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Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake

The cake starts out sturdy but softens overnight in the fridge. At that point, it can be sliced into pieces like a traditional cake.

  • Prep:
  • Servings: 10
  • Yield: Makes one 9-inch cake
Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2011


  • 4 cups cold heavy cream
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whiskey (optional)
  • 8 dozen cookies from Chocolate Chip Cookie Base (2 1/4 inches, baked until crisp)
  • Chocolate shavings, for garnish


  1. Whisk 3 cups cream and the mascarpone in a chilled bowl until soft peaks form. Add sugar and whiskey. Whisk until medium-stiff peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to use (or up to 3 hours).

  2. Arrange 9 cookies in a circle (with cookies touching) on a cake stand or a plate. Place 2 cookies in center. Carefully spread 1 cup cream mixture evenly over cookies, leaving a slight border. Repeat to form 7 more layers, ending with cookies (you'll have a few cookies left over). Refrigerate, lightly draped with plastic wrap, overnight.

  3. Whisk remaining cup cream until soft peaks form. Spread over top of cake just before serving. Garnish with chocolate shavings.


Reviews (13)

  • evmybryan 25 Jan, 2015

    The cake tastes amazing! The only thing I have to say negative is that mine did not look pretty at all! The cookie base she provides makes really flat cookies. So assembling the cake is not hard, but it doesn't come out looking very pretty....

  • Erin 1030 19 Jul, 2014

    Anybody make this is in a rectangle shape? I want to make this for my daughters birthday but I need to feed 20 people. Just wonder if like a 9x13 will hold up in the fridge without tipping over.

  • SarahGator 19 Jul, 2014

    I made this cake for my sister-in-law's birthday a few months ago. It was delicious and beautiful! When you slice it the layers look so fancy. Everyone was impressed with the details and it tasted amazing. My only comment is that the whipped cream on top is not necessary. After baking so many cookies ou really don't need to add an extra step. Just use the marscapone mixture on the top.

  • BlueEyedDoc 19 Apr, 2014

    Fantastic! Impressive presentation! Very easy to make. My daughter and had a great time making this for Easter. Surprisingly light!

  • ElaineNYnFL 18 Apr, 2014

    A great make-ahead dessert. Makes a great presentation and so good. This is a "keeper".

  • kvnsgrl 8 Oct, 2013

    This was amazing. My husband said he wanted a birthday cake that tasted like chocolate chip cookie dough, and this fit the bill.

  • LovelyZ 12 Jul, 2013

    Delicious and a total crowd pleaser. I also recommend that you bake the cookies yourself. I bought two giant tubs of cookie dough from Costco and used that. Everyone loved it.

  • Narges Nouh 2 Mar, 2013

    narges nouh

  • gensquared 22 Jul, 2012

    Made this cake twice, once for a birthday and then for a graduation party. It was a big hit both times! In fact, people actually wanted to lick the platter at the grad party when it was all gone!!

    I would recommend making the cookies (made mine from a box) rather than buying ready-made cookies. The ready-made cookies didn't get as soft as the cookies I baked.

  • Ingela L e nberg 1 11 Jul, 2012

    Detta borde jag prova!!

  • pammat 18 May, 2012

    I have made this cake many times. In fact it is my "go to" special dessert. It is always impressive and a hit when I make it. In fact, I am making now. Family and friends are always requesting it!

  • Denelope 5 Dec, 2011

    Made this cake and it turned out fabulous. It is now the requested cake for birthdays and other special occasions. Easy to make with a huge payoff!

  • susiejv 10 Sep, 2011

    This cake turned out very very well. It was a big hit with the kids and adults alike. Delicious!

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