Easy Cookies ‘n Mint Ice Cream

Cookies ‘n Mint Ice Cream is perfect for these hot summer days…and you don’t need a machine! Just a few simple ingredients create a delicious ice cream, made even better with the addition of Cool Mint Cream Oreos!

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Sometimes I reallllly hate being an early bird. I’m a morning person, through and through. Up with the birds…and as soon as 8pm hits, I’m pretty much no good for anything. I’m 35…going on 70. I’ve pretty much always been this way.

As a teen, it really sucked. I had a morning curfew: I could not, under any circumstances, call any of my friends before 10am. I’d be sitting there in my room, watching X-files reruns on USA just willing the clock to tick past 8:35…then 9:50…then finally! At 10am I could make my first phone call…and wake whomever was on the other end.

It’s only gotten worse as I’ve become an adult…and a parent. Especially when Jordan takes after me and her father, so 6am is sleeping in for her.

I, in fact, sleep in the most in my family. 6am is my preferred wake-up time. You don’t want to know what time my husband gets up. One time, a friend who plays words with friends with him wondered about the time being off on her app…until I told her that, no, its’ true. He does play it at 4am.

Poor Jordan never had a chance.

Oh well, while everyone is still sleeping in the morning, I get a lot of things done. I can make ice cream without a machine, and it’ll be frozen by dinner.

Cookies 'n Mint Ice Cream by crazyforcrust.com | The perfect ice cream for summer...no ice cream machine needed!

Yesterday I asked which recipe I should post today: ice cream or cupcakes…and the result was a resounding ice cream. Of course – it’s summer. It’s hot. Who wants to bake?

{I hope you do. Cupcakes coming tomorrow…}

This ice cream is the most simple, easiest ice cream you’ll ever make.

I call it Cookies ‘n Mint Ice Cream…but the other name for it would be Jordan’s Ice Cream. She loves mint. It’s her favorite flavor combo. Her birthday cake was mint. She asks for mint everything…including ice cream.

I am always happy to oblige her. Chocolate + Mint is one of my favs too!

Cookies 'n Mint Ice Cream by crazyforcrust.com | The perfect ice cream for summer...no ice cream machine needed!

The mint in this ice cream is exponentially mintier because I used Cool Mint Oreos in it. Mint ice cream + Mint cookies = Mint squared. Mint to the second power. Mintalicious.

Is it weird to say that this ice cream is more refreshing than regular ice cream? Because it’s mint? For some reason, cool mint flavor in an ice cream just screams refreshing to me. Cool mint ice cream to cool you off in this sweltering heat.

Oh, you’re not having sweltering heat? Come visit me and I’ll give you some. ;)

But don’t come too late at night. Come early in the morning.

Cookies 'n Mint Ice Cream by crazyforcrust.com | The perfect ice cream for summer...no ice cream machine needed!

The early bird gets the ice cream…

Easy Cookies ‘n Mint Ice Cream

Easy Cookies ‘n Mint Ice Cream

A minty ice cream filled with Oreos - made without an ice cream machine!


  • 10 Cool Mint Cream Oreos
  • 1 tablespoon butter spread (or butter, softened)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 8 ounces fat-free Cool Whip, thawed
  • Green food coloring


  1. Pulse Oreos in a food processor until you get a fine crumb. Add butter and pulse until chunks form. Set aside.
  2. Stir together sweetened condensed milk and peppermint extract in a large bowl. (I like to do this in a tupperware, so that it can go straight to the freezer without me having to wash anything!) Fold in Cool Whip gently. Add 3-5 drops green food coloring, if desired, to get the green “mint” color you want.
  3. Add the Oreo crumbs to the ice cream and gently fold them in. Don’t mix too much or there won’t be chunks of them to bite into.
  4. Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours, but overnight is best. Enjoy!


You can substitute regular Cool Whip for the fat-free and regular SCM for the fat-free kind. If you prefer not to use Cool Whip, you can use fresh whipped cream by beating 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form and sub it for the whipped topping.

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Easy Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream

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Butter Pecan Pie Ice Cream

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Or check out my Ice Cream Pinboard for more ideas!

