The No-Bake Oreo Dessert That’s Legendary in My Family

Oreo Dessert is the yardstick for all other desserts in my family. “Oh, this triple-tier chocolate cake covered in perfect buttercream is good and all…but it’s no Oreo Dessert.” Or: “I ate the most amazing dessert at the most amazing restaurant last …

Oreo Dessert is the yardstick for all other desserts in my family. “Oh, this triple-tier chocolate cake covered in perfect buttercream is good and all...but it’s no Oreo Dessert." Or: “I ate the most amazing dessert at the most amazing restaurant last night...but it was no Oreo Dessert.” It’s not an Oreo cheesecake or sheet cake or trifle—it’s a layered ice cream dessert. It only requires six ingredients, one of which is store-bought ice cream cake. Sure, you could make your own ice cream, but that kind of defeats the purpose of this easy-peasy, no-bake ice cream cake. The only other ingredients you need to make it are Oreo cookies (of course), butter, German sweet chocolate, granulated sugar, and a can of evaporated milk.

My mom got the recipe years ago from my late Aunt Vicki, who got the recipe from a church or community cookbook. My mom copied it down on an index card (remember those?), and our attempts to find that cookbook have always come up short. I’m glad, actually, because it seems much more legendary that way. Somehow, I think a stained index card with a handwritten family recipe is almost a guarantee that it will work out magically.

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These 14 No-Churn Ice Creams Are Summertime Magic

Sure, you could go buy a pint of ice cream at the store—but we all know nothing beats homemade. Ideally, sprinkled with your favorite toppings or a dollop of whipped cream. Don’t worry: You don’t need to pull out the pots or turn on the stove to enjoy a frozen treat. In fact, you don’t even need an ice cream machine. It’s basically magic. Yes, you’ll still have to be patient. But when making ice cream is this easy, a couple of hours of inactive thumb twiddling is a small price to pay. Here, we’ve gathered 14 of our simplest no-churn ice creams guaranteed to cool you off this summer.


No-Churn Ice Cream Recipes

1. Nigella Lawson’s One-Step, No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream

The one that won our hearts and opened our eyes. This four-ingredient, one-step wonder needs no cooking, and no churning. And yet, this recipe makes an ice cream with an almost buttery smoothness.

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Sure, you could go buy a pint of ice cream at the store—but we all know nothing beats homemade. Ideally, sprinkled with your favorite toppings or a dollop of whipped cream. Don’t worry: You don’t need to pull out the pots or turn on the stove to enjoy a frozen treat. In fact, you don’t even need an ice cream machine. It’s basically magic. Yes, you’ll still have to be patient. But when making ice cream is this easy, a couple of hours of inactive thumb twiddling is a small price to pay. Here, we’ve gathered 14 of our simplest no-churn ice creams guaranteed to cool you off this summer.


No-Churn Ice Cream Recipes

1. Nigella Lawson's One-Step, No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream

The one that won our hearts and opened our eyes. This four-ingredient, one-step wonder needs no cooking, and no churning. And yet, this recipe makes an ice cream with an almost buttery smoothness.

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3 No-Cook Dinners for When You Want to Turn off the Stove

It’s the end of the long workday (or the start of an extra-long week) and we’re hungry. Like, “can’t-think-straight” hungry. Luckily, Food52 contributor EmilyC wants to do all the thinking for us. In Dinner’s Ready, her monthly column on weeknight wond…

It's the end of the long workday (or the start of an extra-long week) and we're hungry. Like, "can't-think-straight" hungry. Luckily, Food52 contributor EmilyC wants to do all the thinking for us. In Dinner's Ready, her monthly column on weeknight wonders, she shares three simple, flavor-packed recipes that are connected by a single idea or ingredient. Stick with Emily, and you'll have a good dinner on the table in no time. Today, three summery meals that let us rev up the flavor but keep the temps down.


Every summer, I reach a point when I practically banish my sheet pans and skillets from my kitchen. Not that I don't love them (trust me, they’ll be in heavy use this fall for dinners like this and this!), but many days it’s just too hot and sticky to turn on my oven, stand over the stove, or even fire up the grill come dinnertime.

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This Is My Favorite Way to Cook Baby Back Ribs

I’m about to say something that a lot of people, especially die-hard BBQ lovers, will find controversial: If you’re not using a slow cooker to make your BBQ ribs, then you’re doing it all wrong.

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I’m about to say something that a lot of people, especially die-hard BBQ lovers, will find controversial: If you’re not using a slow cooker to make your BBQ ribs, then you’re doing it all wrong.

(Hear me out.)

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