Gingersnap Ice Cream Cups with Fresh Blueberry-Lavender Sauce

Gingersnap Ice Cream Cups with Fresh Blueberry-Lavender Sauce

You know the story of the ugly duckling… Well, I would NEVER address my beloved frozen treat as ugly or undesirable…but there ARE ways to make a good thing even better!

Last weekend my family drove down the Blue Ridge Parkway to a place called Graveyard Fields. It is known for kid-friendly hiking trails, waterfalls, and wild berries galore!

Like the little duck swan in the story, the berries were small and unimpressive at first sight but, oh what destiny was hidden within! These berries were exquisite–bright, fragrant, and slightly earthy! It just goes to show, appearance isn’t everything!

Although beauty can be deceiving, there ARE times you want to give plain-jane ingredients a makeover! Here is a quick and simple way to dress up ice cream. Make fresh blueberry-lavender sauce and gingersnap serving cups that are sure to summon oooooohs and ahhhhhs!

Blueberry Lavender Sauce for Ice Cream

1 lb. fresh blue berries (could use frozen)
1 tsp. dried lavender buds, smashed or ground
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tb. cornstarch
1-2 tsp. lemon juice
A pinch of salt

In a small sauce pan, bring the blueberries, lavender, sugar and cornstarch to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat the stir in lemon juice and a dash of salt.

*This sauce is also great for pancakes, pound cake or cheesecake!

For the Gingersnap Ice Cream Cups:  Preheat the oven to 300 degree F. Grind the cookies in a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, place them in a zip bag and roll them with a rolling pin.

Mix in the butter, sugar and salt. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray. Scoop about 2 Tb. of the mixture into each cup. Use a small cup to press each scoop of mixture, shaping it into a tiny cup. Bake the cups for 12-15 minutes. Allow them to cool, then lift them out with your fingers or a small knife. Makes 10-12.

Place one scoop of ice cream in each cup and top with blueberry-lavender sauce.

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Gingersnap Ice Cream Cups

Ingredients:

12 oz. ginger snap cookies, ground (about 2 cups ground)
1 stick of butter, melted
1 1/2 Tb. sugar
Pinch of salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 300 degree F. Grind the cookies in a food processor. If you don't have a food processor, place them in a zip bag and roll them with a rolling pin.

Mix in the butter, sugar and salt. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray. Scoop about 2 Tb. of the mixture into each cup. Use a small cup to press each scoop of mixture, shaping it into a tiny cup. Bake the cups for 12-15 minutes. Allow them to cool, then lift them out with your fingers or a small knife. Makes 10-12.

Place one scoop of ice cream in each cup and top with blueberry-lavender sauce.

This recipe is especially good with vanilla bean, lemon curd, or peach ice cream!

recipe is especially good with vanilla bean, lemon curd, or peach ice cream!

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77 Responses to “Gingersnap Ice Cream Cups with Fresh Blueberry-Lavender Sauce”

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    Victoria K. — August 19, 2010 @ 3:44 am

    Wow! Love love love this presentation and it's so easy! Great for entertaining :)

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    doggybloggy — August 19, 2010 @ 3:52 am

    Huh – low spicy – this is one good lookin' I scream cone. Wow. It is almost a sandwich….

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    Eileen — August 19, 2010 @ 4:02 am

    Yummy! I love making ice cream sauces. The ice cream cups are way cool!

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    motherrimmy — August 19, 2010 @ 4:09 am

    If this isn't the perfect treat, I don't know what is! I haven't used lavender in a recipe before. I love the idea.

    Your children are darling. :)

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    The Cilantropist — August 19, 2010 @ 4:19 am

    I LOVE this idea!!! The gingersnap cup is so inspired and paired with the ice cream it is perfect for summer! :)

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    alison — August 19, 2010 @ 4:46 am

    wow,all is amazing ,a beautiful presentation!love it!

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — August 19, 2010 @ 4:54 am

    Those gingersnap serving cups are genius, and they're so on my list now! I have some lemon mousse in the freezer just begging to be spooned into those!

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    Carolyn — August 19, 2010 @ 9:47 am

    Oh my, this looks so, so, SO good. Love the little cups, perfect presentation!

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    Belinda @zomppa — August 19, 2010 @ 11:51 am

    Those are some lucky children! I can't get over how COOL this is! And the cups – so simple but fancy.

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    Lora — August 19, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    Just untterly..yum!

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    laura — August 19, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    These are awesome, Sommer! Of course I love the blueberry lavender sauce, but I am so impressed with the gingersnap ice cream cups – how inventive and the flavors sound perfect with the sauce! ( : XO

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    julie — August 19, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

    Sommer, where do you come up with these amazing ideas?! I love this!

    I'll definitely have to check that area of the Smoky Mountains out. My kids saw the pictures you posted and asked, "can we go there today mommie?"

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    Pacheco Patty — August 19, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

    I love the blueberry lavender sauce! The gingersnap ice cream cups are pretty sweet too:-)
    Beautiful photos, I've never been blueberry picking, it looks like fun.

