Cookie Milkshake

Cookie Milkshake

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 0 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serving: 1 serving

If you have too many holiday cookies lying around the house getting stale or went nuts buying Girl Scout cookies, make a milkshake!

Milkshakes as we know them appeared about 100 years ago when the electric blender was invented in 1922. Before that, milkshakes were a variety of thick, sometimes alcoholic beverages mixed by hand with crushed ice. When the blender arrived, many new concoctions appeared and the combination of ice cream with milk, fruit, chocolate, and flavored syrups took center stage. Since then, milkshakes have taken endless twists, but our recipe is one for the books. Simple, filling, and plain delicious!

You just need any cookie that you have at hand, the ice cream of your choice, and some milk. Blend to combine, then sit down and enjoy the "cookies" of your labor!


  • 16 ounces ice cream (any flavor)
  • 8 ounces whole milk
  • 4 to 8 small cookies
  • Optional: sprinkles, chocolate fudge, caramel fudge, strawberries, bananas, whipped cream, Maraschino cherries

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Cookie Milkshake ingredients

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  2. In a blender, mix the ice cream and milk. Be careful not to overmix because it can become too liquidy.

    mix the ice cream and milk in a blender

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  3. Add the cookies to the blender and mix until it has the consistency of your choice.

    Add the cookies to the mixture in the blender

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  4. If using some of the optional ingredients, cover the inside of a tall glass with chocolate fudge, pour the milkshake in, and add some sliced bananas and strawberries.

    milkshake with chocolate and fruit in a glass

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  5. Top with whipped cream and a Maraschino cherry. You can crush some extra cookies on top for texture.

    Cookie Milkshake in a glass

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Cookie Milkshake Party

Customized cookie milkshakes are a great idea for a children's party, but remember that many kids have peanut and dairy allergies. Have at hand dairy-free ice-cream, oat or rice milk, and nut free cookies (like Oreos or animal crackers).

For an out-of-this-world milkshake party you need:

  • As many blenders as adult helpers
  • Several types of cookies (gingerbread, chocolate, vanilla, sugar, lemon)
  • Many different toppings in small bowls (sprinkles, chocolate chips, nuts, pretzels, fruit)
  • Decorations like little umbrellas, cardboard animals, and colorful straws
  • Tall plastic glasses

Here are some of our favorite combinations:

  • The Cookie Monster: Oreo cookies and vanilla or chocolate ice cream
  • Peanut Butter Surprise: peanut butter ice cream and chocolate chip cookies
  • Caramel Frappé: snickerdoodles and salted caramel ice cream. For a more adult version, offer coffee ice cream.
  • The Animal: animal crackers and vanilla ice cream
  • Cookie Dough Milkshake: chocolate chip cookies and vanilla or chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream
  • Gumby Shake: Thin Mints and chocolate or chocolate chip mint ice cream, a version of a Shamrock Shake

Cookie Lids and Frozen Shakes

  • Another way to create a cute presentation with your cookie milkshakes is to place a large cookie on top of the milkshake. Poke a hole through it before you put the cookie on top and then stick a straw through the cookie.
  • Pre-make the cookie milkshakes and freeze them in Ziploc bags to save time on preparation when you need them, or pour them into popsicle molds for an emergency dessert.