Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake



So y’all know how I feel about House Hunters.

And yes, those people continue to make me want to punch myself in the face.

But recently, while torturing myself watching it over the weekend, I learned something incredibly disturbing about home buying.

Some homes do not have ovens.


Like, it’d be understandable if a home didn’t have a convection oven.  Or a helipad. Or a bomb shelter only activated when you pull a secret book off a fake bookshelf.  But a regular oven?


The inventors of ovens didn’t just invent these amazing, incredible, life-changing appliances for giggles.  They invented them because the world NEEDS ovens.  The world begs for oven-roasted chicken, oven-cooked turkey, freshly-oven-baked cookies.  There’s just something so inexplicably magical about the oven.  In my science-y mind, I predict that little cold-blooded fairies live inside of the oven and when you put something inside of it, they fly out and start to work their oven-fairy magic making your dish into something just.. damn good.

That’s why food tastes better when it comes from an oven.  From oven-fairy love.  And honestly, you can’t dispute that.  And if you can, I don’t want to talk to you because I only like to surround myself with people who believe in oven fairies.

HOOWEEEVER, I do understand that, at times, turning on the oven can be a total drag (but still, thanking my lucky fairies it’s there!!).  Like when the temperature outside is approaching Hades-level and the idea of turning on the oven sounds about as appealing as lighting your eyebrows on fire.  And I can relate.  Sacramento summers are miserable, annual tests of my human resilience.  So embracing a delicious, satisfying no-bake recipe is ideal.

Enter this Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake.  Holy bananas, it’s freakin’ ridiculous.  If you’re a fan of cookie dough, cake, ice cream, food, awesome things, and oven fairies, then you’ll probably appreciate this genius recipe, combining the elements of baked goods with the ease and chilliness of something no-bake and frozen.

Now go promise your oven that it isn’t you, it’s me, explain you’ll kiss + makeup later, and make this damn cake.


4.6 from 5 reviews
Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake
Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
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Serves: 9
Chill off with this incredible cake made of scrumptious, buttery cookie dough topped with a layer of creamy vanilla ice cream. Ideal for a hot or lazy day!
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 & ½ cups - 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ½ cups miniature chocolate chips
  • 1 quart (1.5) vanilla ice cream, softened to room temperature
  1. Line an 8" pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugars, creaming until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the milk and vanilla extract to blend. Gradually add the salt and the flour until combined. Stir in ONE cup of the chocolate chips.
  3. Spread the cookie dough layer evenly into the pan. Top the cookie dough layer with the softened ice cream, smoothing it over as evenly as possible. Sprinkle the ice cream with the remaining miniature chips.
  4. Freeze the cake for about 3 hours or until set and firm. Cut into squares and serve!

DSC_2050AThis cake is SO buttery and creamy and absolutely sinful.  I don’t know about you, but I’m a cookie dough fiend and I love that this has that cookie dough, half-baked flavor without needing to turn on the oven.  And the ice cream layer is PERFECT on top.. it totally takes on that “cookies and milk” idea.  This would be awesome with chocolate syrup drizzled on top, or perhaps a peanut butter cookie dough layer topped with chocolate ice cream.  Really, the options are endless!

Have a delicious day!!

xo, Hayley



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  1. You know that sound 11-year old girls make when someone says the words “One Direction”? I just made that sound when I saw this cake. Also, a kitchen without an oven is like a Channing Tatum movie without a shirtless scene. Why bother?

  2. The kiddos were JUST asking me to make cookie dough ice cream like 2 days ago. But this is infinitely better than that. ALSO… we are looking at a house right now that has no oven. Ack! Okay but it has a good excuse: it was built in 1922 and needs renovating and with that will come with brand new shiny appliances which are the best kind. Sooo… cross your fingers for me before I end up in an ovenless house.


  4. Ohh Hayley, can I come live with you?…..This cake is like cookie dough ice cream, only 1000x better because it’s like half cookie dough! GENIUS I tell ya, pure genius.

  5. Ditto to what Sarah said! When can I move in?! Hehe!!

    This cake is heaven!

