Peanut Butter Cup Icebox Cake

Peanut Butter Cup Icebox Cake | browneyedbaker.com #recipe #nobake

Icebox cake was a long-standing fixture in my grandma’s kitchen on Sundays, especially during the summer. Hers was an incredibly simple version, consisting of layers of graham crackers, vanilla pudding and, sometimes, Cool Whip on top. It was one of my two favorite desserts at my grandma’s in the summer; the other being angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream.

Last year, I experimented with an Oreo version of icebox cake, replacing the graham crackers with Oreo cookies and the vanilla pudding with cheesecake pudding. It was fabulous, and I went ahead and made another no-bake Oreo layer dessert later on last summer, that I decided needed a peanut butter cup spin.

Let’s be honest… once the temperature starts to creep about eighty, no matter how well air conditioned the house is, I think most of us would prefer to leave the oven off and instead indulge in cool, refreshing desserts. This is perfect, and if you’re a peanut butter fan, this will be right up your alley.

Peanut Butter Cup Icebox Cake | browneyedbaker.com #recipe #nobake

I kept the Oreo crust, but added peanut butter to the cream cheese layer for more of a peanut butter mousse consistency, topped that layer with chopped peanut butter cups, then layered on the chocolate pudding, a whipped topping layer, and more chopped peanut butter cups.

The result is a cool, creamy, peanut butter and chocolate loaded dessert, perfect for summer and anytime you need an easy no-bake dessert. I guarantee this would have been grandma-approved!

Peanut Butter Cup Icebox Cake | browneyedbaker.com #recipe #nobake

One year ago: Peanut Butter-Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies
Two years ago: Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
Three years ago: Rhubarb Pie-Tartlets and Root Beer Float Cake
Four years ago: Classic Lemonade
Five years ago: Greek Celebration Bread (Christopsomos) and Chocolate Chip Cookie-Topped Brownies
Six years ago: Buttermilk Pancakes

Peanut Butter Cup Icebox Cake

Yield: About 16 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

An Oreo crust is topped with a creamy peanut butter filling, peanut butter cups, chocolate pudding and a whipped cream topping.

Ingredients:

For the Crust:
1 (14.3-ounce) package Oreo Cookies
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

For the Peanut Butter Layer:
8 ounces cream cheese
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 (8-ounce) tub Cool Whip
6 snack size peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped

For the Pudding Layer:
1 (5.9-ounce) box instant chocolate pudding
2½ cups milk

For the Topping:
1 (8-ounce) tub Cool Whip
6 snack size peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped

Directions:

1. Make the Crust: Place the cookies in a food processor blender and process until they are broken down into fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse a few times to ensure that all of the crumbs are evenly moistened. Turn the crumbs out into a 9x13-inch pan and press into an even layer. Refrigerate while the peanut butter layer is prepared.

2. Make the Peanut Butter Layer: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth and homogenous, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the powdered sugar until it is all incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 30 seconds. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the Cool Whip. Spread in an even layer over the crust and sprinkle with the chopped peanut butter cups. Refrigerate while the pudding layer is prepared.

3. Make the Pudding Layer: In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and milk for 2 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes to allow it to set. Use an offset spatula to spread the pudding in an even layer over the cream cheese mixture.

4. Spread the remaining 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip on top and sprinkle with the rest of the chopped peanut butter cups. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

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52 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cup Icebox Cake”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks on May 27, 2014 at 12:39 am

    This is my dream dessert! Peanut butter, Cool Whip, Oreos, Reese’s…and slightly melty and all creamy…mmm, so.good. Pinned!

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  2. Renee @ Awesome on $20 on May 27, 2014 at 12:50 am

    I’m such a sucker for this type of creamy layered dessert. I’m in love with this.

