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Classic Icebox Cake

[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

The instructions for Nabisco's "Famous Chocolate Refrigerator Roll" seem simple enough: make a tower of cookie and whipped cream sandwiches, lay said tower on its edge, and cover with whipped cream. Yet in practice, few homemade versions I've encountered online match the perfection of the product shot from the wafer package. The Cooking Channel blog inspired me to try putting the cake together in a loaf pan and that worked like a charm. Decorate this cake anyway you want: you can cover the outside with crumbled pieces of extra cookies or go a totally traditional route.

Flavor-wise, it exudes a cookies and cream vibe (actually the cream moistened cookies, a.k.a cake, remind me of the taste and texture of Good Humor chocolate ice cream sandwich cookies--in the very best way.) You can either stick with the traditional whipped cream filling or easily dress it up with a little mint extract, either way it's a win.

This recipe is adapted from the recipe off the back of boxes of Nabisco's Famous Chocolate Wafers. If you can't get chocolate wafers in your area, the Smitten Kitchen has a chocolate wafer cookie recipe that's a good approximation, though in my experience the homemade cookies didn't quite get as soft from the cream as the store bought kind.

About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered children's book editor by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie and a Midtown Lunch contributor. You can follow her on Twitter at @blondiebrownie.


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