Maria cookies & coffee Semifrio (Semifreddo) – Decor and Dine

Maria cookies & coffee Semifrio (Semifreddo)



Maria cookies are a favourite cookie of mine and they are perfect to use in so many desserts. My sister-in-law who lives in Portugal makes a Maria cookie refrigerated cake that is simply delicious and so easy to make!
I finally tried her recipe and here it is…


I like to use Portuguese Maria cookies but there are several varieties.
I placed the ring of a spring form on the serving platter…



Add sliced almonds to decorate the sides…

Maria cookies & coffee cake


  • 2 cups of whipping cream (or more if you want a bigger cake)
  • sugar (1to 2 Tsp per cup of cream)
  • 2 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 1/2 pkgs. of Maria cookies
  • Strong coffee (you can use regular coffee or diluted espresso)


  1. Before you start make sure the bowl is very cold (refrigerate).
  2. For Chantilly, whip the cream adding 1 to 2 tbsp of sugar per cup of cream, I personally like 3 tbsp for the 2 cups of cream.
  3. When the cream begins to form add 2 tsp of vanilla. Beat until whipped, do not over beat as it will turn to butter.
  4. Dip cookies one at a time in strong warm coffee and place in bottom of spring pan or on serving dish using spring form ring to hold everything in place.You can break pieces of cookies to fill in the spaces as you go.
  5. After the first layer of cookies add a thin layer of the whipped cream, continue adding a layer of cookies and then cream until your cake is formed.
  6. End with a layer of cream and garnish with crushed Maria cookies.
  7. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Remove spring form and decorate sides with toasted sliced almonds.
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Decorate with grated chocolate and a cookie for a totally different look…

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 For a family gathering I covered the outside with chocolate fingers instead of the almonds.
This makes a lovely cake for Valentine’s Day!
Thanks for coming by, 


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