Nutter Butter Icebox Cake


My husband’s favorite dessert is icebox cake.

If you are unfamiliar, it’s basically a chocolate pudding and graham cracker lasagna.

I, however, am not a fan.

Not sure why…maybe the soggy-ish graham crackers, maybe it’s because I hate making pudding…ALL THE STIRRING!  Seriously it takes milk 14 hours to start boiling.

Maybe it’s because his mother makes it.


I’m kidding, geez.


Ok, back to icebox cake.

Again, not sure why it’s not my thing…but I will tell you that the mystery has plagued me for 14 years…that’s when I met the husband and he introduced the soggy graham cracker dessert into my life.

So, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

Make an icebox cake I can get behind.

I will say that there is no boiling milk, which is awesome, but there is stirring involved.  I couldn’t figure out a way around that.

Annnd it’s chocolate and peanut butter.

Really…using Nutter Butters instead of graham crackers is like the best idea I’ve had all day.  All week even!

And the pudding is less pudding-like and more mousse-like.

So it doesn’t seem as soggy-ish.


Ok, short story long.

Nutter Butter Icebox Cake.

Photobucket Chop up some peanut butter cookies…
Photobucket Making the “pudding”…mix sweetened condensed milk, water and instant chocolate pudding together for like 5 minutes.
This is the exercise portion of the recipe…
Photobucket Plop your whipped cream into the thickened mixture…
Photobucket Then gently fold in your whipped cream until the colors aren’t swirly…
Then layer your pudding and cookies, starting with pudding…
Photobucket Start and end with pudding…
Photobucket That’s it!
Let the whole concoction set up in the fridge at least 4 hours…you could easily make it the night before.
Then dig in!

Nutter Butter Icebox Cake
serves 8
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup ice-cold water
  • 1 pkg (3.4 oz) instant chocolate pudding
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped Peanut Butter sandwich cookies (such as Nutter Butter)
  • extra cookies and whipped cream for garnish
  1. Whip your heavy cream on medium high until soft peaks form, about 1½ minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together sweetened condensed milk and water until combined. Add in chocolate pudding and whisk vigorously for 5-6 minutes until mixture becomes thick.
  3. Fold in your whipped cream into the pudding mixture and stir until completely incorporated.
  4. In a 2.8 qt casserole dish spread ⅓ of the pudding mixture on the bottom. Top with 1½ cups chopped cookies. Repeat this process again and finish with pudding mixture.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  6. Garnish with whipped cream and more cookies.
store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.


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July 1, 2012 7:23 pm

I LOVE Nutter Butters!! and I’ve had icebox cakes but never one like this! Wow, now THIS is party food. I think I need to throw one just to make this :)

July 1, 2012 7:23 pm

I am definitely an ice box cake girl, and the addition of PB is perfect!

July 1, 2012 8:05 pm

I can get on board with anything that has Nutter Butters!

July 1, 2012 8:48 pm

Anything that has Nutter Butters? Instant favorite.

July 1, 2012 8:55 pm

just made my first icebox cake recently and am obsessed. this looks like heaven!


I love icebox cakes! So easy and everyone loves ’em. Never thought to make one with nutter butters though! Awesome. :)

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
July 1, 2012 9:55 pm

Omg! I totally had this dessert in my head! Sounds soooooo good.

July 1, 2012 9:59 pm

I’ve never really understood what icebox cake IS until I read this! And I’d prefer your nutter butter version also. Actually I’d just prefer to eat peanut butter and chocolate at every meal. And this will help.

July 1, 2012 11:03 pm

My question is how did your version of ice box go over with your hubby…looks yummy. I love, love, love your blog…You are my favorite of all the bloggers I try to follow.

July 1, 2012 11:12 pm

I haven’t had Nutter Butters in a long time. I think I need to change that with this dessert!

July 1, 2012 11:51 pm

Nutter butters are one of my favorites!

July 2, 2012 12:14 am

I haven`t had an icebox cake before! But I do love nutterbutter@@ so i might just try these! 😀 plus, seems simple!

July 2, 2012 12:21 am

I have never had an icebox cake before…it sounds bizarre!

Tanya Stevens
July 2, 2012 12:23 am

Nut butters are my favorites :-) I would love so much to try out your version of ice box cakes, they look delicious.

July 2, 2012 7:24 am

I’ve actually never made an icebox cake but this one might be calling my name!

July 2, 2012 8:44 am

I can TOTALLY get behind this icebox cake. YUM!!!!

July 2, 2012 10:08 am

So fun! Love this idea!

