Classic tiramisu is reimagined as a super-easy icebox cake using purchased ice cream sandwiches (in place of ladyfingers), chocolate wafer cookies, and a simple coffee-flavored mascarpone cream filling. Cutting the ice cream sandwiches in half diagonally helps create the round shape.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Carson Downing

Recipe Summary

20 mins
2 hrs 20 mins
one 9-inch frozen cake


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Instructions Checklist
  • Line the bottom of a 9- to 10-inch springform pan with parchment paper.

  • For crust, combine half of the chocolate cookies and butter in a food processor. Process until combined and cookies are evenly crushed. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of prepared pan.

  • In a large mixing bowl dissolve expresso powder in the coffee liqueur. Add cream and powdered sugar. Beat with a mixer on low for 30 seconds until the powdered sugar is dissolved. Add mascarpone cheese and beat on medium-high until mixture is smooth and holds stiff peaks.

  • Spoon half of the cream mixture over crust, spreading evenly. Lay remaining chocolate wafer cookies on cream mixture, breaking cookies into smaller pieces as necessary. Spread remaining cream mixture evenly over top.

  • Cut ice cream sandwiches in half diagonally and place on top of cream layer, arranging them like spokes of a wheel with the points in center of pan (you may need to trim wide ends of sandwiches to fit tips in center). Dust top of cake with cocoa powder. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours and up to 2 weeks. To serve, use a knife to loosen cake from the sides of the pan, remove ring, and cut into wedges.


Cover and store cake in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

301 calories; fat 18g; cholesterol 47mg; saturated fat 9g; carbohydrates 32g; mono fat 4g; poly fat 2g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 19g; protein 4g; vitamin a 551.4IU; vitamin c 0.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 1.1mg; folate 19.3mcg; vitamin b12 0.1mcg; sodium 152mg; potassium 100mg; calcium 60mg; iron 0.7mg.