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Buster Bars

Buster Bars – homemade buster bars with oreos, peanuts and chocolate just like Dairy Queen!

Buster Bars - homemade buster bars with oreos, peanuts and chocolate just like Dairy Queen! Now that it’s mid-February, it’s practically summer.

Kidding :)

Ryan and I were having a conversation this weekend about how we are almost out of old man winter’s grip. I asked him what the snowiest month of the year is, he said January. So being that it is mid-February, I’m hoping that it won’t snow again. But being from Minnesota, I shouldn’t be surprised if we experience another snowpocalypse in February or March. Whomp whommmp.

Buster Bars - homemade buster bars with oreos, peanuts and chocolate just like Dairy Queen! But there is hope in sight! February will fly by, I mean there are only 28 days, then we have March and St. Patrick’s Day, then Easter is right around the corner, so summer is almost here. Logical, right?

I’m almost in shock that I am beginning to make and share recipes that involve cold, frozen things, i.e. ice cream and popsicles. So today I bring you a frozen dessert, but it’s somewhat funny because I have a recipe for homemade marshmallows I’ll be sharing next week. I guess I can’t decide which season I want :) And even when it is summer, I’m not sure if I will ever put the heated blanket away. It’s the world’s best invention!

Buster Bars - homemade buster bars with oreos, peanuts and chocolate just like Dairy Queen! So to celebrate the return of summer and to get us all excited for trips to the ice cream parlor, or the new latest craze.. the self serve fro-yo shop, we’re sharing an awesome recipe for homemade buster bars!

Buster Bars - homemade buster bars with oreos, peanuts and chocolate just like Dairy Queen! I think this recipe will significantly help Ryan and I decrease the amount of money we spend at Dairy Queen in the warmer months :)

Buster Bars

Yield: 9x13 inch pan

Total Time:24 hours


  • 1 package oreos, pulsed into crumbs
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • one half gallon vanilla ice cream (or ice cream of choice)
  • 1 & 1/2 cups peanuts
  • 1 large can evaporated milk
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • To top: caramel sauce and extra oreo crumbs (you will need about 1 row of oreos if you want to top the bars with oreo crumbs, so be sure to buy an extra package of oreos).


  1. Using a food processor or blender, pulse the oreos into crumbs. Combine the oreo crumbs and melted butter in a bowl and mix until well combined.
  2. For easy removal, line the 9×13 inch pan with tin foil or wax paper, allow excess to hang over. Lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Evenly distribute the oreo mixture and press into the bottom of the pan.
  4. Spread the softened ice cream on top of the oreo layer.
  5. Sprinkle the peanuts over the ice cream. Cover and freeze until set, preferably overnight.
  6. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the evaporated milk, chocolate cups, butter, and powdered sugar. Stir to melt the mixture melt, once the mixture starts boiling, let it boil and stir continuously for 8 minutes. Add in the vanilla, and stir once more.
  7. Allow the mixture to cool before spreading on top of the ice cream. Once cool, maybe 30 minutes, pour the chocolate mixture on top of the ice cream and freeze until set, around 4 hours.
  8. Before serving, remove the ice cream from the pan by using the excess tin foil. Cut the ice cream into bars and top with caramel sauce and extra oreo crumbs. Serve or freeze bars immediately.


  1. Oh, those aren’t just like Dairy Queen … they’re about a million times better! Your Buster Bars look amazing, Beth.
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

  2. I grew up going to DQ after sports games and I always got a Buster Bar of Dilly Bar. Great recipe.

  3. I don’t even care that our temperatures are still -20C, I could go for these right now! Then again, I can never turn down chocolate or delicious ice cream :)

  4. We are thawing out here. That means it is perfect time for a frozen treat.

  5. Oh my goodness! These are SO droolworthy! Great recipe, Beth!

  6. We would frequent Dairy Queen growing up but I never had the Buster Bar. I was more of a milkshake gal. Your version of these bars looks so good, I bet they are way better than DQ anyhow.

  7. yes, bring on summer and ALL the ice cream treats – we LOVE buster bars

  8. It’s never too early for ice cream recipes!! LOVE these caramel drizzle shots!

  9. Beth, I need warmth in my life, too, but I think I need one of these Buster Bars even more. Pinned and planning to make these for my family. I’m drooling over here!

  10. I can always go for ice cream and I’d never be able to resist these bars!

  11. Heated blankets are amazing. Almost as good as the heated mattress pad! I could climb into a big ol’ heated bed right now with a pan of this and I’d be totally content!

  12. These look so darn good!!! I wouldn’t be able to stop at just one!

  13. Yes you are kidding! It’s soooo cold here BUT I’m loving this cool treat!! I’d have it any time!

  14. This is like a picture straight out of childhood. My mouth is seriously watering over these, Beth!

  15. I have never had nor heard of a buster bar but now I desperately want one! Amazing Beth!

  16. Actually, the DQ Buster Bars (or Peanut Buster Parfait), uses just hot fudge sauce, not caramel. nor do they use oreos. that being said, I think the addition of both of those ingredients will make them far more superior than plain old hot fudge… :)

    • I was also thinking about the DQ birthday cakes.. they have that amazing fudgy, crunchy, cookie layer in the middle.. yumm!

  17. Omigod these look insane! I’m a huge dairy queen fanatic, so these look like my next obsession. Pinned :)

  18. I’ve never heard of a buster bar, but I must have them in my life! Who cares about winter!!

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