No Bake Cookies and Cream Cake

About five years ago, I developed a serious obsession with Eclair Cake. After tasting this delicious concoction of pudding, graham crackers and frosting at a work potluck, I went on a binge with the stuff. Tossing together different combinations of puddings, grahams and toppings – it kind of became my signature potluck dish. Within the last few weeks, I’ve reignited my love affair with this ridiculously simple dessert, so brace yourselves!

If you follow My Baking Addiction on Facebook (if you don’t you totally should), you may remember seeing my post last night which asked for your input on the next recipe. I gave MBA fans the choice between No Bake Cookies and Cream Cake and Key Lime Coconut Cheesecakes.

With almost 5,000 likes and over 800 comments, I honestly couldn’t keep up with tally marks, so Eric and I scanned the responses and decided that No Bake Cookies and Cream Cake was the winner. If you voted for the Key Lime Coconut Cheesecakes, there’s no need to fret, they’ll post later in the week.

If I had to guess, I’d say there’s not a more loved flavor combination in the dessert world than cookies n’ cream. That old Oreo flavor profile gets us every. single. time. I’m not complaining, not at all – because it’s one of my favorites too. Oreos for everybody! I think it’s how well they pair with milk that makes them America’s favorite cookie, and you get that same flavor here.

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Not only is this recipe incredibly easy, it also doesn’t require the use of an oven which makes it perfect for the upcoming summer months. You can also experiment with different serving styles. For this particular recipe, I decided to dress up this simple dessert by using a round biscuit cutter to create circular cake shapes which I placed in small glass bowls. A simple swirl of whipped topping and crushed Oreos makes this super simple dessert a little fancy schmancy!

No Bake Cookies and Cream Cake

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 (4.2 ounce) packages instant Jell-o Oreo Pudding Mix, dry
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed (Cool Whip or Truwhip)
  • 1 (14 ounce) package chocolate graham crackers
  • 1 (16 ounce) can prepared chocolate frosting

Optional Toppings:

  • whipped topping
  • crushed Oreo cookies

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, beat together the pudding mixes and milk until thickened, about 3 minutes.
  2. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the whipped topping until incorporated and no streaks remain.
  3. Arrange a single layer of graham cracker squares in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Evenly spread half of the pudding mixture over the crackers.
  4. Top with another layer of crackers and the remaining pudding mixture. Top with a final layer of graham crackers.
  5. Melt frosting in microwave for 30 seconds and stir until it is an even consistency. Use an offset to spread the frosting over the whole cake, covering the graham cracker layer.
  6. Cover, and chill at least 4 hours before serving.

Notes:

  • For this particular recipe, I decided to dress up this simple dessert by using a round biscuit cutter to create circular cake shapes which I placed in small glass bowls. A simple swirl of whipped topping and crushed Oreos makes this super simple dessert a little fancy schmancy! Just be sure you allow the cake to chill thoroughly before cutting. The graham crackers will soften up, making the cake easy to cut.
  • Glass bowls were purchased from Pier 1.
  • If you are not a fan of Cool Whip, I would highly recommend giving Truwhip a try. It's free of high fructose corn syrup, polysorbate 60 and GMO’s. I find it at Whole Foods.

31 Responses to “No Bake Cookies and Cream Cake”

  1. Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet — May 21, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Yum! I like TJ’s whipped topping too, which is similar to TruWhip.

    • Jamie — May 22nd, 2014 at 8:07 am

      Lynn-
      Thanks for the info, I really like the TruWhip, so I’ll most definitely have to check out the Trader Joe’s version. Thanks for stopping by!
      -Jamie

  2. Jess @ Sweet Menu — May 22, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Oh boy! Cookies and cream is my favourite! Loving this creamy dessert.

