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Tartufo dessert

Chocolate-Pistachio Tartufo

I like to think I know my desserts, but I apparently I have been missing out because I’d never heard of a “tartufo” before this week! It is a simple dessert, but looks incredibly beautiful and elegant. And it’s surprisingly easy to make!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 366 kcal
Author: Jillee


  • 1/2 cup chocolate ice cream
  • 1/2 cup strawberry ice cream
  • 2 maraschino cherries
  • 5 pieces of brownie brittle or chocolate wafer cookies
  • 2 1/2 tsp melted coconut oil divided
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate chopped


  1. Line the inside of a small bowl with plastic wrap, leaving several inches of overhang on all sides.
  2. Place the two ice cream flavors side by side in the lined bowl, and pack them down with the back of a spoon until you achieve a flat surface.
  3. Create a small divot in each flavor, and place a maraschino cherry inside.
  4. Cover the holes back up with ice cream, then wrap the extra plastic wrap over to seal it, and place it in the freezer for at least 2 hours (but you can leave it overnight if you wish!).
  5. Break chocolate wafer cookies down into crumbs with food processor or blender.
  6. Place the cookie crumbs and 1 tsp of the melted coconut oil in a small bowl, and mix until the oil is well incorporated.
  7. Remove the ice cream bowl from the freezer, and peel back the plastic wrap from the top. Place the cookie mixture on top, smooth it out with a fork or spatula, then replace the plastic wrap. Put the bowl back into the freezer for at least another 15 minutes or so.
  8. In a double boiler (or a bowl placed on top of a simmering pan of water, melt the chopped bits of chocolate until its smooth. Add the remaining 1 1/2 tsp of melted coconut oil, and mix well.
  9. Place a wire cooling rack on top of a baking sheet. When the 15 minutes is up, fold back the plastic wrap from the surface of the ice cream, and turn the bowl upside-down onto the wire rack.
  10. Remove the plastic wrap from the ice cream.
  11. Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the domed surface of the ice cream, starting at the center and moving outward, in one smooth motion. Place the whole thing (rack and baking sheet included) into the freezer for at least 5 minutes, to allow the chocolate to set up.
  12. Serve by using a thin spatula to transfer the tartufo to a plate.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate-Pistachio Tartufo
Amount Per Serving (2 people)
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 65mg3%
Potassium 304mg9%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.