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Start to Finish: 15 minutes Servings: 2 Difficulty: Easy

Elevate classic Oreo cookies and milk by combining them in a shake. A touch of vanilla, a splash of milk and a garnish of shaved chocolate bring this milkshake home. For a stylized mature version, spike the Oreo shake with a shot of Kahlua coffee liqueur and a dash of espresso powder.

Ingredients

Classic

  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 Oreo cookies plus more for garnish
  • Shaved chocolate (optional)

Liqueur

  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 Oreo cookies
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlua
  • Espresso powder (optional)

Instructions for a Classic Shake

Chill the milkshake glass in the freezer for about 30 minutes before you start. Set the ice cream out and let it soften for 5 minutes, just until you can easily spoon it from the container.

Add the ice cream, milk, vanilla and 4 of the Oreos to the blender. Blend the milkshake until smooth.

Pour the milkshake in the chilled glass. Garnish the milkshake with a whole Oreo cookie or shaved chocolate.

Improving on a Classic

Place the milkshake glass in the freezer about 30 minutes before you start. Set the ice cream out and let it soften for about 5 minutes.

Add the ice cream, milk, vanilla, Oreos and Kahlua to the blender. Blend the milkshake until smooth.

Pour the milkshake in the glass. Garnish with a light sprinkling of espresso powder.

Ideas and Inspiration

Add crushed Oreos for a bit of texture. After blending, break up 2 or 3 Oreo cookies by hand and stir them into the milkshake.

Try a minty version of the classic. Use Mint or Cool Mint Oreos in place of regular and garnish the milkshake with a sprig of fresh mint leaves.

Add a secondary ingredient. Shaved coconut, peanut butter and crushed peanuts add their own brand of taste and textural appeal to a standard milkshake.

Experiment with different liqueurs. Chocolate liqueur, creme de menthe and amaretto liqueur all pair well with Oreo cookies and vanilla ice cream. Blend in 1 ounce of your chosen liqueur.

Substitute frozen vanilla yogurt and low-fat milk for a lighter milkshake. Granted, since you're using Oreos the caloric savings will be minimal compared to a regular milkshake, but these lower fat ingredients impart a lighter mouthfeel.

About the Author

A.J. Andrews

A.J. Andrews' work has appeared in Food and Wine, Fricote and "BBC Good Food." He lives in Europe where he bakes with wild yeast, milks goats for cheese and prepares for the Court of Master Sommeliers level II exam. Andrews received formal training at Le Cordon Bleu.