July 2, 2012 11:08 am

You, my dear, are a true genius. I hate soggy anything and while I love Oreos, I feel like they are kind of glory hogs in the make it with a cookie dessert recipe category. A moment of silence in support of giving the Nutter BUtter all the glory it deserves.


Wait. Do you say amen after a moment of silence?

July 2, 2012 2:23 pm

Amen sister

July 2, 2012 12:56 pm

My hubby LOVES icebox cake, too. AND he loves anything with peanut butter. This is going on our summer try list! :) Thanks!

July 2, 2012 2:14 pm

Looks soooo delightful! Can’t wait to try it!

Why does milk take 14 hours to boil? Hate making any sauces b/c of that reason alone! So this recipe is a winner in my books.

July 2, 2012 2:42 pm

I love how you made the pudding with sweetened condensed milk! And the addition of Nutter Butters. . .YUM!

July 2, 2012 2:59 pm

Nutter Butters are my favorite!! I will have to try this…

July 2, 2012 3:00 pm

Truth be told: I’m a fan of the soggy graham crackers :) But I think I’d probably like soggy nutter butters even better, so good call there!

July 2, 2012 3:29 pm

SO, I also was introduced to the icebox cake with my hubby’s family and didn’t get it…so blah, so flat, so not rich enough…especially since I made the MUCH BETTER VERSION known as the Chocolate Eclair cake…(you must know that one: with the grahams and vanilla pudding/cool whip mixture layered up and then topped with a can of frosting that you melt in the microwave for 1 minute, pour over the top and chill into decadent deliciousness?????) ANYHOO, THIS version is definitely up my alley and I’m thinking of making it for 4th of July…it would probably work with Oreo’s… Read more »


This is way better than any icebox cake I have ever seen. The mousse instead of pudding is a great idea!


Pure genius once again! My grandma used to make icebox cake for us with sprinkles in it and I loved it! This version looks delicious!

Kathy Linklater
July 2, 2012 4:06 pm

I’m not a big fan of soggy graham crackers either. This version–however–sounds WONDERFUL!

July 2, 2012 4:42 pm

Simply decadent!

July 2, 2012 5:24 pm

Ahhh nutter butters! I was completely obsessed as a child, this looks like my ideal dessert!

July 2, 2012 5:40 pm

I think I could get behind this one too… nutter butters. Um yes!

July 2, 2012 9:23 pm

For some reason I’ve never made an Ice Box cake. But now I’m going to make this recipe asap!

July 2, 2012 11:38 pm

I too can not abide soggy graham crackers..on the other hand, I’ll take Nutter Butters any way I can get them! :)

July 2, 2012 11:50 pm

Oh my goodness! You’re evil! This looks amazing!


ok I have heard of ice box cake but never knew what that was, and it sort of sounds gross. The one you made sounds good though, so at least I can try that:)

July 3, 2012 9:32 am

i’ll take a bowl of that tonight, please.

ps: you’re welcome:,,20607359,00.html

July 3, 2012 9:33 am

well, dang. it cut my link!

here you go:

July 4, 2012 2:03 pm

Oh my goodness, Shelly, you’ve done it again!

July 5, 2012 10:38 am

This looks positively amazing! I can’t wait to make it!

July 5, 2012 3:02 pm

This is totally an icebox cake I can get behind. Nutter Butters > soggy graham crackers. Woo!

July 12, 2012 8:11 pm

Wow I never knew what icebox cake was until I read this! Thanks for solving the mystery… I read this post with my 5-year old, who is currently obsessed with mint oreos. He wants me to make him a chocolate mint version. Mind if I post on my blog about it? I will link to you! I love your blog. And kristan’s too, and the one you share with kristan…


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Wendy Cone
July 10, 2013 12:26 am

Thanks Shelly. My Moms group at church is making this with Peanut Butter Oreos. Those dang Nutter Butters were $5. I figure it is a combo of your two icebox cakes. And NO OVEN!!! And as you know that is crucial in Texas!


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This is SO GOOD, I’ve made it several times and it’s one of the few things I secretly hope there are leftovers… but there never is! I blogged my love: Thanks for sharing! I’m glad you’re an icebox cake convert.

March 29, 2014 9:35 pm

Can you use cool whip instead of the heavy cream? I don’t do so well with the heavy cream. Probably because I have no metal bowl. :(

October 4, 2014 12:10 pm

I find it interesting that this is ice box cake…. for me (and perhaps it’s a canadian thing?!) the Ice Box cake I make includes whipping cream/cool whip and thing chocolate wafers, alternating layers, usually in the shape of a log…. seriously delish!


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