Easy Cheesecake Parfaits

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@Celestina9000

I've had this recipe in my recipe box for close to 30 years (source unknown). The problem I've experienced preparing this is that the pie never "firmed up" satisfactorily. I decided instead of giving up I would change the recipe from a pie to a parfait. Problem solved! Try to use full fat cream cheese for best flavor. Has been made using a graham cracker crust and Ritz™ cracker crust-both very good but the latter I highly recommend; especially if you like that sweet/salty combination! Three hours required prep time is chill time. You will also need 6-8 small parfait/dessert glass dishes.


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Serves:

6-8 (approximately)

Prep:

3 Hr 15 Min

Method:

No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

1 1/2 c
(approximate amount) graham cracker crust crumbles, ritz cracker crumbs or similar

PARFAIT FILLING:

8 oz
cream cheese, softened
14 oz
sweetened condensed milk (i have used a homemade sweetened condensed coconut milk)
1/4 c
fresh lemon juice
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract (experiment with other flavors: almond, hazelnut, etc.)

TOPPING (SUGGESTIONS ONLY):

fresh seasonal fruit, sliced (berries, peaches, etc.)
lemon zest
fresh fruit sauce (strawberry, blueberry, etc.)
cherry pie filling (original to the recipe, not tested, not my favorite topping)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
CRUST: Use your favorite graham cracker pie crust or Ritz™ pie crust. The ingredients are the same: crushed graham crackers or Ritz crackers, melted butter, little bit of sugar. Some cooks like to add a pinch of ground cinnamon to the crust and you can if the mood strikes you. The only thing you're doing differently is not pressing the mixture into a pie pan.
2
PARFAIT FILLING: Combine filling ingredients in a blender or mixer and blend until smooth.
3
In each parfait glass place a small amount of the crust crumbles on the bottom. Add a spoonful of the cheesecake mixture followed by a final layer of crust crumbles. Depending on the size of the parfait glasses you may be able to do two layers of each.
4
Cover and chill 3 hours before.

Tip: if adding fresh fruit slices or sauce as a garnish do not add it to the top of the parfait until just before serving.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American