Each slice of this easy-to-make Ice Cream Pie is like a big, decadent piece of a hot fudge sundae. The Oreo crust, vanilla ice cream, and hot fudge sauce are perfect with a cherry on top!
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I absolutely love making ice cream pie as an easy way to serve ice cream to a large group. Rather than scooping everyone their own bowl of ice cream in the middle of a party, I can just slice and serve!
Ice Cream Pie Recipe
This ice cream pie is made with a chocolate Oreo crust that is filled with rich, vanilla ice cream. I like to use vanilla bean or French vanilla ice cream which has a little more flavor than classic vanilla. Keep in mind that you can change the type of ice cream in the ice cream pie to suit your personal tastes. Any type of ice cream will work! The possibilities really are endless.
Then, pour hot fudge sauce over the top of the ice cream pie to give it sundae vibes. A little whipped cream and some sprinkles on top give the dessert a picture-perfect appearance. Maraschino cherries are dotted across the top for the finishing touch. After all, you can’t have an ice cream sundae without cherries!
Make this ice cream pie for your next big get-together, and you are guaranteed to be the hero of the party. I have never met anyone who turned down a piece of this pie. It just looks too good to resist! It really is the perfect summer dessert but is also amazing for any time of year.
Ingredients for Ice Cream Pie
See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Oreo cookies – One regular-sized pack of Oreos has about 36 cookies. So, you will have a few extra cookies to snack on while you make the pie.
- Unsalted butter
- Vanilla ice cream – I like to use vanilla bean ice cream or French vanilla. I find that Haagen Das ice cream is the richest and creamiest. So, that is my go-to brand.
- Hot fudge sauce – Be sure to use hot fudge sauce rather than chocolate sauce. Hot fudge is a lot thicker than regular chocolate syrup. I have tried using Hershey’s chocolate sauce, and it tends to just drip off the sides of the pie. Hot fudge will spread across the pie in a nice, thick layer.
- Maraschino cherries
- Whipped cream – Homemade whipped cream made with heavy cream or Cool Whip works well as a topping for the pie. If using fresh whipped cream, make it the day you are serving the pie rather than in advance. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form to ensure it stays thick and fluffy.
This ice cream pie recipe is very flexible so you can customize it to fit your personal ice cream preferences. Here are a few substitutions and alterations you may want to try.
- Replace the vanilla ice cream with chocolate ice cream, strawberry ice cream, coffee ice cream, peanut butter cup ice cream, or really any type of ice cream you’d like. All flavors of ice cream will work well in dessert pie! You can even use homemade ice cream if you are feeling extra ambitious. A peppermint ice cream pie is great around Christmas time while a banana split ice cream pie is perfect for spring. Get creative, and try all the different flavors so your pie tastes different every single time and you never get bored.
- Make a graham cracker crust in place of the Oreo crust for a less chocolatey ice cream pie. Replace the Oreos with 10 graham crackers then make the recipe as directed!
- Replace the hot fudge with butterscotch or caramel sauce. You can also just add butterscotch sauce, strawberry sauce or caramel sauce to the top of the pie as an additional topping.
- Sprinkle the pie with some chopped peanuts, walnuts, or pecans. Adding nuts will give the pie a nice crunch. Chocolate chips sprinkled on top will also add extra flavor and a little crunch.
- Add fresh fruit to the top of the pie in place of cherries. For example, chopped strawberries or fresh raspberries work well on top of this ice cream shop pie. You can even put fruit in the bottom of the crust before adding the ice cream layer for a fun twist!
How to Make Ice Cream Pie
- Make the crust: Add the Oreos to a food processor, and pulse until they are fine crumbs. Add the melted butter, and pulse again until the mix looks like wet sand. Press the chocolate cookie crust into a 9” pie pan, and place it in the fridge to chill.
- Add the ice cream: Spread the softened ice cream in the chilled Oreo cookie crust, making it as even as possible. It is a good idea to let the ice cream sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes to soften, making it easier to spread. Place in the freezer to chill for at least 2 hours.
- Add the toppings: Spread the fudge sauce over the pie. Then, top it with sprinkles, whipped cream, and cherries. Chill the pie for another hour in the freezer.
- Serve: Take the pie plate out of the freezer, and slice it into pieces. Serve while cold.
How to Store Ice Cream Pie
If you have leftover Oreo ice cream pie or if you just want to make this dessert pie in advance, you can loosely cover the pie with plastic wrap and keep it in the freezer. When covered, the pie will keep for up to 2 months! You can have a big slice of this amazing ice cream dessert any time you’d like!
If you do want to make the pie ahead of time or just to have it on hand, I recommend waiting to add the whipped cream. Make the crust, fill it with ice cream, and top it with the fudge sauce and sprinkles. Then, add the whipped cream to the pie on the day you plan to serve it. This will prevent the whipped cream from drying out.
This ice cream pie is made with a chocolate Oreo crust, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce, sprinkles, whipped cream, and cherries. There are many different versions of ice cream pie, but our classic iteration is the best!
A la Mode is the term used to describe adding a scoop of ice cream to a pie. You have probably heard of apple pie a la mode, which is just a slice of apple pie with ice cream on top. Our ice cream pie is completely made of ice cream, so it is not necessarily a la mode. It is even better!
Yes! You can make this ice cream pie recipe ahead of time and store it in the freezer. It is a fantastic dessert to have on hand in case you need a sweet treat in a hurry.
Ice Cream Pie
- 9" Pie pan
- food processor
- Measuring cup
- measuring spoons
- Offset spatula
- 22 Oreo cookies
- 5 Tablespoons Unsalted, melted butter
- 1 quart vanilla ice cream
- 1/2 cup hot fudge sauce
- whipped cream
- maraschino cherries
- Start by making the pie crust. Add the Oreos and melted butter to a food processor. Pulse until the Oreos are fine crumbles and the mixture resembles coarse sand.22 Oreo cookies, 5 Tablespoons Unsalted, melted butter
- Dump the Oreo mix into a 9” pie pan then press it into the pan and up the sides. Make the Oreo crust as even as possible.
- Place the crust in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, remove the ice cream from your freezer and let it soften at room temperature for about 10 minutes.1 quart vanilla ice cream
- Remove the crust from the freezer and add the softened ice cream to the crust. Use and offset spatula or spoon to spread the ice cream evenly in the pie crust. Place the pie in the freezer to chill for at least 2 hours.
- Pour the hot fudge sauce over the entire surface of the pie then some sprinkles, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries. Freeze the pie for another hour.1/2 cup hot fudge sauce, sprinkles, maraschino cherries, whipped cream
- Slice and serve the pie while cold.
- You can use any type of ice cream for the pie. Get creative! Any ice cream will work.
- Replace the hot fudge sauce with caramel sauce.