Easy Cold Brew Icebox Pie

cold brew icebox pie

Cold Brew Icebox Pie ~ with its deep dark chocolate crumb crust filled with a refreshing cold brew coffee cream, this easy no bake dessert is what sultry night dreams are made of.

Cold Brew Icebox Pie in pie plate, with forks

I’m thrilled with how this easy no bake pie came out ~ I love my coffee desserts, and this didn’t disappoint. If you’re looking for a quick, no fuss recipe for a summer night, this is it. People love the cool, creamy coffee filling piled into that midnight chocolate crust.

cold brew icebox pie in pie plate

This recipe uses a small convenience (aka a package of instant pudding mix) to great advantage ~ it gives the filling stability and a quick set without having to cook it on the stove or bake the pie, making this a true icebox dessert. Actual cold brew coffee, plus a boost from espresso powder, bring the fresh coffee flavor to the fore. The technique of adding strong natural flavors to a package of instant pudding is a useful one ~ the natural flavors disguise anything artificial and you get immediate thickening, it’s a win win. I used this same idea (only with vanilla) in my Strawberries and Cream Tart.

Cold Brew Icebox Pie with forks

I made a quick deep chocolate crust using chocolate wafers, just crush them and toss with enough melted butter to hold them together. I love to keep a box or two of Famous Wafers hidden in the cupboard for just such an occasion. You could use another chocolate cookie, like Oreos, but the wafers make it extra special. The trick is keeping them away from foraging snackers. I’ve heard of cooks stashing a couple of packages in an emptied out All Bran box. Genius.

A cold brew icebox pie on a white surface

Total prep time: 15 minutes!

The hardest part is waiting for the pie to chill. But unlike some other icebox pies you don’t have to wait long for this one…just a few hours should do it. Be aware, this is a soft set pie, if you want it faster or firmer, stick it in the freezer, but I like the softly chilled texture from the fridge best.

a cold brew icebox pie with a chocolate crumb crust

I used Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee in my pie, I love keeping a bottle or two of that in the fridge for instant iced coffee breaks. But you can use regular cold coffee, or make your own cold brew. I boost the coffee flavor with a teaspoon of instant espresso which I keep in the cupboard at all times.

Ingredient spotlight: INSTANT ESPRESSO POWDER

A close up of a bottle of instant coffee.

This is a must in any cook’s kitchen. The coffee powder adds flavor to all sorts of recipes where liquid coffee isn’t an option. It enhances the chocolate flavor in baked goods, too. I keep it right next to the vanilla and use it often.

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No bake desserts are a lifesaver in the warmer months, so here are a few other ideas for you to try ~

One of my favorites are these No Bake Raspberry Cheesecake Bars, they’re layered up with lots of textures and flavors…aren’t they pretty?

No Bake Raspberry Cheesecake Bars | theviewfromgreatisland.com


Another no bake dessert with a Famous Wafer crust, my No Bake Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Squares…they’re simple, but satisfying.

No Bake Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Bars recipe


My Lemon Crunch Bars are always a favorite…I think it has something to do with the gingersnap crust 😉

lemon crunch bars

*recipe lightly adapted from The Domestic Rebel

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3.91 from 21 votes

Cold Brew Icebox Pie

Cold Brew Icebox Pie ~ a deep dark chocolate crumb crust filled with a refreshing cold brew coffee cream, this no bake dessert takes 15 minutes to put together!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Calories 143kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

crust

  • 1 package Nabisco Famous Wafers
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter melted

filling

  • 3.4 ounce package Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix be sure to get the instant, not the cook and serve style
  • 3/4 cup cold brew coffee
  • 1 tsp instant espresso
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream divided

Instructions

  • Crush the wafers in a food processor or with a rolling pin. Make sure to get them nice and fine.
  • Toss with the melted butter until well blended. Reserve a few of the crumbs for garnish, and press the rest into a 9 inch regular pie shell (not a deep dish.) If your pie dish is on the small side you might not need all the crumbs. Refrigerate.
  • Whip 1/2 cup of the cream and set aside.
  • Blend the instant espresso into the remaining half cup of cream. Stir until the granules are completely dissolved, You my want to let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Whisk the pudding mix with the cold brew and the coffee infused cream. Whisk for 2 minutes to allow it to thicken. Fold in the whipped cream until no streaks remain.
  • Pour into the crust and smooth out the top. Refrigerate at least 3-4 hours before serving.
  • Garnish with reserved crumbs.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make this cold brew icebox pie your own ~

  • Make it with a different crumb crust ~ use graham crackers, or another plain cookie for the crumbs. You’ll need about 1 1/2 cups crumbs.
  • Make it mocha ~ use instant chocolate pudding instead of vanilla.
  • Make it lower fat ~ use whole milk in place of half of the cream.
  • Make it gluten free ~ use your favorite gluten free cookie or ground almonds in place of the chocolate wafers.

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  • Reply
    Clare Mikel
    June 11, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    5 stars
    Chocolate wafers are none existent around here and oreos aren’t quite right. The Amazon link priced them at 24.99 :0. Could you publish a recipe for make your own chocolate wafers because they are used in alot of pie and cheesecake recipes.

  • Reply
    Joanne
    July 27, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    4 stars
    Is the amount of liquid correct for 3 – 4oz boxes of instant pudding? I followed your recipe exactly and the mixture was very, very thick, even after I folded in the 1/2c whipped cream. You mention that this is a “soft set” pie….not mine. Flavor is great!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      July 27, 2021 at 2:43 pm

      Hey Joanne ~ the recipe calls for a 3.4 ounce package (one package) of pudding, so that’s the problem! I hope you try it again.

  • Reply
    SHARON
    June 18, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! This is absolutely fabulous! I made my own cold brew coffee after I saw the prices of the bottles in the store (yikes!). I also couldn’t find the chocolate wafers so I put a package of chocolate graham crackers through the food processor and ground them to crumbs. My hubby loves coffee ice cream and he thought this was finger, and bowl, licking good. His only comment is that he would like it a little colder and a little firmer so he put his in the freezer for a spell. Even after being frozen and thawed slightly it was delicious! This will be made over and over again at my house!

  • Reply
    Ivy
    December 20, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Going to make this week. Should I use sweetened or unsweetened cold brew??

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 20, 2020 at 1:56 pm

      I used unsweetened.

  • Reply
    Justin
    December 31, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Do you freeze or refrigerate the remaining pie overnight?

  • Reply
    leslie
    November 10, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Sue, do you think I could make this and use the pumpkin spice ice box cake format with it instead of the pie format? Leslie

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 10, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      Mmmmmm, yes!

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