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Homemade Lemon Ladyfinger Dessert

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling


8-10 servings

I have many fond memories of visiting the farm and watching my mother-in-law make this pretty dessert for her bridge parties. It's a delicious and light finale to any luncheon or dinner.


  • 1 package (3 ounces) lemon gelatin
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 package (3 ounces) ladyfingers
  • Lemon zest strips, optional


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin and sugar in water; stir until completely dissolved. Refrigerate until slightly thickened, about 45 minutes.
  2. Beat in cream and extract until cream mixture mounds slightly, about 10 minutes. Fold in lemon zest. Split ladyfingers and arrange upright around the edge of a 2-1/2-qt. serving bowl (about 8-in. diameter). Set aside any unused ladyfingers for garnish or another use.
  3. Pour cream mixture into bowl. Garnish with remaining ladyfingers and, if desired, lemon zest strips. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 274 calories, 18g fat (11g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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