Strawberry-Pink Lemonade Icebox Cake

This easy icebox cake requires no oven at all and is a celebration of pink--4 different shades to be exact! Ground freeze-dried strawberries lend color to the lemon-scented whipped cream. If your whipped cream looks like it's getting too stiff at any time, simply stir in a little extra heavy cream to smooth it out.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 8 hr 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings
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Ingredients

Four 1.2-ounce bags freeze-dried strawberries (about 8 cups)

2 cups confectioners' sugar

2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest 

8 to 8 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled

72 round lemon cookies, such as Pepperidge Farm 

4 cups sliced fresh strawberries (from about 1 1/2 pounds strawberries) 

Directions

  1. Put half of the freeze-dried strawberries into a large food processor, cover the opening with a kitchen towel and blend until finely ground. Add the remaining freeze-dried strawberries and blend again until finely ground. Sift through a fine mesh strainer into a medium bowl and discard the seeds. Set aside.
  2. Add the confectioners' sugar, lemon zest and 6 cups heavy cream to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Blend on low at first, then work up to medium-low speed until very soft peaks form. 
  3. Remove 3 cups of the whipped cream mixture to a medium bowl and add 2 tablespoons of the strawberry powder. Whisk by hand to medium peaks. One by one, dab the bottom of 18 of the cookies with a very small amount of the strawberry whipped cream and arrange in a circle in the center of a large flat serving dish or cake stand. Carefully spread the strawberry whipped cream over the cookies, leaving a slight border. Top the cream with 1 cup of the sliced strawberries. 
  4. Remove 3 cups of the whipped cream mixture to the same medium bowl and add 6 tablespoons of the strawberry powder. Whisk by hand to medium peaks. Stir in more of the remaining heavy cream if the strawberry whipped cream starts to look too stiff. Arrange 18 cookies on top of the strawberries, then top with the strawberry whipped cream, leaving a slight border. Top the cream with 1 cup of the sliced strawberries.
  5. Remove 3 cups of the whipped cream mixture to the same medium bowl and add 10 tablespoons of the strawberry powder. Whisk by hand to medium peaks. Stir in more of the remaining heavy cream if the strawberry whipped cream starts to look too stiff. Arrange 18 cookies on top of the strawberries, then top with the strawberry whipped cream, leaving a slight border. Top the cream with 1 cup of the sliced strawberries.
  6. Remove the remaining whipped cream mixture to the same medium bowl and add the remaining strawberry powder. Whisk by hand to medium peaks. Stir in more of the remaining heavy cream if the strawberry whipped cream starts to look too stiff. Arrange the remaining 18 cookies on top of the strawberries, then top with the strawberry whipped cream, leaving a slight border. 
  7. Cover the icebox cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the cookies are softened and the cake is chilled, at least 8 hours and up to overnight. Put the remaining 1 cup sliced strawberries in a storage container and refrigerate until serving.
  8. When ready to serve, top the icebox cake with the remaining sliced strawberries.