No Bake Peanut Butter Cake

When hot weather hits I only want to make no-bake desserts and this is the most EPIC one you’ll ever see: Peanut Butter Icebox Cake.

This no bake lush can be called so many things: dream dessert, lush, dessert lasagna, but whatever you call it, know that it’s amazing!

What is an Icebox Cake?

An Icebox Cake has 3 main components:

  1. Cookie Layers
  2. Creamy filling
  3. Topping

The cookie layers are sandwiched with the creamy filling and then the dessert is refrigerated (in the “icebox”). The cookies become soft from the filling and soaking and resemble cake. So it’s like eating a no-bake cake!

THIS No Bake Peanut Butter Icebox Cake is completely peanut butter, from the cookie layers to the pudding to the candy topping.

Ingredients in Peanut Butter Icebox Cake

  • Cookies: For this cake version we are using peanut butter sandwich cookies (AKA Nutter Butters). You can use any sandwich cookie you like, any flavor (Oreos would be great too!)
  • Milk: Because sandwich cookies are thick, we dunk them in milk to help them get started soaking. That way after refrigerating the cookies will soak through and get soft.
  • Pudding Mix: We use instant pudding mix in this, vanilla or cheesecake flavor.
  • Peanut Butter: I’m using creamy peanut butter but crunchy would work too.
  • Cool Whip: I love the ease of using cool whip, but you can substitute fresh whipped cream on top.
  • Reese’s Pieces: I decorated the top with candy but you can also use chopped peanut butter cups or more cookies or peanuts.
  • How to make Icebox Cake

    • Dip your cookies in milk and place on the bottom of your pan.
    • Whisk pudding mix with milk. Then whisk in the peanut butter.
    • Fold in the whipped topping.
    • Top cookies pudding, then more milk-dipped-cookies, then more pudding, and so on. Continue until you’re out of all ingredients.
    • Top with whipped topping. Chill at least 2 hours, then top with candy before serving.
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