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    5 Star Foodie — August 19, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    The gingersnap cups are so cute and I love the lavender in the berry sauce, so delicious!

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    My Kitchen in the Rockies — August 19, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    Great idea to make these ice cream cups. That would go wonderfully with the apricot ice cream I have in my freezer.

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    Wendy — August 19, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

    This looks so tasty! Thanks for including it in the Tip Day Thursday carnival…I would love a link back to the carnival.

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    foodies at home — August 19, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

    These are absolutely luscious! What a way to serve vanilla ice cream! A beautiful treat!!

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    Marisa — August 19, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

    Those little berries made for some great inspiration! Looks like it was a fun day and a delicious dessert. Beautiful photos!

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    Evan @swEEts — August 19, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

    How wonderful..the ice cream is even better when it is accompanied with a delicious looking gingersnap cup!!

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    savy cook — August 19, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

    mouth watering…Loved this :)

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    Jennifurla — August 19, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

    On my list, LOVE LOVE the cups! super idea

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    Cook with Madin — August 19, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

    This looks awesome. I love the sauce, and your idea of the cup. You kids are beautiful.

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    Chow and Chatter — August 19, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

    wow this is so gourmet love the blue ridge mountains not far from us in Winston salem I bet your kids gobbled this up!

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    JillyAn — August 19, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

    Oh my this is amazing! I love gingersnaps and can imagine what a fantastic combination of flavors this is. Beautiful pictures as well.

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    Chef Bee — August 19, 2010 @ 9:05 pm

    Looks great and I will try it. Ice cream is my favorite and I love the cups.

    Plan B

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    Baking Barrister — August 19, 2010 @ 9:24 pm

    I want to always eat my ice cream in a gingersnap cup from now on. Do you ship?

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    Doggy Dessert Chef — August 19, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

    When you add fruit to ice cream it makes it healthy right? Beautiful photos!

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    Stella — August 19, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

    Wow Sommer, this looks delicious, and I would not call it ugly either! More like 'yum looking'! Ooh, and a ginger cup sounds out of this world. I'm so glad fall and spice season is almost here. Yeah!

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    Katie@Cozydelicious — August 20, 2010 @ 12:20 am

    I LOVE these gingersnap cups! I am totally making these ASAP. Yum! What a great idea – I bet they are good with peach ice cream too.

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    newlywed — August 20, 2010 @ 1:41 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this…I have so many gingersnaps, and I just can't get through them. This looks like a great way to "recycle" them!

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    Rick — August 20, 2010 @ 1:43 am

    Oh my OH my! The lavender in this sounds fantastic!

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    Biren — August 20, 2010 @ 1:59 am

    Wow…the gingersnap cups and lavender berry sauce looks so good. Beautiful pictures too!

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    Angie's Recipes — August 20, 2010 @ 4:37 am

    Lavender berry sauce sounds heavenly to top all over the ice cream! Awesome clicks!

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    lynne — August 20, 2010 @ 5:40 am

    yum! those look delicious!

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    everchangingplate — August 20, 2010 @ 6:22 am

    holy crap they're like mini ginger ice cream pies- brilliant!

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    Reeni — August 20, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

    What a fancy little ice cream dessert! And so scrumptious too with the lovely lavender sauce. The ginger cups just send it over the top!

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    Sarah — August 20, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

    Wow, unbelievable looking! Congrats on the Top 9, beautiful photos!

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    The Mom Chef — August 20, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    When a picture makes me go, "Oh my gosh," I know right away I'm going to be printing the recipe. That is amazing. The sauce looks fantastic (and I just happen to have a quart of hand-picked blueberries in the fridge). I LOVE the ginger snap cups. What an incredible idea for any kind of cookie. Thank you so much for passing it along.

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    Claudia — August 20, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

    This is the most inviting, tantalizing, gorgeous post. I wish my lavender had buds! The ginger-snap cups really dress this up.

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    Kate — August 20, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

    Sommer – that looks incredible!!! Just the thing for the last of the 10lbs of blueberries we got a couple of weeks ago from MI. And, I think I have some homemade peach ice cream in the freezer. Love the gingersnap cups too. Wonder how they'd be with a vanilla mousse? Or a custard/creme brulee? Great photos too. How much fun was that for your kids :-) A memory they'll always treasure! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Kate (kateiscooking.blogspot.com)

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    Sprinkled with Flour — August 20, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

    This looks so good. Love your blog!

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    Emily — August 20, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

    Wow, this looks sinfully delicious! I can almost taste the berries from the pictures alone!

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    Magda @ Be Nutritious — August 20, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

    Very innovative recipe, I love the idea of putting ice cream into little homemade muffin-cookie like cups. And it looks so beautiful and appetizing.

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    sweetlife — August 20, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

    Loving this treat!! girl…the cups are fab, fab, fab, I must make these asap…and the lavender with berries, brillant…truly stunning, too cool…
    sweetlife
    ps, thanks for the shout out!!love ya girl

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    Lawyer Loves Lunch — August 20, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

    The gingersnap cups are utter genius! I'm totally filing them in my mental rolodex of things to try soon :)

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    Lindsay — August 20, 2010 @ 8:56 pm

    Oh my that looks so delicious. Eatknitgrow.com

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    Chef Dennis — August 20, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

    I absolutely love those ice cream cups!! I will have to try and make those for my girls, they will love them!!! and what a beautiful delicious dessert….i do wish i could try it!! Congrats on the top 9 today, you certainly deserved it!!

