Coffee Ice Cream Pie with Dark Chocolate

Coffee Ice Cream Pie is a slice of heaven for all coffee lovers! It’s a cool, creamy and rich dessert that just screams summer! It starts with a chocolate cookie crust that’s topped with loads of coffee ice cream, a rich layer of dark chocolate and a finishing touch of coffee whipped cream. Served frozen, there is nothing more satisfying to savor on a hot day.  

Slice of pie on white plate with fork and showing slice out of pie in background.

I first tasted this heavenly coffee dessert when I spent a week with my sister in Michigan. It was an unusually hot evening there and she carries out this cool beautifully layered concoction that I couldn’t wait to put in my mouth. She knows anything coffee flavored is bound to rate high on my favorites list, add chocolate to the mix, and it’s an instant hit with me! 

Closeup of slice on white plant with flowers in back.

This frozen coffee ice cream dessert is for all of us out there that can never get enough coffee. I mean, I could eat coffee flavored food 24/7 with no problem. I love to have my coffee smoothie to start my day and there’s nothing like ending it with my no-churn coffee ice cream or chocolate espresso mousse for dessert. This recipe takes all that deliciousness and doubles down on pure flavor. Not only is there a creamy coffee ice cream filling but a kicked up coffee-flavored whipped cream too! Not to mention Oreo cookies for the crust and a layer of solid dark chocolate in the middle. Drooling yet?   

Bite on fork showing layers above slice of pie.

The recipe is an easy one and all you need to make it, besides the 8 simple ingredients, is a little patience. The pie has to freeze between layers but the hands on time is only about 20 minutes. And it’s definitely worth the wait! So what are you waiting for? It really is the perfect dessert for warm summer days and beautiful enough, with all its layers, to serve to guests. 

Variations

  • Believe it, this pie works with just about any flavor of ice cream! Try strawberry, cookies n creme or even rocky road for a change of pace.
  • Want a family dessert? No need to add Kahlua to the whipped cream as it tastes great without it too! Or think about adding your favorite extract that pairs well with your choice of ice cream. A teaspoon should do it.
  • Sub out the dark chocolate for semi-sweet chocolate chips or omit the chocolate layer altogether. After adding the whipped topping just drizzle the top with hot fudge or chocolate sauce or maybe even a caramel sauce. You can even give the caramel sauce a kick by adding 1 tablespoon of whiskey or brandy to 3/4 cup sauce.
  • Want to make this recipe even easier? Use Cool Whip or other whipped topping in lieu of the whipped cream and save an entire step!

Important tips

  • Make sure to use the highest quality coffee ice cream to make your dessert stand out. You want a rich coffee flavored ice cream that you wouldn’t mind eating as is.
  • To help the pie come together more easily, make sure the ice cream is soft so that it can be spread on the cookie crust without breaking it and also to create a level surface for the chocolate layer.
  • This pie is super easy to make but it does require lots of patience. Each layer needs to freeze before adding the next. And the wait is definitely worth it!

Directions

Making Oreo cookie crust.

Chocolate Cookie Crust

  1. Crush cookies by either throwing them in a large gallon bag and rolling over them with a rolling pin or by using a chopper or a blender. Melt butter and add to cookie crumbs. (photo 1)
  2. Mix until mixture holds together when pinched with you fingers then pour into pie dish. Use your hands to spread crumbs across bottom and up sides and then tamp down. Freeze. (photo 2)

Making ice cream layer of pie.

Coffee Ice Cream layer

  1. Let coffee ice cream sit on counter while making Oreo crust or until it softens enough to spread easily. This is important as you don’t want to break up the crust if the ice cream is too hard to spread. Pile it into crust. (photo3)
  2. Spread ice cream evenly over crust, smoothing and leveling it out. Freeze. (photo 4)

Melting chocolate for chocolate layer.

How to melt chocolate

  1. Break up chocolate bar or use chocolate chips and place in small bowl. Gather up evaporated milk. Make sure to use evaporated milk and not condensed milk. (photo 5)
  2. Melt the chocolate pieces in the microwave in 30 second increments. You’ll want to stir well in-between as this will help melt the remaining pieces without overcooking them. It usually takes about 1 to 1-1/2 minutes to all melt. (photo 6)
  3. Pour the evaporated milk into the melted chocolate. This will help cool the chocolate down so you don’t have to wait for it to cool prior to topping ice cream. (photo 7)
  4. Stir well until fully incorporated. (photo 8)

Making chocolate layer.

