Chocolate Wafer Roll Recipe -
Chocolate Wafer Roll Recipe
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Chocolate Wafer Roll

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"Also known as a zebra cake -- chocolate wafers and whipped cream -- simple and delicious."

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Original recipe makes 1 6 inch roll Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    4 hrs


  1. In medium bowl, whip cream, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer until stiff. Set aside 1 cup of whipped cream. Place a daub of remaining whipped cream on each cookie, and stack in groups of 4 or 5. Chill in refrigerator 15 minutes.
  2. Remove short stacks from refrigerator and lay down on serving plate to make one long roll. Spread reserved whipped cream on outside of roll. Cover and chill 3 hours before serving. Cut diagonally in 3/4 inch slices.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 08, 2003

My mother used to make these when I was a kid and I will never forget them! A fantastic treat!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 08, 2003

I would agree that this is a quick dessert to put together. However,it tastes like nothing more than cookies and whipping cream. I flavored the whipped cream with cream d'menthe, a touch of green food coloring and made the Betty Crocker raspberry sauce to drizzle over it. It looked very Christmasy and attractive with these additions. The mint, chocolate and raspbery were great together, but in the end its still cookies and whipping cream and has a tendency to fall apart even when sliced on the diagonal.


14 Ratings

Oct 08, 2003

I make this with 2 cups of fresh real whipped cream and the whole box of nabisco famous chocolate wafers. It tastes nothing like an oreo to me - I don't like oreos and I love this. It has to sit in the fridge overnight or it doesn't work! I love this and get frequent requests for it.

Oct 08, 2003

Thanks. I've been looking for this recipe for years. My mother made it also years ago. But she only made it for parties and the kids (us) only got to taste the leftovers. It was delicious. We always called it "blow up cake" because the cookies swell up a bit with the whipped cream and then they really look "blown up" when you cut it on the diagonal. This cake is really neat because of the diagonal cutting method (crucial for the serving and presentation), no one can figure out how you made the "layers" like that. A very gourmet mystery. Unfortunately I live in a small town with a pretty ordinary grocery and those chocolate wafer cookies are almost unheard of. I have to go to the "big city" to find them. Sprinkle colored sugar or non-pariels on the top for a little festive look too.

Dec 03, 2009

My Mom also made this every Christmas for many years. It has never fallen apart. It could be that some people do not whip their whipping cream enough. we only put in about a tablespoon of regular sugar to the whipping cream near the end. It has to sit for at least 5 hours so the wafers pick up the wetness from the whipped cream and fatten up. Also, we have always used THIN wafers (from Nabisco0 and not Oreos. It's very cakelike. A winner every time.

Oct 08, 2003

I've been making this recipe for many years. It's a wonderful quick and delicious dessert!

Dec 06, 2008

awesome. something with this few ingredients shouldn't taste this good! It is messy, but a kid could do it and be proud of the results. And YES, you MUST chill it overnight for the cookies to absorb the moisture from the whipping cream. it will turn out almost cake-like and not like oreo's at all. If it's too sloppy, the whipping cream isn't the right consistency. I use less sugar as well... enjoy!

Feb 14, 2005

Doesn't sound like much when you read the recipe, but it is really delicious. An elegant but not too heavy dessert. My sweets hating sister absolutley wolfs this down! Be sure you let it stand for at least the specified time or it will be impossible to cut (you want the cookies to absorb moisture from the whipped cream and turn cake-like). Also, be sure to slice at a 45 degree angle to the roll to get the striped effect. I tried this once with Cool Whip it's not anywhere near as good as with real whipping cream flavor-wise and for some reason it comes out much drier.


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  • Calories
  • 183 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 13.1 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 98 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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