Garden Mint Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Fresh garden mint and crushed Oreo cookies come together in this ice cream to create the most amazing creamy and super minty frozen summer treat.

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about many of my mom’s classic recipes that were childhood favorites. There were baked country spare ribs that would literally fall apart into a sauce that was studded with thinly sliced onions, wafer thin slices of flour coated garden fresh zucchini fried in hot oil and then served with ketchup, not to mention BLT’s made with warm ruby red tomatoes straight from the garden and bacon from one our own pigs. However, the one recipe that stands out most in mind, is a dessert that my mom called Mississippi Mud Pie.

Mississippi Mud Pie was a frozen dessert that my mom would often make to take to church or picnic functions. I know for a fact, that I and several other people, were always crazy excited to see it being escorted to a freezer nearby, carefully wrapped in foil and patiently awaiting dessert time. Here’s the thing, in reality, that fantastic longed for ice cream treat was probably one of the easiest recipes in the world to make, seeing as it required no actual cooking or baking and could be made with very few ingredients. Basically, you simply crush a bag of Oreos, mix them with a little bit of melted butter, press them into the bottom of a baking dish, spread softened ice cream over them, and then top everything off with tons of chocolate sauce. How much easier can dessert get?

This month, I decided to take the Improv Cooking Challenge and develop a “Cookies and Cream” themed recipe to share with y’all. Each month two ingredients are assigned for this challenge, that we as food bloggers are then asked to use in a new sweet or savory recipe. I decided to blend my love for mint chocolate ice cream with my memories of Mississippi Mud Pie to create my own unique frozen treat. In doing so, I think I’ve come up with one crazy good ice cream recipe, which not only packs a minty punch but is also overflowing with Oreo goodness. The fresh mint in this ice cream is the true secret. It leaves your mouth tingling, you stomach happy, and your spoon going back for just one more bite.

Fresh garden mint and crushed Oreo cookies come together in this ice cream to create the most amazing creamy and super minty frozen summer treat.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 2 Cups Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 18 Oreo Cookies

Fresh garden mint and crushed Oreo cookies come together in this ice cream to create the most amazing creamy and super minty frozen summer treat.

Directions:

  1. Place the cream, milk, fresh mint, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Pour the mixture into a heat-safe glass bowl, stir in the vanilla, and then allow to cool for 30 minutes.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.
  4. Strain the mint from the cream mixture and discard it.
  5. Churn the mixture in an ice cream machine until frozen. This should take anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes.
  6. While the ice cream is churning, place the Oreos in a large plastic bag, seal, and then crush with a rolling pin.
  7. Combine the crushed Oreos and churned ice cream in a large bowl with a silicone spatula.
  8. Spoon the ice cream into freezer safe containers and freeze for later consumption.

Fresh garden mint and crushed Oreo cookies come together in this ice cream to create the most amazing creamy and super minty frozen summer treat.

Suggestions:

  • If you don’t have garden fresh mint available, you may substitute 1 to 2-teaspoons of mint extract. If using extract, simply whisk together all of the ingredients except for the Oreo cookies, cover, and allow to sit for 12 hours. You will not need to heat the mixture.
  • Do not overly crush the Oreo cookies.  A few good whacks from the rolling pin should do it. Consider it therapy.
  • Allowing the mixture to set for at least 12 hours helps the mint flavor to fully develop.

Fresh garden mint and crushed Oreo cookies come together in this ice cream to create the most amazing creamy and super minty frozen summer treat.

Improvements:

  • Add a finely chopped candy bar to the ice cream or serve topped with chocolate sauce for an extra chocolatey treat.
  • Plant mint in a large plastic container on your deck or patio. It will come back every spring and is very nice to have around. Whatever you do, do not plant it in the ground, unless you want your entire property covered in mint.
  • I simply adore these Tovolo Mini Sweet Treats Tubs. They are perfect for controlling ice cream portion size and for sharing with neighbors.
  • I use this Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker to churn ice cream. There’s really no reason to spend a crazy amount of money on an ice cream machine. This one is easy to use, quick to clean, and is extremely durable.

Garden Mint Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Garden Mint Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 2 Cups Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 18 Oreo Cookies

Directions:

  1. Place the cream, milk, fresh mint, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Pour the mixture into a heat-safe glass bowl, stir in the vanilla, and then allow to cool for 30 minutes.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.
  4. Strain the mint from the cream mixture and discard it.
  5. Churn the mixture in an ice cream machine until frozen. This should take anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes.
  6. While the ice cream is churning, place the Oreos in a large plastic bag, seal, and then crush with a rolling pin.
  7. Combine the crushed Oreos and churned ice cream in a large bowl with a silicone spatula.
  8. Spoon the ice cream into freezer safe containers and freeze for later consumption.
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Fresh garden mint and crushed Oreo cookies come together in this ice cream to create the most amazing creamy and super minty frozen summer treat.

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  • Wendy Klik

    It’s nearly ice cream season. I pulled out my ice cream maker and put the containers in the freezer so it is ready to go. Love that you added mint to this cookie and cream creation.

    • Yeah! I look forward to seeing what you come up with Wendy!🍀

  • nichole l

    My husband would go crazy for this dish! Mint is the perfect addition to “fancy” it up. I also think I need to know more about this psychotic cat of yours since I have 2 of my own. 🙂

    • I love mint ice cream that tastes like real mint and not all artificially! Good luck with those kitties…Brenna rules our lives!

  • hrmmmmm…I wonder if said ice cream maker just happened to show up in the hubs’ Amazon cart if he would mind…

    Your ice cream looks beautiful, Colleen!

    • I’m pretty sure if you make him ice cream he won’t be too upset Melody!🍀

      • Excellent point! 😀

  • Frugal Hausfrau

    Hope you have had a happy Mother’s day! I have some of the same memories! Way to go upscale with that mint icecream!! 🙂

  • Sid’s Sea Palm Cooking

    I have to stop killing my Mint plants, there’s too many recipes out there crying for fresh mint leaves, like this one. Making my mouth water here. sigh

    • I have three types of mint right now. Thankfully we’ve had lots of rain!