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Skinny Strawberry Banana Ice Cream by Eat Cake for Dinner
Salted Caramel Bourbon Nutter Butter and Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream by Averie Cooks
Homemade Chocolate Syrup by Something Swanky



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  1. Mint Oreos are my favorite flavor! And I like to crumble them on top of vanilla frozen yogurt. This ice cream is perfect Dorothy!
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  2. Oh wow – there is no way I could resist this!! YUMMY.
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  3. Cool mint Oreos? Where have they been all my life? This is such an easy way to add mint to anything! I’m jealous of your early bird life. I could get so much done on the weekends!
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  4. Oooh…my daughter would go nuts for this, too! And I’m up before the crack of dawn as well…I can have this ready by dinner!!!
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  5. Your family sounds like mine! My brother and I had to stay in our rooms until 6 am in the mornings. No ifs, ands, or buts. (Especially on Christmas morning!) Mom and Dad got up earlier than that, but they needed their “adult” time to go running or drink coffee.

    And your ice cream looks lovely! We grew up on mint chocolate chip (Mom’s favorite flavor), so it brings back good memories. It’s one of the hardest things to photograph though — I just tried to do froyo, and it melts so quickly in this Sac heat!

    P.S. What font did you use for the “Cookies ‘n Mint” in your top photo? It’s so cute!
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  6. I love mint oreos (every year around St Paddy’s Day I seem to make a dessert with them) but I love your idea..NOW. When we need cool treats! Pinned!

  7. I think chocolate and mint is one of the best combos ever! This ice cream is totally up my alley! Sounds absolutely amazing!
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  8. Yum! This definitely looks refreshing. I am a huge fan of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, so this is right up my alley! And hello, who can pass up an easy ice cream recipe like this!? Love it! :)
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  9. OH MY GOSH thank you. Mint chip is my favorite of all favorites.
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  10. Yummy! Mint Oreo’s are my weakness!
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  11. Agg! It looks So refreshing and cool! It was 105 degrees today, so this would’ve been perfect. I haven’t seen the SCM and cool whip combo and really want to now. This is so easy, I have no excuses right? Wow, mint and ice cream sound so perfect right now, it isn’t even funny! I always am so impressed by your photography and these are no exception!
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  12. I looooove how easy this ice cream is and omg Michael and I would both go crazy for this!! I really need to get my hands on some of those mint Oreos! Ah!

    I’m a morning person too and oh man I feel your pain. I always got dirty looks from my parents for waking them up as a child and I had that morning curfew in high school for my friends too! So funny, I’d have to sit and wait for a time that would seem appropriate to them (oftentimes I even needed to wait until after noon! Lazies!)

  13. I absolutely LOVE mint, especially ice cream! And with the heat of the summer, I am crazy for no-bake treats! This I have got to try! YUM!
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  14. No ice cream machine needed!? I’m so there! It sounds so simple. Mint and chocolate are one of my favorite combos too! Pinning and definitely trying. :)
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  15. Mint oreos?? Where the heck have I been? I have never even seen these guys! I must find them.
    What incredible ice cream Dorothy and I LOVE that it is no machine since I am currently away from mine :(

    Oh and I am an early bird too, up before 6am every single day. Hey, at least we get a lot done!
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  16. This will be made this week. Promise.

    I love getting up early. 7am is sleeping in for me. But this is a recent development. As a teen, I slept til 10.

  17. This ice cream looks amazing, and so perfect for summer! I hope I can find some cookies similar to those mint Oreos that aren’t made with palm oil. I really want to try this recipe!
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  18. LOVE mint! I just made a mint chip ice cream cake, and it was SO good! didn’t freeze well, but still good
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  19. You really need to stop posting recipes of ice cream. You’re gonna make me want to make it… then I’ll get fat(er). hahaha
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  20. I love love chocolate and mint (not to mention Oreos), but the simplicity of this recipe is fantastic. Can’t wait to try it!
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  21. I’m totally trying this Cool Whip/ Sweet Milk Ice cream trick this week. I can’t wait!
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  22. I don’t let my boys call anyone before 10 either..he-he.

    This is fave flavor ice cream..love mint in a nice cold treat like this one!!
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  23. This is by far my favorite flavor! I love how easy it is. :)
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  24. Early birds RULE and I will be there pronto :) I love this ice cream. Who needs an ice cream maker when making homemade stuff is SO easy?! For reals. You are smart.
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  25. Oh, my husband would love this so much!

    I used to be kind of an early bird, but being pregnant has made me SO lazy. Sleeping all the time! I figure I better sleep while I can…’cause there won’t be any sleeping come November! :)
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  26. Total YUM factor here Dorothy! I am a BIG fan of mint ice cream – so refreshing!
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  27. Oh Dorothy, I love when your inner math teacher comes out. Mint squared! Heehee! And I love when your ice cream making genius comes out too! I have to try this no-machine ice cream this summer!
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  28. I am so totally not a morning person. I’ve been trying to train myself to wake up earlier, but then I remember that sleep is my BFF.

