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Chocolate-Mint Icebox Cake

This old-fashioned no-bake cake has just three components: store-bought cookies, homemade mint whipped cream, and chocolate chips.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 4 hours 20 mins
  • servings: 8




  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1 package (9 ounces) chocolate wafers
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips


  1. Step 1

    Make the mint cream: With an electric mixer, beat heavy cream, sugar, and mint extract until stiff peaks form.

  2. Step 2

    Line a serving platter with two sheets of wax paper side by side. Assemble the cake: Spread each wafer with about 1/2 tablespoon mint cream, forming stacks. Lay stacks horizontally along seam of paper, pressing gently to form a log. With small spatula or knife, cover log with remaining mint cream. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to 2 days.

  3. Step 3

    To serve, gently remove wax paper from underneath cake (holding cake in place with a metal spatula, if necessary), and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Slice cake diagonally with a serrated knife.

Everyday Food, June 2004



Reviews (21)

  • 23 Aug, 2011

    This is my Mom's birthday cake, except she uses the original Nabisco chocolate wafers recipe, without mint or chocolate chips. Sometimes we sprinkle the top with chocolate shavings for a similar, less crunchy effect. I prefer it a bit sweeter by using Cool Whip instead of real cream. We also make it much simpler, by making one long stack, alternating wafer and whipped cream, and then slice it at an angle for the same lined effect. Sometimes these wafers are with ice cream cones in the store.

  • 17 Aug, 2011

    I have made this cookie over the years which was always a family favourite and now the grandkids love it. At Christmas Time, I give it a few food colour drops of green and make an extra large one in the shape of a Candy Cane. I then drizzle it with chocolate and candy cane broken up and sprinkled on top. Everyone loves it.

  • 30 Jun, 2011

    My mom made this all the time growing up and it is so simple and good. Never had the mint or chips added, but that sounds like it would change it up a bit and sounds great.

  • 22 Dec, 2010

    There should be a recipe right on the box of the Nabisco Famous Cohocolate Wafers. Online it is at

  • 22 Dec, 2010

    Google Nabisco Famous chocolate wafers. We never used mint or the chocolate chips on top.

  • 17 Aug, 2010

    These instructions are very badly written. The 'stacks' should be vertical not horizontal. What are 'chocolate wafers?' Chocolate biscuits or chocolate covered after dinner mint type things. Luckily I know how to make this or I would be very confused. I have used ginger biscuits and dipped them in coffee before smothering them in cream.

  • 18 Jul, 2010

    are "chocolate wafers" the same as oreos? is there a similar product without the oreo filling?

  • 22 Nov, 2009

    Delicious. I made a double recipe, so it ended up being a square cake (about the size of a double layer cake) instead of a roll. Everyone was impressed and it was really easy.

  • 30 Sep, 2009

    Do you freeze this? It looks to die for and I want to try it, but I don't want to mess it up. Reading that you're supposed to be able to cut it, but it's made of whipped cream is what is confusing me... will someone that has made it please help!

  • 18 Aug, 2009

    My mother made this (without the mint flavoring) from the recipe off the Nabisco Famous Wafers and it was called "Igloo Cake." One of our favorites.

  • 12 Jun, 2009

    Use the chocolate animal crackers, for THE cheapest way to go. Let sit a bit longer, but delish

  • 10 Jun, 2009

    In my grocery store, they are in the cookie/cracker aisle.

  • 10 Jun, 2009

    lakeover8 you might want to try chocolate graham crackers or 100 calorie Oreos they are crispy

  • 9 Jun, 2009

    Does anyone know where to find these wafers to make this wonderful dessert? I have made it for years, however, can no longer find the wafers.

  • 26 Aug, 2008

    My family has made this for years, and it was always called 'Icebox Cake'
    When I worked at Smith College in Northampton, Ma. they called it 'Zebra Pudding'
    What ever you call it, or if you add mint, it is just wonderful....
    Try it, it will become a family favorite,
    Pam, New London, NH

  • 21 Aug, 2008

    we make this down in Australia but call it 'chocolate ripple cake' We use chocolate ripple biscuits which go lovely and soft like cake. Rather than use mint essence we stir broken up nestle peppermint crisps through the cream YUM!

  • 21 Aug, 2008

    Some grocery chains offer a 'dutch fudge' type cookie. They are not crisp, which shouldn't matter because the dessert winds up soft anyway, but they are larger and thicker, so they would be more cakey than the original. Archway also makes a dutch fudge cookie, but they are thicker than the store brand ones. It might be worth a try.

  • 17 Aug, 2008

    What about the thin mints from Girl Scouts? Im more than certain the cookies can be kept in the freezer as you might want to stock up...YUMMY!

    Good luck

  • 15 Aug, 2008

    Unfortunately, these Nabisco cookies are not available between the Mississippi river and the Rocky Mountains. I called the company. Does anyone know of an acceptable substitute besides scraping the middles out of Oreos? They can be ordered through Amazon, but that is expensive.

  • 13 Aug, 2008

    UH -- I seriously think this would be the perfect dessert ANY TIME OF THE YEAR!!!! Thanks for slways being so COOL!!

  • 3 Nov, 2007

    The is the perfect dessert for a a summer meal -- everyone's really impressed by the addition of the mint and it's so easy!