You don’t have to go another day without experiencing the most delicious cookies and cream pie. Made from only 6 ingredients including cream cheese, heavy cream, and Oreo cookies, this simple pie is mostly no-bake and sets up in the refrigerator. It tastes like the filling of an Oreo and I guarantee you won’t be able to put your fork down!
Tell Me About this Cookies & Cream Pie
- Texture: This is an extra creamy pie. The Oreo cookies inside the filling soften over time, so you have even more contrast to the crunchy crust beneath it.
- Flavor: If you like Oreo cookies, you will LOVE this pie. Though the filling is made with cream cheese, it doesn’t particularly taste like cheesecake. The cream cheese adds a little tang; the flavor would be pretty flat without it. (And the pie wouldn’t set up.) If you’re in the mood for cake, here’s my cookies and cream cake recipe.
- Ease: This is the most effortless dessert I’ve ever made in a pie dish– a beginner can definitely handle it. This could also be a very fun and approachable baking project for little bakers! With supervision, of course.
- Baking: The crust sets up in the oven, the filling sets up in the refrigerator. Bake the crust for about 10 minutes, let it cool as you make the filling, then spread in the filling.
- Time: From mixing bowls to refrigerator in about 30 minutes. The filling takes at least 6 hours to set up, so plan ahead. If you’re in a rush, you could also freeze this pie– it’ll still take at least 4 hours to firm up though.
This is a wonderful make ahead dessert option and you could even make it a few days in advance. (The ultimate test to your self control.)
Oreo Cookie Crust
You need Oreos for the filling, so why not use the rest of the package for a homemade Oreo cookie crust? Just 2 ingredients– Oreo cookies and melted butter. Using a food processor or blender, pulse/blend 24 whole Oreo cookies (the cream filling and cookie) into crumbs. Mix with melted butter, then press mixture tightly into a pie dish. Bake for 10 minutes, then let it cool. That’s it! That’s how easy a homemade Oreo cookie crust is.
- If you don’t have a food processor/blender, place the Oreo cookies in a large zipped-top bag and crush with a rolling pin. Keep in mind that the finer the crumb, the better the crust will hold its shape.
Overview & Photos: How to Make the Cookies & Cream Pie Filling
Have you ever made no bake cheesecake, peanut butter pie, or my pumpkin no bake cheesecake? We’re doing something similar here. Whip heavy cream into peaks, then set aside. This homemade unsweetened whipped cream adds a stable, yet unbelievably creamy foundation. There’s no need for gelatin, cornstarch, or any other thickening ingredients.
After that, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla extract together. Then fold in the whipped heavy cream and some Oreo cookies. One 14.3 ounce package of Oreo cookies usually contains 36 cookies– use 24 in the crust and chop up 12 for the filling. If you want to squeeze more Oreos into the filling, pick up an extra package.
- By the way, if you want a peanut butter variation, use the filling from my peanut butter pie instead. You can fold in chopped Oreos and skip the chocolate topping.
Spread into the baked and cooled Oreo cookie crust. I like using a large or small offset spatula to make the job easier.
Refrigerator or Freezer?
The pie sets up in the refrigerator, but you could certainly freeze it instead. The filling itself won’t freeze, but the Oreo cookie crust becomes a little hard. We prefer it out of the refrigerator because the filling is creamier and the crust is easier to cut & eat.
Homemade whipped cream adds a beautiful finishing touch. It uses some of the same ingredients we need for the filling. Pick up a pint of heavy cream and use half for the filling and half for the whipped cream topping.
EASY & CONVENIENT. 🙂
Sally's Pie Week
This cookies & cream pie features a crunchy Oreo cookie crust and gloriously creamy filling that sets up in the refrigerator. Easy enough for any beginner baker to handle!
- 24 whole Oreos (Double Stuf or regular)
- 5 Tablespoons (72g) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup (240ml) cold heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
- one 8-ounce block (225g) full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 3/4 cup (90g) confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 12 whole Oreos (Double Stuf or regular), chopped
- optional for topping: homemade whipped cream
- Preheat to 350°F (177°C).
- Make the crust: In a food processor or blender, pulse the whole Oreos (cream filling and cookie) into a fine crumb. You should have about 2 cups. Stir the Oreo crumbs and melted butter together. Press tightly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool as you prepare the filling.
- Make the filling: Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the cold heavy cream into stiff peaks on medium-high speed, about 4 minutes. Set aside. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk or paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until perfectly smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract and beat on medium-high speed until combined. Make sure there are no large lumps of cream cheese. If there are lumps, keep beating until smooth.
- Using your mixer on low speed or a rubber spatula, fold the whipped cream and chopped Oreos into the cream cheese mixture until combined. This takes several turns of your rubber spatula. Combine slowly as you don’t want to deflate all the air in the whipped cream.
- Spread filling into cooled crust. Use an offset spatula to smooth down the top.
- Cover tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 6 hours and up to 2 days. The longer refrigerated, the better the pie will set up. You could also freeze the pie for at least 4 hours and up to 3 months. The crust is a little difficult to eat frozen, though.
- Feel free to garnish the pie with whipped cream. I used Ateco 849 piping tip for the whipped cream in the pictured pie. Using a clean sharp knife, cut into slices for serving. For neat slices, wipe the knife clean between each slice.
- Cover and store leftover pie in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 5 days.
- Make Ahead Instructions: This pie can be made up to 2 days in advance. It can be refrigerated in step 6 for up to 2 days before serving. You can also make the crust 1-2 days ahead of time. After it cools, cover and refrigerate it for 1-2 days before adding the filling. Another way to make this pie ahead of time is to freeze it. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. Enjoy from the freezer or let it soften for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator or at room temperature before slicing and serving.
- Oreos: You need 24 Oreo cookies for the crust and 12 for the filling. You usually get 36 Oreos in one 14.3 ounce package (which is the typical size in the US). That is enough for this recipe. Feel free to pick up a 2nd package if you want more chopped Oreos in the filling. I typically use plain, but you can use any flavor Oreo in the crust and filling such as peanut butter, mint, Golden Oreos, lemon, etc.
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