a slice of No Bake Pistachio Icebox Cake

If you’ve never made an icebox cake, you MUST try it!  An icebox cake usually consists of layers of cookies alternated with layers of pudding, whipped cream or whipped topping.  As the ‘cake’ sits overnight the cookies soak in some of the moisture from the whipped layer resulting in a soft cake-y texture.

 This icebox cake recipe uses instant pistachio pudding combined with whipped topping to create a super simple and delicious treat!  It will take you less than 10 minutes to put this dessert together and no baking is required making it the perfect make-ahead summer dessert!  If you line your pan with foil first it’s easy to remove the cake and slice it into squares.

No Bake Pistachio Icebox Cake with a slice taken out of it

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Instant Pistachio Pudding * 8×8 Pan * Graham Crackers *

a slice of No Bake Pistachio Icebox Cake
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No Bake Pistachio Icebox Cake

If you’ve never made an icebox cake, you MUST try it! An icebox cake usually consists of layers of cookies alternated with layers of pudding, whipped cream or whipped topping.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 9 servings
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  • 18 graham crackers
  • 2 packages instant pistachio pudding mix 3.4 ounces each
  • 2 ¼ cups cold milk
  • 8 ounces whipped topping
  • chopped pistachios for decorating, optional


  • Line an 8×8 pan with foil and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together milk & pudding mixes for 1 minute. Refrigerate 5 minutes.
  • Remove 1 heaping cup of whipped topping and set aside. Fold remaining topping into pudding until combined.
  • Layer 6 crackers in prepared pan. Top with half of pistachio mixture. Repeat layers ending withy crackers. Top with reserved whipped topping.
  • Refrigerate overnight, cut into squares and serve.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 213 | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 155mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 1.2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

More Icebox Cakes You’ll Love

* No Bake Banana Split Icebox Cake * Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake * Whipped Strawberry Icebox Cake *

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  1. This recipe took me back to my childhood! My grandma used to make it for us but I haven’t had it in forever. It is even better than I remembered 5 stars

  2. My girlfriend made this and it was delicious. I took 2 lactose pills before I ate it. If I make this for myself can I use oat milk or lactose free milk? Would it change the consistency? Thank you.5 stars

    1. I think it should work just fine, but I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure Sally. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  3. I “made” this recipe, however my husband is diabetic, so I substituted sugar free pistachio pudding and whipped topping, along with using sugar free Pecan Sandies cookies instead of graham crackers. I dipped the cookies in milk (like the chocolate chip cookie icebox cake recipes), and layered it with the pudding/topping. I was afraid it might be too sweet, but it was DELICIOUS. Thanks so much for the idea!5 stars

  4. You’ve knocked it out the park again, Hana! Just amazing. Pistachio ice cream is one of the bests but I don’t make it often enough so you’ve inspired me now… 5 stars