Every family has them. No, not black sheep … family recipes! And typically they’re comfort food recipes, because do you really need a handed-down recipe for making salads?!
In my family, our comfort food consists primarily of desserts: my grandmother’s strawberry shortcake, her Congo Bars (known as blondies to those not in the know) and Cookie Lert.
Cookie Lert is the icebox cake found on the back of the Nabisco chocolate wafer box, those elusive wafers that appear only around the holidays, each narrow yellow box inspected for broken cookies before gingerly being placed into the shopping cart.
Why we call it Cookie Lert, no one knows, but, traditionally, it’s our go-to Christmas dessert and has been since before I can remember. And while I found worthy substitutes for my grandmother’s strawberry shortcake (gluten-free Bisquick) and her Congo bars (see my recipe here), Cookie Lert baffled me. Other gluten-free chocolate wafers on the market proved insufficient, and I’d all but given up until Pamela’s offered to send me a box of their latest gluten-free goodie, graham crackers.
Pamela’s chocolate graham crackers are an ideal substitute for the Nabisco chocolate wafers, should your family have a love of icebox cakes. Icebox cakes are ideally made with a dry, crisp cookie that is thin enough to absorb the whipped cream topping – and that’s exactly what you’re getting with Pamela’s chocolate graham crackers! Icebox cakes are super easy: they set in the fridge (aka icebox) overnight, and your reward is a creamy, cake-like dessert that doesn’t require heating up your kitchen.
This summer, I’ve been craving peanut butter and chocolate, especially in cup form a la Reese’s peanut butter cups; Trader Joe’s has their own version, which taunt me every time I pass through the freezer aisle.
For this cake, I relied on this recipe from Martha Stewart (I also use her recipe to modify my grandmother’s Cookie Lert, but don’t tell anyone). Pamela’s kindly sent me a sample pack of their new graham crackers, which included the mini chocolate grahams, perfect for this recipe. You could also use the regular sized grahams and shape the cake as a square. (Whipped cream and the right cookie are rather forgiving, as you’ll find if you delve into the world of icebox cakes.)
Pamela’s graham crackers, which also include a cinnamon and honey variety, are perfect for eating straight from the box, as I discovered at my daughter’s beach camp yesterday when she and her friends left me with empty boxes and tummies full of Pamela’s grahams.
I hope you’ll give Pamela’s graham crackers a try, whether for s’mores at your next beach BBQ or for your very own icebox cake. To get you started, I’ve joined forces with Pamela’s for this awesome giveaway which includes a pack with one box each of their Honey Grahams, Cinnamon Grahams and Mini Chocolate Grahams. Enter below, and good luck!
Disclosure : This giveaway is sponsored by Pamela’s Products. I received product for my review. All opinions are my own.