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Black Forest Semifreddo

Beautiful and impressive ice cream dessert with chocolate cookies and cherry preserves!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time8 hrs 45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ice cream
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Calories: 283kcal
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:

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

to make the cookie layer:

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


  • 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.
  • Spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Prepare 3 bowls.
  • In one bowl, beat egg yolks with sugar and vanilla until pale.
  • In a second bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form.
  • In a third bowl, beat egg whites with salt until stiff peaks form.
  • Add cream mixture to egg yolk mixture and gently fold in just a couple of times.
  • Now, add the egg whites mixture and fold in until everything is uniform.
  • Do not overmix, or you will beat the whole air out.
  • Pour half of the semifreddo mixture into your lined pan.
  • Sprinkle half of the cookie crumbs mixture over it. Top with chopped cherries.
  • Pour the rest of your semifreddo mixture over the cherries layer. Smooth it out.
  • Sprinkle the rest of your cookie crust over the top. Press gently.
  • Cover with a plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • Slice and serve with cherry sauce.


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.


Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 80mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 630IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.9mg