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.