Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Raspberry Lemonade Cheesecake Parfaits

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 These parfaits are refreshing and decadent - truly the perfect treat for warm weather.
Raspberry Lemonade Cheesecake Parfaits // These parfaits are refreshing and decadent - truly the perfect treat for warm weather. #recipe #lemon #cheesecake #parfait #dessert

I am finally obsessed with lemon in everything, so all my years of not being a fan means I have very few recipes saved up and I'm still not completely sold on full-on lemon desserts like lemon cookies or bars. I am sure I will work my way up to them, but I am loving experimenting in the meantime. This sweet dessert had the perfect amount of lemon in it. These little babies were so addictive. I made them way back in 2015 for the Fourth of July (with the addition of blueberries) since they were very festive and the citrus was perfect for summer.

Raspberry Lemonade Cheesecake Parfaits // These parfaits are refreshing and decadent - truly the perfect treat for warm weather. #recipe #lemon #cheesecake #parfait #dessert

What I really loved was the element of crunch that the almonds added. The nuttiness was just so perfect with the grahams and lemon cheesecake filling and berries. Heaven in a mason jar, folks.

I also found out the hard way that late summertime afternoons do not shed very much natural light at my mom-in-law's, so I used her breezeway as my backdrop LOL. Except the one picture from my kitchen island.


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What you need:
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries (can omit, if desired)
  • 9 graham crackers, crushed
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
  • 24 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup Cool Whip, thawed
  • 21 oz. lemon pie filling (I used Kroger Private Selection brand) 
  • Aerosol whipped cream (optional)
Directions:
  1. In a bowl, mix together graham crackers, brown sugar, almonds, pinch of salt, and melted butter.
  2. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, blend cream cheese and granulated sugar together until fluffy and smooth.
  3. Fold the Cool Whip and lemon pie filling into the cream cheese mixture gently.
  4. To build the parfaits, start with graham cracker crust, lemon cheesecake filling, then berries, and then repeat layers once.
  5. Serve topped with whipped cream.
Note: I made 6 half pint mason jars and two pint sized mason jars from this one recipe. The half pints were perfect portion sizes!
 
Raspberry Lemonade Cheesecake Parfaits // These parfaits are refreshing and decadent - truly the perfect treat for warm weather. #recipe #lemon #cheesecake #parfait #dessert

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