It's not often that I go semi-homemade, but when I do, odds are good that Oreos and vanilla ice cream will be involved. Given the popularity of cookies n' cream, I'm sure I'm not alone. It's become such a ubiquitous combination that people request it by name, right up there with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. When it's a cookies n' cream lover's birthday, what do you do to celebrate? You make them a pie of ice cream and Oreos of course!
I designed this pie to make a grand gesture for just such an occasion. It's chock-full of Oreo cookies, some ground up with dark chocolate, salt, and butter to form the crust, others divided and placed between layers of ice cream to form stripes, and more still on top, which leaves just enough room for the candles. This fast, simple recipe is destined to make the cookies n' cream lover in your life smile.
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About the author: Lauren Weisenthal has logged many hours working in restaurant kitchens and bakeries of Brooklyn and Manhattan. She is a graduate of the Artisan Bread Baking and Pastry Arts programs at the French Culinary Institute. You can follow her on Twitter at @evillagekitchen.