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  3. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness on May 27, 2014 at 6:19 am

    I am ALL about this dessert! It’s been very hot here in Florida so some frozen goodness is much needed…plus, it has Peanut Butter, Oreos and Reese’s…it
    s obviously amazing! Pinned :)

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  4. Lynne on May 27, 2014 at 6:38 am

    I’m probably in the minority that I don’t like the taste of the cream cheese with the Oreos – I guess I’ve had too much cookies and cream ice cream, because the sourness of the cream cheese just makes it taste “off” to me. I’m assuming I could substitute a peanut butter filling recipe (butter instead of cream cheese) for that layer?

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    • Michelle on May 27th, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Hi Lynne, Absolutely!

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  5. Laura @ Raise Your Garden on May 27, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Oh peanut butter icebox cake, how I love thee!
    Bring on the Peter Pan peanut butter though – the only one for me =)

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  6. Reshana on May 27, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Amazing! I am absolutely in love with this dessert! Im definitely gonna try it.. Im from South Africa and they don’t keep reeses peanut cups here :( pleeeaasssse bring them to SA! BEB if I don’t have peanut butter cups, what substitute could I use?

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    • Michelle on May 27th, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Hi Reshana, You can use your favorite candy :)

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  7. Lisa @ Simple Pairings on May 27, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Ah, I’ve never had an icebox cake before! This recipe reminds me of those frozen Snickers ice cream bars I used to love devouring at the pool as a kid. It’s only May, but I’ve definitely hit the point in the year where I crave cold desserts – even chilled candy! This looks fabulous.

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  8. Belinda@themoonblushbaker on May 27, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Even though i am from the driest country on Earth, I have never had an ice box cake! I really have to try this combo of peanuts, oreos and store bought packet pudding. It is like my Kiddy fantasy dessert!

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  9. SusieQ on May 27, 2014 at 7:52 am

    This looks good, but I’m not a huge chocolate fan. I think I need to make a Nutterbutter version.

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  10. Mir on May 27, 2014 at 8:01 am

    You’ve hit my happy dessert place with this one! Peanut butter and Oreos. Hello!

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  11. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert on May 27, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Yum – we used to have this type of dessert all summer long. Love the peanut butter version- bravo!

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  12. Sues on May 27, 2014 at 8:44 am

    This looks absolutely incredible! My husband and brother-in-law are peanut butter chocolate obsessed, so I might have to make this as a special summer surprise!

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  13. Pat T on May 27, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Will real whip cream work for this? I am thinking it will freeze ok…..

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    • Michelle on May 28th, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Hi Pat, You can use fresh whipped cream, but know that you should plan on eating it within a day or so or it will get watery. I would not recommend freezing with fresh whipped cream.

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  14. Kelly on May 27, 2014 at 11:02 am

    This dessert is calling my name!! Yum!

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  15. Jen on May 27, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I love the oreo cheesecake icebox cake and this sounds even better. definitely will try it this summer. i also like someone’s suggestion in here for a nutterbutter version. yum!

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  16. marcie on May 27, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I’ve never ever had an icebox cake! This version sounds so delicious with the chocolate pudding and Reese’s!

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  17. Becca on May 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    This sounds amazing!! I don’t care much for cool whip though. Can I use regular whipping cream and how much do you think I’d need?

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    • Michelle on May 28th, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Hi Becca, Yes, you can. I would use 1 cup of cream, whipped for each instance of cool whip.

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  18. Tracy | Pale Yellow on May 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    This looks fantastic for hot summer nights! I have the perfect audience for this decadent dessert!

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  19. Ala on May 27, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    For some reason I’ve never done the whole icebox cake thing, but I think I’m converted. Frozen desserts are my favorite, so I can’t wait–plus, I love your recipes, Michelle. Thanks for sharing this, bookmarked and pinned!

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  20. Trisha W. on May 27, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    This looks delish! I just wanted to share a recipe that was my first introduction to icebox cake! I’ve made it several times and it always turns out great! Sometimes I use homemade cookies instead of store bought ones. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/mocha-chocolate-icebox-cake-recipe.html

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  21. Monica on May 27, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Looks super yum! But I think I will adapt this with using the Newman Own’s Chocolate Peanut Sandwich cookies and my own homemade stable whipped cream topping.

