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.

PhotobucketChop up some peanut butter cookies…
PhotobucketMaking the “pudding”…mix sweetened condensed milk, water and instant chocolate pudding together for like 5 minutes.
This is the exercise portion of the recipe…
PhotobucketPlop your whipped cream into the thickened mixture…
PhotobucketThen gently fold in your whipped cream until the colors aren’t swirly…
Then layer your pudding and cookies, starting with pudding…
PhotobucketStart and end with pudding…
PhotobucketThat’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

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


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 1 1/2 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 1/3 of the pudding mixture on the bottom. Top with 1 1/2 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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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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!


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. 🙁

Red @ Adventures of a Hungry Redhead

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.

Wendy Cone
Wendy Cone

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!


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…

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

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

Angie @ Coffee and Cannolis

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


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


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

ps: you’re welcome:,,20607359,00.html


well, dang. it cut my link!

here you go:

sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more

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:)


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

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets

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


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

Carla @ Carlas Confections

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

Meghan @ After the Ivy League

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

Jen @ Savory Simple

Simply decadent!

Kathy Linklater
Kathy Linklater

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

Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth

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!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

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


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 »


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!

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

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


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


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.


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

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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