    Love this ice cream!
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  29. I am not a morning person, but my husband and son are! I do like how much you can get done in the morning though, if you just get up and do something!
    Mint Oreos? I need to find those, and make this ice cream. mint Chocolate chip is a favorite around here, I know this would be a hit!
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  30. Love that this can be made without an ice cream maker!
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  31. Dorothy your pictures are absolutely mouthwatering! Mint ice cream is a family favorite! Kids will be thrilled with this one and yes, it is too hot to bake (today anyway, I’ll be ready for those cupcakes)
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  32. I consider myself a morning person, but 4 am?!? Good Ness!! And I pretty much want to lick my computer screen that ice cream looks so good!! Mint oreo is my favorite!
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  34. I am totally the same way!! I can’t stand how early I wake up. The other day something outside woke me up at 4am, and that was it. I was up for the day. Misery. This ice cream recipe looks amazing. Nathan is going to be in love with you. He loves ice cream and he LOVES mint and oreo.
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  35. My mother in laws favorite flavor of ice cream is mint chocolate chip, she would love me even more if I made this for her!!! Great ice cream recipe! Pinning!
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  36. I wish I were an early bird! I’m a night owl :) The ice cream looks terrific!

  37. I’m a total Early Bird too! But I guess when that’s my maiden name, people would expect it. I still have yet to buy an ice cream machine, so I’m thrilled this recipe doesn’t require one! #score :)
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  38. OMG! I wanna, wanna, wanna, wanna!!
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  39. I bet those mint Oreo’s taste good, the ice looks even more delicious Mint choc chip is one of my favourites.
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  40. So YOU’RE one of those weirdos who’s up at the crack of dawn! No offense intended, because my husband is the same way. (And sadly, my baby is the same way too. A 6 am wakeup is a good day for us.) I, on the other hand, am writing this comment at 2 am, which should tell you where I fall on the early bird/night owl spectrum. At least we can agree on mint chip ice cream! It’s my FAVE flavor and I love this no-churn recipe! Totally adding it to the summer repertoire! :)
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    • LOL! Oh, that’s gotta be hard. The one saving grace is that we are all early birds! I cannot even imagine being a night owl with an early bird kid. EEK! Thanks Elizabeth!

  41. Chocolate Chip Mint is my favorite Ice Cream!!! I am on the way to the store to get all of the ingredients for this right now!! What a great Recipe! I am so pinning this!
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  42. I think this is my husband’s favorite combination for ice cream…wait who am I kidding…he love every ice cream flavor. :)
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  43. Ha! I love the morning curfew….we have the same thing for Ellia! (You are NOT allowed to knock on the neighbors’ door at 7 am!) This ice cream looks and sounds incredible…love those mint Oreos!

  44. I would definitely be on that “do not call before 10 am” list. :)
    My family is the opposite…we’re all night owls. But we have one thing in common…we obviously love yummy ice cream.
    I just made some butter black walnut this past weekend.
    This cookies and mint sounds soooooo good, gonna have to try it. :)
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  45. It’s funny, I USED to be a morning person until I had kids. Now I try to get in as much sleep as I can haha!! Mint Oreos are my absolute FAVORITE – I must try this ice cream!!
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  46. 6am! I am usually finishing work an hour and a half after that, but I do not get up that early on my days off :) This mint ice cream looks gorgeous and green and devine x
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  47. You make the prettiest ice cream!!! Love how easy it is to make this too. I need to get busy making some of the wonderful flavors I’ve been seeing lately, including this!

  48. I love mint oreos! I posted with them this week too! Great minds think alike :) This ice cream looks awesome and so easy!
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  49. Dorothy, this ice cream looks incredible!! Your pictures of it are stunning! Mint chocolate chip is my all time fave ice cream! Can’t wait to try this! :)

  50. I’ll be right over with my bowl and spoon!
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  51. Lol I was the total opposite of you when I was a teenager, Dorothy. I’d be up until 3 am and sleep until noon (I would’ve been one of those friends giving you an am curfew). But now that I’m basically a senior citizen in a 30-some-odd year old body, I love going to bed early and getting up early. I need to spend my early waking hours making this incredible ice cream! I love that I don’t need an ice cream maker – how easy is this?!
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  52. I totally hear you! I am up by 5:45-6 and it’s really awkward when you’re staying at somebody else’s house or camping with friends. I am pretty much ready for a nap by 1:00 though ;) Me & Jordan can be friends. Love Mint & Chocolate together. Great pics.
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