One of my favorite recipes, hands down, is the Famous Chocolate Refrigerator Roll. I originally discovered this recipe at a friend’s house. She had made this for dessert, and I said, “I need this recipe.” I could have eaten the whole cake. She said what I now say to every person who asks for this recipe (and everyone does), “This is the easiest dessert recipe I have.” Nobody believes it because it is so impressive to look at and tastes so magnificent, but it is really, really easy. What I discovered later is that the recipe is basically found on the back of the Nabisco Famous Wafers box. I definitely like to make my own homemade whipped cream, but you could used store bought to make the recipe even more simple. Nothing beats the taste of homemade though.
Famous Chocolate Refrigerator Roll Cake
Famous Chocolate Wafers from Nabisco
Homemade Whipping Cream (I make up a pint of whipping cream to cover the cake)
Once you make up your whipping cream you just stack the whipping cream and chocolate wafers. I stacked the wafers 9 high.
Once you have made your wafer stacks, you lay them on a serving platter. I do my log 4 stacks long because of the size of the plate.
The next step is to cover the entire log with the remaining whipped cream. Put the log into the refrigerator for at least 6 hours. The cookies start to soften and turn cake-like. If you can do it overnight, it only gets better.
You can decorate the top before serving with anything you want. I have dusted cocoa powder on the top, used chocolate curls, Heath bar (or other crushed candy bar) broken up or broken candy canes. Here’s the Heath bar version:
It’s up to you whether you let people think you have mad baking skills or tell them it is the easiest dessert to make in the world.
It sounds great! I just might give it a go.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year!
Was going to make gingerbread to use the whipped cream on. But this changed my mind. I haven’t made this in a long time. Have to buy some of the cookies tomorrow. Thanks, Jodi.
Thanks! It’s so easy. Let me know if you try it!
I cannot find the chocolate wafers anywhere! My daughter and I went to both of the supermarkets in my area tonight. I also saw online that there is another brand besides Nabisco called Christies and quite frankly I would have bought any cookie that resembled chocolate wafers but found nothing :(.
Bummer! I wonder why you don’t have them locally. I’m bummed you can’t try it. It’s definitely a favorite. So sorry!Looks like you can buy them online if you want to stock up, but that seems expensive to have to worry about shipping too. http://www.shopfoodex.com/nabisco-famous-chocolate-wafers-p-42689.html?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Merchant%2BCenter&utm_campaign=Feed&gclid=CJnFs7OcxboCFStxQgodHVMAWg
i find them near the ice cream section..perhaps you can ask your supermarket manager to order them. they do it all the time where i live.good luck.
Thanks for giving this tip, Leslie. Good advice.
Ahoy! I’ve been to 6 local stores searching for these cookies with no luck. My mom made this dessert 50 years ago when I was a kid, and I have continued the tradition for my kids. Can’t find these cookies anywhere this year!! One of the stores I visited said they threw away boxes of these after Christmas last year and they haven’t ordered them since. Another store said they’ve been trying to get them in for three months and were told they were out of stock. I’m going to use chocolate graham crackers and see if they even come close. Sigh…
Bummer! Let me know if the graham crackers work. Creative solution. I’m actually making it tonight.
Ahoy again! Are you making this dessert with the real cookies or something else? I did an internet search after I posted and found that these may be available at the Walmart clear across town. Don’t know if I want to drive the 13 miles one way to see if they have these, though. People are selling them on Amazon and eBay and are getting $10 a box, plus shipping!! Really hope the chocolate graham crackers work out — the ingredients look very similar. It was either these or lick the filling out of a whole bunch of Oreos…
Hilarious to think of you licking out the filling of a bunch of Oreos. i found them online for really expensive too. If it were me, I’d drive across town to Walmart. However, I’m seriously curious about the graham crackers, so you really need to let me know.
I’m on board to help with getting the filling out of the oreos!! 🙂
LOL – So tasty!
Bummer about the cookies. You’ll have to let me know how the graham crackers go. It sounds like a creative solution. Thanks! Jodi
THANKS FOR SHARING THE PHOTOS. YOURS IS THE ONLY SITE WHICH SHOWS STACKS OF 9 COOKIES ON THE PLATTER. THIS METHOD IS SOOO EASY TO ASSEMBLE. I ALSO ADD RASPBERRY OR CHERRY PRESERVES TO ONE LAYER. THIS RECIPE WAS A REQUEST FROM MY GRANDSON FOR HIS BIRTHDAY CAKE, WHICH HE LOVES.
