I spent mine with family and eating delicious food. That's how I spend most of my holidays if you haven't noticed, and it's the best. It rained all day, but that didn't stop us!
Here's another fruit-filled red, white, and blue dish for any patriotic holiday. Or just for a refreshing summer dessert any ole time.
The few changes I made were that I halved the recipe but upped the melted butter a bit for the graham cracker crumble to make it a more manageable measurement. I also added an extra layer of graham cracker crumble throughout because I love the crunch with each bite and don't want to wait until the bottom of the parfait to get to the crumble!
Strawberry and Blueberry Cheesecake Parfaits
slightly adapted from Glorious Treats
*Yields: 2 moderate sized desserts
Graham Cracker Crumble
- 5 full sized graham crackers
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 cup cool whip, thawed
For Graham Cracker Crumble: Crush graham crackers in a ziplock bag. Pour crumbs, sugar, and melted butter into a bowl and stir until fully combined. Pour onto a baking sheet or dish and press into an even layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, until light brown. Cool.
For Cheesecake Filling: Beat cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat to combine. Add lemon juice and beat until combined. Add milk and combine. Fold cool whip into cream cheese mixture.
Assembly: Layer bottom of dessert dish with graham cracker crumble, then add a layer of cheesecake filling, fresh chopped strawberries, another layer of graham cracker crumbs and cheesecake filling, fresh blueberries, and a final layer of cheesecake filling. Top with additional graham cracker crumbs, blueberries, and a strawberry for garnish.
This parfait was soooooo good! Patriotic AND tasty and I like to think good for me. Besides the cream cheese, cool whip, and sugar of course. But hey it's better than cupcakes or cookies or cake, right?
Happy Independence Day! Here's to being proud Americans today and every day.
Peace, and bacon grease!