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Buster Bar Dessert has an Oreo crust, vanilla ice cream layer, fudge, peanuts and a layer of whipped topping! It’s all the flavors and textures of a Dairy Queen Buster Bars, but in a 9×13 pan!

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Buster Bar Dessert on a white plate with a fork

I’m a sucker for pretty much any ice cream dessert and this easy Buster Bar Dessert is high up there on my list of favorites!! It always goes over well at family gatherings, summer parties and birthday celebrations!

What is a “Buster Bar?”

Dairy Queen’s famous Buster Bar was first served in 1968 and have been on their menu ever since.  The classic Buster Bar is an ice cream treat on a popsicle stick that consists of layers of vanilla ice cream, a layer of chocolatey fudge and peanuts, all dipped in a chocolate coating. Sounds pretty alright, ehh?? 🙂

Ingredients Needed (Amounts in Recipe Card below)

There are just six ingredients in this dessert – most of which are found in the DQ’s Buster Bars. However, the Oreos and whipped topping make their way into this tasty dessert, making it a little different and in my opinion, even better!

  • Oreo Cookies – Or any brand chocolate sandwich cookie you’ve got on hand. (Although nothing compares to a true Oreo, in my opinion! :))
  • Butter – You’ll need butter to hold together the Oreo cookies in the crust. 
  • Vanilla Ice Cream – Most of the time I stick with vanilla, however, you can certainly try chocolate, chocolate chip, cookies n cream or other flavors if you’d like!
  • Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Topping – You’ll want to get the stuff in a jar, not the “chocolate syrup” or chocolate sauce in a plastic bottle as that’ll be too runny. You could also opt to use 1 1/2 cups of homemade fudge topping.
  • Spanish Peanuts – These are the peanuts with the skins still on. If you don’t like the texture of the skins, adding regular salted peanuts will work just fine.
  • Whipped Topping – Although I love homemade whipped topping, Cool Whip is just so easy and works perfect in this recipe. However, if you want to make homemade whipped topping, that’ll work too (but be sure to sweeten it so it preserves better in the freezer).

How do you make Buster Bar Dessert?

Although this recipe is super easy, do keep in mind that it’ll need to freeze several hours before serving. It’ll stay good for a couple weeks or more in the freezer, so you can always make it ahead of time if you think of it! 

First, you’ll want to crush the Oreos. You can either place them in a resealable baggie and crush them into fine crumbs with a rolling pin, or use a food processor.

Measure out 1 cup of the crumbs and set them aside (you’ll use them as a garnish on top!) Now, you’ll add the melted butter, mix well and press into the bottom of a 9×13 pan with the back of a spoon (or your hands!).

Next, you’ll get your ice cream out of the freezer and let it soften. You’ll scoop the ice cream over the crust and spread it until it’s a nice, even layer. (If it’s too hard to spread, let it set out a bit longer to soften more). Then, you’ll cover the ice cream with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 2 hours.

Now it’s time for the toppings! Read the instructions on the jar of fudge so you know how to warm it up. Once it’s warm (but not super hot), give it a good stir so it’s smooth.

Pour the hot fudge sauce over the ice cream and spread it out. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect!  Next you’ll add a peanut layer and spread the whipped topping on top of the dessert.

Sprinkle the reserved Oreo crumbs on top, place a lid on the pan (or cover with plastic wrap) and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Let the dessert set out 5 minutes before serving, so it’s easier to cut. Then cut into squares and enjoy!!

Variations to try…

The options are truly endless. Here’s a few ideas:

  • For the chocoholic: Use Dark Chocolate Oreos, chocolate ice cream and add a few mini chocolate chips on top!
  • For the caramel lover: Use Golden Oreos, vanilla ice cream, and caramel sauce instead of the fudge!
  • And for the coffee fanatic: Use the Mocha (or regular) Oreos and coffee-flavored ice cream!

I hope you enjoy these homemade buster bars as much as we do!  It always hits the spot, especially on those hot summer days!! 🙂

Other Yummy Ice Cream Desserts

Turtle Ice Cream Dessert

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Dessert

Banoffee Ice Cream Pie

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Buster Bar Dessert

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 20 minutes
Freeze Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
24 servings
All the flavors and textures of a Dairy Queen Buster Bar, but in a 9×13 pan!


  • One 9×13-inch pan


  • One 14.3 ounce package chocolate sandwich cookies (ie. Oreos)
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream softened
  • One 12 ounce jar hot fudge ice cream topping
  • 1 1/2 cups salted peanuts*
  • One 8 ounce tub whipped topping


  • Crush the cookies; reserve 1 cup of the crumbs for garnish on the top.
    One 14.3 ounce package chocolate sandwich cookies (ie. Oreos)
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and cookie crumbs. Press into a 9×13 pan.
    1/3 cup butter
  • Carefully spread the softened ice cream over the cookie crust. Freeze for at least 2 hours.
    1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
  • Spread the fudge topping over the ice cream. (You will need to warm the fudge topping up a bit to make it spreadable).
    One 12 ounce jar hot fudge ice cream topping
  • Sprinkle the peanuts over the fudge. Spread the whipped topping over the dessert and sprinkle with reserved cookies.
    1 1/2 cups salted peanuts*, One 8 ounce tub whipped topping
  • Freeze 4 hours or overnight.


*You can opt to use salted redskin peanuts if you prefer!


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 0.9mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. 5 stars
    We LOVED this recipe sooooooooooooooo much !! Thank you !!