cookies & cream icebox cake

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~ cookies & cream icebox cake ~

My friend Clare introduced me to Nabisco Famous chocolate wafers a while back. I had never cooked with them. She told me about this easy, yummy, icebox cake with three ingredients, and I thought this would be a fun recipe to try with my daughter Gracie, as she is becoming more and more interested in learning the ways of the kitchen and has been trying a few recipes on her own. She makes my recipe for frozen cappuccinos better than I do! What do your kids like to cook?

The cake you see above was made by following the recipe on the box of “Famous” Chocolate WafersΒ  and grating dark chocolate over the slices before serving. The wafers magically turn into cake as they chill in the refrigerator between layers of vanilla whipped cream. I was surprised at how delicious this turned out, and I’d like to try adding a little mint extract to the cream instead of vanilla the next time I make it. This is wonderful with tea or French press coffee.

Here’s the recipe:

1 tsp. vanilla or mint extract
2 cups whipping cream, whipped + 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 pkg. (9 oz.)Β FAMOUS Chocolate Wafers

ADDΒ  sugar and vanilla or mint extract to whipping cream, beat until soft peaks form
SPREAD 1-1/2 tsp. of the whipped cream mixture onto each wafer. Stack wafers together, then stand on edge on serving platter to make a log.
Frost with the remaining whipped cream mixture.
REFRIGERATE at least 4 hours or overnight. Cut dessert diagonally into 14 slices to serve.
Store leftover dessert in refrigerator.



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  37 comments for “cookies & cream icebox cake

  1. June 8, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Oh, my gosh. This is ridiculous. I could probably live on this!!


    • Melissa
      June 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      hee hee! enjoy Carrie! πŸ™‚ xo

  2. Rebecca Walker
    June 8, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Wow! From now on you should never tell people how easy the recipe is and just let them be blown-away impressed. πŸ™‚

    • Melissa
      June 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Hi Rebecca! well….maybe…but isn’t it fun to pass this on to my best peeps from time to time? you can keep the secret. I won’t tell. hee hee πŸ˜‰ xo

  3. June 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Okay…I am making this now! I saw it on the back of the wafers at publix the other day but didn’t buy them. I’m going back to buy them now! It looks wonderful! <3 and hugs sweets!

    • Melissa
      June 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      xoxo honey bunches! enjoy πŸ™‚

  4. Caryl
    June 9, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Have made this numerous times! My mother-in-law showed me years ago.
    A family favorite! The kids love it <3

    • Melissa
      June 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      it’s such a fun recipe! xo

  5. June 10, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Melissa, I love you!!!! I will be making this and I’ll probably try your mint extract idea, Then it’ll be just like having mint chocolate chip ice cream!!! Oh yes I will!

    • Melissa
      June 10, 2012 at 9:05 am

      Hi Joan! Love you back sweet lady! I’m so pleased you like the recipe. yummy, impressive and easy peasy! πŸ™‚ enjoy!

    • Caryl
      June 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      I will be trying that version too! Sounds great! Why have I not thought of it before?? Lol

      • Melissa
        June 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

        enjoy Caryl πŸ™‚

  6. June 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    This looks amazing! I followed the recipe on the box once and it looked nothing like yours! Yours looks so beautiful! Will have to try it out again sometime! Thanks Melissa!

    • Melissa
      June 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      thanks so much Donika! I hope you enjoy the recipe πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by!

      • June 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm

        My pleasure! Love your blog! πŸ™‚

        • Melissa
          June 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm

          aw! thanks so much. what a lovely compliment πŸ™‚ xo

  7. September 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    That looks really good… and easy!

    • Melissa
      September 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      It’s surprisingly good! and easy enough for my daughter to make! xoxo

  8. Amy
    September 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Love this. Yours looks pretty. Is there a trick to how to lay this horizontally after you’re done stacking te cookies? When I try to switch the cake to horizontal, i screw it up. Doesn’t look like you had that problem from your picture. How did you keep it so straight?!

    • Melissa
      September 6, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      I just stack them in straignt, upright rows πŸ™‚ I don’t really have a trick or anything. LOL. thanks so much for visiting and for the sweet compliment.

    • Caryl
      September 7, 2012 at 6:59 am

      You don’t make it as a tower and then flip it…you make it horizontal from the start πŸ™‚

      • Melissa
        September 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm

        Right! exactly Caryl πŸ™‚

    • Vickie
      November 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      just make individual towers and frost all around .. easier to serve and make!! Taste just as good!!

      • Melissa
        November 9, 2012 at 11:17 pm

        Great tip! Thanks Vickie!

  9. Gail
    October 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    We used to call this The Famous Wafer Cake when I was growing up. I’m glad you’re sharing it. May it live on for another 3 generations.

    • Melissa
      October 28, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Yes Gail! It’s such a fun, simple recipe πŸ™‚ thanks for visiting!

  10. Vickie
    November 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I am 66 years old and have been eating this since childhood!! Always a favorite .. my kids requested “cookie cake” while growing up!! It was my Dad’s favorite and I have two original TINS that the cookies came in. …probably a lot less breakage in the old days of tins!!

    • Melissa
      November 9, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Thanks for visiting Vickie! Seems like there are a lot of people who like this easy little cake…and lots of memories surrounding it πŸ™‚

  11. Lisa
    January 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    This is my husband’s fav! He is not real big on sweets, this hits the mark! When I make it I have to use at least 2 boxes of wafers and it fills my turkey serving platter! The kids call it the “Cloud Cake” and they request it more than any other dessert I make!

    • Melissa
      January 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Hello Lisa! I love all the nostalgia and memories that surround this little cake recipe! thanks for sharing yours! xoxo

      • Lisa
        January 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

        I love your site and have trued many of your recipes! thanks for sharing with all of us and for making sure the recipes work! I have shared your site with my girls and the ladies in my family! You ROCK!!

        • Melissa
          January 29, 2013 at 1:40 am

          Hello Lisa! Thanks so much for visiting and for the sweet compliments! So happy you like my recipes. XO πŸ˜‰ enjoy!

  12. Liz
    August 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    This is one of my favorite desserts and so easy to make. We have always called it Zebra. I have had it made with ginger cookies and once my daughter couldn’t find the Chocolate cookies and used chocolate chip and she said it was great! Thanks for posting this and reminding me I need to make it. Soon. πŸ™‚

    • Melissa
      August 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Hi Liz! Love the idea of using ginger! (and maybe a little lemon zest in the whipped cream?) thanks for the inspiration, and for stopping by! xo πŸ™‚

  13. Cheryl
    March 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    My Mom use to make this every year for my b’day, till unfortunately she quit being able to locate the Nabisco Chocolate Cookie Wafers. Can anyone tell me where to find them? Thanks!


    • March 5, 2014 at 10:13 am

      I have found them at and WalMart. Google them and try putting in your zip code with the inquiry. Good Luck. πŸ˜€

      • Melissa
        March 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm

        Thanks, Lisa! πŸ™‚

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