These clouds of cookies ‘n cream deliciousness are mostly made for you! You’ll just need a boxed angel food cake mix, instant Oreo pudding and an 8-count package of cookies ‘n cream Pop Tarts. Plus a ton of butter for that to-die-for frosting.
For more information about the shady yet intriguing Pop Tarts brand, check out my previous Pop Tarts dessert post for PB S’mores Pop Tart Bars.
Today’s food history lesson will deal with the Cookies and Cream flavor, which began as a humble ice cream flavor. This variety of ice cream uses vanilla sweet cream ice cream and chocolate wafer cookies. This flavor is most commonly associated with Oreo cookies. Some variations use chocolate or mint ice cream.
No one is entirely sure who first developed this flavor. John Harrison, of Dreyer/Edy’s, claims he invented it in 1982. However, Blue Bell Creameries claim one of their employees ‘discovered’ the flavor at a Houston ice cream parlor and that their company was the first to mass-produce it in 1980. In 1981, Blue Bell applied to trademark ‘Cookies ‘n Cream.’ South Dakota State University claims the flavor was invented by their dairy plant. Steve Herrell of the Massachusetts’ company Herrell’s Ice Cream also claims to have first developed the flavor. While there’s no telling who came up with it first, one thing is for sure… People love cookies ‘n cream! In 1983, only a couple years after it first appeared, cookies ‘n cream became one of the top five most popular ice cream flavors
These days, you can find cookies ‘n cream in a wide variety of ice cream products, including milk shakes and ice cream sandwiches. You can also find the flavoring in all manner of non-frozen foods, such as candy bars, Pop Tarts, frosting, popcorn and pudding.
Other cookies ‘n cream desserts:
And here’s Chai playing with her feather wand, which I have replaced for the fifth time.
Cookies ‘n Cream Pop Tart Angel Whoopie Pies
½ cup canola oil
16 oz box angel food cake mix
4 cookies and cream Pop Tarts, chopped
4.2 oz box cookies and cream instant pudding mix
½ cup cold milk
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 additional cookies and cream Pop Tarts, chopped, for decoration
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Mix together eggs and oil.
Mix in cake mix.
Mix in pop tart pieces.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake 5-7 minutes.
Remove cookies to wire rack to cool.
Beat together all frosting ingredients.
Spread onto bottom of half of the completely cooled cookies.
Allow frosting to set up for 1-2 minutes on the cookie.
Top frosted cookies with remaining half of cookies.
Press additional Pop Tart pieces onto sides of sandwiches.