If you're feeling extra ambitious, you could try Deb's homemade chocolate wafers, but it kinda seems like it defeats the purpose of making something so easy if part of it has to be baked, doesn't it? I bet they'd make great ice cream sandwiches too though...
There's a sad little epilogue to this story - as I was carrying the leftovers into work to fob off on co-workers, the bottom fell off of my chrome cake carrier and the cake fell out and splatted on the parking garage floor - but worse than that, my new favorite cake plate broke! I'm obsessively hunting a replacement. If I could, I'd get a whole set.
As seen on the cookie box, Magnolia Bakery, Oprah, Smitten Kitchen, and other blogs, magazines and websites too numerous to mention!
2-3 packages of Famous Chocolate Wafers
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3 tablespoons of powdered sugar
Beat the cream with the sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.
On a serving plate, arrange seven cookies in a circle, with one in the center. Spread the cookies with half a cup of the whipped cream. Don't be like me and spread it too far out to the edges, it should be at least a quarter inch thick between the layers. Repeat until you get to about four or five inches high, finishing with a layer of cream. Do a little decorative stack on the top if you like.
Cover with plastic wrap (I used my cake dome) and refrigerate for at least four to six hours. Dust with cocoa powder or top with chocolate shavings before serving.
Serves about 8-10.