This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake has two layers of ice cream on top of a crunchy cookie crust. It is an easy frozen dessert that can be enjoyed all year long.
Ok, so I'm kind of sort of obsessed with ice cream cakes lately.
Although, I kind of feel guilty calling these "recipes". I mean can you really call it a recipe when you open two cartons of ice cream and layer them in a pan?
The answer to that is yes, yes you can. At least that's my take on the question.
Plus, after one slice of this cookie dough ice cream goodness, you will be happy for this non-recipe.
A few years ago our daughter came up with this fun Mint Chip Ice Cream Cake for her birthday, so she and I teamed up to make another homemade ice cream cake.
On our last grocery run, she picked out chocolate and cookie dough for our next ice cream cake creation. I picked out the cookie crust and extra cake toppings.
She and I work well together. I'm going to keep asking her for fun dessert combos.
An ice cream cake is really one of the easiest desserts to put together.
- You can use any cookie for the bottom crust. For this ice cream cake we made a chocolate chip cookie crust. Crush the hard cookies in a food processor, and then mix the crumbs with melted butter. Think of all the cookie crust combinations you could do...
- Ice cream cakes are no-bake, but they do require some patience because you need to let the ice cream soften before you can spread it in the pan. A full frozen container of ice cream takes about 25 minutes to soften, depending on how warm/hot your house is. If your house is warmer, the ice cream may soften quite a bit faster. I recommend checking it often to see where your ice cream is at.
- Once the first ice cream is layered in the pan, place it in the freezer while you soften the next flavor.
- It takes time for an ice cream cake to freeze solid, so you can slice nice clean pieces. Make it the night before and freeze it overnight for best results.
How to make a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake
- Use a food processor to crush a package of store bought chocolate chip cookies. You want to make sure you buy the crunchy cookies because they work best for a cookie crust.
- Stir together the cookie crumbs and melted butter and press in bottom of a springform pan.
- Place a carton of chocolate ice cream on your counter for 15-25 minutes, or until softened enough to stir.
- Spread on top of the cookie crust. Place in freezer.
- Place cookie dough ice cream on counter and let soften. Spread on top of the chocolate layers.
- Spread Cool Whip on top of the cake and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Use a knife dipped in hot water and run it around the outside edge of the cake to loosen it from the pan. You will need to rewet the knife a few times as you do this.
- Add Cool Whip swirls with mini cookies around the top of the cake. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips in the center.
More delicious ice cream desserts
- Salted Caramel Brownie Ice Cream Cake
- Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream
- Peanut Butter Kit Kat Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Reese's Ice Cream Cake
- Chubby Hubby Ice Cream Pie
*The post for this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake was first published on July 27, 2015. The post and pictures have been updated and republished July 21, 2020.
Would it be possible to do a chocolate ice cream layer and then a no bake cheesecake on top of the chocolate ice cream?
Yes, that would be fine to do. Just keep in mind the no bake cheesecake will have a frozen texture when you serve it.
Okay, thank you so much!
Thank you so much for your easy to follow recipe! This was my first time making an ice cream cake, and first time using a spring form pan! It came out great!
Woo hoo! That's awesome to hear! I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Could I use “real” whipped cream from a spray can instead of Cool Whip before freezing?
The real spray whipped cream will deflate very quickly leaving you with a wet soupy mess. If you are trying to avoid Cool Whip, I would recommend making and using this homemade whipped cream instead. https://insidebrucrewlife.com/homemade-whipped-cream/
When and how do you remove it from the pan? How did you get it off the parchment paper? ????
Whoops. It looks like I forgot to mention in the recipe when to remove the pan. I fixed it to say take it out after it is completely frozen. At that point you should be able to pull the parchment off as well.
I love making (and eating) ice cream cakes. They look so beautiful but are insanely easy to put together. This one looks fab, Jocelyn.
Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures
Wow! I need this in my life 🙂
My goodness, that looks amazingly delicious!
Non-recipes are the best kind of recipes. Especially when it's THIS hot out! I love, love, love cookie dough ice cream, but this is so much better!
I totally agree with you there. Who wants to do all that baking when it is so warm out?!?!?! Bring on more non-recipes!!!
Jen | Baked by an Introvert
This ice cream cake is a show stopper! And it's most definitely a recipe. Love it!!
Thank you!!! 🙂
Michelle @ My California Kitchen
It is TOTALLY ok to celebrate Ice Cream Day a week late, especially when you celebrate with this cake!!! This speaks to me on every level. LOVEEEE <3
Ice cream is one of those things that is ok to celebrate year round, right?
Elle @ Only Taste Matters
Yay! This made my day! (Yes, I realize I need help.) I have been waiting anxiously for another ice cream cake and this one was worth the wait! Love it! Your daughter is coming up with such great flavor combinations. She clearly has inherited your genius. Pinned!
Thank you Elle. She really does come up with some killer combos! She will be so thrilled you liked her cake ideas!
Mmm... this looks like a great summer dessert!
Emily @ Layers of Happiness
Oh my yum... this is one awesome ice cream cake if I've ever seen one. I have definitely had some ice cream soup in my days in the kitchen, but I feel like I would be way too excited to ever let that happen with this cake! Pinned!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout
This is unreal! I can't believe it's a relatively simple recipe- this is such a showstopper dessert 🙂 Looks amazing!
Simple and easy recipes are really the best!!!
Melanie @ Gather for Bread
You're killing me softly on Monday with this decadence!
I've got cookie dough on the blog today too. 🙂
Woo hoo! Gotta love cookie dough goodness!!!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
Oh is the cake calling my name, Jocelyn! I'm loving the thick layers! And that cookie dough, wow...sounds fantastic!
Thank you, Gayle!!!
This is totally a recipe, Jocelyn! Don't insult the lovely cake. Its feelings will get hurt. This is amazing!
I'm totally going with recipe...anything I have to put together is still a recipe, right?