Chocolate Strawberry Semifreddo

by Alli

Hot summer days cry out for cool and creamy Chocolate Strawberry Semifreddo.  

What’s a Semifreddo?  

A semifreddo a partially frozen Italian dessert, usually in the form of an ice-cream cake, semi-frozen custards, and certain fruit tarts. I love the way that word slips off my tongue, so I’ve been saying semifreddo all day long, every chance I get.

Chocolate-Strawberry Semifreddo

This is What I Used Instead of Ladyfingers

For my Strawberry Semifreddo, I ditched the ladyfingers that I normally use because my local grocery store didn’t have them. I didn’t want to drive 30 minutes to buy them (perils of small-town living).

While in the grocery store I had a brilliant idea to use Milano double chocolate cookies instead.  You’ll need about 2-1/2 packages of cookies.  Hide the remaining 1/2 package for when you’re PMSing.

This is a no-bake dessert that basically calls for layering, placing in the freezer to harden and repeating with another layer.  

It takes a little time, but it’s not hard to do at all.  The bottom layer is strawberry ice cream and the top layer is made by combining marshmallow cream, pureed strawberries, and whipped heavy cream.

Semifreddo made with chocolate Milano cookies and strawberry ice cream

Thin Ribbon of Chocolate Adds Flavor

The thin ribbon of chocolate sandwiched between two crisp biscuits adds just the right touch of chocolate to this cool ice cream dessert.  I melted a little semi-sweet chocolate and dipped strawberries as a garnish to make it prettier, but you don’t need them at all.  

If you’ve got guests coming for dinner, you’ll impress them for sure with this dessert (and you’ll get to say semifreddo again).  You’ll also be your family’s favorite person if you jazz up a weekend OR weekday by whipping this out of the freezer.

Chocolate-Strawberry Semifreddo

Don’t worry if the ice cream mixture oozes out between the Milano cookies.  It just makes it look homemade and that’s a good thing.

Chocolate-Strawberry Semifreddo

Helpful Hint:  I usually put this together the night before I plan to serve it.  Freeze it and forget it until dessert time. 

Chocolate Strawberry Semifreddo

You will need to line the bottom and sides of a springform pan with Milano cookies. Spread softened strawberry ice cream in the pan and freeze for 30 minutes.

Combine hulled strawberries and powdered sugar in a food processor and process until pureed. Set aside 1/4 cup of the puree and whish the remaining with marshmallow cream until well combined.

Beat heavy cream at high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold the cream into the marshmallow mixture. Spread over the ice cream mixture in the springform pan.

Drizzle the reserved strawberry puree over the top and gently swirl with a knife. Freeze for four hours or until firm.

Let the ice cream cake stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before removing from the springform pan. 

Store leftovers in the freezer.

Yield: 12-14 Servings

Chocolate Strawberry Semifreddo

Chocolate-Strawberry Semifreddo

Chocolate Strawberry Semifreddo is a cool and creamy dessert - perfect for summertime.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 2-1/2 packages Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies, Double Chocolate
  • 1/2 gallon Blue Bunny Double Strawberry Ice Cream, softened
  • 1 jar Marshmallow Cream (7 oz.)
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled


  1. Line the bottom and sides of a springform pan with Milano cookies.
  2. Spread strawberry ice cream in the pan and freeze for 30 minutes.
  3. Combine hulled strawberries and powdered sugar in a food processor and process until pureed. Reserve 1/4 cup puree and whisk the rest with the marshmallow cream until well combined.
  4. Beat cream at high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
  5. Fold into marshmallow mixture. Pour over ice cream in the pan.
  6. Drizzle reserved strawberry puree over top, and gently swirl with a knife.
  7. Freeze 4 hours or until firm.
  8. Let ice-cream cake stand at room temperature 5-10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 429Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 74mgSodium 114mgCarbohydrates 54gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 6g

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Strawberry Semifreddo



Erlene July 9, 2015 - 6:27 am

That looks wonderful! We’ve been on an ice cream eating spree lately. It’s been so hot here and this looks like something that will help keep us cool. Plus, I love that I don’t have to cook/bake anything.

Zan July 9, 2015 - 8:32 am

Oh my! This dessert looks delish! I know it woulds be hard to wait for this one! The photos are so bright and cherry. Pinning this!

