While Ryan and my dad were deeply involved in several different games, my mom, sister and I got together to make Ryan’s birthday “cake.” (Ryan’s birthday is not until October 5, but my family probably won’t see him again before then, so the cake from my family came a bit early.)
My mom and sister are well aware of Ryan’s intense love for Oreo’s and he previously raved about a peppermint ice cream and Oreo dessert my mom served once before, so we decided to make that again for the almost birthday boy.
To start we took a half gallon of peppermint ice cream out of the freezer to let it defrost a bit.
We then rounded up a package of Oreo cookies (one roll was already gone due to previous cookie monsters) and dumped the cookies into a big plastic bag. You can use more or less cookies, depending on your love for Oreos.
We then used a meat tenderizer to pound the cookies into crumbs. I highly recommend doing this over a plate as I punctured the baggie and some dust-buster action was required. When I lifted the bag up and crumbs poured out of the holes, the mess that resulted was not so fun to clean up.
We then poured half of the crumbled Oreos into a loaf pan sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
By now the ice cream was soft and ready to spread over the first layer of cookie crumbs.
We then topped the ice cream with the remaining cookie crumbs and placed the dessert back in the freezer to harden until we were ready to eat.
A couple hours later we were ready to dig in!
It got rave reviews from everyone, including the almost-birthday boy!