tips” section for some of my favorite flavor combinations.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 6 to 8 servings



  1. Prepare the vanilla ice cream according to the directions.
  2. Once the ice cream is on the mixer, place the sandwich cookies in a plastic bag and break up into small chunks. Hitting them with a rolling pin or the round side of a can is the quickest way to chop them up, although you should be careful of the corners of a can because they can break through the bag.
  3. When the ice cream is just about ready to be removed from the ice cream maker, add the chunks of cookie.
  4. Allow the cookie to mix into the ice cream for 30 to 60 seconds, or until they are well incorporated. Don’t let them stay in the mixer for too long, or the churn will break up the pieces until they are just crumbs.
  5. Remove the ice cream from the ice cream maker and store in an air-tight plastic container in your freezer.


  • Although a traditional cookies and cream ice cream recipe uses crème-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, you certainly don’t have to be traditional. Vanilla wafers make a crunchy addition to the recipe, as do many flavors of Girl Scout cookies. If you ordered one too many boxes, turn some into a new fun recipe.
  • Speaking of non-traditional flavors, what about double chocolate cookies and cream ice cream? Use am easy chocolate ice cream recipe instead of vanilla and add your favorite chocolate cookies. This is a great variation to add Girl Scout cookies to. Crushed Thin Mints in chocolate ice cream is fantastic. You can experiment with all your favorite flavors. I even love strawberry ice cream with sandwich cookies, since chocolate and strawberries are so perfect together.
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