Coffee Oreo Cookie Ice Cream

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Outrageously good homemade ice cream with a coffee custard base, oreo cookies, and a touch of rum.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Some things, prepared with delightful results in the exuberance of our youth, when made again 10, or 20 years later, don’t quite live up to the blissful memory.

This coffee oreo cookie ice cream lives up to the best of memories!

It is as good as my dear friend Heidi H remembers it, when she made it with friends in an old fashioned, hand cranked ice cream maker decades ago.

Heidi and I made a batch of this ice cream together recently with the new ice cream maker I got for her for her birthday. She will tell you that I was slightly skeptical at first. “Are you sure this isn’t something that was good just because you all were clearly enjoying the rum you added?”

At first taste I was an instant convert. This is a great ice cream combination. Leave out the rum if you must, but keep it in if you can; its flavor addition is important.

Note that in this recipe the oreo cookies are added before the ice cream is made, so that they almost completely disintegrate into the ice cream. You can fold them in after the ice cream is made if you want.

Coffee Oreo Cookie Ice Cream Recipe



  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 4 teaspoons instant coffee (get decaf)
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 10 oreo cookies, crushed
  • 1 ounce (2 Tbsp) golden rum


1 Heat 1 cup of the cream, 1 cup of milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan on medium heat until steaming, but not boiling. Stir in the instant coffee until it is dissolved.

2 Pour the remaining 1 cup of cream into a medium size metal bowl, set in an ice water bath in a larger bowl. Set a mesh seive on top of the bowls. Set aside.

3 In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks together. Slowly pour the heated milk, cream, coffee mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly so that the egg yolks are tempered by the warm milk, but not cooked by it. Pour the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

4 Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof, flat-bottomed spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula so that you can run your finger across the coating and have the coating not run. Be patient. This step can take 5 to 10 minutes.

5 Pour the custard through the seive and stir it into the chilled cream. Chill mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator.

6 When thoroughly chilled and ready to put into your ice cream maker, add the rum and the crushed oreo cookies. Process the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the ice cream maker directions. Transfer mixture to a plastic storage container and freezer in your freezer until firm, at least 6 hours.

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Learn how to make perfect ice cream with David Lebovitz' brilliant book, the Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments, the source of the base ice cream recipe used here.

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  • DeliBoy

    I made this the other day. It was fantastic. I have a 4 Qt. Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, and made the following changes to fill it to capacity:

    3.0 cups heavy cream, halved
    1.5 cups %1 milk
    1 cup sugar
    pinch salt
    3 teaspoons Medaglia D’Oro instant expresso (less because it’s stronger)
    9 egg yolks
    15 crushed Trader Joe Joe-Joes
    2.5 Tbsp Bacardi Golden Rum

    Much recommended. Thanks, Elise!

  • kris

    Hi Elise,

    Let me first say that I love your blog! The recipes are totally delicious are the photos are amazing.

    Lately I’ve been reading lots of ice cream recipes, and I’ve been toying with the idea of finally making some myself. this recipe of yours sold me on it and I want to make it. the only problem is… I don’t have an ice cream maker. Is it possible to make ice cream without one?

  • robin

    I recently got one of those Cuisinart makers at William Sonoma (had a gift card). And it even came with an extra freezing bowl (so it felt like a deal). I have made ice cream about twice a week now! So much easier than buying lots of ice and rock salt (I had purchased one of those 20 dollar models at Walmart and was too much work and money just to make ice cream).

    I can’t wait to try this one my fast from chocolate ends!

  • Wes

    Looks great! I wouldn’t suggest leaving the rum out, since the alcohol content would have significant impact on the consistency — not having it would cause it to be more icy, harder to scoop when completely frozen, and has less nice mouth feel.

  • Anna Sohail

    do you need an ice cream maker? is there an another way of making it without an ice cream maker

    Hard to make without an ice cream maker, but it is possible. See How to make ice cream without a machine from David Lebovitz. ~Elise

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