Ice Cream Pizza
This Ice Cream Pizza recipe is an easy copycat of the classic Dairy Queen Treatzza Pizza! It has an amazing chewy-crisp Oreo cookie base that’s topped with creamy vanilla ice cream, then garnished with hot fudge and M&Ms. It’s a fun, delicious frozen ice cream treat that everyone will love!
DQ Treatzza Pizza Copycat Recipe
If you love the Dairy Queen Treatzza Pizza, then you’re going to love this Ice Cream Pizza recipe!
DQ discontinued this popular menu item back in 2008, although if you’re lucky, your own local independent store might still carry it – and to that I say, “Lucky you!”
And for the rest of us, I say, “Here’s a recipe for you!” Now you can whip up an ice cream pizza whenever, wherever you like!
This ice cream pizza starts with a simple crust made with Oreos and hot fudge. It’s delightfully chewy-crisp and chocolatey-delicious. On top of that is a creamy layer of vanilla ice cream that’s garnished with more hot fudge and M&Ms. If you’d like to switch up any of the ingredients, this recipe is highly customizable – just scroll down for some variations.
Ice cream pizza needs to be made in advance so it’s a great dessert when you’re entertaining. Think cookouts, birthday parties, and all kinds of celebrations. Or make it “just because it’s summer!”
Why You’ll Love This Ice Cream Pizza
I grew up with DQ ice cream cakes and Treatzza Pizzas at birthday parties and summer gatherings. So there’s definitely a bit of nostalgia for me with this recipe. But we are an ice cream family, through and through. So ice cream pizza is always a win!
- Only 4 ingredients. Hot fudge, Oreos, ice cream, and M&Ms…that’s all you need to make this dessert! (And you can easily customize them to your preferences too.)
- No-bake. All you need to make this recipe is a microwave to warm the hot fudge!
- Easy to make ahead. This is the perfect dessert for making a day or two in advance since it needs to sit in the freezer for several hours before serving.
What You’ll Need
You’ll need just 4 ingredients to make your very own DQ Treatzza Pizza at home!
- Hot fudge – Hot fudge holds the cookie crust together and is used in the garnish. It adds rich chocolate flavor to the dessert. I use Mrs. Richardson’s Hot Fudge Dessert Sauce.
- Oreo cookies – These chocolate sandwich cookies are finely crushed for the crust. There should be a mix of pea-sized chunks with smaller pieces and some crumbs.
- Ice cream – I use vanilla ice cream, and especially like ones labeled “New York vanilla” and “old fashioned vanilla”, but any flavor you like will work.
- M&M candies – Keeping it like the DQ original, I use regular M&Ms for garnish – but you could use anything you like. We also like to use mini M&Ms. Scroll down for some more ideas.
Ice Cream & Topping Ideas
A great thing about this copycat DQ Treatzza Pizza is that you can customize it any way you like, by switching up the ice cream and/or the toppings. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Ice Cream Flavors
- Chocolate ice cream
- Cookies & cream ice cream
- Cookie Monster Ice cream >>> super duper fun color and flavor!!
- Peanut butter ice cream
- Salted caramel ice cream
- Butter pecan ice cream
- Chocolate malt banana ice cream
- Coffee ice cream
- Peppermint ice cream
- Coconut ice cream
- Peanut butter sauce
- Caramel sauce
- Raspberry blackberry jam
- Strawberry jam
- Chopped nuts – pecans, peanuts, almonds, macadamia nuts
- Chopped candied pecans
- Candy pieces – Reese’s Pieces, mini M&M’s
- Chopped candy bars – Snickers, Butterfinger, Heath, Twix, Almond Joy, Crunch, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and SO MANY MORE!!
- Edible chocolate chip cookie dough bites
- Chopped brownies
- Chopped peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
How to Make Ice Cream Pizza
Here’s how to make this easy 4-ingredient ice cream pizza in just a few minutes.
- Prep the pan. Line a springform pan with parchment paper and lightly spray inside of pan with nonstick spray. Then wrap the outside of the pan with a layer of heavy-duty foil to.
- Make the crust. Heat 3/4 cup of hot fudge in the microwave until just barely warm. Mix in the finely crushed Oreo cookies. Press this mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
- Add the ice cream. Spread softened vanilla ice cream over the Oreo crust. Freeze for 2 hours, or until the ice cream is set.
- Add the toppings. Warm the remaining hot fudge until it’s just pourable. Drizzle over the ice cream and top with the M&Ms (or other desired toppings).
