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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 slice on a white dessert plate with a red handled fork

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!

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake on a white cake stand

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!

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake slice on a white plate with chocolate shards

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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In a month or two, my kitchen will be out of commission for many weeks while we do an extensive remodel of our house. Currently I’m without a garage or laundry room. And I think that is roughing it!!! I will be making lots of no-bake desserts when my oven disappears!

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Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake

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!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 8


  •  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??

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


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
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46 comments on “Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake”

  1. I would love this one too..well, it’s loaded with mascarpone and who doesn’t its rich creaminess?

  2. Wow, that looks amazing! I ~might~ even have a slice for breakfast:@)

  3. Another delicious dessert! Wow, nearly 300 Sunday Supper posts, impressive. Wonder how many I’ve done…I’m guessing at least a year’s worth (i.e. 50+).

  4. In all the years I have made that kind of cake it never looked this good! WOW bravo Ms Liz!

  5. What a gorgeous cake, my cousin is a mocha lover so I know what I will make for her birthday! I just love the way it looks, the sides are just beautiful and the slice looks gorgeous too. I’m intrigued with the chocolate chips cookies making up the cake part, I’d never heard of that before!
    Congratulations on the number of posts for Sunday Supper group, what a huge accomplishment!

  6. Looks great, and love how easy it is.

  7. Oh my this looks so good!!! The Sunday supper collection is fabulous too.

  8. This is such an awesome cake! I love no bake desserts. And congratulations on 300 Sunday Suppers! I have done a lot, but I know not that many. I am so happy to be a part of the group and have connected with you.

  9. I’m intrigued by this cake. It sounds perfectly delicious and the cookies in the middle? Definitely have to try this one.

  10. Easy and no bake??!! Yes, please! This cake looks absolutely amazing!

  11. This cake reminds me of tiramisu. I must make it soon. Wow, 300 recipes? What an accomplishment!

  12. All your desserts look so spectacular, Liz! Wish I was sitting at your #SundaySupper dinner table!

  13. Love the yummy post, Lina! xoxo

  14. Great collections of recipes . Only by looking gives tremendous satisfaction.

  15. Wow! 300 Sunday Supper recipes. Congrats. This cake really looks tasty and it’s so pretty. I love the light mocha color of the icing.

  16. I love this variation of an icebox cake! So elegant looking!

  17. How on earth do you create such fabulous creations one after another. This cake is totally awesome!!! Happy 2018 Liz!

  18. Absolute perfection – such a dreamy icebox cake!

  19. I bet your son was really happy with this cake it sounds amazing!

  20. Do you think this could be doubled and made in a sheet pan?

  21. Hi Lizzy, after nearly 2yrs of absence, I came back to my blog, and while strolling on the pages of Google +, I couldn’t take my eyes off of your magnificent chocolate/mocha cake! I am a ‘hardcore’ chocolate lover, and this creative ice box cake with the chocolate chip cookies layers just ‘sealed the deal’ for making my birthday cake coming up this month! Thank you for sharing this and your other amazing cakes and desserts you’ve created over the years. I will be more active now and will be checking out yours and friends’ latest posts! xoxo

  22. Do you think this would hold up to a ganache topping, or is it too soft?

    • Hi, Gerry,

      The cake holds up pretty well, but I’m thinking a layer of ganache on top might be too much. You could possibly serve slices with some room temperature (pourable) ganache if you’d like that extra chocolate oomph. A drizzle on top might be a lovely addition. Let me know what you end up doing.

  23. I so want to make this for a special dinner I’m planning but the guests don’t like coffee. Is there any way to trade the coffee flavor to an orange flavor. I think there is an orange flavor liqueur and wonder how else it could be changed. I bet you can help in this idea. Thank you for any suggestions (maybe even some other suggested flavor???? This is a winning recipe for us coffee drinkers for sure.

  24. Wow, this looks fantastic! I could fall in love with this cake. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  25. I am licking my lips! This cake looks scrumptious. So glad you share with us at Merry Monday. Sharing this on my social media and Pinned.

  26. I’m making this recipe right now. I followed the marscapone/Kahlua part to the T and it’s not nearly enough to make five layers. I’m going on with it. I’m just gonna have a short cake…. The cheese mixture is very yummy though! Next time, I’m gonna double it….

    • More of that creamy goodness certainly wouldn’t hurt! Enjoy!

      • Ok, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I did get five layers. They’re thin layers though. The cake is awesome! I’m still gonna double the creamy part next time. Like you said, more is better! Thank you for the recipe!

  27. Mmmm! I could go for a serving of this right now!

  28. So pretty! Love the chocolate shavings on top and the layering using the chocolate chip cookies.

  29. Going up, Icebox Cake was always my favorite! But this mocha cake is by far the best! I can’t wait to make it again.

  30. I have made this lovely desert about four time.  Wonderful.  I used Ina’s recipe.  I use a 9” spring form cake pan.  It takes at least three packages of cookies that you can find at Whole Foods ( gets expensive).  I have also found a large box of Tate’s cookies at COSTCO.  Great price.  A must to let sit overnight.  Very worth the effort.


  31. I made this for my mocha-loving husband’s birthday! Everyone wanted a second piece!

  32. I want to make this for my niece and nephew. But I would like to know because they are young children, can I substitute the Kahlua Milk? Thank you!

  33. Liz this sounds wonderful and so easy! I’ve never seen this before but will definitely try it. 

  34. Could I make this using Nabisco chocolate wafers?….

  35. Wow… It looks very sweet . I will try to make it. It makes me hungry lol.

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