One bite of this Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake and I knew I had to recreate it for my family! This no-bake dessert will have you swooning, too!
One of my friends brought an Ina Garten chocolate dessert to our annual holiday luncheon. After stuffing myself silly with all the festive savory dishes, I took a microscopic portion of each of the dessert offerings. I bet you can guess which one caught my attention!
Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake
It was this mocha chocolate chip cookie icebox cake that won my heart! I knew it would be the perfect dessert for my coffee loving oldest son who had a birthday just days after Christmas. Plus, I needed a bigger serving! If cheesecake is more your thing, this decadent Mocha Cheesecake would fit the bill!
Easy No-Bake Dessert
When time is tight, a no-bake dessert recipe is invaluable. Though it only takes a short time to put together, this fabulous no-bake cake does need to sit overnight in the fridge.
After cooking an extensive menu for both Christmas Eve and Christmas, it was time to make Tom’s birthday dinner. Thank goodness, I had this easy mocha icebox cake recipe in my back pocket. All five of us loved it—even the mocha wary hubby!
Tips for Making an Icebox Cake
Icebox cakes were all the rage back in the 20’s and 30’s. Some smart soul figured out that whipped cream layered with very thin cookies would transform into a marvelous dessert if left in the fridge overnight! So easy. Here are a few tips for making a perfect icebox cake!
- The old-fashioned name “icebox” comes from the days when folks didn’t have electric refrigerators, but instead replaced blocks of ice in their “iceboxes” to keep food cool.
- One of the oldest and still popular icebox cakes is simply Nabisco Famous Wafers stacked on their sides with layers of whipped cream in between!
- Remember, an icebox cake needs hours in the fridge before it’s ready to eat to allow the cookies to soften. So, plan ahead!
- Store bought cookies work best. That’s what makes these sort of recipes super easy. Do the dunk test by dipping the cookie into a glass of milk. It must soften easily to be best for an icebox cake.
- Use a springform pan so you can release the sides and reveal all the beautiful layers. Also, use an offset spatula to spread the filling evenly.
- When making a simple icebox cake with just cookies and cream, I like adding sugar to the whipped cream to make it a most indulgent dessert with very little work!
- Break cookies to fill all the spaces left between whole cookies. This will make the prettiest cake.
- Us a serrated knife to slice, wiping it clean between slices. Note that an icebox cake tastes best if eaten within a couple days.
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- Stand mixer – definitely an investment piece, but a terrific kitchen appliance
- Hand mixer – the hand mixer I’ve used for years
- Espresso powder – I always keep a jar in my pantry
- Tates Chocolate Chip Cookies – if you can’t find these in your local market, these cookies are always available on Amazon
- 8-inch springform pan – perfect for cheescakes, too
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- 2 cups heavy cream
- 12 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup Kahlua (coffee liqueur)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 (7-ounce) packages of thin, crisp store-bought chocolate chip cookies, like Tate's
- Chocolate shavings, curls or shards, for garnish
Using a stand mixer fit with the whisk attachment or a hand mixer, combine the heavy cream, mascarpone, sugar, Kahlua, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and vanilla.
Mix on low speed to combine, then whip until firm peaks form.
To assemble the cake, arrange chocolate chip cookies in an 8-inch springform pan to cover the bottom. Break a couple of the cookies to fill any open spaces.
Using an offset spatula, spread approximately a fifth of the mocha whipped cream evenly over the cookies.
Repeat with another layer of cookies and another layer of mocha whipped cream until there are five layers of each. You will end with the mocha cream.
Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
When ready to plate , run a small sharp knife or your offset spatula around the outside of the cake, then remove the sides of the pan.
Top cake with chocolate shavings or make my easy chocolate shards. Cut into slices and serve.
Recipe adapted from Ina Garten's How Easy Is That??
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 511 Total Fat: 44g Saturated Fat: 26g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 125mg Sodium: 233mg Carbohydrates: 24g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 20g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g