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Chocolate Stout and Dulce de Leche Ice Box Pie

Chocolate Stout and Dulce de Leche Ice Box Pie via @TheBeeroness

There are a few buzz words that seem to grab peoples attention and promote a recipe to Social Media Sharing Gangbusters status. These words include: Skinny, Quick, Easy, No Bake, Only 3 Ingredients, You’ll Never Guess The Secret Ingredient!  None of these phrases are the type to attract my attention on their own.

I like a recipe that takes time, uses fat and sugar, and I’m not scared of a long list of ingredients or complicated directions.

Sometimes, however, I do invent a recipe that inadvertently falls into one of those Gangbusters categories that people seem to like. This, for example, takes 15 minutes and zero baking. It also tastes amazing in a way that seems to contradict the short amount of time it took to make.

Chocolate Stout and Dulce de Leche Ice Box Pie via @TheBeeroness

You can buy Dulce de Leche, or make it from scratch (here is a really great post on How to Make Dulce de Leche from a blogger I have a girl-crush on). It’s simple to make from scratch, but if that doesn’t fit your time schedule, or intimidates you, it’s fairly easy to find in markets.

I found myself in ownership of a batch of Dulce de Leche after spending a 100 degree day knee deep in Holiday Cheer while making and shooting Christmas Cocktails for the Holiday Issue of a print magazine. Nothing screams July like Brandied Hot Chocolate with Candy Cane Whipped Cream or Dulce de Leche Eggnog. Although I was incredibly grateful for the opportunity, I can’t say that I really wanted to consume hot buttered rum or mulled wine on triple digit summer day.

Ice box pie was in order.


Chocolate Stout and Dulce de Leche Ice Box Pie

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


For the Crust:

  • 12 graham cracker rectangles
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 4 tbs melted butter

For the Chocolate Stout Layer:

  • 1/3 cup stout
  • 1 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips 8 wt ounces
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar

For the Dulce de Leche Layer:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbs powdered sugar
  • ½ cup Dulce de Leche
  • Additional Dulce de Leche for serving if desired.


  • In a food processor add the graham crackers and brown sugar, process until reduced to fine crumbs.
  • While the food processor is running, add the melted butter, process until combined.
  • Add crust to a 9 inch spring form pan. Using a heavy, flat bottom glass, press very well into the sides and bottom of the pan (starting with the sides), make sure to press very well until the crust is very compacted into the sides and bottom of the pan.
  • Add the chocolate chips to a small bowl. Heat the stout until very hot (about 170 degrees), pour stout over the chocolate chips, stir until well combined and creamy. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add 1 ½ cups heavy cream and ¼ cup powdered sugar, beat on high until soft peaks form. While the mixer is running, slowly drizzle the cooled chocolate mixture into the mixer. Once it has all been added, turn off the mixer and gently stir until all of the cream and chocolate has been combined an no white streaks or dark chocolate streaks remain. Pour into the crust. Place in the freezer while you work on the Dulce de Leche layer.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add 1 cup heavy cream and 3 tablespoons powdered sugar. Beat on high until soft peaks form. While the mixer is running, slowly drizzle the Dulce de Leche into the mixer. Once it has all been added, turn off the mixer and gently stir until all of the Dulce de Leche and whipped cream have been combined.
  • Add the Dulce de Leche cream on top of the chocolate layer, smooth into an even layer.
  • Freeze until set, about 1 hour. Remove from freezer 10 minute prior to serving and allow to warm slightly before cutting. To remove from pan, run a sharp knife under very hot water, then run the knife between the crust and the side of the spring form pan to release.
  • Heat remaining Dulce de Leche and drizzle over slices prior to serving.

Chocolate Stout and Dulce de Leche Ice Box Pie via @TheBeeroness

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Averie @ Averie Cooks July 9, 2013 um 2:41 am

"Skinny, Quick, Easy, No Bake, Only 3 Ingredients, You’ll Never Guess The Secret Ingredient! " — wow, were you talking about my recipes! 🙂 I am guilty of all of the above. Sometimes by design, sometimes by default. But my #1 thru #5 most popular recipes every year, since 2009, are smoothies, skinny/nobake cookie dough balls, and then cookies with secret ingredients. It sells!

This pie. I’m sold. Pinned!


