This Cherry Oreo Icebox Cake has dark chocolate Oreos and no bake cherry cheesecake layered in a pan. It is a no fail dessert that is easy, delicious, and sure to disappear in minutes when you share it at summer parties or picnics.
There are certain desserts that just yell "eat me" when you see them. This happens to be one of those crazy good desserts that "talks" to me. Trust me, you will want to enjoy this one all summer long.
There is something about an easy icebox cake that is so perfect and delicious during the summer. During the hot and humid summer months here in Florida I live for easy no bake desserts.
Who wants to heat up the house when it's 95 degrees outside with 100% humidity. Am I right? All I want to do is lie on my pool float with endless cups of Raspberry Orange Slushies.
One of my favorite things to make when it is too hot outside to bake is to make an easy icebox cake.
What is an icebox cake?
Years ago icebox cakes were just chocolate wafer cookies and whipped cream layered on a plate and then refrigerated. As the cake sat in the fridge (or icebox), the cookies got soft and the texture became cake like with "frosting".
Of course, now icebox cakes are a little more modern. You can use pudding, pie filling, cheesecake and any cookie or sweet cracker you like for the layers in these easy no bake cakes. One of my favorites is this Funfetti Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake that is made with Chips Ahoy cookies and sprinkles.
These cakes are also called dessert lasagna, lush dessert, or dream dessert.
Recently I was digging in the pantry again to see what was hiding in the back and I found an extra can of cherry pie filling and a package of dark chocolate Oreos.
Immediately my brain said "make an icebox cake like this No Bake Cherry Swiss Rolls Cake". Of course, my shorts and jeans said, "stuff them back in the pantry and forget about them". You see who won, right?
Ingredients in a Cherry Oreo Icebox Cake:
- Cream Cheese - Make sure to set the cream cheese out ahead of time. It's so much easier to beat cream cheese and sugar when it's soft.
- Sugar - There is a little bit of sugar in this dessert. It's just helps soft and smooth out the cream cheese.
- Almond Extract - I like the flavor of almond and cherry, but feel free to use vanilla if that's more your style.
- Cherry Pie Filling - You can use any flavor if you do not like cherries or if you have another flavor in your pantry.
- Cool Whip - This adds a fluffy texture to the filling and covers the top of the dessert.
- Dark Chocolate Oreos - The dark chocolate filling goes so well with the cherries. Feel free to use whatever Oreo cookie you like though.
How to make a Cherry Oreo Icebox Cake:
- Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and extract until creamy. (full recipe at bottom of post)
- Add cherry pie filling and beat again. Fold in Cool Whip until light and fluffy.
- Spread a little bit of the extra Cool Whip in the bottom of dish.
- Dip Oreos in milk and place in prepared dish.
- Spread half the cherry cheesecake mixture over the top.
- Repeat the layers and finish with more Cool Whip.
- Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight before serving with extra pie filling.
Icebox cakes are seriously so easy to put together. Make your filling, dip the Oreos in milk, and layer it all in a pan. Easy, peasy, and so stinking delicious!
More icebox cake recipes that you are sure to love:
Layers of cookies, chocolate cheesecake, and strawberries make this easy No Bake Nutella Oreo Icebox Cake the perfect summer dessert.
Chocolate cookies and banana cheesecake makes this Oreo Banana Cream Icebox Cake a delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day!
This Cinnamon Apple Icebox Cake has layers of cheesecake, apples, and graham crackers. It's easy to make and tastes delicious.
A bright and creamy No-Bake Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake is a cool summer sensation made with only a few ingredients!
Make this Coconut Oreo Icebox Cake in the morning, and it will be ready for after dinner. Layers of coconut and Oreo cookies are always a good idea.
This Salted Caramel Oreo Icebox Cake has all the flavors of your favorite coffee house drink in an easy to make no bake cake. Perfect for an any time pick me up.
*The post for Cherry Oreo Icebox Cake was first published May 16, 2019. The post was updated and republished May 8, 2020.
I just made this for my son’s 9th birthday! I put it in the fridge but I’m wondering if it can go in the freezer to make it more of an ice cream cake? The filling is delish! Thanks!
