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Peanut Butter Fudge Icebox Cake

posted by Allison Mattina on March 4, 2015

Peanut Butter Fudge Icebox Cake – A creamy and decadent no-bake dessert filled with layers of chocolate graham crackers, peanut butter cream, hot fudge sauce, and whipped cream. 

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Peanut Butter Fudge Icebox Cake - A delicious no-bake treat featuring layers of chocolate graham crackers, peanut butter cream and fudge sauce

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Hello, everyone! This is Allison, from Celebrating Sweets. I’m back with another tasty treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Today’s recipe combines two of my absolute favorite flavors – chocolate and peanut butter! I will take chocolate and peanut butter any way I can get ’em. I can even make a meal out of spoonfuls of peanut butter sprinkled with chocolate chips (try it, it’s delish!). Although I’ve made many recipes featuring this fabulous combo, this was my first time using them in an icebox cake.

Peanut Butter Fudge Icebox Cake - A delicious no-bake treat featuring layers of chocolate graham crackers, peanut butter cream and fudge sauce

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Last year I made an icebox cake for the first time and I immediately fell in love with how easy and adaptable they are. An icebox cake is a no-bake “cake”, which is composed of cookies or graham crackers layered with whipped cream. The cake sits in the refrigerator until the cream softens the cookies to an almost cake-like consistency. After chilling, the icebox cake can be cut and served like you would a regular cake. Awesome, right?!

Peanut Butter Fudge Icebox Cake - A delicious no-bake treat featuring layers of chocolate graham crackers, peanut butter cream and fudge sauce

For this recipe, instead of just layering graham crackers with whipped cream, I took things a step further (and trust me, you will be so glad that I did). This icebox cake is 4 layers of chocolate graham crackers, peanut butter cream, and hot fudge sauce. It’s topped with freshly whipped cream, and garnished with salted peanuts and even more hot fudge. This is chocolate-peanut butter heaven! It’s embarrassing what little self control I had around this dessert. I seriously could not stop eating it. It’s creamy, gooey, rich, and indulgent. Pure (no-bake!) decadence.

Peanut Butter Fudge Icebox Cake - A delicious no-bake treat featuring layers of chocolate graham crackers, peanut butter cream and fudge sauce

Peanut Butter Fudge Icebox Cake

Prep Time 45 minutes Serves 9 servings     adjust servings

Ingredients

    Whipped cream

    • 1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
    • 1/3 cup powdered sugar

    Peanut butter cream

    • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (not natural)
    • 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar (sifted if lumpy)
    • 1/4 cup heavy cream

    Assembly

    • One 14 oz box chocolate graham crackers (you won't use all of them)
    • One jar hot fudge sauce (at least 11.5 oz), warm enough to easily pour but not hot
    • 1/4 cup roasted salted peanuts, chopped

    Instructions

    1. Make the whipped cream:

    2. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat heavy cream and powdered sugar for several minutes, until stiff peaks are just starting to form. Set aside.
    3. Make the peanut butter cream:

    4. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and heavy cream. Start on low speed, then gradually increase the speed to medium. Beat for about a minute, until smooth and creamy.
    5. Take half of the prepared whipped cream and fold it into the peanut butter cream, folding until no streaks remain. Set aside the remaining half of whipped cream for the topping.
    6. Assembly:

    7. Spread 1/4 cup of peanut butter cream into the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish. Top with one even layer of graham crackers, breaking pieces to fill in the spaces (I used about 4 1/2 sheets per layer). Top the graham crackers with one fourth of the remaining peanut butter cream, spreading evenly. Top the peanut butter cream with 1/3 cup hot fudge, spreading evenly. Repeat two more times (graham cracker, peanut butter cream, fudge, graham cracker, peanut butter cream, fudge). Then place the fourth and final layer of graham crackers, followed by the final portion of peanut butter cream. Finish by spreading the top with the reserved whipped cream. Cover the baking dish and place in the refrigerator overnight (the longer this sits, the softer the graham crackers will become).
    8. Right before serving, drizzle the top with hot fudge sauce and sprinkle with peanuts. Serve each slice with additional hot fudge, if desired.

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    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 849kcal Calories from fat 455
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 51g78%
    Saturated Fat 21g105%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 91mg30%
    Sodium 465mg19%
    Carbohydrate 90g30%
    Dietary Fiber 4g16%
    Sugars 51g
    Protein 14g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories2000
    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g

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      Comments

    • Danielle | Krafted Koch


      Wow, this looks amazing. Definitely going to have to make this once it warms up!

    • Annie @Maebells


      What a dish! I love this!

    • Carol at Wild Goose Tea


      Gad decadent truly describes this. Winning combo of course chocolate and peanut butter. Then you don’t have to bake it. Perfect for a dessert to make everyone oooooh & aaaaah.

    • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor


      I am a huge fan of anything that is no bake. This peanut butter ice box cake is perfect. Thanks for sharing, Allison and Julie!

    • Renee@Two in the Kitchen


      This seriously looks amazing!! I can’t get enough peanut butter and chocolate in my life!!

    • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter


      Wow! This looks absolutely mouthwatering! Chocolate and peanut butter are the best combo and I love that this is a no-bake dessert!

    • Julianne @ Beyond Frosting


      You know I love a good icebox cake!

    • heather+@french+press


      I am ALL over this no-bake dessert! can’t wait to try it

    • gina o'lacey


      happy to report that i made this recipe; the directions were easy to follow and it was SINFULLY DELICIOUS. this is a keeper. g

      • Julie Evink


        So glad you enjoyed it Gina!! Thanks for letting me know!

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