Cookie Cake Recipe – Icebox (Torta Helada)

This cookie cake recipe is reminiscent of tiramisu but is made in the icebox. It is a very elegant dessert that you will be proud to serve anytime.

We will be using lady finger cookies for this cookie cake recipe. We will dunk them in some instant coffee, soften them and start layering them with dulce de leche and whipped cream. Dulce de leche is nothing more than boiled sweetened condensed milk. It is easy to make — especially if you have a pressure cooker. It will complement the coffee flavor beautifully.

This is what you are going to need for this wonderful cookie cake recipe:

Serves eighteen

40 lady finger cookies or vanilla wafers
2 TBS instant coffee
2 cups boiling water
2 cups very cold whipping cream
1 cup dulce de leche
1 TBS coffee liquor (opt)
¼ cup dark cocoa
9×13 dish

Mix the instant coffee with the water. Stir to dilute well and set aside.

Whip the cream until soft peaks start to form. Add the dulce de leche and coffee liquor (if using). Beat until well mixed.

Soak the lady fingers in the coffee, without making them soggy. A couple of tumbles are enough. Place the soaked cooking in your pan – 10 per layer. Add ¼ of the cream. Turn the dish and arrange a second layer of soaked cookies – this time make sure the 8 are on top of the 2 cookies on the first layer. Add another ¼ of the cream. Repeat until you have 4 layers, finishing with the cream.

Sift the dark cocoa on the top of the cake. Cover with plastic and freeze, for a minimum of 6 hours, or overnight. Once frozen, remove cake from freezer and allow it to sit on the counter for 15 minutes before you serve. Cut it into squares and enjoy!

CALORIES 223.68; FAT 13.16 grs (sat 7.65; mono 4.21; poly 0.81); PROTEIN 4.22 grs ; FIBER 0.61 grs; CARBS 22.95 grs; CHOLESTEROL 94.21 mg; IRON 1.06 mg; SODIUM 62.95 mg; CALCIUM 62.26 mg

Print the Cofee Dulce de Leche Ice Box Cake Recipe Here

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!


  • May 28, 2012


    Ciao my name is Lara and I will follow you from Italy.
    This recipe is very similar to the Italian tiramisu recipe!
    I certainly will try your recipe.
    Congratulations you are very good!

  • May 29, 2012


    Thank you Lara! I really appreciate you coming by! Be well!
    Mary Ann

  • June 30, 2012


    Hello, I was wondering how long this would keep in the freezer? And also, instead of freezing, can I just refrigerate this like I would a tiramisu or will it not hold its shape? Thank you!

  • July 13, 2012

    Carlo Garcia

    Delicioso, economico y muy presentable.!

  • July 15, 2012


    Gracias Carlo! Me alegra saber que esto le guste!

  • July 15, 2012


    Muy bien! Le hare un video esta semana. Un million de gracias!

  • July 15, 2012


    Hi Amy!
    I am so sorry for taking so long to reply. You need to freeze this if you want it to hold its shape. Otherwise you will have soaked cookies with a creamy filling. Thank you for stopping by!
    I hope you have a great week!
    Mary Ann

  • October 6, 2012


    Recently I was looking for a lasagna recipe and yours came up with the video. The lasagna was delicious as was were two other chicken recipies I followed. Monday our Thanksgiving in Canada I will be making this dessert. I cannot wait to try it. I appreciate that your recipies are easy to follow and easy to make. Dinner this week seems less like a chose and more like an adventure. Your pleasant smile and sing song voice on the videos are a joy. Thank you Sonja

  • October 10, 2012


    Hi Sonja!
    Thank you so much for your message! You made me smile! I am so happy my recipes worked for you. I appreciate you giving them a try. Take care!
    Mary Ann

  • March 25, 2013


    Looks Great !!!

  • March 25, 2013


    Hi Bea!
    Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! I am happy you like these recipes! Have a great week!
    Mary Ann

  • March 17, 2014


    OMG this is delicious!

  • March 18, 2014


    Hi Mahdia!
    Thank you for stopping by! I am happy you like this.
    Mary Ann

  • December 8, 2016


    I love that your recipes easy to follow and delicious. This icebox cake I want to make it for
    Christmas day. Can I make it a week before and keep it in the freezer. I live in Sydney Australia. Thanks again.

  • December 15, 2016

    mary ann allen

    Hi Bruna!
    I am so sorry for the delay. You can definitely make this a few days earlier. A week might be too much as you will have freezer burn. How about 4 days? Thank you for reaching out and Merry Christmas!
    Mary Ann