I've never tried freezing these cakes. I know the filling would be fine in the freezer. The only thing I'm wondering is how hard the Oreo cookie layer would be after freezing. It might be hard to cut slices. Keep me posted if you try it. I'm curious how it would be now that you mention it.
I have made this twice now using all vegan equivalents (yes, oreo's are vegan!):
once with raspberry pie filling and golden oreos, and again with blueberry pie filling and lemon oreos. both were amazing!
I definitely recommend and can't wait to try other versions. thinking peanut butter and regular oreos or even nutter butters next.
thanks for a great recipe!
Would I double this recipe to make it in a 9x13 pan? Thanks..
this looks so very delicious!
Yes, I would double everything to layer it in a bigger pan. I hope you enjoy it.
Yum, yum, yum! We only had dark chocolate Oreo thins at our store, so cross your fingers!
My kids did lick the bowl when done, so it’s off to a great start!
Yes, the thins work just as well...just less cookie and filling in the end result. I hope your family enjoys it!
A bit confusing for me. What is the botton layer? is it 2 tbsp. of the cheery,cool whip mixture or is it 2 tbsp of just cool whip? The picture looks like the bottom layer is the milk dipped cookies.Is it 1/2 the cherry filling onlyor 1/2 the cherry mixture over the cookies?I'm having a problem following the steps and ingredients in each step. I guess I need Step 1,step 2,step 3,step 4 etc. Please clarify.
I'm not sure how it is confusing? Did you scroll to the very bottom of the post and read the printable recipe card? It has all the steps laid out in 1,2,3 order.
I agree with both people that it is a bit confusing. I believe (after reading recipe over a few times) that when “cherry filling” is stated, it's actually referring to the cream cheese/whipped cream mixture that has cherry pie filling in it.
Ultimately it looks to be an amazing recipe and the pictures are phenomenal! I’m making this in the morning as parfaits using clear plastic cups for a co-worker’s birthday. Thanks!!
Thank you for your suggestion. I went in and changed the recipe to say cream cheese filling so it is clearer. I hope you enjoy the icebox cake!
Can you put the cherry pie filling on top before you refrigerate rather than before you serve?
You can if you like. I just prefer to do it right before serving. I hope you enjoy the icebox cake.
Hi! This cake looks delicious! However, I’m confused about the directions. First, the ingredients call for one 16 oz container of cool whip, but then in the directions it calls for three cups. Also it says to make a “mixture” with the cream cheese, sugar, filling, and cool whip, but then the mixture is never addressed in the directions after the two tablespoons on the bottom of the pan. Maybe I’m reading it wrong, but I’d like to make this and could use some clarification. Thanks!
You will buy a large 16 ounce container of Cool Whip (which is about 6 cups) and spoon out 3 cups for the mixture. In step 5 it says spread the cherry filling (which is the same mixture from step 1) on the cookies. I hope that helps you understand it a little better and that you enjoy the cake!
That makes sense now! Thanks so much! I bet it’s going to be delish!
This looks absolutely heavenly. Do you think it would work to substitute fresh Whipped cream for the cool whip?
Yes, you can use a stabilized whipped cream in place of the Cool Whip if you like.
Can you make this a few days ahead
You can make it 1-2 days ahead of time. If you make it too far in advance, the cookies get a little too soggy. I hope that helps and you enjoy the icebox cake!
Just curious... why dip the oreo's in milk? Would they still soften if you skip that step?
Looks amazing BTW!
The quick dip in milk just softens the cookie faster. I have never made the Oreo icebox cakes without dipping the cookies first. I'm sure it would be fine to do it without a dip...the cookies may take longer to soften up though.
I'm going away this weekend. Will this survive in a cooler bag from the checkout at Walmart or Aldi's the 4 hour trip??
It would definitely need to be kept as cool as possible since it will be out of the fridge for 4+ hours. I would recommend filling some freezer ziplock bags with ice to set the pan on top of in the cooler bags. Or some freezer packs to go under and on top of the dessert. I hope that helps.
What a cool dessert to have on a hot summer day.