Nonnie’s 6 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake.
Nonnie’s 6 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake is the go-to summer dessert…super easy, super simple, yet so delicious. The filling is made with two base ingredients, high-quality chocolate ice cream, and creamy peanut butter. The crust is a mix of sweet chocolate wafer cookies and salted butter. When combined with the creamy chocolate peanut butter ice cream filling it makes for a mouthwatering cake that’s chocolatey, peanutty, super creamy, and a touch salty. Once the cake is frozen, top with homemade “magic shell” and salty peanuts. This is everyone’s favorite summertime ice cream cake!
Clearly, I am all about cake on Fridays…
Last week it was all about this pretty blueberry lemon layer cake, which I am still overly excited about…did any of you make it? I am dying to make it again very, very soon. But this week it’s all about this ice cream cake. More specifically, my Nonnie’s chocolate peanut butter ice cream cake. Oh how I LOVE this cake! It will forever be a favorite. This cake is hands down in my top 10 most loved desserts. It’s both my dad’s and my older brother Brendan’s favorite dessert.
So yes, it’s safe to say that this easy ice cream cake is very much loved around here. With Father’s Day this Sunday, I knew that today was the perfect time to share this cake with you.
Why? Two reasons.
Reason 1…because dads love this cake.
Reason 2…because it is SO EASY to make, which is great for YOU!
Here’s the story. My Nonnie was good at a lot of things, but she was a pro entertainer. She knew how to throw an amazing party like no other. I learned so much from her when it comes to design, florals, entertaining, and making things “pretty”. She passed away a year and a half ago, so sharing this cake today feels extra special. This would be the cake she would have made for Father’s Day.
While I miss my grandma so much, I’m thankful to have recipes like this ice cream cake to always remember her by. I’m also thankful that I get to share these stories (and recipes) of hers with you guys! They bring back the best of times for me!
My Nonnie loved to entertain, but here’s the thing. While she enjoyed cooking and baking, she was always all about the simple recipes. Which is why her recipes are truly the best. Nonnie didn’t mess around with anything too complicated. She took short cuts when needed, and that is why I love her (and her recipes) so much. She taught me that not everything has to be made from scratch. Taking help from the store sometimes is just what you need to do.
Don’t get me wrong, I love doing all homemade as much as possible. But sometimes life gets busy. You need to give yourself a break and accept that the store has great time-saving options too.
This ice cream cake is the perfect example of one of Nonnie’s simple but delicious recipes.
This recipe requires 6 pantry staple ingredients, zero oven time, and almost no effort. The trickiest part about this cake? Waiting for it to freeze.
Let me break it down into steps.
Step 1: make the crust. This is super easy. Just combine crushed chocolate cookies with melted butter. I find this easiest to do in a food processor, but it can also be done in a bowl. Do what works for you. Now, press the cookie crust into a springform pan. Done with that.
Step 2: the ice cream filling. Are you ready? Mix slightly softened chocolate ice cream and a jar of creamy peanut butter together until they are just mixed and have pretty swirls throughout. Spread the ice cream over the crust. Done with that.
Step 3: freeze.
Step 4: make the “magic shell”. Mix melted chocolate with coconut oil until smooth. You now have a “magic shell”. Pour the “magic shell” over the cream cake and top with peanuts. The shell will harden and the peanuts with be secured into place. Done with that.
Step 5: Slice and eat. Simple, easy, and so darn delicious!
I’m not sure if that process seems too easy, but while this is a simple cake, it’s so so good. The crust is sweet and slightly crunchy, while the ice cream is sweet and so darn creamy. And that chocolate on top? It’s salty, chocolatey, and adds a nice crunchy “crack” with every bite.
To sum this cake up… It’s sweet, heavy on the chocolate, heavier on the peanut butter, so creamy, but a little crunchy too. Oh, and just a little salty as well. It’s perfect, and every bite leaves you wanting another…which admittedly is a very dangerous thing.
If you put this cake out at a party, it will get eaten, and it will be the first dessert to disappear. Only crazy people don’t love this cake.
I make this cake from Memorial Day through Labor Day, for pretty much every summer party or dinner with friends. It’s my “back pocket” ice cream cake that never ever fails me.
Best part? It’s an ice cream cake, so you can make it today as Sunday’s Father’s Day dessert and it’s going to be delicious…because it’s FROZEN.
Best. Ice Cream. Cake!
Make it, enjoy it, and have the happiest Father’s Day weekend!
If you make my Nonnie’s 6 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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Nonnie's 6 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake
Keyword: cake, chocolate, ice cream, peanut butter
The go-to summer dessert…super easy, yet so delicious...and SO SIMPLE. This is everyone's favorite summertime ice cream cake!
