Layers of chocolate graham crackers and a creamy peanut butter filling topped off with whipped cream and mini peanut butter cups! This Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake is an easy and delicious no-bake dessert.
So, I celebrated my 28th birthday last Friday. The whole getting close to 30 thing is starting to feel real you guys. Luckily, I had the day off and spent time with Josh and my family.
When it comes to birthdays, my family never really celebrates with traditional birthday cakes. We almost always end up with a cheesecake at every birthday celebration. I love cheesecake though, so I’m not complaining at all! This year my mom made a churro cheesecake, it was absolutely delicious and totally hit the spot.
Next year, I’m thinking I may make this chocolate peanut butter icebox cake for my birthday?? Because believe it or not, July 22nd also happened to be the hottest day so far this year in Arkansas. Not a fan.. at all.
If you’re not familiar with icebox cakes, they’re really one of the best no-bake desserts ever. There are a lot of different variations of icebox cakes, but I used chocolate graham crackers and a peanut butter filling in this one. The peanut butter filling has cream cheese in it, but you can’t really taste it too much. I found that the cream cheese helps to create a firmer layer for the peanut butter filling.
You layer everything in a pan, top it with some whipped cream and miniature peanut butter cups, and then refrigerate it. After a few hours, the filling sets up so it’s easy to slice into and the graham crackers kind of soften. Trust me when I say that this is an absolutely delicious dessert!
You can easily use a different flavor of graham crackers or use another type of cookie, like Oreos, in this recipe. I made another variation with vanilla graham crackers and took the peanut butter out of the filling for 4th of July. So good and perfect with fresh berries too!
This is a great dessert that you can easily make ahead of time. Since the icebox cake will need to be refrigerated for at least 5-6 hours, it’s perfect to make the night before. Plus, it’s completely no-bake! Yay for not turning on the oven when it’s 100 degrees outside!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake
For the icebox cake:
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 13-15 full-sheet chocolate graham crackers use more or less as needed
For the topping:
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup mini peanut butter cups
- 1 chocolate graham cracker crushed
To make the icebox cake:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, mix together the cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Slowly add in the heavy whipping cream and continue mixing on medium-high speed until the mixture has thickened and soft peaks form.
In the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan, make a single layer with the chocolate graham crackers, breaking them up as needed to fit in the pan. It's best to try and use as many full-sheets of graham crackers as you can. I usually use about 4.5 graham crackers for each layer.
Scoop out half of the peanut butter filling and smooth it out on top of the chocolate graham crackers. Add another single layer of chocolate graham crackers on top of the filling, then add the remaining peanut butter filling and smooth it out. Top with one more single layer of chocolate graham crackers and set aside.
To make the topping:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, add the other cup of heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract and mix on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Scoop the whipped cream out on top of the chocolate graham crackers and smooth it out into one even layer. Top with the miniature peanut butter cups and crushed chocolate graham crackers.
Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 5-6 hours. Remove from the refrigerator, slice into pieces and enjoy!
More no-bake desserts to try!
Homemade Magic Shell (I also added a video in the post for how to make this recipe too!)