- Freeze. Place in the freezer again for 3 hours, or until the ice cream is completely frozen.
- Serve. Loosen the ice cream pizza by running a knife around the perimeter of the pan, then remove the pan sides. If you want to remove the bottom of the springform pan, just run an offset spatula around the bottom edge, under the parchment paper, and the pizza will pop right out (just do this when the pizza is absolutely frozen). Transfer ice cream pizza to a serving platter, then slice and enjoy.
Tips for Success
Here are a few helpful hints for making this copycat Treatzza Pizza.
- Don’t soften the ice cream TOO much. The vanilla ice cream should be soft enough that you can easily spread it over the cookie crust but not overly melty.
- Prepare this in advance. I recommend making this at least 6 hours before you plan to eat it, so you’re not rushed with either of the freezing times. 3 hours is usually enough for that final freeze, but overnight is even better.
- Use a thick hot fudge sauce. I use Mrs. Richardson’s Hot Fudge Dessert Sauce. Just be sure to use a thick hot fudge – not a regular chocolate sauce (such as Hershey’s), as it will be too thin to hold the crust together.
- If the crust is sticky. The “pizza crust” of crushed Oreos and fudge sauce is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. But it’s also kinda sticky as you’re pressing it into the pan. I’ve found that it helps to spray the back side of a large spoon with non-stick cooking spray and use that to press in the Oreo mixture, spraying the spoon as needed. If the spoon starts to get a build-up of the Oreo mixture, just grab a new spoon, spray it, and continue on. If you have a wrapper from a stick of butter, that also works really well – just use the buttery side of the wrapper to press in the crust.
Keep the ice cream pizza in the freezer until just before serving, then use a sharp knife to slice it.
The ice cream layer isn’t super thick, so it will start defrosting rather quickly once it’s out of the freezer. Keep this in mind if you’re planning to serve this outside on a warm/hot summer day.
How to Store A Copycat DQ Treatzza Pizza
Leftover ice cream pizza can be stored in the freezer for about 2 weeks. I recommend wrapping it tightly with plastic wrap and placing it in an airtight container or baggie to prevent freezer burn.
More Frozen Dessert Recipes
- Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Frozen White Chocolate & Raspberry Dessert
- No-Bake Pumpkin Icebox Cake
- Raspberry Sorbet
- Lemon Sorbet
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- 1 cup thick hot fudge, divided - I use Mrs. Richardson's
- 3 cups finely crushed (pea-size and smaller) Oreo cookies, from about 24 regular Oreos
- about ⅔ of a 1.5-quart container of vanilla ice cream, softened slightly (Use the whole container to make a thicker ice cream layer!)
- ⅓ to ½ cup chopped M&M candies (or just use mini M&Ms!)
- Prep: Line a 9” springform pan with parchment paper and lightly spray it with nonstick spray. Then wrap the outside of the pan in a layer of heavy-duty foil.
- For the Oreo crust: Add ¾ cup of the hot fudge to a large microwave-safe bowl and heat it for 15 seconds, then give it a stir. You want it just barely warm. Repeat for another 15 seconds if needed.
- Add the crushed Oreo cookies to the warm hot fudge and stir to combine.
- Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. This will be kinda sticky. See my tip in the Notes below.
- For the ice cream layer: Spread the slightly softened vanilla ice cream over the Oreo crust and smooth it into an even layer. Place the ice cream pizza in the freezer for 2 hours, or until the ice cream is set.
- For the garnish: Heat the remaining ¼ cup hot fudge in a small microwave-safe bowl until just barely pourable. Drizzle the hot fudge over the ice cream and then sprinkle with M&Ms.
- To finish: Transfer the ice cream pizza to the freezer and chill again for 3 more hours, or until the ice cream is completely frozen.
- Run a knife around the perimeter of the pan to loosen the pizza from the pan sides and then unlock the springform pan and remove the sides. Transfer the pizza to a serving platter, then slice immediately, and enjoy!
Tip for pressing in the Oreo/fudge crust: The "pizza crust" of crushed Oreos and fudge sauce is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. But it's also kinda sticky as you're pressing it into the pan. I've found that it helps to spray the back side of a large spoon with non-stick cooking spray and use that to press in the Oreo mixture, spraying the spoon as needed. If the spoon starts to get a build-up of the Oreo mixture, just grab a new spoon, spray it, and continue on.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 465Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 412mgCarbohydrates: 88gFiber: 3gSugar: 53gProtein: 8g
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