Christmas Ice Cream Cake is the perfect seasonal dessert. It’s packed with festive Peppermint ice cream, Oreo cookies and more. The entire dessert is topped with crushed candy canes and more chocolate.

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This easy Christmas dessert is so much fun to make and eat. There is so much peppermint flavor in every bite of the ice cream cake recipe. From Peppermint Oreo Balls to Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe, peppermint dessert never disappoints.

Why we love this recipe:

It’s such an easy recipe to make for the holiday season and the layers are absolutely divine. The creamy ice cream and peppermint flavor make it a popular dessert with kids and adults.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients for ice cream cake- peppermint ice cream, oreo cookies, ice cream sandwiches, candy canes.
  • Oreo Cookies
  • Peppermint Ice Cream
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches 
  • Whipped Cream
  • Hot Fudge Topping
  • Crushed Candy Canes 

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Variations and Additions

  • Homemade Peppermint Ice Cream. I have an easy recipe for Peppermint Ice Cream if you want to substitute it in this recipe.
  • Ice Cream Flavors. Other tasty ideas include Mint chocolate chip ice cream or vanilla ice cream. The flavor also goes great with Christmas Cake Ice Cream. If you only want the pink color, try using Strawberry ice creams or cherry. Chocolate ice cream can also be used.
  • Sprinkles. Top the cake with Christmas sprinkles if desired.
  • Peppermint Candies. You can substitute peppermints instead of candy canes.
  • Fresh berries. Top with assorted fresh berries instead of using candy.

Step by step instructions

  • Step 1. Line a 9X13 baking pan with parchment paper or wax paper and make sure that the paper overhangs the pan for easy serving of the ice cream cake. 
Cookies in ziplock bag.

Step 2. Place the Oreo cookies in a ziplock bag and seal tightly.

Cookies crushed in bag.

Step 3. Then crush the cookies into large pieces. You can use a rolling pin or the back of a wooden spoon.

Cookies in bottom of pan.

Step 4. Pour the cookie crumbs into the bottom of the pan. Save some for the top.

Ice cream on top of cookies.

Step 5. Spread half of the ice-cream mixture on top of the crushed Oreos in the pan.  Freeze for 10-15 minutes.

Ice Cream sandwiches on top of ice cream layer.

Step 6. Then start to layer the ice cream sandwiches on top.

More ice cream layered on top and spread out.

Step 7. Finally, add the remaining pink peppermint ice cream on top of the ice cream sandwiches. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze.

Whipped cream spread out on dish.

Step 8. Right before serving, top the cake with the cool whip. 

Chocolate and crushed peppermint on top.

Step 9. Finally, drizzle hot fudge and top with crushed candy canes and the remaining chopped Oreos.  

Pro Tips

  • Oreo Cookies. Regular Oreo cookies work best in the recipe. I do not recommend using double stuff cookies.
  • Room temperature ice cream. Allow the ice cream to soften so it is easy to spread. It should not be liquid but just soft enough to easily spread over the cookies.
  • Freeze each layer. If you freeze each layer of the ice cream cake before adding the next, it will help it to set. This will prevent it from melting when serving.
  • Be careful with the layers. You do not want to blend or stir the layers.
Square of ice cream cake on a plate with toppings.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you store leftovers?

Freezer the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Can you make this recipe in advance?

Yes, this ice cream cake is easy to make ahead of time for holiday parties. Prepare as normal and cover tightly in foil. Freeze up to a week and then serve as normal.

When ready to serve, add the whipped topping, candy and chocolate topping.

How do you soften ice cream?

Leave at room temperature for 30 minutes. This should soften it perfectly so that it’s easy to spread.

Do I need to allow the ice cream cake to sit at room temperature before cutting?

If the cake has been frozen for a while, it may be necessary to allow it to sit for 30 minutes. This will make it easier to cut and serve.

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Christmas Ice Cream Cake

4.67 from 3 votes
Christmas Ice Cream Cake is the perfect seasonal dessert. It's packed with festive Peppermint ice cream, Oreo cookies and more. The entire dessert is topped with crushed candy canes and more chocolate.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Freeze 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 862

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Oreo Cookies 14 ounces
  • 1 gallon Peppermint Ice Cream softened
  • 12 Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • 8 ounces Whipped Topping Cool Whip
  • Hot Fudge Topping for topping
  • 1/4 cup Crushed Candy Canes

Instructions

  • Line a 9X13 baking pan with parchment paper or wax paper and make sure that the paper overhangs the pan for easy serving of the ice cream cake.
  • Crush the Oreo Cookies into large pieces.  Spread them along the bottom of the pan and reserve some of the crushed Oreos for the topping.
  • Spread half of the ice cream on top of the Oreos in the pan.  Place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Unwrap the ice cream sandwiches.  Layer the ice cream sandwiches on top of the ice cream in the pan.  You can cut some of the sandwiches to make sure that they all fit in the pan.
  • Spread the remaining ice cream on top of the ice cream sandwiches.
  • Cover and freezer for at least 3-4 hours.
  • When serving, top the cake with the whipped topping.  Drizzle the hot fudge topping on top and top with the crushed candy canes and reserved chopped Oreos.
  • Slice, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Freezer the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 862kcal, Carbohydrates 105g, Protein 15g, Fat 43g, Saturated Fat 25g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 11g, Cholesterol 154mg, Sodium 357mg, Potassium 728mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 85g, Vitamin A 1517IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 473mg, Iron 0.4mg

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