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Black Forest Semifreddo

Beautiful and impressive ice cream dessert with chocolate cookies and cherry preserves!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword ice cream
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 45 minutes
Servings 8 to 10 servings
Calories 283 kcal
Author Anna


  • 4 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs separated
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 oz graham crackers
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 3 Tbsp butter melted
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 6 oz pitted cherries
  • 1/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c water
  • 2 oz about 10 chopped cherries


To make the cherry sauce:

  1. Place cherries, sugar and water in a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook until cherries burst and the sauce thickens. Cool completely.

to make the cookie layer:

  1. In a food processor, crush cookies to crumbs. Add coffee granules, both sugars and cocoa powder.
  2. Pulse for 30 seconds. Add melted butter. Pulse for about a minute.
  3. Transfer into a small bowl. Set aside.


  1. Line a loaf pan with a plastic wrap, making sure you have a nice overlap that will make pulling our the ready semifreddo out easy.
  2. Spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Prepare 3 bowls.
  4. In one bowl, beat egg yolks with sugar and vanilla until pale.
  5. In a second bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form.
  6. In a third bowl, beat egg whites with salt until stiff peaks form.
  7. Add cream mixture to egg yolk mixture and gently fold in just a couple of times.
  8. Now, add the egg whites mixture and fold in until everything is uniform.
  9. Do not overmix, or you will beat the whole air out.
  10. Pour half of the semifreddo mixture into your lined pan.
  11. Sprinkle half of the cookie crumbs mixture over it. Top with chopped cherries.
  12. Pour the rest of your semifreddo mixture over the cherries layer. Smooth it out.
  13. Sprinkle the rest of your cookie crust over the top. Press gently.
  14. Cover with a plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  15. Slice and serve with cherry sauce.

Recipe Notes

Recipe for semifreddo adapted from The Italian Dish blog Note: This dessert is made with raw eggs. It's up to your consideration to make it.

Nutrition Facts
Black Forest Semifreddo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 148mg6%
Potassium 80mg2%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 630IU13%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.