Having a holiday in the middle of this week this year feels so random! And although I do have today off, I still have to go in to work on Thursday and Friday, and truth be told, when you blog and freelance, there’s really no such thing as a “day off.” Woke up this morning, hit the coffee, hit the blog. But we have a few fun plans for the evening – including plenty of fireworks – and in Miami, they’re oh-so-pretty over the water – so I’m going to cram in as much work as I can until about 4pm and then I’m throwing on my red, white, and blue (kidding, kidding – dress and cardigan — uniform) and then it’s off to celebrate!
I saw this adorable recipe for no-bake cheesecake + berry + graham cracker crust trifle on Glorious Treats and I knew it would be a winner for tonight! Plus, you can keep the cheesecake layers pretty low-fat by using reduced fat cream cheese and fat free cool whip. Boys eat too fast to notice calories are missing, my husband included!
I’ll probably make this in one pretty glass dish for transportation’s sake! (Though Glory’s version complete with twine and wooden spoons is too cute for words!)
Recipe yields about 6-7 Mini Desserts, or 4-5 moderate-sized desserts.
Graham Cracker Crumble
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 full sized crackers)
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 Tablespoon sugar
1- 8oz block cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons milk (any fat content)
2 cups cool whip, or freshly whipped cream
Fresh berries (strawberries and blueberries shown)
Graham Cracker Crumble
Crush crackers in a large ziplock bag. Pour crumbs, sugar and melted butter into a bowl and stir until fully combined. Pour into a 9″x13″ casserole dish and press into a even layer. Bake at 350*F for 10-12 minutes, until light brown. Allow to cool.
1. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar, beat to combine. Add lemon juice and beat until fully incorporated. Add milk, and combine.
2. Fold cool whip or feshl whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Spoon into dessert dishes, or for smaller dishes, fill a large piping bag and pipe into dessert dishes.
To create the dessert as shown, layer a spoonful of graham cracker crumble, then a layer of cheesecake, fresh chopped strawberries, more cheesecake, fresh blueberries, and a final layer of cheesecake.