Party Panache, Ice Box Cookie Cake

We spent a lovely fall weekend on the coast celebrating a birthday


I made some mini cupcakes in lieu of a birthday cake, perfect for little hands and non-guilty bites


They were terrible! No flavor and the weirdest consistency~ let’s just say I tossed the whole batch and went to Plan B

birthday cream cake

Plan B was creating a dessert on the fly with what I could find in the pantry and fridge


I did have a pint of heavy cream, so decided to combine that with HH’s private stash of Milanos to make a layered dessert with cookies, caramel and whipped cream

cookie cake Collage

Whip cream with a little powdered sugar and almond extract for flavor and then layer away


Swirl the caramel into the whipped cream

ice box cookie cake

Top with cookie crumbs

birthday cake

Refrigerate for several hours or overnight to allow cookies to soften…plenty of time to make a birthday vignette!

birthday chalkboard

I love to make signs with chalk in pens, and I designed this one using Picmonkey.  I used the Theme Celebrate for the banner, party hat and balloons.  I got the gifts from the Santaland Theme and added the text using “coffee break” for happy birthday and Sketch Book for the large “T,” which is my daughter’s nickname

birthday banner

Of course you can do some sketches by hand, but I like to use Picmonkey because you can change colors and move things around with just a few clicks

birthday party

Once I finalized the design I copied it on this chalkboard easel for a birthday vignette

birthday vignette

5 Minute Ice Box Cookie Cake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 7


  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 20 chocolate filled shortbread cookies like Pepperidge Farm Milanos
  • caramel sauce


  • Whip cream with sugar and almond extract until stiff peaks form.
  • Use a 8″ round or square deep dish.
  • Put a layer of 8-9 cookies in the bottom. Spread with half of the whipped cream.
  • Top with a drizzle of caramel and repeat layers, reserving one cookie for crumb topping.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to soften cookies before serving.
Keyword Caramel Cookies & Cream dessert, Easy Ice Box Cake, Ice Box Cookie Cake

Note: If you want to make an easy caramel sauce from scratch see Vanilla Caramel Dessert Sauce here

cookie cream cake

We love a celebration, and “the birthday fairy” always visits to create a special setting for the birthday boy or girl

birthday party

We used this same chalkboard for CC’s birthday earlier this year

pink and green chalkboard birthday

and for my recent Gulf Coast Bloggers meeting

GCB sign

Life is short, have a celebration!! 🎈 🎉 🎈

Birthday Girl chalkboard

You might also want to try this Chocolate Chip Kahlua Ice Box Cake here

kahlua iceboxcake


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8 Responses to “Party Panache, Ice Box Cookie Cake”
  1. The dessert looks amazing… and sounds pretty tasty, too! Love your chalkboards! The colors and fonts are so fun and whimsical! ~Rhonda

  2. Kitty says:

    Well you saved the day, Jenna, with your yummy icebox cake!!! Your chalkboard birthday sign for your daughter turned out great. Thanks for sharing all the others, too.

  3. Lynn says:

    The chalkboards are cute Jenna! Nice save on dessert:@)

  4. I love those Milano cookies! This sounds yummy, I think I’ll give it a try with their mint version! Thank you for sharing. It looks like you had a great time!

  5. Mary says:

    Your ice box cookie cake is oh so tempting Jenna and surely the only way you can improve on Milano cookies! Love your chalkboard art too! 🙂

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