No chocolate wafers, no problem.
Summer is saved! In case you missed the news last week, we were devastated to hear the news that Nabisco quietly discontinued its Famous Chocolate Wafer cookies. Yes, the cookies that were the backbone of so many summer desserts are no more. What will become of our beloved icebox cakes?!
While we wrote about some substitutes, there’s no perfect replica of those thin, crispy cocoa cookies. Luckily, there are some creative ways to skirt around 1-1 substitutions. From chocolate chip cookies to graham crackers to ice cream sandwiches, these brilliant recipes replicate that classic, creamy icebox cake delight, with no chocolate wafer cookies required. Time to dig in, and maybe clear some space in your freezer.
Mocha Chocolate Chip Icebox Cake
With mascarpone cheese and espresso powder, this sweet treat is almost like a cross between tiramisu and icebox cake. Using thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies instead of chocolate wafers or the typical lady fingers is a fun and playful twist on two classic desserts.
Chocolate Strawberry Crunch Icebox Cake
Chocolate and strawberry are a dessert match made in heaven, especially during strawberry season when they’re at their sweetest. Though recipe author and Allrecipes All Star Sandra Garth writes, “Here’s one no-bake dessert that tastes good no matter what the season.”
Carlota de Limon (Mexican Lemon Icebox Cake)
This cool, creamy dessert is a lemon lover’s dream come true. Mexican Maria cookies—a simple vanilla cookie similar to English tea biscuits—are ideal here, as they’re sweet but not so sweet that they get cloying when soaked in the condensed milk and lemon juice mixture.
Chocolate Éclair Cake
This Chocolate Éclair Cake is seriously popular with over 200 5-star reviews, and it’s not hard to see why. The 5-ingredient icebox cake is embarrassingly simple, yet yields an elegant-looking, crowd-pleasing dessert, no oven (or real baking skills) required.
Raspberry Icebox Cake
Reviewer Melody Lowrey writes, “This was so easy and so so delicious. I used fresh blackberries that I blended and also added whole ones. Out of this world.” Like Melody, you can swap in any fruit you like (peaches, strawberries, or blueberries are all great options), use any flavor jello (one reviewer loved lemon!), and even use chocolate graham crackers instead of plain to customize this icebox cake.
Strawberry Cheesecake Icebox Cake
Layers of fresh strawberries, graham crackers, and cream cheese filling chill together in the fridge until they create a light, summery spin on classic strawberry cheesecake.
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
To evoke the softened Famous Chocolate Wafers, this cake uses a brilliant swap: ice cream sandwiches. Simply layer up the sandwiches with whipped topping and your favorite sundae toppings and prepare for the rave reviews to pour in.
“This ice cream sandwich cake was renamed as “The Best Dessert I’ve Ever Eaten” by my daughter this Memorial Day,” writes recipe author DAYMOMMY.
Coffee and Doughnuts Icebox Cake
Here’s a dessert that proves thinking outside the box can yield some seriously delicious results. Who needs cookies when you have donuts?! This layered dessert plays on the perfect pairing of coffee and donuts. Hot tip: if only serving to adults, try spiking the coffee cream layer with a little coffee liqueur or Irish cream.
Caramel Apple Eclair Cake
Another éclair cake, but with a seasonal spin. Layer up apples, vanilla pudding, cinnamon graham crackers, and caramel icing, and thank us later. Recipe creator BONO1 writes, “It’s best to refrigerate it for 24 hours to let the dessert have time to form a cake-like consistency.”
Mango Ice Box Cake
Don’t take it from us, this recipe has exclusively 5-star reviews. One reads, “This is one of my very favorite desserts – it’s wonderful!” “This is absolutely delicious! Thanks for a great recipe,” writes another.
Strawberry Oreo-Chocolate Icebox Cake
As we mentioned, Oreo cookies are a great substitution for Nabisco Chocolate Wafers in a pinch, but this icebox cake is designed to put Oreos in the spotlight.
While the recipe calls for Strawberry Creme flavored Oreos, you could easily swap in another flavor cookie and extract. Try mint flavored Oreos with peppermint extract, or Golden Oreos with lemon extract for a summery twist.
Lemon Ice-Box Cake I
One of our all-time favorite iterations of an icebox cake is this retro recipe with lots of lemon, plus pineapple and maraschino cherries for fruity fun. One community member gushes, “This was almost exactly like the lemon ice box cake my mom has been making for over 65 years!”
Ice Cream Lasagna
There are no noodles in this lasagna—just layers of chocolate pudding, peanut butter, ice cream sandwiches, and peanut butter cups. Chocolate and peanut butter lovers, listen up: This dessert is dangerously delicious and will disappear from the dessert table in minutes.
Strawberry Icebox Cake
You’re 4 ingredients and 20 minutes (plus chill time) away from a show-stopping summer dessert. “There is never any left when this icebox cake goes to a BBQ!,” according to recipe creator mamascooking.