Grandma Miriam’s Icebox Cake, or Childhood Memories

Can’t stop eating it. photo: Sharon HEINRICH
As children, there was one event we always awaited so eagerly. Grandpa would stand in the kitchen of the apartment on Yotam Street, the huge, simple aluminum pot on the stove. He would pour in a generous layer of oil and light the burner. At this point, we were barred from entering the kitchen, so we would listen from outside as he poured the corn kernels into the pot, knowing that our favorite part was coming soon andimpatiently waiting in the living room, looking down at the flowering clementine tree alongside the apricot tree that proudly made us the kids with the biggest collection of apricot pits atschool. Around the trees spreadthe manicured green garden that was cared for by Victor, the downstairs neighbor
And then came the sound that would make us go running to the kitchen. Pak, pop, pak! We would sprint toward the kitchen, leaving Grandma with The Young and the Restless and start making a mess. Grandpa would leave the lid off the pot, so instead of being contained inside, the bursting, jumping kernels would fly all over the room, landing on the clean floor (!). We would pick them up excitedly, scurrying and trying to catch them in the air before they hit the ground. Ah, childhood.
Grandpa was the “Food and Drinks Manager” of the family. Goulash, krumpli, eggplant, chopped liver, stuffed cabbage…his Hungarian repertoire had it all. Grandma didn’t cook much and ate even less, like a bird, but she had a few winning cakes to offset and sweeten all the paprika in the kitchen. For birthdays, we had her walnut torte, which we loved so much that at times it stole the goulash’s show. The real winner, though, was her icebox cake—so simple, yet completely addictive. On hot days, we would ask her to freeze it and let us eat it half-frozen. And if we found ourselves lucky enough to be at Yotam Street when she was making it, we would devour it even before the glaze had a chance to set. That warm syrup would drip
onto the cookies and the cream, making each bite better than the previous one—hence why we couldn’t stop eating it
Can finish all the pan. photos: Sharon HEINRICH
capital, it takes me back to my childhood and gets a local twist with the real petit beurre (French for small butter) cookies that shine in it. The famous French company LU created petit beurre cookies in 1886 in the city of Nantes. Today there are many different variations, yet the original “real deal” remainsunquestionably attributed to the most famous cookie company in France, if not the worldonto the cookies and the cream, making each bite better than the previous one—hence why we couldn’t stop eating it.
Thankfully when I grew up I asked Grandma for the recipe, and it has accompanied me eversince, both in Israel and in Paris. In the FrenchIf you’re a fan of icebox cakes, this cake will be a revelation. Instead of instant pudding, it’s made with an incredible mixture of white cheese and melted chocolate that’s simultaneously sweet and sour—and addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn you

Grandma Miriam’s Icebox Cake

Makes a 22×30 cm pan



600gr biscuits

200gr milk

Rum to taste

100gr dark chocolate

200gr(1 cup) sugar

50gr butter, cubed

3M (medium eggs), separated

500gr 9%-fat white cheese – you can also use sour cream


¼ cup water

60gr (6 tablespoons) sugar

30gr (3 tablespoons) good cocoa powder

100gr butter, cubed


Combine the milk and rum and dip one-third of the cookies (200 grams) in the liquid, then lay along the bottom of the pan

In a small pot, melt the chocolate, sugar, and butter. If it feels too thick, add 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Remove from heat and gradually beat in the 3 yolks. Beat thoroughly so that the yolk doesn’t get scrambled

Put the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer, and using the whisk attachment, beat until firm peaks form

Add the white cheese to the chocolate-yolk mixture, stirring until well combined. Fold in the beaten egg whites

Pour half of this mixture over the cookies in the pan and spread evenly

Dip half of the remaining cookies (200 grams) in the milk-rum mixture, and lay over the filling in the pan. Pour the other half of the filling over the cookies, and spread. Then dip and lay the final layer of cookies

Refrigerate until firm

Glaze: Combine the water, sugar, and cocoa in a small pan, and heat. Remove from heat and add the cubed butter. Mix until completely melted, then pour over the cake. Refrigerate again until the glaze is set

Tip: You can freeze the cake and eat it frozen, a frosty treat that’s perfect for hot summer days

Enjoy it ans send me your pictures eating it. photo: Sharon HEINRICH
Enjoy 🙂




  • 19 March 2018

    היי – אשמח אם יש את הפוסט המגרה הזה גם בעברית, לטובת הכנה עם ילדים… תחסכי לי את מלאכת התרגום (:
    ואם אני כבר כאן , אני חייבת לציין שהבלוג שלך פשוט נהדר! רשום נפלא והתמונות… ללא מילים! כייף אמיתי!

  • 08 April 2021

    We make it with soft cheese as well❤I would love the walnut torte recipe! The ones from grannies are the best.

  • 18 May 2021

    These look so decadent! What kind of cookies did you use for these?

  • 24 May 2021

    What is white cheese? Cream cheese like Philadelphia brand?

      • 11 September 2022

        What is a good substitute for the white cheese in America? Could you use cream cheese or mascarpone, or is there something better to use?


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