I dedicate this recipe to my Phi Upsilon AOIIs.  If there is one thing we all remember from our sorority days it is Peppermint Surprise.  It was the dessert in our house, such a special treat.  If you didn’t make it to dinner on Peppermint Surprise night you didn’t get any Peppermint Surprise.  Well, unless you made a deal with an awesome sister to save you a piece.  You really had to plan ahead.  (and hope no one snatched yours out of the freezer before you got to it!)  I bet you want to make some and see if it lives up to the hype, right?  Here’s what you need.

Peppermint Surprise

Oreos, ice cream, chocolate syrup.

You don’t need the glitter Christmas tree, but it’s fun to have around.

You also need some butter, but silly me didn’t include it in the picture.






Peppermint Surprise

Start by taking 2/3 of your Oreos and tossing them into your food processor and giving them a whirl.







Peppermint SurpriseIf you have any large chunks keep going.  You’ll end up with crumbly goodness.  Don’t you just want to eat it by the spoonful?  No?  Just me?





Peppermint SurpriseToss your crumbs into a 9×13 baking dish and pour your melted butter over it.  (baby monitors in the background optional)

Mix until well combined and then press your crust evenly over the bottom of the dish.






Peppermint SurpriseScoop out your softened peppermint ice cream over the crumbs.  Allow to soften more if needed.  You need it soft enough to spread.




Peppermint SurpriseSpread the ice cream out in an even layer.




Peppermint Surprise


Take your remaining cookies and crush them over the ice cream layer.  Bonus points if you wear a coordinating sweater while preparing this dish.

Peppermint SurpriseLastly, take some chocolate syrup and drizzle it over your ice cream.

Now I know you want to dig right in, but don’t!  You have to put it back in the freezer.

And wait.  Several hours.  You want that ice cream to firm back up.  Ask me how I know.

Peppermint Surprise  Once it’s nice and frozen again cut yourself a piece.  Preferably in the evening.  After the kids are asleep so you don’t have to share.

Look at that cookie crumb crust!  And that thick ice cream layer. And more cookies and chocolate on top.  What’s not to love?



Peppermint SurpriseDig in!  Oh, so good!!!  The chocolate, the peppermint, the crunch, the creamy…..

And if you’re super nice take the rest to a playdate and share with friends.  There may or may not be any leftover.

Oh, and why the name Peppermint Surprise?  What is the surprise?  I don’t know.

Peppermint Surprise - Ice cream dessert



Peppermint Surprise


  • 1 package Oreo cookies
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 gallon peppermint ice cream, softened
  • chocolate syrup


  1. Place 2/3 Oreo cookies in food processor. Process until there are no chunks of cookie left.
  2. Add cookie crumbs to 9x13 baking dish. Pour in melted butter. Stir to combine. Press cookie crumbs to cover bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Scoop softened ice cream over cookie crumbs, spread in an even layer.
  4. Crumbled remaining Oreos over the ice scream. Drizzle with chocolate syrup. Freeze until firm.


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9 comments on “Peppermint Surprise”

  1. It’s interesting that you would post this today because I just came home with a pint of Graeters Peppermint Ice Cream and the Husband was all “what, were they out of chocolate?” I bet he’d be singing a different tune if I made him this! I even have the Oreo’s. And the syrup.

    • I vote you keep the peppermint ice cream for yourself and just give him the Oreos. Well, save a few Oreos to toss into your peppermint ice cream first.

    • Not only are Oreos milk’s favorite cookie, they are also peppermint ice cream’s favorite cookie, so yes, you must go find some peppermint ice cream!!

  2. This was the favorite dessert at the KKG house at UF as well! Thanks for sharing… Oh and YES it must be peppermint ice cream but if in a pinch, you can use mint chip but it’s not quite the same.

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