i have a penchant for complicating things (“lazy” waffles with a bunch of self-imposed rules about ingredients and techniques, anyone?) but sometimes? sometimes you just need a quick, back pocket recipe that you know is going to work. one that doesn’t require trips to three different stores. one that you can make now and serve later. and bonus points if it makes you look like a fancy dessert maker person, when in fact all you did is layer 2 things together and sprinkle on a bit of tasty decoration.
this easy 4 ingredient gingersnap icebox cake is my back pocket holiday dessert ace.
step one: buy gingersnaps and heavy cream (and a bit of crystallized ginger, if you don’t have any leftover from making these chewy ginger cookies).
step two: whip cream.
step three: layer cookies and whipped cream on a nice plate. refrigerate.
step four: serve/congratulate self on fancy dessert making skills.
did i try to complicate this? well, yes, of course (hiiii ginger-infused heavy cream for turning into whipped cream!) BUT, in the end i resisted because a) that defeats the purpose of having a simple recipe and b) this gingersnap icebox cake truly doesn’t need to be fancy to be delicious.
plus, since this recipe was inspired by my husband, who has a strictly-enforced 3 ingredients or fewer rule for anything he cooks (wellll, he makes an exception for mug brownies, though he has been known to lament how “difficult” they are to prepare…), keeping this gingersnap icebox cake simple seemed like the right thing to do.
besides being simple, another nice thing about this gingersnap icebox cake is that it’s happy to operate on your timeline. as long as you can slap it together at least two hours before you want to serve it so that the gingersnaps have time to soften, this cake is pretty happy to hang out in the fridge until you need it. leftovers from the tester cake lasted several days in the fridge.
after a few days, i probably wouldn’t serve the cake to guests and expect a lot of praise for how pretty it looked, but it still tasted good (and no, the whipped cream doesn’t destabilize and get funny). so if you have an ambitious holiday menu ahead of you, this gingersnap icebox cake can alleviate some of the last minute crunch. which is a pretty nice holiday gift, i’d say.
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