If you love Ben and Jerry’s Milk and Cookies Ice Cream, you will absolutely swoon over my homemade recipe!
Milk and Cookies Ice Cream

Little did I tell you that when we spent Labor Day weekend in Ogunquit, Maine last year, we hit up the Ben & Jerry’s shop every single day.

And ummm, I think there was a day (or two?) when we were there twice.

It was the only ice cream shop in town that we knew of and it was in keeping with our daily tradition when we’re in Lake George as well. I figure that all the walking (and sweating) we do when we’re on summer vacation more than makes up for the daily ice cream romps.

As do the salads we eat for days on end when we get home.

Milk and Cookies Ice Cream

And it was in Ogunquit that I first tasted Ben & Jerry’s Milk & Cookies ice cream flavor. I was really craving cookies and cream but this was my closest option and man, did this flavor knock my socks off!

It’s no more than a simple vanilla ice cream with a cookie swirl, chocolate chips, and chocolate chip cookies. Not cookie dough – COOKIES!

Milk and Cookies Ice Cream

The chocolate chip cookies make this ice cream insanely addictive and I’ve been holding off until this summer to make my own version.


Here’s the basic shopping list for this ice cream recipe. Be sure to check out the full list in the recipe card below!

  • egg yolks
  • granulated sugar
  • heavy cream
  • whole milk
  • coarse salt
  • pure vanilla extract
  • chocolate chip cookies – homemade or store-bought
  • Oreo cookies

For my version, I mixed in chunks of my absolute favorite chocolate chip cookies and chopped Oreos into vanilla ice cream.

And then Kyle and I proceeded to stand over the container with spoons even before the ice cream was fully frozen. It was so worth the wait!

Milk and Cookies Ice Cream

If you want to skip the Oreos and make this a full-on homemade ice cream, simply crumble up some chocolate wafer cookies in place of the Oreos. Those cookies are SO delicious that you won’t even miss the cream filling!

Milk and Cookies Ice Cream

Milk and Cookies Ice Cream

Yield: about 1 ½ quarts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 30 minutes

My milk and cookies ice cream was inspired by too many trips to the Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop during one of our vacations. I loved this ice cream so much that I decided I needed to make a copycat version at home. Made with my favorite homemade chocolate chip cookies and chopped Oreos, this version beats out any $5+ plus pint you can buy!


  • 5 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 ¾ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ¼ tsp coarse salt
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 to 6 homemade chocolate chip cookies
  • 1 cup chopped Oreo cookies (about 8-10 cookies)


  1. Set a mesh strainer over a medium bowl. Fill a larger bowl about halfway full with ice and water.
  2. Add the egg yolks to a medium heatproof bowl. Whisk in ¼ cup sugar until the sugar dissolves; set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, whisk the remaining ¼ cup sugar, heavy cream, milk, and salt together. Once the mixture starts to steam, remove it from the heat. Using a ladle, scoop out some of the milk mixture from the pan and slowly stream it into the egg mixture, whisking quickly to ensure the eggs don't cook. (Tip: it helps tremendously here to set the bowl on a non-slip oven mitt or Silpat to keep the bowl from sliding around while you're whisking.) Repeat this two more times then whisk the egg mixture into the milk mixture in the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a low simmer and cook until the mixture thickens and just coats the back of a spoon, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Pour the mixture through the mesh strainer, pressing out all of the liquid and catching any cooked egg bits that remain. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Set the bowl inside the larger bowl on top of the ice bath and allow the mixture to cool while stirring occasionally. Once the ice cream base has cooled, cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Freeze the ice cream base in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer the soft ice cream to a resealable container and stir in the chopped cookies. Seal the container and freeze for at least 6 hours before serving.


You'll need about ¼ of the chocolate chip cookie recipe I've listed below (or about 4-6 cookies). I made the whole recipe - because, why not?? - and baked off a few extra cookies while freezing a bunch of dough balls as well. Nobody complained about having extra homemade cookies.

inspired by Ben & Jerry's | ice cream adapted from this cookies and cream ice cream

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  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    July 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    omg. This sounds to die for!

  • July 26, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    I adore cookies and cream so I think this is right up my alley! My list of ice cream to make just keeps getting longer and longer 🙂

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar
    July 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Such a fabulous flavour! Lovely!

  • July 30, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Confession: I do not like cookies and cream ice cream. I don’t really like Oreos, so that explains it. I’m also not a cookie dough fan (I know, please don’t unfriend me), but I can totally get behind ice cream with chocolate chip cookies in it. I am so excited about this.

    • taraliptak
      July 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      I had no idea, Courtney! Yes, the chocolate chip cookies alone in the ice cream would be fantastic, perhaps with a fudge swirl to sub for the chocolate cookies?

      • July 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        Oh, I would totally eat them in this ice cream because of the chocolate chip cookies. As long as it’s not all Oreos, I’m okay with it. I think they go really well, but I’m also now obsessed with the idea of a fudge swirl. Also, I like Oreo crust. I’m weird.

  • leslie - The hungry housewife
    August 4, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Lovely recipe!!! I have to admit I have been to an ice cream shop twice in one day too!!

    • taraliptak
      August 7, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      I knew I wasn’t alone! lol

  • August 16, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    I love Ben and Jerry’s because of flavors like this!

  • nick
    December 8, 2021 at 4:31 PM

    Hi can I get the recipe for homemade
    milk and cookies ice cream from
    Ben and jerry’s tonight

    • Tara
      December 18, 2021 at 6:40 PM

      You can find the recipe for this ice cream above the comments section.

  • Lyndi S Root
    July 7, 2022 at 9:30 PM

    Your recipe looks amazing but as a ben and jerrys milk and cookies expert (it’s the only ice cream I will eat) you are missing an ingredient. Milk and Cookies has vanilla ice cream with a chocolate cookie swirl (basically oreo crumbs without the cream filling) chocolate chip cookies AND chocolate chocolate chip cookies (aka double chocolate chip cookies) I’ve actually made my own version of this. I didnt make the ice cream myself, I used store bought vanilla, crushed oreos (I took the cream out first) homemade chocolate chip and double chocolate chip cookies. I let the ice cream get to a soft serve consistency then chopped the cookies up and added an even amount of each to a bowl and mixed them up then folded into the ice cream. I put it back in the freezer for about an hour and it was perfect. It was ALMOST as good as ben and jerrys. I’ve always loved cookie dough ice cream but after trying milk and cookies, I can’t go back! I’m actually surprised more brands don’t use baked cookies in their ice cream! The closest I’ve seen was breyers duo cookies and cream with chocolate chip cookies. Chips Ahoy now also has a chocolate chip cookie ice cream but it’s just not the same without the other cookies. The double chocolate chip cookies are a must and the chocolate cookie swirl is the cherry on top! It’s ruined other ice cream for me. And it’s not always easy to find either. I just bought the last 4 pints from Walmart yesterday..on sale for 3.98 a pint! If I can’t find it, I make it myself! You should definitely try making it again with the double chocolate cookies included. It makes a huge difference!