Christy Maurer July 9, 2015 - 10:34 am

That looks AMAZING! I am pretty sure I need to make this 🙂 And I love the word semifreddo…I’m going to impress people today.

MryJhnsn (@mryjhnsn) July 9, 2015 - 11:11 am

Wow! Brilliant use of Milanos! Genius really. I have never wanted to make a dessert more!

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle July 9, 2015 - 1:34 pm

Five stars! I love frozen treats, and one of my favorite cookies are mini Milanos. Thank you so much for sharing this. I can’t wait to make it!

Jeannette July 9, 2015 - 1:59 pm

This looks like such a perfect summer dessert and I love how you used the Milano cookies as the crust ! I’ll be trying this one soon for sure!

Jeanine July 9, 2015 - 2:29 pm

Wow, that looks amazing. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Looks so good, would love to try!

Yona Williams July 9, 2015 - 4:29 pm

I pinned this for later because I think it’s definitely a combination of ingredients that I would love to try out. Plus, I am a HUGE fan of Milanos.

Jesica H July 9, 2015 - 5:39 pm

I think I would eat the ingredients before I got to assembly 😉 Thanks for the recipe, looks amazing!

Mary July 9, 2015 - 6:31 pm

Wow that is a beautiful desert. You always have such great recipes. I appreciate them always!

Liz Mays July 9, 2015 - 8:11 pm

I’ve never made a dessert like this but I’d love too. I love strawberries. I just can
‘t get enough this summer!

Franc Ramon July 9, 2015 - 10:11 pm

This just makes my mouth water and crave for this. This looks really tasty and delicious.

Dogvills July 10, 2015 - 2:07 am

That looks so pretty and delicious. I could probably make this. My daughter’s birthday is coming up.

Rosey July 10, 2015 - 10:15 am

It looks so delicious. I bet it would be perfect with a cup of coffee!

Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies July 10, 2015 - 12:32 pm

This looks like such an amazing and delicious dessert. It looks so fluffy and scrumptious!

Nikki July 10, 2015 - 1:05 pm

I’ve never heard of a semifreddo before, but this looks like such a delicious recipe! I love chocolate and strawberry combined.

Chubskulit Rose July 10, 2015 - 1:08 pm

You are making me drool lol. This looks absolutely a delicious treat. Hubby and son would definitley love this!

CourtneyLynne July 10, 2015 - 4:19 pm

Oooo now this looks absolutely delicious!!! Chocolate and strawberries and together?!?! Totally giving this a pin!

Ann Bacciaglia July 10, 2015 - 4:40 pm

This Strawberry Semifreddo looks so delicious. I have never tried to make a Semifreddo before. I am going to try this on the weekend.

Paula Schuck July 10, 2015 - 7:09 pm

Wow, that sure looks amazing. That’s dessert I would break my diet for. The milano cookies just make it even more delicious.

Jessica Simms July 10, 2015 - 11:31 pm

YUMMY! I need to make this ASAP I would love to have this as a lunch time treat during the day. The fresh strawberries sound amazing since I love having crunchy strawberries in my ice cream.

Aisha Kristine Chong July 12, 2015 - 8:34 am

Oh goodness. I would love to try out this one – looks sooo good and seems yumm too!

April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition July 12, 2015 - 10:31 am

Semifreddo is a fun name to say! And it looks even more delicious. Anything with ice cream is a big hit in my house.

ricci July 12, 2015 - 3:25 pm

This looks amazing!! My sweet tooth has been running on overdrive this week and I need to make this ASAP!!

Jamela Porter July 13, 2015 - 10:57 pm

This looks so good. I love anything with strawberries!

Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner? July 15, 2015 - 9:03 am

Hi There! Stopping in from Say G’day to check out your awesome recipe. I’d love for you to come share at Simple Supper Tuesday. Our party closes at 8pm EST on Sunday night.

Brandi @ August 4, 2015 - 2:33 pm

Alli, this looks AMAZING! I’m including this in my summer berry round up!!

Alli August 4, 2015 - 2:52 pm

Thanks so much, Brandi! It is tasty! Let me know when it goes live and I’ll tweet and post on my FB page. 🙂


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