    • Jamie — May 22nd, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Jess-
      Thanks for stopping by – I too am a huge fan of all things cookies and cream!
      -Jamie

  3. Baby June — May 22, 2014 at 6:34 am

    That looks delicious! Even better that you don’t have to turn on the oven during this warmer weather. :)

    • Jamie — May 22nd, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Baby June-
      I totally agree! I love a great no-bake recipe and this definitely a great one!
      -Jamie

  4. Such a yummy dessert! Love this!

    • Jamie — May 22nd, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Thanks, Katrina! I am still dreaming about it a week later! :)
      -Jamie

  5. Cookbook Queen — May 22, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Oh my gosh, I have a VERY similar dessert going up next week. Just goes to show that great minds think alike ;) Love this version and I love that you added frosting!!

    • Jamie — May 24th, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Great minds definitely think alike! I can’t wait to see your version! :)
      -Jamie

  6. Maegan — May 22, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Love everything about these, Jamie! They’re summer party perfect!

    • Jamie — May 24th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Maegan! Yes, they are most definitely perfect for summer!

      -Jamie

  7. I am a huge fan of the eclair cake so this is perfect! Love cookies and cream treats that look so pretty! Pinned!

    • Jamie — May 24th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks so much for Pinning, Anna! :)

  8. Pat — May 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Love this! A perfect dessert for warmer temps & no oven.

    xo
    Pat

  9. Carol — May 22, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I have glass bowls similar to those in the photos, which I got at Crate and Barrel. You said that you used a biscuit cutter to cut the shapes for the glasses….does that mean you made it as per the directions, and then after it was soft you cut the shapes? I can’t think of any other way to get such smooth edges from hard graham crackers….I’m asking because I have friends who would really enjoy this, and I’d like to make it.

    • Jamie — May 24th, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Carol-
      Yes, I made it per the directions, let it chill overnights and then used a biscuit cutter to cut the shapes. I then transferred the cut outs to the glass serving dishes and garnished before serving. The graham crackers get soft while the cake chills, so they’ll no longer be hard – it’s super simple to cut. I hope this helps.
      -Jamie

  10. Ruchika Shrivastava — May 23, 2014 at 12:04 am

    can I use anything else than the oreo pudding mix. I am from India and dont know of a similar thing available in the market. please help! also the chocolate frosting is ganache or buttercream chocolate frosting.

  11. Elena Kompar — May 23, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Can u use normal cream instead of truwhip?? Have never seen it in supermarket before??

    • Jamie — May 24th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Elena-
      I haven’t tried this with whipped cream, I have a feeling the filling will not be stable enough. If you have a difficult time finding truwhip, you can use Cool Whip if that is available in your area.
      -Jamie

  12. Dori — May 23, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I love your recipes only shame is that I can’t get any of the ingredients for this one in the uk. We have Oreo cookies but that’s about it… Looks so delicious. :(

  13. Jennifer — May 23, 2014 at 9:33 am

    How many little personal cakes does this recipe make?

    • Jamie — May 24th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Jennifer-
      I ended up with about 16 cut-outs, but this will totally depend on the size of your biscuit cutter and serving dishes. I hope this helps.
      -Jamie

  14. Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — May 24, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Oh my sweet tooth want this! Looks so yummy!

    • Jamie — May 24th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Sommer! :)
      -Jamie

  15. D Suchocki — May 26, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Going to try this, but with sugar free pudding and lo fat milk

  16. Alex — May 28, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Yum! I’m wondering if I would be able to replace the dairy with coconut whipped cream? I’m definitely going to try it out and see if it works!

    • Jamie — June 19th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      Alex, I’d love to know how it turns out!
      – Jamie

  17. Kimberley — May 30, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    These look so great!! Especially for something that is no bake will definitely try something like this. :)

  18. Stephanie hakim — October 6, 2014 at 9:20 am

    hi. I was wondering whats the best substitue for the jell o oreo pudding mix? Cause we dont have it here in Australia.

    • Jamie — October 6th, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Stephanie –
      You could always use a homemade pudding and add crushed chocolate cookies. I hope this is helpful. Thanks for visiting.

      -Jamie

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