Oreo Fudge Ice Cream Bars

Oreo Fudge Ice Cream Bars

This is my Grandma’s recipe.

And I just love that my Grandma loves Oreo crusts as much as I do.

This is Oreo crust and ice cream dreamland. It can’t not be addicting when it starts with a seriously thick layer of crushed Oreos with melted butter pressed into a pan, and is then topped with a borderline inappropriately rich layer of homemade fudge sauce, and finally covered with soft ice cream which should definitely be Peanut Butter Panic. Juuuust so you know. When you freeze all of that together, something amazing happens and it’s going to make you the most popular person this fourth of July.

Oreo Fudge Ice Cream Bars

Okay, so maybe it’s a little eleventh hour of me to be posting a recipe that could be for the fourth of July just 15 hours before the actual fourth of July. But I’ve always been a little eleventh hour when it comes to holiday specific foods. And besides, isn’t this just anytime summer food? Edit: anytime food?

I actually really like ice cream, even in the winter. In Minnesota. I live on the edge, you guys. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that we keep our house ridiculously, expensively, embarrassingly warm all through the winter so that Bjork doesn’t have to hear me complaining about how cold my toes are and deal with me leaving the oven open from November to April. Ice cream is just that kinda food.

Oreo Fudge Ice Cream Bars

I have a few tips for success as you start to create this Oreo ice cream wonderland in the next 20 seconds.

First, don’t use too much ice cream. Otherwise you’ll take it to a dinner party and proudly unveil the dessert you brought to share with 4 couples and realize that no, a 3 foot thick layer of ice cream will not, in fact, freeze all the way through. And then you’ll serve something called Oreo fudge ice cream soup instead. And if you have a food blog? You might feel kind of bad about that. Even though it actually still tastes kind of good because it’s ice cream and crushed Oreos and fudge.

Oreo Fudge Ice Cream Bars

Another thing: Pour the fudge right on the crust. The first time I made this I poured the fudge over the ice cream and sort of swirled it in and had a bit of a disaster. Plus I missed out on the epic thickness of that double punch Oreo-fudge crust layer. It’s not to be messed with, you guys. The takeaway is that a molten hot chocolate sauce poured over something frozen will be, uh, annoying. Keep it in order and go for the fudge-topped crust instead.

Which leads me to the next thing. Don’t over-soften the ice cream. It’s totally tempting to just zap it in the microwave for like, what, 8 minutes? I know because I gave in during round one of this ice cream madness and ended up basically pouring ice cream milk over the top layer. The biggest problem here is that it won’t refreeze in the same way and you’ll be cursing at your microwave instead of enjoying the soft creamy texture of the refrozen, appropriately softened ice cream. So just take it slow. Be okay with more firm, more messy ice cream assembly. It should be more like PRESSED over the crust.

Oreo Fudge Ice Cream Bars

Final thing to know is that the ice cream variety is up to you, but I would like to strongly suggest Peanut Butter Panic, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Bunny Tracks, Moose Tracks, cookies and cream, or any other type of ice cream that is full of chocolate chunks and caramel swirls and stuff like that. My Grandma uses Moose Tracks and everyone dies every time. IT’S SO GOOD.

PS. Moose Tracks? Is that a Minnesota thing?

Oreo Fudge Ice Cream Bars

4.9 from 7 reviews
Oreo Fudge Ice Cream Bars
Serves: 20+
  • 1 lb. (1 package) Double Stuf Oreo cookies
  • 15 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1½ cups (1 tall can) evaporated milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ gallon ice cream: choose a flavor you like to make it interesting! Swirled with caramel, stuffed with peanut butter cups, etc.
  1. For the crust: Crush the Oreos in a food processor until fine and crumbly. Melt 7 tablespoons of butter. Add the melted butter to the crushed Oreos and stir to combine. Press the mixture into a 9x13 pan. Place the pan in the refrigerator or freezer to set the crust.
  2. For the fudge sauce: Take the ice cream out of the freezer so it starts to soften. (I do NOT recommend over softening the ice cream in the microwave because in my experience, it did not refreeze as well.) In a medium saucepan, melt 8 tablespoons butter, chocolate chips, evaporated milk, and powdered sugar. Stir continuously until the mixture boils. Let the mixture boil for 8 minutes, stirring continuously. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. Assembling: Pour the fudge sauce over the crust. Allow to rest for a few minutes so the fudge sauce continues to cool. Scoop the softened ice cream over the crust and spread or press gently to create an even top layer. It's a little messy - that's ok. It doesn't have to be perfectly smooth. Freeze again for a few hours or until solid. When you're ready to serve, let the pan sit out for 10 minutes so it softens. This makes it easier to cut and eat.


