No-Bake Coffee Chocolate Layered Dessert

Imagine indulging in a decadent dessert that promises the rich flavors of coffee and chocolate, layered between the subtle crunch of cookies, all without the need to preheat your oven. This no-bake coffee chocolate layered dessert is not just a treat for your taste buds but also a delight for those who seek the pleasure of a gourmet dessert without the complexity of baking.

Perfect for busy days, impromptu gatherings, or when the summer heat dissuades you from turning on the oven, this recipe combines the simplicity of preparation with the sophistication of flavors. In just about 5 minutes of active kitchen time, you’ll set the stage for a dessert that’s sure to impress. Let’s dive into the creation of a dessert that’s as enjoyable to make as it is to savor.


  • 2 eggs
  • 70g of sugar
  • 45g of corn starch
  • 500ml of milk
  • 25g butter
  • A pinch of vanillin (or vanilla extract)
  • A spoonful of instant coffee
  • Cookies (your choice, but something like ladyfingers or digestive biscuits work well)
  • Dark chocolate (to taste, for grating or melting)


  1. Prepare the Custard Cream:
    • In a medium saucepan, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and corn starch until smooth.
    • Gradually whisk in the milk to avoid lumps.
    • Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, constantly stirring, until the mixture thickens and comes to a gentle boil. This should take about 3-5 minutes.
    • Remove from heat and stir in the butter, vanillin, and instant coffee until well combined and smooth. The heat will dissolve the coffee and integrate it into the mixture.
  2. Layer the Dessert:
    • Choose your serving glasses or a single serving dish.
    • Break the cookies into smaller pieces (not too small) and create a layer at the bottom of your serving dish(es).
    • Pour a layer of the coffee custard over the cookies.
    • Grate some dark chocolate over the custard layer or melt the chocolate and drizzle it over.
    • Repeat the layers until all ingredients are used, finishing with a layer of custard and a generous amount of grated or melted chocolate on top.
  3. Chill and Serve:
    • Allow the dessert to chill in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours, or until set. This dessert is best enjoyed cold and will have a more pronounced flavor once thoroughly chilled.
    • Optionally, before serving, you can add a little more grated chocolate or a dusting of cocoa powder for extra flair.

Enjoy your quick and easy no-bake dessert, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without turning on the oven!

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