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Jonathan Stark's Chocolate Wafer Icebox Cake

About the Recipe

My mother was a pretty good cook of meat, a terrible cook of vegetables but a master of desserts. This is no doubt where I get my sugar addiction. So, to my favorite sugary dessert. It was first introduced by Nabisco in 1929 as "Chocolate Wafer Icebox Cake". My mother and grandmother made this since I can remember. It’s the simplest dessert ever and as the wafers sit overnight, they become cake-like and incredibly delicious. Combined with real, hand-whipped whipping cream, it's comfort food at its best. And, really, these days a little comfort food can go a long way to brighten your day. Personally, I could never let the cookies sit overnight, I’d keep opening the fridge and dipping my finger into the whipped cream, pulling out a glop until there was a notable chunk missing and then, of course, claim innocence. Give this simple recipe a try. I think Billy Cole had some of this in the fridge for him and Jerry (he didn’t just eat apples) but they sadly were not able to finish them.


  • 1 tsp.vanilla

  • 2 cups unwhipped chilled whipping cream.

  • 1 - 9 oz. package of Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers (they may be at your store but if not get them at Walmart or Amazon)


  1. Combine whipped cream and vanilla in a glass bowl. Beat with mixer until stiff peaks form (don’t add sugar to the whipped cream, the wafers are sweet)

  2. Spread just a teaspoon of whipped cream onto each wafer.

  3. Stack wafers together. Then stand on edge on serving platter to make a log.

  4. Frost with remaining whipped cream.

  5. Refrigerate at least 4 hours (overnight is better).

  6. Cut dessert diagonally into 14 (or so) slices.

  7. Decorate with mini chocolate chips, chocolate shavings, nuts, toasted coconut or just serve as is.

  8. Tell your kinds if any is missing the next day they could lose a finger.

  9. Then tell them that you would never do that but they’ll get a good talking to.

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