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Oreo ice cream scoops in a glass bowl with a spoon and crushed oreo cookies.

How to make homemade Oreo ice cream

Prepare the custard

2x2 grid showing the steps to make Oreo custard for ice cream.2x2 grid showing the steps to make Oreo custard for ice cream.

Step 1: Prepare the Oreo crumbs: In a food processor, crush the Oreo cookies into fine crumbs (Image 1). You can also do this by hand by crushing the Oreos in an airtight plastic bag with a rolling pin.

Steps 2 – 4: Heat the custard: In a large saucepan, add the sugar, eggs, salt, crushed Oreos, and half-and-half (Images 2 and 3). Mix until smooth, making sure no egg lumps remain.

Heat the custard over medium-low heat until warm to the touch. Increase heat to medium, then stir frequently with a flexible spatula until the egg mixture begins to steam. If you have a thermometer, you’re looking for a temperature of 155°F (68°C) (Image 4).

The Oreo ice cream batter is strained through a fine mesh strainer with a spatula.The Oreo ice cream batter is strained through a fine mesh strainer with a spatula.

Step 5: Filter: Remove the custard from the heat and pour through a fine mesh sieve set over a heatproof bowl. Use the spatula to squeeze the remaining liquid through the sieve (Image 5).

Step 6: Relax: Stir in the vanilla extract, then cool the mixture to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator (up to 1 week in the refrigerator) until warmer than 40°F (4°C).

TIP: If you want to cool the ice cream base faster, immerse the bowl in a large bowl filled with ice water.

Baking

Just before freezing, place the flexible spatula and the ice cream container in the freezer.

Shows before and after non-creamed ice cream versus creamed ice cream in an ice cream machine.Shows before and after non-creamed ice cream versus creamed ice cream in an ice cream machine.

Steps 7 – 8 – Taking out of the oven: Beat until smooth, adding the chopped Oreo pieces just before it finishes blending (Images 6 and 7).

Oreo ice cream in an ice cream tub with cookies in the background.Oreo ice cream in an ice cream tub with cookies in the background.

Use the spatula to transfer the mixture into the container. Cover and seal container, then freeze until solid, about 4 to 6 hours.

Remove from the freezer, drain and serve (Images 8 and 9). For an extra treat, top with hot fudge sauce and serve in a waffle cone. Enjoy!

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