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Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

Take a break from the craziness of the day and whip up this creamy, dreamy Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake!

Bailey's Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

I’m all about having something quick to make and satisfyingly delicious to nosh on when life seems to get a bit stressful. This is definitely one of those times and luckily, this Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake is also one of those desserts!

Let’s just say that being a mom of a teenage boy can be challenging. Being a teen is challenging. And for that matter, being parents of a teenager is challenging.

What goes on in high school these days is much different from when I was a teen. Heightened bullying and cyber bullying, fights, new technology and social media can be overwhelming for kids to deal with. As a young adult, navigating your way through high school with all of these extra distractions is more challenging than ever.  When you toss in the important stuff like the classes, homework and grades — it’s a lot for any teen to cope with.

Baileys Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

And my 15-year old son has had to deal with a lot of these challenging situations lately. Some have been more difficult to get through than others. Being a supportive and caring parent takes a whole lot of time, patience, commitment, perseverance, resilience, and love.

But that’s what we do as parents. We help navigate our child through this crazy thing called “life” with unending love and support. In the process, we learn how to be better parents, he learns what it takes to be mature young adult, and we grow together as a family.

Sometimes it’s draining. At times it’s complicated. But in the end, it’s all worth it.

Baileys Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

One thing that is not challenging is this easy, no-bake Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake.

It’s simply made by layering Chips Ahoy cookies dipped in Bailey’s Irish Coffee Creamer, vanilla and Irish creamer scented whipped cream and dusted with cocoa powder. Since it’s made with non-alcoholic creamer, your whole family will be able to enjoy this delicious treat.

The outcome has a uniquely good flavor combination with a light and creamy texture — it will melt in your mouth, and melt your heart!

It’s uncomplicated. No challenge here.

Baileys Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

by: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life


3/4 cup Bailey’s non-alcoholic coffee creamer
1 package (13 oz.) Chips Ahoy Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons Bailey’s
Unsweetened Cocoa powder


In a large bowl of an eclectic mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of Bailey’s creamer until soft peaks form.

Add the Bailey’s creamer to a small bowl. Then, one-by-one dip the cookies into the Bailey’s and layer the bottom of a 8×8-inch pan. Add 1/3 of the whipped cream and smooth to an even layer. Repeat the layering, ending with the whipped cream on the top. Dust with unsweetened cocoa powder and refrigerate over night.

Baileys Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

So, take a big helping of this Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake, and maybe, just maybe it will help you get through a challenging time!



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Drumstick Layered Dessert {no bake}

Get ready to take your favorite ice cream treat to a whole new level with this Drumstick Layered Dessert.

Drumstick Layered Dessert | Sweet Baked Life

You see, I am always looking for the best new scrumptious dessert to tempt my family with.

And let me tell you, they are a hard crowd (of two) to please!

So, I got it in my mind to create one of their all-time favorite desserts, but in a new way.

With fingers crossed, and imagination raging, I was so hoping to please my boys with my amazing creation!

Drumstick Layered Dessert | Sweet Baked Life

Since they LOVE Nestle Drumstick Classic Vanilla Fudge Cones, and really you could say they have an addiction to them, I thought it would be so cool (pardon the pun!) to make one tremendous recreation of this lovable treat to satisfy their every sweet need!

I imagined the look on their faces I unveiled my sweet surprise, I knew for sure they would not only be so impressed with my talents, but that they would LOVE each and every bite of my Drumstick Layered Dessert just as much (if not more) than the cold, creamy and crunchy cone they adore.

And the result, a super tasty treat reminiscent of that all-time favorite ice cream cone. However, my most discriminating critics still like their frozen Drumstick better — go figure! But, as always, I guess that means more for me!

Drumstick Layered Dessert | Sweet Baked Life

It’s really quite simple to make. You start with some crushed sugar cones, layer it with chocolate ganache, chopped nuts, vanilla pudding, more chocolate ganache and topped off with more chopped nuts.

And there you have it, my re-imagined Drumstick Layered Dessert, with layers and flavors that mimic the original cone!

Best of all, no need to turn on your oven to create this decadent dessert!  And now is the perfect time to share this cool and easy no bake dessert with your family and friends!

Drumstick Layered Dessert | Sweet Baked Life

Drumstick Layered Dessert {no bake}

by: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

1 box (3.2 oz) vanilla pudding
1 cup milk
2 cups crushed sugar cones (like Keebler)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup chopped Nut Topping mix (or you can use chopped almonds or peanuts)


First, make the pudding layer: Add the pudding mix and milk in a medium bowl and whisk until combined and becomes thick; about 5 minutes. Put in the refrigerator until needed.

For the crust: Combine crushed sugar cones, melted butter and sugar. Mix until well incorporated then pour into a 8×8-inch dish and set aside.

For the ganache: Coarsely chop the chocolate and place into a bowl. Add the heavy cream to a small saucepan over medium-heat until it just starts to boil, then gently pour over the chocolate. Let sit for about 10 minutes then whisk until fully incorporated and shiny.

To assemble: Pour 1/2 of the ganache over the crust and spread until even. Sprinkle 1/2 of the chopped nut mixture. Then gently pour the pudding on top and spreading evenly. Pour the remaining ganache over the pudding and spread to an even layer. Then top with the remaining chopped nut mixture. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours, or overnight. Slice and serve. Yield: 12-16 slices.

Drumstick Layered Dessert | Sweet Baked Life

Even though this is not as cold as ice cream, this Drumstick Layered Dessert will definitely cool you off from that end-of-summer heat!



