Lemon Sugar Cookie Icebox Cake

Lemon Sugar Cookie Icebox Cake

  • Author: Julie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: Overnight
  • Total Time: 15 minutes + Overnight
  • Category: dessert


Tangy, creamy and perfectly sweet this recipe for Lemon Sugar Cookie Icebox Cake is a no-bake dessert that’s made with crispy sugar cookies, homemade lemon whipped cream and deliciously tart lemon curd.


  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons lemon curd
  • Approximately 18 crunchy sugar cookies
  • zest of 2 lemons


  1. Pour heavy whipping cream into a chilled bowl and whip the cream on low, gradually adding powdered sugar until mixture begins to thicken. Add zest of one lemon and 2 tablespoons of lemon curd and continue to whip until whipped cream is thick and fluffy. Take care not to over-whip or the whipped cream will become dense and lumpy. 
  2. Spread a layer of the lemon whipped cream on the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish. Top 1/3 of your sugar cookies (approximately 6 cookies) with a thin layer of lemon curd. One tablespoon of lemon curd should be enough to cover the top of 6 cookies but if you prefer a more intense lemon flavor, you may use a bit more. 
  3. Place cookies on top of the layer of whipped cream. You may need to break a few cookies to get them to fit into your dish which is completely fine. Spread another layer of whipped cream on top of the cookies and repeat the layers — lemon curd-topped cookies, whipped cream, lemon curd-topped cookies, whipped cream — until you have three total layers. 
  4. Cover icebox cake and refrigerate overnight. 
  5. Prior to serving, top with the zest of one lemon, slice and enjoy!


The exact number of sugar cookies you will need for this recipe will depend on the size of your sugar cookies. I used a 16-ounce roll of pre-made sugar cookie dough to bake the correct amount of crunchy sugar cookies ahead of time and it worked well! Store-bought, packaged or bakery crunchy sugar cookies should work as well as long as they are relatively thin. Do not worry about creating perfectly uniform rows of cookies. This dessert is meant to look rather deconstructed and will taste great even if your layers are not perfect!

Keywords: icebox cake, lemon icebox cake, lemon sugar cookie icebox cake, no bake desserts