Your cookies & cream craving is satisfied in under 5 minutes with this creamy, thick Oreo Milkshake recipe! All you need is a blender and three ingredients: Oreos, ice cream, and milk!
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A good Oreo milkshake is one of my favorite treats of all time. But the problem is that too many places don't make a good Oreo milkshake! I mean, how hard is it to blend up ice cream, Oreo cookies, and milk into a delicious treat?
The answer: not hard.
Alas, too often I'm left disappointed that the shakes I order from a burger place or restaurant only taste like vanilla without the iconic Oreo flavor and just a few sad Oreo crumbs sparsely scattered throughout. Or it's either a runny shake that is way too thin or basically a blizzard from DQ that is so thick you can't suck it through a straw.
They each have their place, I suppose, but c'mon! I have a pretty specific notion of what a thick milkshake with a creamy texture ought to be and usually what I get isn't even close. Until now. Grab your blender and be prepared to enjoy the best Oreo milkshake of your life! These are perfect for a hot day or movie nights with the family!
What You'll Need
Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Vanilla ice cream - Use your favorite vanilla ice cream. French vanilla, old-fashioned vanilla, whatever you like best. My favorite by a landslide is the Kirkland brand vanilla ice cream from Costco for it's perfectly balanced vanilla flavor with a creamy, dense texture.
- Oreos - We use regular Oreo cookies for this easy Oreo milkshake recipe but double stuff Oreos will work just as well or you could do gluten-free Oreos for a gluten-free shake.
- Milk - Whole milk is my favorite for a milk shake but it's not going to make a huge difference besides thinning out your milkshake just how you like it, so if all you have is 2% or even skim milk, don't sweat it.
How to Make an Oreo Milkshake in a Blender
- Add milkshake ingredients. Scoop the ice cream right into your high-powered blender, then pour the milk right over the top and add the Oreo cookies.
- Blend. I find that I usually need to use my tamper or stop the blender and push things down with a rubber spatula a few times to really get the milkshake to blend without making it too runny by adding more milk. The longer you blend it, the more the Oreo cookies will break down and the thinner the milkshake will be.
Pro Tip: If your milkshake is too thin, add more ice cream. If your milkshake is too thick, add more milk or blend longer.
- Serve! Pour into tall glasses (this recipe makes 2 big milkshakes or 4 small ones) and enjoy the perfect milkshake! If you really want to be all fancy, add some whipped cream and extra crushed Oreos on the top. You can also drizzle the insides of your glasses with chocolate syrup or hot fudge sauce before filling them for an over-the-top presentation, but we usually keep things pretty simple.
No, you don't need to chill your milkshake glasses unless you really want a frosty look to them. Unless they are hot from the dishwasher, a room temperature serving glass won't make a huge difference to the consistency of your milkshake if you plan to enjoy them right away.
Absolutely! These would be awesome with the mint Oreos (my second favorite after the originals!) or any of the other Oreo flavors they come out with from time-to-time.
Whatever floats your boat. If you like chocolate on chocolate, then I say go for it. You could also blend in some chocolate sauce if you don't have chocolate ice cream on hand.
Yes, you can add 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla if you would like. I don't find it necessary and it doesn't seem to affect the flavor much, so I skip it, but if your vanilla ice cream isn't very vanilla-y you might want to give it that extra boost.
Technically, sure, but it will harden into a popsicle. You can make them about an hour or even two ahead and store in the freezer but you might want to stir them every 30 minutes or so.
Sure! Use your favorite dairy-free ice cream and some almond milk to make a dairy-free version of this milkshake.
Tips for Success
- Use high quality ingredients. I always recommend high quality ingredients for any recipe but especially for one like this where there are such simple ingredients. A really good vanilla ice cream will result in a superior shake to one made with the cheap imitation stuff.
- Don't burn out your motor. Please, please listen to your blender. If the motor is struggling, then your shake is probably too thick and you should adjust the amount of milk by adding a little bit more or turn the blender off and push the ice cream down into the blades so it mixes properly.
- Add even more cookies if you feel like it. If you want chunks of cookie in your delicious Oreo milkshakes, crush a few additional Oreos with a rolling pin and stir them in by hand before pouring the milkshake into glasses.
- Have fun with flavor variations! Try adding a generous spoonful of peanut butter for a peanut butter Oreo milkshake. Or use strawberry ice cream for a strawberry Oreo milkshake instead!
What to Serve With a Milkshake
You can enjoy an Oreo milkshake on any occasion but they are especially perfect with a few of our favorite foods.
- All-American Hamburger with Crispy Onion Strings & Burger Sauce
- Homemade French Fries
- Crispy Chicken Sandwich
More Cookies & Cream Recipes
- Easy Oreo Dip
- Easy Oreo Cupcakes with Cookies & Cream Oreo Frosting
- Slutty Brownies [Brownie Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars]
- Peppermint Oreo Cookies
- Oreo Balls (aka Oreo Truffles)
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- 3 cups vanilla ice cream (about 6-8 scoops or 648g)
- ¾ cup whole milk
- 8-10 Oreos
- Combine ice cream, milk, and Oreos in a high-powered blender.
- Blend for 20-30 seconds, stopping to use a tamper tool or spatula as needed to make sure the milkshake is evenly blended.
- Pour into tall glasses and serve as is or garnished with whipped cream and crushed Oreo crumbs sprinkled on top and a straw.