Easy, Elegant Endings

Thanksgiving is a week away and it is just the beginning of a season filled with all kinds of events and gatherings that will have us cooking, baking, and otherwise spending a lot of time with food. It's a wonderful time of the year for foodies, but it can also be daunting. So make sure you leave space to catch your breath without leaving guests and fellow party-goers feeling left out. Make sure you've got some show-stopping treats that actually only take minutes to prepare. Make sure you've got something like this:

Cappuccino Icebox Cake looks complex. After all, it's one of those fancy, layered desserts that takes hours to make, right? Well, it is fancy and definitely layered. However, it takes about 15 minutes to put together and then you can come back to it in a couple of hours (or a day) and serve up a lot of wows at the table. Yeah, that's right … 15 minutes.

A bit reminiscent of tiramisu, this dessert pulls together some great convenience items like cappuccino mix and graham crackers and give them extra flair. If you are looking to add a little of the holiday touch to this dessert, use pumpkin spice to dust the top of each piece alongside or instead of cocoa powder. Then get ready to impress family and friends alike!

Cappuccino Icebox Cake

  • 3 T. instant cappuccino mix + 2 T. water
  • 2 c. whipping cream
  • 2 c. Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ c. brown sugar
  • 5 T. instant cappuccino mix + ¼ c. warm milk (for soaking crackers)
  • 10.5 oz. graham crackers

In a small bowl, combine the 3 tablespoons of instant cappuccino mix with the 2 tablespoons of water. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add the cappuccino-water mix, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and brown sugar.

In a shallow dish or plate, blend the 5 tablespoons of instant cappuccino mix and ¼ cup warm milk. Soak each graham cracker in this mixture for a few seconds before putting into a pan. Place one single layer of the graham crackers in the bottom of an 8x8" pan. Spoon ⅓ of the cream-yogurt mixture over the crackers and spread evenly. Repeat with two more layers of crackers and cream mixture. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.

Before serving, lightly dust with cocoa powder for decoration.

  • Yields: 10 servings
  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes plus at least 2 hours of chilling time

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