Easy Homemade Buster Bar Ice Cream Dessert Recipe

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Do you like Dairy Queen Buster Bars? Today, I’m sharing one of my family’s favorite desserts with this Buster Bar ice cream dessert recipe! All family members will love this homemade version of one of their favorite treats featuring layers of decadent ice cream, rich chocolate syrup, and salty peanuts.

Perfect for family gatherings and summer parties,  it’s time to whip up something special for the ice cream lovers of the world!

A Buster Bar recipe that includes layers of chocolate cookies, ice cream, and a chocolate fudge sauce.

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“It’s never too cold for ice cream!”

​I’m not sure who coined this phrase but it totally true!

​Ice cream is a staple in our house just like milk, eggs, and butter!

And whether it is 95 degrees in the summer or 10 degrees below zero in the winter, we love this Buster Bar ice cream dessert. My recipe card for this is so faded from use!

It is the perfect combination of ice cream, a layer of chocolatey fudge, and a yummy, salty peanut layer.

It is like we made Dairy Queen’s famous buster bar dessert and put it in a 9 x 13 pan. The only thing missing is the popsicle stick!

I love great recipes that are a perfect ice cream treat for hot summer days!

Buster Bar Recipe Ingredients

Most of the ingredients for Buster Bar are usually already in the pantry.

Butter, powdered sugar, evaporated milk, chocolate chips, and Spanish peanuts…nothing too out of the ordinary.

Except for the Oreo cookies…I can’t keep those in the pantry because I eat them!

The ingredients for the Buster Bar recipes include Oreo cookies, evaporated milk, powdered sugar, butter, chocolate chips, and Spanish peanuts.

How to Make This Easy Buster Bar Dessert

Start by crushing one of the greatest cookies of all time…Oreos! 

I like to use my Ninja food processor but you can also crush the cookies by placing them between sheets of wax paper and rolling over the cookies with a rolling pin.

Using a Ninja food processor to crush the Oreo cookies.

The exact amount of cookies is slightly less than a full box of Oreos. So, while I am crushing fine crumbs with the food processor, I nibble on the “leftover” cookies!

A pile of Oreo cookies on the counter top.

Add melted butter to the cookie crumbs and press into an even layer in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. 

Next comes the vanilla ice cream layer.  Here is a little tip. Use the back of a spoon to spread the cold ice cream around. It works like a charm to get the ice cream smooth, even, and into all of the corners of the baking dish. It’s ok if it melts a little as you spread it on…it just makes it easier to spread it out and cover all of the cookie crust.

Pouring melted butter onto crushed chocolate cookies for the Buster Bar recipe crust.
Pressing the Buster Bar recipe cookie crumbs into the corners of a glass 9 x 13 pan.
Using the back of a spoon to spread a layer of vanilla ice cream over the cookie crust.

​Sprinkle peanuts on top of the layer of vanilla ice cream and press them into the ice cream with your hand. Just enough so the peanuts know to “stay put!” Then, into the freezer it goes while you make the chocolate sauce.

A layer of Spanish peanuts pressed into the ice cream layer of this Buster Bar recipe.

Buster Bar Chocolate Fudge Sauce

The next step is basically creating the yummies hot fudge sauce ever!

Combine the powdered sugar, chocolate chips, evaporated milk, and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly, and then lower the temperature to a simmer. 

Stir constantly for 10 minutes as it simmers.  Just keep stirring!

The sauce will gradually turn into the prettiest, velvety fudge topping. Let this chocolate mixture cool completely.

Ingredients for the chocolate sauce in a saucepan on a stovetop.
The melted chocolate sauce for the Buster Bar recipe.

Once the chocolate sauce is cool, pour it over the frozen ice cream and then put it back into the freezer once again for a couple of hours.

When it is time to serve it up, take the dessert out of the freezer and let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. The easiest way to cut this frozen dessert is to wet your knife with a little hot water. Cutting and serving will be a breeze!

Buster Bar Ice Cream Dessert

This frozen treat is a heavenly combination of creamy vanilla ice cream, a chocolate Oreo crust, creamy vanilla ice cream with peanuts, and a velvety chocolate fudge sauce topping. With each spoonful, you'll experience a delightful blend of textures and flavors that will satisfy your sweet tooth!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Freeze time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 600 kcal


  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 9 x 13 pan
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 large saucepan
  • 1 food processor optional


  • 1 14.3 oz. package Oreo cookies crushed
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream softened
  • 1 1/2 cups Spanish peanuts
  • 2 cups Powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter


  • Combine the melted butter and crushed cookies in a bowl.
  • Press the cookie mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan or dish.
  • Spread the softened ice cream over the cookie crust. Sprinkle the peanuts on top and place the pan in the freezer while you make the chocolate topping.
  • With a whisk, combine the powdered sugar, chocolate chips, evaporated milk, and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the chocolate chips melt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Turn the heat down and let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Let the sauce cool completely.
  • Pour and spread the chocolate topping over the frozen ice cream. Freeze until firm.
  • Remove from the freezer 5-10 minutes before serving.
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​Where Can I Serve this Buster Bar Recipe?

Generally speaking, you can take this dessert anywhere and people will love it!  But if you want some specific event ideas, try these!

  • Birthday celebrations
  • Bridal shower
  • Family reunion
  • Ice cream bar
  • Holiday gifts (who wouldn’t love to receive this?)
  • Mother’s Day, Father’s Day…Any Day!

​That’s it- you have all you need for a perfect summer dessert!

A gold fork sticking out of a piece of the Buster Bar recipe.

What a delightful and easy way to inject some cool summer vibes into your day. So why not stay at home, gather the few ingredients needed, and spend a summer afternoon crafting up your own delightful rendition of a Dairy Queen summer treat favorite? 

And maybe even invite some friends over – I’m sure they’ll think you’re super cool when you present them with a decadent Buster Bar ice cream treat!

Now who wants to grab that fork so we can dig in?


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    1. Thank you so much, Susan! It is definitely a family favorite. Not a summer goes by without making it several times! Thanks for stopping by!

  1. 5 stars
    This looks devine! you had me at Ice Cream and then you throw in oreos and peanuts…. I YI YI.
    I have not had real ice cream for weeks and I sure ma craving it. Hopefully soon I can indulge in a bowl of this.

    1. Thanks, Wendy! I thought I could pace myself in eating it. You know…just a little bit every other day. Massive fail! I’ve been eating it every day…and loving it!

  2. Hey Missy! How have I never heard of the delicious chocolate treat? I’d be indulging morning, noon, and night if this was on my counter! haha I can’t wait to try this recipe out! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much! I really hope you give it a try! This dessert never lasts very long at our house!

  3. Oh my goodness Missy, I can see why this would be a hit year round! By the way, I am an ice cream kind of gal all year long too! I know my husband would love this, I am saving this recipe so I can make it!

    1. It’s a good one, Cara! I’m making it again this weekend for a family get-together! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi Catherine! If your family loves this as much as mine, you are in for a great summer! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  4. OMG these sounds AMAZING, Missy!
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    Creatively, Beth

  5. 5 stars
    Looking so very good and outstanding, pinned it
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  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is so amazing and was surprisingly easy to make! Will definitely make this again and soon.

  7. Wow. This takes me back to my childhood when occasionally we’d get a Buster Bar as a treat. These look even better.

    Thank you for sharing this at the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop!


    1. Hi Laurie! My daughters still talk about going to Dairy Queen for a Buster Bar in the summer. Such great memories! Fun to recapture with dessert!

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