- 1 box (9 ounce) chocolate wafer cookies
- 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
- 3 pints chocolate ice cream, slightly softened*
- 1 jar (16 ounce) creamy peanut butter (about 2 cups)
- 12 ounces dark, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate, chopped
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
- roasted peanuts, roughly chopped, for topping (optional)
1. Line an 8-inch springform pan with parchment paper.
2. In a food processor, pulse the cookies into semi-fine crumbs. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture holds together when pinched. Press into the bottom, and about 1-inch up the sides, of the prepared pan, making sure to pack it in tightly.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened ice cream and peanut butter until just combined, leaving streaks of peanut butter throughout the ice cream. Spread the ice cream over the crust in an even layer. Cover and freeze for 4-6 hours or preferably overnight.
4. To make the "magic shell". In a microwave safe bowl, melt together the chocolate and coconut oil until melted and smooth, about 1 minute. Let cool 5-10 minutes. Remove the cake from the freezer and release from the spring-form pan. Pour the magic shell over the cake. Working quickly, top with peanuts and then return the cake to the freezer until ready to serve.
5. Remove the cake from the freezer 10 minutes before slicing, slice and serve immediately.
*Remove the ice cream 10 minutes before using to allow it to soften slightly.
*If you do not have a food processor just add the cookies to a large ziplock bag and use a rolling pin to smash the cookies into crumbs. Or simply crush them by stepping all over the bag!
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You have a very cool and awesome Nonnie! :* This ice cream cake looks AH-MAY-ZING!!!!! That chocolate shell topping looks DELISH and an entire jar of peanut butter ??? PLEASE, SIGN ME UP! I’m already drooling all over my screen!
Why is peanut butter and chocolate such an amazing combination???!?!
Cute cake plate by the way!
Ice cream cake might be my favorite and it sounds like this one would be amazing!
Ice cream cake makes me so happy. This recipe is lovely!
This is such a simple recipe can’t wait to try it. Asher’s piece is huge oh to have the metabolism of a five year old. Love the cake stand so cute.
I think Asher has the right idea. This IC cake would be more than perfect for breakfast! This looks so amazing, yet so easy and simple, Tieghan! How awesome that you shared one of your Nonnie’s recipes! Pinned. 🙂
Peanut butter + chocolate = love, there’s no two ways about it! And with the peanut topping, this cake looks divine!
I love the way Asher thinks…breakfast it is! Grandmas make the best food!
This is a recipe for ice cream cake that I can handle! Love the small list of ingredients and the simplicity of it all. Thanks Tieghan!
Too much fun! Who doesn’t love ice cream cake?! (love the fun party plates and photo set-up)
You have always very cool and awesome recipes, Tieghan! This ice cream cake looks amazing!
Another great recipe! Thank you!
Oh how yummy and only 5 ingredients!
LOVE this easy and delish recipe! Great for a summer party!
Love this! So fun and simple–the perfect summer dessert. Those plates are adorable, btw.
Literally nothing can go wrong with peanuts and chocolate – looks perfect for summer Tieghan! Have a lovely weekend 🙂
That looks amazingly decadent and I love me a good chocolate cookie crust!!
What an amazing ice cream cake that just screams SUMMER!!!
seriously, this looks amazing! plus, it’s peanut butter and chocolate ice cream. love it!
I do love this cake and haven’t even eaten it yet. The peanuts on top make me swoon.
PB + chocolate + ice cream + pie = deliciousness!
I so need this cake in my life! And yes, to be 5 with a matching metabolism, too ;). Lucky girl – this would make a fine breakfast!
Your bonnie is one smart lady! Simple but delicious recipes are the best. I love love love this cake!!
FIVE ingredient….whaaaaaaaat?!! Loving this!
I am not sure I would call this a ‘cake’ exactly. But I would definitely call this delicious. OMG! Awesome!
Tieghan, I made this yesterday for a World Cup gathering for my college age kids, and am officially the most popular mother in the DC metro area. This creation is simply amazing. Thank you and thank your Nonnie!
i love chocolate and pb pie. this looks great!
What a beautiful creation! Mine wouldn’t stay in the freezer long enough to freeze!
Appreciate it for helping out, great information. “Riches cover a multitude of woes.” by Menander.
Hello, I think this looks really yummy! Do you use a 16oz jar of peanut butter in the recipe?
Just wanted to make sure. Thank you!
HI! Yes, a 16 ounce jar. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
Looks delish!! How far in advance do you think I can make this? TIA!!
HI! This can be kept in the freezer for up to 1 month, probably longer if well covered. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
What type of wafer cookies are you referencing in your recipe? Excited to make this for a game day gathering !
Hi! Link to the wafers below. You can also use the Oreo cookie crackers too, just remove the filling. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan
This looks insanely delicious! WOW!
Thank you so much Debbie! xTieghan
What should you cover this with to freeze?
Hi Amy, I recommend a circle Tupperware, glass container/pie holder, or plastic wrap. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
By wafer cookies do you mean Oreos?
Hi Andrea! I actually use wafer cookies (linked below, but I just these at the grocery store). Oreo cookies work just as well however. You can remove the creme filling or you can keep the filling inside, either works great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
Does regular peanut butter with stabilizers (like skippy) work best, or can you use natural peanut butter (like Adams)?