Jackie July 9, 2013 um 8:29 am

It does sell! You’re recipes are everywhere 🙂
Your cookies always look great and you use real ingredients. I’ve never seen you use Splenda or Lemonade Powder Mix, or anything like that. And your cookies always look so soft and delicious.


Sarah July 9, 2013 um 4:03 am

Gorgeous! This looks like ice-box heaven, and I love easy recipes though I have to say the whole skinny/quick/no bake thang bores me too!


Cassie | Bake Your Day July 9, 2013 um 5:01 am

This is incredible, I can’t believe it only takes 15 minutes. I love a good recipe that you have to invest yourself into but I love a quick one too. And these flavors are outstanding! PS – I love Naomi, too! 🙂


Tieghan July 9, 2013 um 6:23 am

Thank you! I am so glad to hear I am not the only person who wants to create recipe with more than 8 ingredients and with butter! I like real food, real good food!

Ok and this pie? Even though you say it is easy I am all over it! The the stout layer, the Dulce de Leche Layer and even that crust. It al sounds SO good!


Gregory Strike July 9, 2013 um 6:28 am

Yeah, I’ll be making this! 🙂


Alayna @ Thyme Bombe July 9, 2013 um 6:45 am

Any recipe with the word "skinny" in the title makes me cringe. If I see one more skinny margarita this summer I’m gonna have to contain my rage. Icebox pie though? Those are buzzwords that can keep coming up forever in my opinion. I can’t get enough cool and creamy desserts, the stout just takes it over the edge.


Jackie July 9, 2013 um 8:30 am

I know! Especially those "Skinny Beer-aritas" that use Michelob Ultra, I gag.


Happy Valley Chow July 9, 2013 um 8:29 am

Love your creativity, this sounds absolutely incredible!

Happy Blogging!
Happy Valley Chow


Eileen July 9, 2013 um 10:27 am

See, whenever I see the word "skinny" appended to a recipe title, it makes me want to close the page immediately and never return. I don’t need that kind of creepy body-policing attitude when I’m just trying to eat something delicious! Now, this pie, however…I would definitely make and eat copious quantities of this pie. Caramel for the win!


Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry July 9, 2013 um 1:54 pm

I am huge fan of desserts that take as little time as possible and this pie looks off the walls amazing!


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious July 10, 2013 um 12:14 am

I must start using these key words…how the hell will I incorporate skinny though? Great dessert and yes I would love a slice…or two, go on throw another my way!


Danielle @ The Growing Foodie July 10, 2013 um 5:27 am

Sounds amazing; I love your blog because it does have complex recipes that always taste great. But hey, we can’t be in the kitchen all the time, right 😉


Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} July 10, 2013 um 7:31 am

I’m totally with you. I like fat and real sugar and I don’t mind spending a full day in the kitchen using 30 ingredients. I don’t care if this pie takes me 15 min or 3 hours, it looks delicious!! So it’s only a bonus that it’s quick and easy!!


Ashley – Baker by Nature July 10, 2013 um 7:40 am

Oh my lord, Jackie… this pie is just DREAMY! The fact that it’s quick and easy is just the icing on the cake. Save me a slice? xo


Nik@ABrownTable July 10, 2013 um 9:14 am

One of my closest friends who is Cuban, loves Dulce de Leche, I am going to have to make this for him! It looks gorgeous and tempting.


Rachel @ Bakerita July 10, 2013 um 12:03 pm

Oh my goodness dulce de leche is my favorite, and this looks too phenomenal! Need to try it. Yum.


Kristen July 11, 2013 um 2:38 pm

I just got done shooting pumpkin pie and roasted turkey… I totally get you!
This pie looks so good!


meredith in sock monkey slippers July 13, 2013 um 10:17 am

15 min?! I need this in my life, lady! gorgeous!


Stephan July 17, 2013 um 8:22 am

WOW! It looks like the top 10 things you should have in life! ha!


Nina July 18, 2013 um 8:11 am

I have fun with this recipes, result where amazing thank you.


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic January 3, 2014 um 11:22 pm

I’ve been meaning to make an icebox chocolate pie and I think this is the winner! I LOVE dulce de leche and always have cans in my cupboards. Yum!


Steven Smith February 7, 2018 um 8:09 am

I made this pie and it was all gone before I could get a slice!!! Needless to say I made another one the next day and did not share any of it!!! SOOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!

P.S. I agree with your opening statement, I like taking my time making recipes!!! Love your blog!!!


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