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squares of peppermint surprise ice cream dessert topped with crushed oreos and candy cane in heart shape

Peppermint Surprise

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: dessert


Delicious layers of peppermint ice cream and Oreo cookies make up this fun holiday dessert. Kids will have fun adding extra toppings while making this festive treat.



1 package Oreos, divided

2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

1/4 to 1/2 gallon peppermint ice cream, softened


1 1/2 cup cool whip

Crushed candy canes or peppermints


Candy canes

Chocolate sauce


  1. Start by setting out your ice cream to soften while you make the crust.
  2. Take about half a package of Oreo cookies (approx 18 cookies), and crush these until they are in a fine crumb.
  3. In a bowl, mix cookie crumbs with melted butter and press into a 8×10 or 9×12 baking dish or pan to make the crust.
  4. Next, gently spoon over the softened ice cream and spread to cover the crust. I used about 4-6?? cups of ice cream, a little less than 1/2 gallon because I used a smaller 8×10 pan (and also Dave and I ate some of the ice cream before we decided to use it for this recipe haha), but I imagine a 9×12 could handle about a 1/2 gallon, so it’s up to you how much to use. You’ll want a layer of ice cream about 1 inch thick give or take. 
  5. If you are adding the cool whip, spread this layer on gently over the ice cream.
  6. Crush the remaining Oreos into rough pieces and place on top.
  7. Add any additional toppings you like at this step, or when serving. 
  8. Place the dish back into the freezer for at least an hour to set.
  9. Once solid, cut into 12 squares and serve!

Keywords: dessert, holiday, peppermint, peppermint surprise, oreo, ice cream, no bake, easy dessert