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Easy Peppermint Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Agnes Hsu
Prep Time 15 mins
Freezing 4 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • 14 oz Container of Oreo Cookies Or similar chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 6 TBSP 6 unsalted butter melted
  • 1 Gallon Peppermint OR vanilla ice cream
  • Pink gel food coloring if using vanilla ice cream 
  • 2 tsp Peppermint extract if using vanilla ice cream adjust how much you use to your liking of mint
  • 6 Medium candy canes crushed
  • 8 oz Cool Whip 8oz softened
  • Nonstick spray
  • Hot fudge or chocolate sauce
  • 9" x 9" freezer safe pan


  • Take out your ice cream and let it soften until it's pretty soft and almost liquid-y on the countertop. Add to a bowl to mix it so it's uniform and not lumpy. (If you are adding peppermint extract and pink food coloring do so here when mixing out any lumps). 
  • Add your Oreos to a zipper gallon bag and crush into coarse medium fine crumb with a rolling pie or similar tool. You could also use a food processor.
  • Add crumbs to a bowl and mix in your melted butter. Using gloves and your hands helps here to really mix in the butter and cookie crumb. 
  • Spray your 9"x9" pan with nonstick spray and on the sides too. 
  • Press down your cookie crumbs on the bottom of pan.
  • Pour your ice cream in the pan.
  • Freeze for at least 4 hours or until ice cream is hardened. 
  • Take out of freezer and spread your Cool Whip evenly on top. 
  • Drizzle hot fudge sauce on top. Go one direction then the other. Use a toothpick to drag out the sauce to make it look prettier. 
  • Sprinkle your crushed candy cane on top. Return to freezer until Cool Whip is hard. At least an hour.
  • Remove pan from freezer and allow it to sit at room temperature for several minutes 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving. It helps to use a knife dipped in hot water to slice.


Your ice cream cake will look nice and smooth if you wait until it's really softened almost liquid-y. 
If your Cool Whip is in the freezer, leave it out at room temperature for 20 minutes or so and give it a few seconds in the microwave (on a microwave safe bowl) then stir it around to make sure there are no lumps and it's creamy.
Keyword christmas dessert, peppermint, peppermint ice cream cake, pumpkin ice cream cake
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