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Strawberry Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Is it hot where you live?  Really hot?  Like so hot that you want to stand in a bucket of ice water 24/7?  If so, you need ice cream, and you need it now.  Lucky for you, I made you some:  Strawberry Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

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I’ve never been such a super big fan of strawberry ice cream.  I’d never buy it at the store, I’d never order it at an ice cream shop, and I’d be resistant to eating it in a restaurant too.  Fruit-flavored ice cream has just never been all that appealing to me, in general.  But this ice cream… is different.  Totally.  It has transformed me into a strawberry-ice-cream-lover indeed.  Maybe it’s because I added cookies to it?  In any case, it’s darn good.

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I explained to my husband that this ice cream was so good that he was going to want three scoops.  And then I made him hold the cone up in the air like this while it melted through his fingers so I could snap a few photos.

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So… kind of a crazy story:  Our next door neighbors in San Diego moved up to the area of Reno/Tahoe that we did.  On the same day.  We both fell in love with the area and uprooted our San Diego lives to create new adventures in the mountains of Nevada.  Isn’t that kind of crazy??  We love being up here together, and so do our kids.  My RecipeBoy Brooks is the big guy and our neighbors have these other cuties.  They all liked my ice cream a lot 🙂

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I guess if you add Oreos to things… pretty much anything, it’s going to make it that much more delicious.  Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention that while we were in the backyard eating ice cream cones, a BEAR was in our friend’s garage trying to get into the trash.  So we learned three things that night:  1.  Don’t leave the garage open at dusk.  2.  When you hear the dog barking hysterically, you should probably be clued in that there is a wild animal of some sort lurking around.  3.  Homemade ice cream makes everyone happy.

The ice cream maker I recommend (everyone should have one!):  Cuisinart 2 Quart Ice Cream Maker
And this ice cream scoop is the best scoop EVER… it’s life-changing for ice cream lovers: Zerolli Ice Cream Scoop
The scoop is expensive, and I thought I must be crazy for buying it (someone told me I had to get it), but I seriously LOVE it.

Yield: 2 quarts

Prep Time: 20 min + chill time & processing time

Cook Time: 5 min

Strawberry Cookies and Cream Ice Cream


2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup half and half cream
1 cup milk (whole, 2%, nonfat... whatever you have)
1 cup granulated white sugar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
24 Oreos (or another chocolate sandwich cookie), crushed or chopped


1. Make sure you freeze your ice cream maker container for a full 24-hours before attempting to make ice cream.

2. In a large saucepan, heat heavy cream, half and half, milk and sugar. Stir until dissolved, and then remove from heat and let cool. Once cooled, stir in salt and vanilla.

3. Place strawberries in a blender or food processor (you want to pulverize them, not leave chunks). Add about 2 cups of the liquid mixture and process until smooth. Combine this mixture with the rest of the liquid mixture and refrigerate until completely chilled (several hours, or overnight). Don't even think about tasting it at this point, or you'll be tempted to pour it into a glass and suck it out with a straw. 🙂

4. Process the ice cream base in your ice cream maker, according to instructions. You may have a tad too much base on your hands, depending on the size of your ice cream maker, so be careful pouring it in. Process for 25 to 35 minutes, until creamy and thick. Stir in the Oreos when finished. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze until it becomes a more solid ice cream consistency. Scoop and serve, when ready!


22 Responses to “Strawberry Cookies and Cream Ice Cream”

  1. postedJul 15, 2013 4:22 AM

    Lori this looks insanely good! The cookies. The berries. The Cream! Pinned!

  2. postedJul 15, 2013 4:28 AM

    Fabulous idea to add Oreos to Strawberry Ice Cream, Lori! Also, fabulous to have ready-made neighbors. And, I bet that bear smelled your Strawberry Cookies & Cream Ice Cream and was searching for it! Thanks for sharing. Pinning!

  3. postedJul 15, 2013 5:41 AM

    Normally I pass on strawberry ice cream too; but WOW this ice cream looks way too delicious to ever turn down. Love the neighbor story too 🙂

  4. postedJul 15, 2013 5:43 AM

    Aww such a cute picture of the kids! This sounds fabulous!

  5. postedJul 15, 2013 6:24 AM

    Lori this is a genius idea. Like you I am not crazy about fruity ice cream, but this one with OREOS is just calling my name!

  6. postedJul 15, 2013 6:34 AM

    A great summer treat!

  7. postedJul 15, 2013 6:48 AM

    What a great idea to add Oreos to strawberry ice cream!

  8. postedJul 15, 2013 7:01 AM

    I might just be able to live on the ice cream!!!! Sounds wonderful Lori

  9. postedJul 15, 2013 7:37 AM

    Adding Oreos to anything makes it infinitely better 🙂

  10. postedJul 15, 2013 7:52 AM

    Great idea adding Oreos to good, old strawberry ice cream. I’ll bet it never tasted better!

  11. postedJul 15, 2013 8:06 AM

    I want some ice cream! Love the pics and love the flavor combo!!

  12. postedJul 15, 2013 2:47 PM

    Oh my yum! I just recently got an ice cream maker and have been on a role making batch after batch. I never would’ve thought to do a strawberry cookies and cream version though. This looks SO SO good!

  13. postedJul 15, 2013 3:33 PM

    This looks like the perfect summer treat for my boys. They are going to love this! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. postedJul 15, 2013 4:08 PM

    I want this so bad!

  15. postedJul 15, 2013 6:29 PM

    Totally delish!! There’s nothing better than oreo cookies in ice-creams!!

  16. postedJul 16, 2013 12:01 AM
    Robbie Jones

    I live in Australa and we don’t have Half n Half. Does anyone know what to use instead??

    Many thanks, this looks scrummy!

  17. postedJul 16, 2013 8:03 AM

    I never really loved strawberry ice cream until I made it myself. Then…instant swoon. oreos could only serve to strengthen the love!

  18. postedJul 16, 2013 2:31 PM
    Maegan @ The BakerMama

    Love this Lori! I am going to make it this weekend for a pool party! It’s way too hot here in TX so I think everyone would enjoy ice cream over baked goods by the pool. I might need to make a double batch as I’m sure it will get scooped up fast!

  19. postedJul 17, 2013 8:11 AM

    Perfect for a hot summer day! (of which we are having far too many)

  20. postedJul 19, 2013 12:41 PM

    I’m usually a traditionalist when it comes to strawberry. Yup my kids like it. That Good.

  21. postedJul 22, 2013 7:39 PM

    Just made this and had a bite after it firmed up a few hours in the freezer. BEST ICE CREAM EVER! Thanks for the recipe

    • postedJul 26, 2013 5:40 AM

      Awesome- glad you enjoyed!!

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