Dark chocolate layer

  1. Pour chocolate mixture over frozen ice cream. (photo 9)
  2. Smooth out all the way to edges. Freeze. (photo 10)

Steps to make kahlua whipped cream topping.

How to make Kahlua whipped cream

  1. Gather 3 ingredients – whipping cream, powdered sugar and Kahlua. And this whipped cream is deliciously on anything. Don’t want to use alcohol, substitute 1/2-1 teaspoon instant coffee dissolved in 2 Tablespoons water. (photo 11)
  2. Pour whipping cream into mixing bowl and add Kahlua or substitute. (photo 12)
  3. Add small amount of powdered sugar. (photo 13)
  4. Whip until soft peaks form. (photo 14)

Adding cream layer.

Kahlua whipped cream layer

  1. Scoop whipped cream onto frozen chocolate layer. (photo 15)
  2. Smooth to edges. Freeze. Remember to take out about 15 minutes prior to serving to make it easier to cut, serve and eat. (photo 16)

Slice of pie on white plate n front of whol epie and bunch of flowers.

Decorate the top with your choice of crushed chocolate covered espresso beans, chopped nuts or more crushed Oreos. Then take a bite out of this indulgent coffee ice cream pie dessert and savor the creamy, cool smoothness of the ice cream against the crunchy crust, followed by the richness of deep dark chocolate and the lightness of the flavored whipped cream. It definitely is a coffee lover’s favorite summer dessert. 

More summer dessert recipes

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches – are super easy to make! Just bake up some chocolate wafers, choose your favorite ice cream, add some sprinkles and enjoy! Gluten-free and dairy-free options available. 

Grasshopper Pie – A cool, minty no-bake pie that is sure to be a hit for hot summer days. Marshmallows & cream are piled high in Oreo crust for a yummy frozen treat.

Summer Berries & Cream Trifle – An easy summer dessert filled with layers of liqueur-soaked cake, plenty of fresh berries of the season and a light mascarpone cream.

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Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Slice of pie on white plate with fork and showing slice out of pie in background.
Coffee Ice Cream Pie with Dark Chocolate
Prep Time
20 mins
Inactive
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 20 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: chocolate coffee ice cream pie, coffee ice cream pie, frozen coffee ice cream dessert
Servings: 10 -12 servings
Calories: 557 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 24 Oreo cookies crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1.5 quarts coffee ice cream (48 ounces)
  • 6 oz dark chocolate bar
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Kahlua
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Garnish: chopped chocolate covered espresso beans chopped pecans or crushed Oreos
Directions
  1. Crush cookies in food chopper, blender or place in large ziploc bag and crush with rolling pin.
  2. In a small bowl, combine crushed cookies and melted butter.
  3. Press into a 9"-10" deep pie plate and freeze. I usually leave mine in a minimum or 30 minutes.
  4. Remove ice cream from freezer and leave out until softened then spread ice cream on crust and freeze again. Usually the ice cream takes about an hour or so to freeze again.
  5. Break up chocolate and place in microwave safe dish. Melt in 30 second increments, stirring in-between until smooth.
  6. Stir chocolate and evaporated milk together until well blended.
  7. Pour over ice cream layer and freeze again.
  8. In a large mixing bowl, combine whipping cream, kahlua and sugar and beat until soft peaks form. Make the whipped cream right before serving the first time.
  9. Remove pie from freezer approximately 10-15 minutes prior to serving to make it easier to cut. Spread whipped cream on top of pie and sprinkle crushed espresso beans or chopped nuts around edge.
  10. After serving, return and store in freezer.
Recipe Notes

Important tips

  • Make sure to use the highest quality coffee ice cream to make your dessert stand out. You want a rich coffee flavored ice cream that you wouldn't mind eating as is.
  • To help the pie come together more easily, make sure the ice cream is soft so that it can be spread on the cookie crust without breaking it and also to create a level surface for the chocolate layer.
  • This pie is super easy to make but it does require lots of patience. Each layer needs to freeze before adding the next. And the wait is definitely worth it!
Nutrition Facts
Coffee Ice Cream Pie with Dark Chocolate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 557 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 21g105%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 267mg11%
Potassium 411mg12%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 873IU17%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 182mg18%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Coffee Ice Cream Pie with Dark Chocolate

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Liz
    06/16/2020 at 11:55 am

    5 stars
    I love coffee ice cream and the coffee + chocolate mix is the BEST. I love this for a summer treat!

  • Reply
    Mel
    06/16/2020 at 10:17 am

    5 stars
    Yum! I love pie in the summer time and this is DELICIOUS. Nothing better than coffee and chocolate combo. So refreshing.

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