Hi there! Honestly, my grandma used the old school Jiff Peanut butter, I but I use organic no-stir. It’s a little less creamy, but I find it still work great! Please use which ever you prefer. https://rstyle.me/+8cSUIYZNHrlq56e_Wa1OrA
I’m giving this a 5 star even tho’ it’s sitting in the freezer waiting to be devoured! So far, super easy to make and when I was licking the spoon, delicious! Unfortunately, my grocery store didn’t have any chocolate wafer cookies so I bought some peanut butter/chocolate chip ones. This is gonna be great!
Thank you Julie! xTieghan
Great recipe. I just served this to my Reese’s Cup loving husband for his Father’s Day dessert. And no we I know how to make homemade “Magic Shell”. Next time I will preslice the cake and individually coat them with the shell.
Ooo yes! I am so glad this turned out so well for all of you! Thank you! xTieghan
I made this for my husbands bday and everyone loved it!! I couldn’t find the chocolate wafer cookies so did graham crackers, and it worked well too!
Thank you so much Jane! xTieghan
I loved my Nonnies recipes too- she always had homemade treats baked up from scratch with few but pure ingredients. I so miss coming into her kitchen to enjoy them! …Still have some of her hand written recipes that I treasure so much. Please keep sharing these!! The best ingredient in all of our Nonnies recipes? Definitely love.❤️
Aren’t they the best?! I miss having her make them as well. I hope you love this recipe, Gia! xTieghan
Always love your recipes. I’ve made several of them. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for trying them! xTieghan
You had me at peanut butter and chocolate! I made this with a gluten free Oreo crust (trader joe’s). My family loved everything except the chocolate topping. I am wondering if milk chocolate might be more of a win for them. Or maybe just a fudgy topping. Everything else was perfect, though. And my husband just ate the last piece for breakfast yesterday, so, yeah.
I am so glad you enjoyed this Marina! Thank you so much! xTieghan
Looks delicious. I will try for Fathers Day.
Amazing! I hope you all enjoy this one, Maureen! xTieghan
Why add coconut oil to the chopped chocolate for the “magic shell”?
Just curious, Ellen
The coconut oil makes the chocolate nice and shiny. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Ice cream cake is a must in the Summer and this recipe looks insanely good! Awesome combination of flavors!
Thank you Rahul! xTieghan
What kind of peanut butter do you suggest ?
No particular peanut butter, just use your fave. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Made this last weekend. Delicious & easy!
Thank you Elaine! xTieghan
How far in advance could this cake be made and frozen?
You could make this cake a week in advance. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Can you use a different pan?I don’t have a spring from pan.
You could use a cake pan or large baking dish. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Genius! I just have to try this with our tree-to-bar chocolate & homemade chocolate ice cream! Next week our daughter will be 5 years old, this will be perfect! Thank you for sharing!
Aw that is so perfect! I hope this turns out amazing for you all, Dorien! Happy Birthday to your daughter! xTieghan
So simple and simply perfect! Made this today and oh my, it is just delightful. Rich, creamy, peanut butter and chocolate goodness. Thank you for the wonderful recipe and fabulous photos 🙂
Thank you for trying this Kristen! I hope you continue to enjoy my recipes! xTieghan
Any tips on cutting this? I made this, and it looked perfect out of the pan. When I went to cut it, the weight of the thick chocolate topping smushed the ice cream, and the chocolate cracked in huge chunks. 🙁
This is definitely a messy cake. It helps a little to run your knife under super hot water, but don’t expect to get perfect pieces:) Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try! xTieghan
Wanting to make this for my husbands birthday this Friday. He loves vanilla ice cream, do you think vanilla would ice cream would work in this? Or many cookie dough might be better?
Honestly any ice cream you enjoy will work here:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
SO easy and so delightful! I was in a kitchen without an oven needing to celebrate a birthday and how perfect! It was a family favorite – writing this after my brother just called for the recipe link to make for his girlfriend. So yum!
Aw that is so sweet to hear! I am so glad you both have been loving this recipe, Meredith!! xTieghan
I had the same question as another reader about the type of cookies you are talking about. The link to the amazon product is broken, so I am still not sure what chocolate wafer cookies are. I’m hoping to make this for my son’s 16th birthday. Thanks!
Hi Sarah! Thank you for letting me know! I will fix! xTieghan
Looks amazing! What are your thoughts of an Oreo cookie crust on the bottom? No offense to Nonnie of course 🙂
Thanks so much for making the recipe, I am so glad it was enjoyed! xTieghan
Why is the coconut oil optional, please? What does it do? Also, will any other oil substitute if I do not have that specific oil. Thank you very much.
The coconut oil helps to create the chocolate shell, you could also use butter! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
This is unreal. Tieghan honestly knocks every recipe out of the park!!!!!
Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad you enjoyed it! Have a great weekend!! xxTieghan