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    Megan @ The Fresh Fridge — August 20, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

    I am going blueberry picking this weekend and now I know one of the ways I will be using them! Plus, those ice cream cups sound great! My husband and I are ice cream addicts so a new way to eat it is always welcomed!

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    Shirley — August 20, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

    That looks so good and summery! Why did I never think of gingersnap cups?

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    Tanvi — August 20, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

    What a beautiful looking dessert…what makes u call it ugly?
    I love the lavender touch..must have made the whole thing aromatic!

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    Velva — August 21, 2010 @ 12:34 am

    Your ice cream cups are beautiful and with berries, over the top.

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    Truffle Shuffle — August 21, 2010 @ 5:04 am

    Very nice! Congratulations on the Top 9… This looks extremely tasty. I'm not a huge fan of ginger snaps, but the blueberries look beautiful! I may have to try that.

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    Anonymous — August 21, 2010 @ 8:49 am

    What is one stick of butter, 250g?

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    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE — August 21, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

    Thank guys! This was a big hit at my house!

    I believe 1 stick of butter is 114 grams.

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    baking.serendipity — August 22, 2010 @ 4:53 am

    Those ginger cups look amazing! And I can't believe how simple they were to make. Everything about this dessert is perfection. My family would love it as well!

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    Foodessa — August 22, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    Sommer….these cookie cups are so versatile…my mind is spinning ;o)

    Ohhh how I envy your blueberry hunt…looks like a very memorable day ;o)

    I'll have to make these soon. I wonder how well they would freeze?

    Ciao for now and have a wonderful week,
    Claudia

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    Nirmala — August 22, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

    These look so easy and yummy. Do you think you can freeze the cups?

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    Sophie — August 23, 2010 @ 11:52 am

    Waw!! What a grand feast for the senses!

    I also love that lavender blueberry sauce!!

    Divine food!

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    Kristen — August 23, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    What an ingenious combination! I love the gingersnap cups.

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    Sanjeeta kk — August 23, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

    Absolutely berri licious! Lovely clicks.

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    Mika — August 24, 2010 @ 3:50 am

    I had a blueberry-lavendar torte with ice cream at Tony's Pizza Napoletana in North Beach, SF, and if this is anything like that, I'm in. Blueberry and lavendar are a wonderful combination. Beautiful photos, Sommer!

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    denise @ quickeis on the dinner table — August 24, 2010 @ 6:21 am

    Love the lavender and ginger combination and those gingersnap cups look good enough to eat on their own!

    The first photo and the stack of gingersnap cups are gorgeous!

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    Anne — August 24, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

    Blueberries and lavender sounds like a wonderful combination! I never considered making my own ice cream cups, but what a wonderful idea! And I bet your little helpers enjoyed this :)

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    vasile (marcedvr) — August 26, 2010 @ 6:29 am

    This desert loks so delicious and yummy!

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    Matt Kay — August 29, 2010 @ 12:52 am

    It's just mean for you to post pictures of this in the process of being eaten. Now I know how my dog must feel when she's watching me eat the most delicious thing that ever came out of a kitchen, all the while knowing full and well that she will not be able to have a bite.

    Maybe you can email me a little taste? :D

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    Cindy Waffles — August 29, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

    Wow, this looks so wonderful! Great pictures. I really like the blueberry and lavender combination.

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    Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having — August 31, 2010 @ 1:38 am

    OMG this looks so good! And so simple, wonderful idea!

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    Mary — September 13, 2010 @ 1:34 am

    Your pictures are incredible… I'm actually wiping the drool off my chin (with my elbow) as I type this ;)

    Great blog! Happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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    foodalution.com — September 13, 2010 @ 3:13 am

    okay, this is just too much…. DIVINE! Glad to find your blog!

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    Liz — September 10, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    Oh, man; I love everything about these beauties!!! So wonderful, Sommer!!!

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    Jeanette — September 10, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    Your kids are cuties! Love the idea of lavender in this fruit sauce.

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — September 10, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    Oh, my. That is one gorgeous photo at the top there. Truly love the use of lavender in the sauce. I’m inspired :-)

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — September 10, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

    wow these look amazing! Would be terrific for dessert tonight!

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    Tiff — September 10, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

    Wowzers, that looks just plain amazing!

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    marla — September 11, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

    Picking wild berries with the kids is such a blast. Your kids are precious. The ice cream in those ginger cups??? Bring it!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — September 12, 2011 @ 4:47 am

    the are SO cool! absolutely love the cups!

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    Carole Ann Spear — February 19, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    I’d love to make this. Is there a way to print the sauce recipe? I’ve got the cups ready to go…thanks. I know it isn’t blueberry time, but I froze some last summer, and it looks too good to wait until July.

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