Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream

image_4This week marked the beginning of both student teaching AND my last semester of grad school, which means I’ve been having meltdowns left and right. For starters, the first week of the semester/student teaching = new. New people, new school, new experiences.

And Melanie ≠ good at new.

image_1I am that girl who would happily stay within her comfort zone and routine for the rest of her live-long days – if only that didn’t mean I would likely have stopped experiencing new things around age 7. You do NOT want to know how long it took my parents to get me to call and order pizza over the phone, because that would mean UM, TALKING TO A STRANGER.

I like to know what to expect. I like my schedule. I like things to happen the way I plan them to. So it goes without saying that the night before I started my brand-new student teaching I got totally nervous and spent eighteen hours running through every possible scenario in my head: What if I wear the wrong thing? What if I forget my lunch? What if my bus breaks down? What if the kids don’t like me? What if I’m supposed to bring pencils but I only brought pens? What if I forget the teacher’s name? What if I forget my name? WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ANY FRIIIIIEEEEENDS?

image_5Thanks (!) but no thanks, I’d rather stay in my familiar apartment with my familiar experiences. I have plenty of cookies friends here.

BUT, alas. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, and this girl’s gotta finish her master’s degree. So I put on my best I’m-not-scared-of-new-things-or-people face and marched to school and survived the day – and immediately came home and ate a giant chocolate peanut butter sundae, complete with homemade peanut butter oreo ice cream, brownies, and chocolate peanut butter ganache.

imageThank you, Ben & Jerry’s, for helping this hermit get through yet another [SCARY AND UNFAMILIAR] new day.

Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream (based on Ben & Jerry’s recipe)

yield: ~one quart


  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups roughly chopped Oreos (I chopped mine into quarters, but you can make the chunks smaller if you’d like)


  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the eggs until light and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the sugar a little bit at a time, then whisk until fully incorporated, about another minute. Pour in the cream, milk, and vanilla extract, and whisk to combine. Place about one cup of the mixture in a separate bowl and whisk in the peanut butter. Add the peanut butter mixture to the rest of the ice cream base and stir until fully combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker/attachment and freeze according to maker/attachment directions. When the ice cream has frozen to soft serve, gently fold in the chopped Oreos. Place the ice cream in an airtight container and put it into the freezer until frozen to desired consistency (I like it best after it has hardened up in the freezer over night).

I served my ice cream with these brownies and chocolate peanut butter ganache (pour 1/4 cup hot [not boiling] heavy cream over 3/4 cup chocolate chips and 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter. Whisk to combine.)

22 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream

  1. Treatless in Kindergarten

    That looks amaaaaaaazing!!! And we sure miss you in beacon hill!! It’s not the same without your stripey self!! But you will be fantastic and all with fall in love with you. And if they don’t…FINE! More treats for us! Xoxo

    1. The Sweet Life Post author

      You BETTER believe I’m wearing stripes today and when I first read your comment I was like HOW DOES SHE KNOW.

      I miss you ladies too!! Still unsure of the treat policy at my new school. Waaaah.

  2. Anna {dear friend}


    Because if it is, I loved it. Wish I’d gotten mine with a brownie, through.

    Also, please make the crumbs along the mohawk soon. and then invite me for a sleepover. THANKS.

  3. spazzhb4

    I didn’t know you were doing student teaching!!!! (Of course how would i know haha!) i was a teacher for 5 years before I became a stay at home mama. Ice cream looks delish. Thanks for posting.

  4. Tyler Feder (@roaringsoftly)

    Melanie, I love your blog! Did the inspiration for this ice cream have anything to do with the MOST IMPORTANT scene in The Parent Trap (with Lindsay Lohan) where the two twins bond over dipping their Oreos in peanut butter? (I hope so.) (But I understand that not every one has the same level of obsession with that movie that I have.)

    1. The Sweet Life Post author

      You do NOT know how many times I watched that movie growing up! I love all things pb + Oreo, but I definitely still dip my Oreos in peanut butter because of that scene!!

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