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  1. Oreos, Fudge and Ice Cream? I’m so in- I love this recipe! Have a great 4th of July!

  2. Incredible! These look so stickin good! You and your grandma are genius!

  3. Seriously just pass the plate over. I’d be in absolute heaven eating this!

  4. Holy smokes this looks AMAZING! Ice cream is my weakness.

  5. I’m so in love with an Oreo crust!! This looks delicious!!

    And I can totally relate to your year round eating of ice cream. Except I do it with hot soup in the summertime… In South Louisiana.

  6. Making.this.tomorrow.for.myself.

  7. My mouth is watering – I must make this! Like you, I also live in Minnesota and I overdose on ice cream every summer because I can’t get myself to eat it in the cold, COLD winters. I moved from Michigan, and we had Moose Tracks there too! Maybe it’s a Midwest thing?

  8. Ha I love that name…Moose Tracks. I will have to look for it next grocery trip.

  9. No bake. Oreos. Fudge. Chocolate. Rich. Creamy. YES please!

  10. Grandma’s recipes are the best and this sounds awesome! Yum!

  11. This looks so easy, summery and chocolatey. I’ll take 5 please!

  12. So…what time should I be over for dessert? 😉

  13. OH! I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I bought your book the other day, promptly read it cover-to-cover and have already seen an improvement in some of the test photos I’ve taken. So, THANK YOU!

  14. Oh My Goodness! This looks like Heaven on a plate! My daughter is gonna love this recipe!
    Thank You!

  15. Wow! This looks incredible! And the moose tracks must be a MN or mid-west thing. Have not found it since I moved to NY. How I miss Kowalski’s.

  16. Love this idea! Can’t wait to try this out for our backyard BBQ next week. Thanks for sharing :)

  17. Moose Tracks can be found in Maryland. As Minnesota transplant, this made me very happy :) Unfortunately, Caribou Coffee remains difficult to find.

    These look awesome. The oreo-fudge-ice cream combo brings to mind a DQ ice cream cake… only wayyyy better!

  18. This looks ridiculous! In an amazingly good way of course! 😉

    Moose Tracks is my favorite ice cream flavor. I’ve had no problems finding it in NY or PA. Denali makes it: http://www.moosetracks.com/flavors/detail/12

  19. This looks so refreshing. Great idea!

  20. Caitlin says:

    I am ALL over this idea! I wonder how it would be with the novelty flavored Oreos. Hmm.. i might just have to make multiple versions to find out. Also, Moose Tracks exist up in New England, too!

  21. This would be great to make for a party – just so that I made sure to share it! Looks delicious!

  22. I can’t even express with words how awesome that looks.

  23. How fast do you think I can run to the store to get all of the ingredients for this?
    I’m betting on pretty fast.

  24. Your grandma is a smart lady. Moose Tracks is my favorite. This creamy dessert sounds amazing!

  25. I am so glad your grandma shared this recipe with you so you could share it with us. I haven’t made anything yet for tomorrow and now I know I still can. Thanks for sharing this!

  26. Oh my gosh, yum! My husband and I are hooked on skinny cows as our after-dinner treat, but this takes dessert to a whole new level! Oh, and Moose Tracks isn’t just a Minnesota thing… we had Moose Tracks when I lived in Ohio and Michigan, so maybe it’s a Midwest thing. Haven’t seen too much of it since I’ve been in Texas, but I’ll keep an eye out for it next time I’m in the frozen tasty treats aisle.

  27. Cathy E says:

    Oooooo. Ahhhhh. Second time tonight I’ve said that! I’m catching up on my blog reading and commenting. First time was for yarn. This time for the wonderful vision you create with your photos. Too bad I am on salad duty for tomorrow and not dessert.

  28. You had me at Moose Tracks. It’s not just a Minnesota thing, we have it in Central Florida, so good. Then to add it with Oreo crust and fudge, looks like a piece of heaven! Can’t wait to make it!

