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Icebox Cake | Recipe

Heat Wave Cooking: Icebox Cake

I still manage to learn a little something new each day.

Today, it was that the memory card from my camera could be inserted directly into my laptop. Yesterday, it was that a manicure can mean the difference between a finger and no finger when you're chopping a lot of vegetables. And earlier this month, it was the revelation that is a layered icebox cake.

I've never seen a dessert that proffers such a large payout, given the minimal effort. Seriously, spread out cookies like tiles, lay them thick with whipping cream, and repeat until towering. If you're feeling particularly mischievous (and I usually am), shower the top with shavings from your favorite chocolate brand.

Exhibit a little self-restraint (the hardest part!), stick your masterpiece in the fridge, and the next morning, you'll open the icebox to find the the most gorgeous layered cloud of a dessert that you've ever seen.

A bonus dirty little secret: if you're especially lazy, this cake tastes nearly as spectacular when made with Cool Whip instead of heavy cream.

Old-Fashioned Icebox Cake

Old-Fashioned Icebox Cake

Icebox Cake | Recipe

Ingredients

3 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 (9-ounce) packages chocolate wafer cookies
Chocolate shavings or cocoa powder, for garnish

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat cream, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.
  2. On a flat serving plate, arrange seven cookies side by side in a circle, keeping one cookie in the center.
  3. Spread with 1/2 cup whipped cream, making a seven-inch circle. Repeat with remaining cookies and cream, making 11 layers of cookies and ending with a layer of cream (there will be a few cookies left over). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  4. To serve, dust top lightly with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings.

Serves six to eight.

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