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    • shayton on May 27th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Monica that’s exactly what I was thinking. Have you tried it yet? How did it turn out?

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  22. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts on May 27, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    ugh, I could SO go for a huge piece of this right now. looks so delicious!!

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  23. maddie on May 27, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    yum!!!!!

    i am drooling right now

    i am so making this

    Reply

  24. Ashley Mon on May 27, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Love all these recipes. But am I only one who has gained weight since subscribing to the posts?

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  25. Stef on May 27, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Can u use a premade crust? I don’t have a food processor. Any suggestions on alternatives?

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    • Michelle on May 28th, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Hi Stef, I don’t know how a pre made crust would work, since they usually come in pie tins. If you don’t have a food processor, you can put the cookies in a resealable bag and crush with a rolling pin.

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  26. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on May 27, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Holy sweet goodness!! This looks awesome!

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  27. kerri on May 27, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Does the milk for the pudding need to be any certain % fat to solidify ? Aka can I use skim milk for that step since that is what I have on hand ?

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    • Michelle on May 28th, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Hi Kerri, I used 2% milk and have used 1% milk before as well. I’ve never used skim milk for anything, so I can’t give you a definitive answer, but I think it should be okay.

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    • Cynthia M on June 2nd, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      I can confirm that skim milk works just fine in instant pudding. It’s the only type I ever use.

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  28. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup on May 28, 2014 at 12:18 am

    I cannot wait to try this! My mouth is literally watering looking at those pictures. I’m not sure there is a better combination in the world than chocolate and peanut butter. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  29. Samina | The Cupcake Confession on May 28, 2014 at 8:45 am

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!! This looks SOOOOOO GOOOOOD! I just want to sink my teeth into this pudding heaven! <3

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  30. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie on May 28, 2014 at 9:19 am

    This is a lot like my peanut butter pie but with an extra layer with that pudding, yum!

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  31. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on May 28, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    What a killer cake, love all the PB goodness!

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  32. Nina on May 29, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Triple Yum!!! I am going to make this for a party next week. I have a question – Do you use just the cookie part of the Oreo or the whole cookie, middle and all? Thanks so much :)

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  33. sara on May 29, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    WOW this looks amazing! So need to make this. And eat it all. :)

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  34. Michele Lumadue on May 31, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I made this on Tuesday and it was all gone by Friday. I can’t have it because of my peanut and dairy allergy, but my husband and three boys devoured it. My hubby said it is like my dirt recipe, but with peanut butter. They want me to make it again. Thanks for sharing. It will definitely be added to my dessert menu.

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  35. Kacie on May 31, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I just made this today and it was the hit of the party! It was gone within an hour or two…thanks for the great recipe!

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  36. Genny on June 4, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks so much for the recipe. Made it today and it was a huge hit. So yummy!

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  37. Alyssa on June 13, 2014 at 12:01 am

    I’m making this for a get together tomorrow. Did you let the cool whip thaw at all before folding it in? Thanks!

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    • Michelle on June 13th, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Hi Alyssa, Yes, thaw the Cool Whip!

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  38. Shari on June 16, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Made this for Father’s Day for my dad who us wild for anything peanut and chocolate. I made home made chocolate pudding instead of packaged pudding and used whip cream with stabilizer instead of cool whip. The dessert was one of the best I gave ever made and my Dad wants me to make another the next time they come fur supper!! Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!!!

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  39. jen in pa on June 17, 2014 at 11:42 am

    do you think i can freeze extra slices (cut them up and put them in containers) if we don’t finish it all?

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    • Michelle on June 17th, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Hi Jen, I haven’t tried freezing this, but all of the components should freeze well. Let me know how it is!

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  40. Courtney on June 23, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Love your blog!! It says refrigerate for 2 hours before serving – how long do you think it would be okay in the fridge? Would it be just as good made a day ahead, for example?

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    • Michelle on June 26th, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Hi Courtney, Yes, you could definitely make this a day in advance. I think it’s fine for a few days in the fridge.

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