You are welcome. I’m such a visual learner that I always want to see it. Therefore, that’s how I have formatted my blog. Thanks so much for commenting.
Can I use Oreo cookies….I couldn’t find the cookies either…. :0(
I don’t think Oreos would work. I’m so sorry you couldn’t find them. I have no idea why they are so expensive online. This is for a pack of four. Here’s a link http://www.amazon.com/Nabisco-Famous-Chocolate-Wafers-Container/dp/B006UH106U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399738853&sr=8-1&keywords=chocolate+wafers
Nabisco chocolate wafers are approximately $4.95 a box at the supermarket; Amazon charges $34 for four boxes! I agree that one must use the “real thing” for this recipe. Chocolate oreos will not work, unless one scrapes off all of the frosting. Not advisable.
Amazon currently has them for about $5 a box if you can afford to buy them in quantity … maybe split the order with a friend? It’s $59 for 12 of the 9-oz packages, and shipping is free if you’re a prime member: http://www.amazon.com/Famous-Chocolate-Wafers-9-Ounce-Boxes/dp/B000FA38ZE/ref=pd_sbs_gro_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1MHSD8Q0DW3RMAV336D8
Thanks so much for this information. That’s super helpful. Also, a $5 plus whipping cream dessert really isn’t bad compared to a lot of recipes out there!
I just made this cake and found it royally messy to put together, but i’m hoping the final result, which we’ll taste tomorrow, will be worth it! Thanks for posting the step-by-step guide!
I’d love to hear what you think after you’ve tried it. I’m surprised you found it so messy. That hasn’t been my experience. I think you’ll really enjoy it, so I look forward to hearing.
So, indeed I added fresh raspberry puree to half my whipped cream for the internal frosting, and it was too soft to build stacks 9-layers tall. I had to build a four-layer stack at a time, put that down and add another five-layer stack. I had the raspberry whipped cream all over my hands each time I made a stack, so I used up a lot of paper towels. :-/
We had the cake about 16 hours later. Everyone had seconds, even people who NEVER have seconds for diet reasons.
I would love to try this with vanilla wafers – do those exist? I know there’s the small Nilla ones, but this size seems so perfect…
Thanks again for the help!
Make sure your whipped cream is fully whipped and very cold before you begin. This should eliminate the “messy” observation. I like to spread one or two cookies in the same row with raspberry preserves. Strawberry, apricot or pineapple also work well..
Must try this, I have done something like this with gingersnaps but it is more like a pudding, this looks fabulous! Will try it for Christmas if I can find the wafers!
I don’t think you will be disappointed. This is a favorite and so easy!
The wafers are made by Nabisco, to be found in the “cookie section” of any supermarket. They’re also available on Amazon.com. Price is approximately $4.99 a box. Handle them gently as they’re delicate and will break easily.
Make you own chocolate wafers if you cannot find them in the store. http://www.food.com/recipe/chocolate-wafer-cookies-like-nabisco-chocolate-wafer-cookies-329292
That’s helpful! I hadn’t seen that. Thanks so much.
I haven’t tried it, but I think chocolate graham crackers would work for those people who can’t find the wafers. My question is about cutting the completed cake. Does it cut easy? Do you have to do anything special like a hot knife or something? I’m going to make this for my own birthday this weekend, thank you for the great photos!!
Hi! The chocolate graham cracker is an interesting idea. Thanks for that! To answer your question, yes, it cuts really easy. The crackers soften with the moisture, so it has a texture like real cake. I hope you love it! Have a great birthday.
Look in the baking section for these cookies. That is where I found them.
Thanks so much. Great advice.
I found them in the baking section at meijers where ice cream toppings were. No where near the cookies as they were several aisles away!
It’s so weird. Every store is different. I feel like I’ve found them in so many different sections of the store. Thanks so much for letting me know where you found them.
Because the wafer cookies are hard to find, I have used the THIIN OREOS several times and it always turns out great! People love the mint oreo option too! Now I understand why thin oreos exist 😉
Super great tip. I wouldn’t have thought of that, but it’s super helpful to know. I absolutely love mint Oreos too, so I love that idea! Thanks!