There are just no excuses for this dessert. It’s cookies. Layered with ice cream. Layered with more cookies. Layered with more ice cream. Layered with more cookies. Layered with chocolate sauce.
See? No excuses. It’s purely evil. Plan on adding an extra mile to your run. Another 200 push-ups. Twenty more flights of stairs. Whatever you have to do to justify it, do it. Because this concoction is just worth it. I like to serve it at parties so I have partners in dessert crime. Kids love it, too.
It begins as all calorie-laden items do: with cookies. Oreos and Nutter Butters, to be exact.
And in addition to the cookies and ice cream, butter. I know, I know.
And then chocolate syrup. For good measure.
Begin by melting the butter. Whirl some Oreos around in a food processor.
…mix with the butter, and press into the bottom of a pan. Freeze for 15 minutes, or until the crust is nice and solid.
Meanwhile, remove the ice creams from the freezer to let soften.
While you’ve got the food processor out, whirl around a few more Oreos until they’re coarsely ground. Not powdery, but no big hunks either.
Do the same with some Nutter Butters.
Remove the pan from the freezer and spread on a layer of ice cream.
Sprinkle on a nice layer of cookie crumbs and pat down. A little helper can assist you with this step (with clean hands, of course. No strawberry jam hands, as my wee one often has. And yes, those are legwarmers on her arms. What can I say? She inherited my love of Flashdance). Freeze again to give the ice cream a chance to solidify.
Next, spread on another layer of ice cream…
…and finish with the rest of the cookie crumbs. Pat down once again.
Drizzle with chocolate sauce. Attempt to make a pretty design and fail miserably. Freeze for 1 hour.
Cut into bars. Serve. Swoon.
This is such a fun, easy dessert for a party, especially for kids (although adults will lick their plates clean, too). Mix and match your favorite cookies and ice creams to create a personalized treat for your little person’s birthday or end-of-the-school-year extravaganza.
Some flavor ideas:
- Thin mints with mint chip ice cream
- Chips Ahoy! with chocolate chip ice cream
- Samoas with caramel ice cream
- Oatmeal cookies with rum raisin ice cream
- S’mores: graham crackers with rocky road ice cream
- Vanilla creme cookies with strawberry ice cream
It’s tastier and easier to make than an ice cream cake (and cheaper than ordering one!), and makes a sinful, chilly treat on a hot summer day. What flavor would you make?
Ice Cream Cookie Bars printable pdf
Makes one 9×13″ pan, or roughly 15-18 servings. Halve the recipe if you’re not serving a crowd. Mix and match your favorite cookies and ice creams to create unique flavors!
- 4 tbsp butter
- 16 oz package Oreo cookies
- 8 oz Nutter Butter cookies (half of one 16 oz package)
- 1.75 qt cookies & cream ice cream
- 1.75 qt chocolate peanut butter ice cream
- chocolate sauce for topping
1) Melt butter. In a food processor, blend 24 Oreo cookies until finely ground. Mix crumbs with butter and press firmly into the bottom of a 9×13″ pan. Freeze 15 minutes or until solid.
2) Let ice cream soften at room temperature for 15 minutes. Pulse remaining Oreos in food processor until very coarsely ground. Repeat with Nutter Butters.
3) Spread chocolate peanut butter ice cream on top of frozen Oreo crust. Sprinkle half of Oreo crumbs and half of Nutter Butter crumbs on top and press down. Freeze for 15 minutes.
4) Spread chocolate peanut butter ice cream on top of cookie layer. Sprinkle the remaining cookie crumbs on top and press down. Cover and freeze for at least 1 hour. Cut into squares and drizzle with chocolate sauce before serving.