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.

Nutter butter cookie being spread with frosting

Chop up some peanut butter cookies…
Crumbled Nutter Butter cookies in a casserole dishMaking the “pudding”…mix sweetened condensed milk, water and instant chocolate pudding together for like 5 minutes.
This is the exercise portion of the recipe…
A collage of two photos of chocolate mixture being whisked in a bowlPlop your whipped cream into the thickened mixture…
Whipped cream being added to a bowl of liquid chocolate mixtureThen gently fold in your whipped cream until the colors aren’t swirly…
A collage of two photos of thickened chocolate mixture in a mixing bowl
Then layer your pudding and cookies, starting with pudding…
Crushed nutter butter cookies over chocolate pudding mixture in a casserole dishStart and end with pudding…
Chocolate pudding in an oval casserole dishThat’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!Chocolate nutter butter icebox cake topped with whipped cream in a dessert dish


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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Jen C
Jun 26, 2021 6:33 pm

This was amazing! I made it last weekend for a family dinner and the whole thing was gobbled up. I loved the creamy filling so much that this weekend I used the same formula to make an Oreo ice box cake for a grad party. I used white chocolate pudding and folded in some finely crushed Oreos. So delicious! Looking forward to more experimentation. Thanks for this recipe!

Oct 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!

Mar 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. 🙁

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
Jul 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!

Jul 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…

Jul 14, 2012 11:30 am
Reply to  Shelly

yay! thank you… i’ll let you know when it goes, up, k? thanks for the inspiration! ;oD

Jul 5, 2012 3:02 pm

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

Jul 5, 2012 10:38 am

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

Jul 4, 2012 2:03 pm

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

Jul 3, 2012 9:32 am

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

ps: you’re welcome:,,20607359,00.html

Jul 3, 2012 9:33 am
Reply to  brandi

well, dang. it cut my link!

here you go:

Jul 3, 2012 8:24 am

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:)

Jul 2, 2012 11:50 pm

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

Jul 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! 🙂

Jul 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!

Jul 2, 2012 5:40 pm

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

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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