  6. I have a love/hate relationship with my oven right now. As you so eloquently said, it makes things good in my mouth. On the other hand, it turns my chilled hibernation house into a warm and sticky nightmare. So, I am so in love with this AMAZING cake. I just made a cookie dough treat that still won’t be posted for a while (trying to get ahead and prepare posts for when this baby decides to arrive!), and it reminded me how fabulous edible, raw cookie dough is! 🙂

  7. A home without an oven!! NO no no! But I’m saying 100 yeses to this cake!!! Two incredible things turned in to one!

  8. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around an ovenless house. How? Why???
    Also the fact that this cake is literally 50% cookie dough. That is incredible and you are a no-bake genius.

  9. I once had to live without an oven for a week or two while ours was broke and we were too broke to buy a new one. It was the saddest couple of weeks of my life.

    This cookie dough ice cream cake would have cheered me up immensely.

  10. So innovative, I love this! I will definitely need to give this a try and there are so many variations of dough and ice cream that you can do!!! And no turning on the oven in 100 degree weather!

  11. No oven?! How do you even manage?? I guess I would have to make lots of these ice cream cakes!

  12. I am always amazed at House Hunters, especially the first time buyers who were living in their parents garage now want 5000 square feet, a pool, walk in closets and granite counters for like under 200,000 dollars….What the heck. But an oven, they should have an oven and every house should come with one…and a freezer for this awesome cake!

  13. Do you know what else is crazy? Since I have been looking for an apartment in L.A, I have realized a lot of places don’t have fridges and if they do, it’s considered a bonus. WHAT? I am gonna drown my confusion in this glorious ice cream cake.

  14. Looks great, I’d eat a whole bowl of this.. then followup with a cone!

    I’ve never seen a ovenless house! Even in London when everything is tiny tiny tiny!

  15. Say WHAT?! No ovens. That’s a pity. A disgrace. Wow. But hey at least I could make this like 7 days a week….maybe it’s not so bad!

  16. I love that the crust is cookie dough!

  17. this sounds like my kind of ice cream cake! the cake in ice cream cake is always the worst! you’re like UGH i just want the ice cream. but THIS is like wonderful ice cream AND perfectly amazing cookie dough. i need this.

  18. You are a genius Hayley. This looks AMAZING!!! And houses without ovens . . . Whaaaa . . . ???? That doesn’t even make sense. Pinning this and any other cookie dough recipe of yours I can get my greedy little hands on!

  19. Hayley, you are the Cookie Dough Queen! Wait. No. You are the Cookie Dough Fairy Princess! That sounds much better as Queens are just too old and too Queen-y. I love this clever idea and, since it is my birth month, I am going to make some ASAP! Some extra-goo may find its way in. It’ll be a pantry raid! (I have both TJs Salted Caramel as well as some Dulce de Leche from Williams-Sonoma calling my name.) Thanks for sharing, girl. Hope you’re having a great week!

  20. OMG I know. Ovens? And dishwashers. And NO LAUNDRY????? Whattttt????

    Seriously. Did you just frost a cookie dough layer with ice cream and call it cake?

    #omgiloveyou #livewithme #ihaveanoven

  21. Wowie. My kids will looove this. I’m tweeting and pinning. You’re my hero!

  22. are you kidding me with this? I am in love!

  23. Oh my god this is genius. One of the best cookie dough creations I have seen, EVER. Now you jsut have to invent something that can make this magically appear in front of me right now.

  24. In Taiwan, only the super rich have ovens, and only some of them. I had to buy a countertop electric oven probably no bigger than your microwave. It was practically miraculous the stuff I could bake in there. On the other hand, I don’t think I would have been able to buy cookie dough ice cream either. The house I grew up in here in the states didn’t have an oven either. A countertop convection oven made all our birthday cakes and Christmas cookies. I guess I’ve had a tough life. 😉

  25. Cookie dough ice cream only 100 times better.

  26. This cake sounds like a dream come true!

  27. This is basically the best looking dessert I’ve ever seen. You are my dessert hero!

  28. I saw this recipe and luckily have guests coming over tonight so it was the PERFECT excuse to make it! It’s currently in the freezer, I am SO excited!

    I used Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream instead of plain vanilla and I drizzled caramel on top of the cake along with the mini chocolate chips.

    Thank you for this recipe!

  29. Ok so my family said that the cookie dough was waaayyy too sweet and I agree.. it needed more salt but it was hard to determine how much exactly ‘a dash’ is.
    Also the cookie dough layer was too thick for an 8″ pan, making it really difficult to cut into the cake and eat.

    Great concept, just needs minor tweaking!


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