  29. This sounds delightful… even though I am not a big fan of oreos (I know, that’s strange). I think I have to make this for my step brother’s birthday next week. Maybe try a different cookie crust… hm…

  30. Moosetracks? It’s definitely not a thing here in Australia. We have Kangarooprints, though.
    Haha, just kidding no we don’t.

  31. This sounds absolutely divine, and even though it is winter here, worth a try soon :)

  32. This looks incredible Lindsay! I’m totally an eleventh-hour holiday food person, and it certainly seems to have paid off today. Headed to a Fourth of July BBQ (Bangkok-style of course) tonight, and I still hadn’t figured out what to bring for dessert! This is it!

  33. OMG…these bars are calling my name! They sound soooo amazing! Yummy!

  34. OMG- seriously loving this recipe. I will be making that because now I am avoiding the oven as much as possible. However I am happy to hear that I am not the only one who constantly has cold toes & leaves the oven open for the extra heat a good portion of the year!!

    Have a great weekend- I will be enjoying this recipe with my family!! :)

  35. Drooling over here. This looks amazing. I was literally just thinking of making a dessert somewhat like this so I may use you as inspiration. :) Have a Happy 4th!

  36. Grandma’s recipes are always the best :) I made an ice cream cake earlier this week with and Oreo crust. SERiously the best!! LOVE these bars.

  37. Man oh man, your grandma has come up with quite an epic recipe! That oreo crust is GENIUS!

  38. Moose tracks is my icecream dreamland! Aside from chocolate peanut butter, it is the only flavor that ever satisfies me! Awesome vintage dessert–I love the ease!

  39. thanks for this great recipe! I made this recipe for my boyfriend’s family for the 4th of july. everyone loved it. it was so easy to make, too!

  40. I found Moose Tracks ice cream at the grocery store for the first time last summer and OH MY GOODNESS. I fell in love. At first bite. SO amazing! And… If you tried to make these bars with my family around, you wouldn’t even get a single picture in. We would’ve devoured the entire pan the second you pulled it out of the freezer!

  41. Yummy! I must try this this summer!

  42. Kristine says:

    I made these this week and as promised they were delicious. However, my fudge layer was SO hard that we could not cut through it! We ended up scraping off the ice cream, warming up the crust and then plopping the ice cream back on top. Any ideas where I may have went wrong? Or is the fudge supposed to be rock hard? Thanks!

    • No way! Sad! I literally just ate another piece that’s been hanging out in the freezer for more than a week now and the sauce was soft and yummy, even straight out of the freezer. Did you time the boiling for 8 minutes? Maybe it gets harder if you boil it for too long?

  43. You are killing me with these bars! Anything on top of an Oreo crust can never be bad, but with ice cream, what a perfect summer dessert!!

  44. Many thanks from the Flanagan kids to you, for bringing this yummy treat… It was all devoured before we hit the road!

  45. Oh man! This just went on the recipe list! I imagine just covering myself in chocolate fudge sauce (.. or not).

    Mmm, can’t wait to try this.

  46. Wow … this looks ridiculously good! I think I’m going to have to make this tonight, or more likely right this very second :)

  47. In PA, we make this but with coffee ice cream and a thin layer of whipped cream spread on the top. We call it mud pie–SO GOOD!

  48. Ice cream is good any time of year and I can easily see myself eating (this entire thing) even in the dead of winter. I love everything about this! Your grandmother sounds like my kind of lady – I’m a die-hard Oreo-crust addict too!

  49. ohmygod this was so good. I used vanilla caramel fudge ice cream and it was heaven ^^ Instead of putting it in a pan though, I put it in muffin cups so they were easier to serve. I loved this recipe. Thanks so much!

  50. This was really good, Lindsay. It’s rich with the Moosetracks, too. Mine had brownie in it. But it was good and my daughter who is 5 asked me to make it again soon. Thanks!

  51. Do you have nutrition info for this recipe?

  52. I made these a couple weeks ago and they were wonderful, but the crust ended up being really hard, and every time we tried to cut through it, a piece of it would end up flying across the room. Any idea what went wrong?

    • It is supposed to be a pretty hard crust, but it should be “crackable” – I always just press my knife into the crust and it sort of cracks apart. It’s not like a soft, smooth cut. I would suggest letting it soften out a bit before cutting into it. The ice cream will be softer, too, obviously, but once the butter/Oreo mixture thaws it will be easier to cut.

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