There is a saying that necessity is the mother of all invention. Well necessity birthed this ice cream pie! In our family, we have a tradition that the kids can pick anything they want to eat for their birthday supper and dessert. They sometimes choose the strangest combinations! This week, it was our son Jonah’s birthday. He chose hot chicken and pasta in spicy sauce on top of Caesar salad (sounds strange, but it’s a family favourite recipe) and Oreo ice cream cake for dessert.
I went into town to buy the ingredients for the supper, four kids in tow, got home, started unpacking the groceries, and realized that I had forgotten to stop at Dairy Queen to pick up the ice cream cake on the way home. That was a big oops because I did not want to pack the kids back up and drive back into town. I also knew that I wouldn’t have enough time to get the supper made in time if I did. I was stuck and needed a quick solution so I searched the pantry and freezer and was able to invent my own 3 ingredient frozen Oreo pie.
3 Ingredient Frozen Oreo Pie Recipe:
pre-made chocolate pie crust
4 oz. Cool Whip (1/2 of an 8 oz. container)
3 1/2 cups Oreo or cookies and cream ice cream (1/2 of a 1.66L tub)
optional: chocolate cookie crumb topping
Let the ice cream sit out at room temperature for a few minutes to soften. Scoop 3 1/2 cups of the ice cream into a medium to large size bowl. Fold in the Cool Whip. Scoop the ice cream and Cool Whip mixture into the chocolate pie crust. If desired, top with a sprinkling of chocolate cookie crumbs. Put the Oreo ice cream pie into the freezer.
Keep the pie in the freezer for 2 hours or until ready to serve.
I will be making this simple dessert often in the future now that I know how easy it was to make and how quickly it was eaten. The only thing I will change for next time will be to make 2 ice cream pies at a time so that I don’t have disappointed kids who wanted seconds and couldn’t have them!
I guess a trip to Dairy Queen wasn’t necessary after all. My homemade ice cream pie was just as good as theirs would have been.