Oreos, also known as cookies and cream, are a flavor combination iconic of American childhood. Simply put, it’s bittersweet chocolate and sweat cream. Even though cream takes a starring role, you might not believe me if told you the original Oreos are dairy free. It’s probably why they go so well with milk and how the combination evolved.
Oreo cake in my family is served up every single time we all come home together. Auntie Jane makes sure that it’s a commonality in our ever changing lives. It’s a comfort of home and childhood all wrapped up in one delicious package.
It’s simple with only two ingredients, and yes, the results are just THAT good. Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers are sandwiched together with pillowy whipped cream. As the combination sits unattended in the refrigerator, something magical happens. It’s actually called maturation. This process imparts both flavor and moisture, also helping to improve texture as a dessert sits. In this recipe, the moisture of the whipped cream permeates the cookies completely leaving you with a mousse like texture throughout. And just to think, no heavy lifting. It’s almost hard to imagine that a dessert could be this good with so little effort.
Even if you call it zebra cake, chocolate wafer icebox cake, cookies and cream cake or Oreo cake, it’s all the same. They include the same ingredients and leave you with an absolutely comforting and non-plussed dessert. The trick is just how you serve it up, and don’t skimp on the ingredients, Cool Whip does not do it justice. You can choose to do stacks, a log or even more squared cake when you layer everything together, but the fun part is cutting into it and seeing all the distinct layers.
While this recipe is found all over the place, there are so many ways to make it your own and cater it to your tastes and dietary needs. Make a vegan whipped cream, choose gluten free cookies, or choose low sugar options. It’s just that forgiving of a recipe! If you’re getting ready for Valentine’s day, consider raspberry flavored whipped cream and chocolate. Maybe you want tiramisu flavored, so you add in some cheesecake pudding mix and some instant coffee. The bottom line is to have fun and enjoy this winter pick me up or by indulging in a yummy dessert when summer’s heat becomes a scorcher.
To full plates and eating your tarte out,
- 1 package of chocolate wafer cookies (Look for Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers)
- 2 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream
- 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar
- 1 scraped vanilla bean
- In a cold standing mixer, beat the whipping cream, vanilla and sugar until stiff peaks form.
- Place a platter in front of where you’ll be assembling the cake. Start by place a 4” strip of whipped cream down the center of the plate. It should be about 12” long. Take two chocolate wafers and place whipped cream in the center to create a sandwich. Place into the whipped cream on the platter so it’s standing up like a coin you're about to spin. Continue layering the cookies and cream so that you have a layer of whipped cream between each chocolate wafer. You'll want to form a log-like shape. Leave any broken cookies behind, you want about 5-10 to sprinkle on top.
- Once the log has been assembled, use the remaining whipped cream and frost the outside of the log. Smooth out the cream, and clean up the edges of your platter.
- In a ziplock bag or food processor, crush the remaining cookies into crumbs or smaller pieces. Sprinkle on top of your cake.
- Place saran wrap onto cake and refrigerate for 4-24 hours.
- Remove covering and cut into slices. Serve immediately.
- CUSTOMIZATION: If you can't find chocolate wafers, consider swapping them out for Anna's ginger, orange or mint wafers (Swedish cookies), ginger snaps, graham crackers or crispy peanut butter cookies. Please note, the thicker the cookie, the longer you need to let it set in the refrigerator.
- ADDITIONS: Consider adding a 1/2 package cheesecake pudding mix to the whipped cream for a cheesecake flavor, or think about using other pudding flavors.
- PERSONALIZATION: You can also substitute the following for your vanilla bean: 1 teaspoon of orange, peppermint or raspberry extract. Try espresso or instant coffee too!
- TOPPINGS: You can also think about topping your cake with the following additions right before serving: sprinkles, berries, mini chocolate chips, toffee pieces or crushed candy canes.