I don’t recall exactly how the topic came up, but recently my mother and I got to talking about something called “Icebox Cake.” I was completely unfamiliar, but she knew exactly what this was. To me, it sounded like an interesting concept… layers of chocolate chip cookies and creamy filling, refrigerated overnight until the whole thing took on a cake-like texture. I filed the idea away for a future rainy day.
Mom did better than that, and actually created an icebox cake for us to try. It was fantastic! This cool, creamy indulgence has definitely earned a spot in the dessert rotation here at Crowded Earth Kitchen. I hope you enjoy Irish Cream Icebox Cake as much as we did!
Ingredients (Serves 12 – 16)
24 ounces of “Chips Ahoy” cookies (packages vary in size; check the weight)
3/4 cup (about 12 ounces) Marscarpone cheese
1 3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon almond extract
Garnishes such as powdered sugar, whipped cream, and/or miniature chocolates
Step 1) Combine Marscarpone cheese, heavy cream, Irish cream liqueur, sugar, cocoa powder, and almond extract. Blend with an electric mixer for one minute, then beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
Step 2) Cover the bottom of a large Springform pan (or other round pan, approximately 12″ in diameter) with Chips Ahoy cookies. Do not overlap the cookies. Instead, break a few cookies to fill in the spaces.
Step 3) Top the cookies with a thin layer of cream (about 1/4 of your total filling mixture).
Step 4) Repeat layers of cookies and cream filling until the cream filling is used up. The top layer should be cream.
Step 5) Cover your Irish Cream Icebox Cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Don’t rush this – the cake really does need to rest in the fridge for about 12 hours!
Step 6) If using a Springform pan, run a butter knife around the edge before removing the side of the pan. Immediately before slicing and serving, garnish as desired.