Birthday Cake Bark

Here’s an extra special cool candy treat perfect for your party…it’s my pretty Birthday Cake Bark!

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

Being it was my birthday a week or so ago, and I had to celebrate with something PINK, I thought I would try out a new variation of a traditional chocolate candy bark.

I wanted the flavors of a birthday cake, without having to bake an actual cake.

And just to set the record straight – I have stopped counting the years, but will never stop celebrating!


Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

You see, I do love a good chocolate or lemon cake for my birthday (my favs), however my mom surprised me by bringing me a lemony fruit tart from her favorite bakery in Marin to celebrate my special day.

The tart was heavenly and light, and perfect after our heavy and scrumptious Mexican feast we made and devoured!

But I still wanted something that really screamed, BIRTHDAY.

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

So over the weekend, I decided to make a sweet treat that included a few of my favorites; white and dark chocolate along with my favorite color, pink, which turned into a dazzling dessert!

And with the weather heating up around here to the triple digits, this is the perfect time to whip up a batch of this stuff to keep chilled  in your freezer for a quick snack when that sweet tooth starts craving something in the heat of the summer!

Young or old, everyone will love this festive and treat that’s reminiscent of a birthday cake!

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

Birthday Cake Bark

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life


3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 bars (4.4 oz. each) good quality white chocolate (I used Lindt)
1 tablespoons dry yellow cake mix
10-15 Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies, broken into small pieces
2-4 drops Red food coloring, to create the perfect pink color
Pink and white sprinkles for garnish


Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium microwave proof bowl, add the chocolate chips. Place in microwave and heat at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring between, until fully melted. Pour into prepared sheet and spread evenly with a spatula. Add the cookies in an even layer and press down gently. Place in the freezer.

In a pan of a double boiler on top of simmering water, break up the white chocolate and place into the pan. Stir occasionally until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in the food coloring until you get the pink color you desire, then add the cake mix and stir until fully incorporated. Remove the pan from the freezer and pour the pink-while chocolate evenly over the cookies. Immediately sprinkle the top with colored sprinkles. Place back in the freezer until fully firm. About 2 hours or overnight.

Break into pieces and eat! Can be stored in an air-tight container in refrigerator or freezer for 1 week.

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

So there you have it, a beautiful candy bark that combines rich semi-sweet chocolate, smooth white chocolate, crunchy Oreo cookies, and pretty sprinkles. The textures are sinful!

And you won’t even have to turn your oven on for this delectable confection!

Now this Birthday Cake Bark really screams, hello birthday celebrations and welcome summer!

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

Enjoy the sweetness of summer!




Chocolate Malt Tart

Get ready to dig into a slice of this decadent cool and creamy Chocolate Malt Tart.

Chocolate Malt Tart - no bake and delish! | Sweet Baked Life

The month of June always seems to be filled with lots of celebrations in my family.




End of school.

Start of summer vacation.

Father’s Day.

Chocolate Malt Tart - no bake and delish! | Sweet Baked Life

So, if your month is filled with endless events like mine, and you’re in need of making a sweet treat to celebrate a special occasion, make it easy on yourself and whip up this super easy, super scrumptious, no-bake Chocolate Malt Tart.

Believe me, your family and friends will think you spent a lot of time in the kitchen preparing this mouth-watering delight!

Hehehe — your secret is safe with me!

Chocolate Malt Tart - no bake and delish! | Sweet Baked Life

And even better, you don’t even have to turn your oven on to make this treat! Great around here since it is SO hot!

You start with a simple chocolate cookie crust — one of my favorites, but the way.

Then you mix up a rich and creamy chocolate malt filling using chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream, malted powder and butter.

This tart is chilled then topped off with some coarse sea salt — which really enhances the flavor!

Chocolate Malt Tart - no bake and delish! | Sweet Baked Life

Chocolate Malt Tart

  • Servings: 10 pieces
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Chocolate Malt Tart - no bake and delish! | Sweet Baked Life

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups chocolate Nabisco Famous Wafers, crumbled
1 bag (11.5 oz) milk chocolate chips
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup Carnation Malted Milk powder
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Sea Salt for garnish

Prepare a rectangular (11×4-inch) tart pan with non-stick cooking spray. If you don’t have a rectangular shaped pan, you can use an 8-inch round tart pan. Be sure you have one that has a removable bottom for easy removal.

Place cookie crumbs and butter in a medium bowl and mix with a fork until fully combined and moist. Pour crumbs into your prepared tart pan and press mixture into the bottom and sides of pan with your fingers (or you can use the bottom of a cup) until evenly covered. Place in the freezer until firm, about 20 minutes.

While the crust is getting firm, add the chocolate chips to a medium heat-proof bowl. Then, to a small saucepan, add the cream and bring to a simmer over medium-low hear. Make sure you watch this so it does not scorch.

Remove the cream from the heat and whisk in the malted milk powder until smooth. Pour over the chocolate and let sit for about 1 minute; until the chocolate begins to melt. Whisk the chocolate until shiny and smooth. A little at a time, add the butter pieces and mix with a spoon until smooth and fully incorporated.

Pour mixture into the prepared tart crust and spread with an offset spatula until even. Refrigerate until filling is set, about 1-1/2 hours. When ready to serve, sprinkle with sea salt and cut into pieces.

Chocolate Malt Tart - no bake and delish! | Sweet Baked Life

Make any celebration a yummy celebration by indulging with a slice or two of this incredibly delicious Chocolate Malt Tart!



{recipe adapted from Food Network}