Lemon Cheesecake Parfait

Lemon Cheesecake Parfait -- A Pinch of Joy
Lemon Cheesecake Parfait -- A Pinch of Joy

Lemon cheesecake parfaits are light with a zip of lemon, perfect for a spring dessert. Choose your favorite lemon cookie. I usually use lemon wafers (next to the vanilla wafers on the grocery shelf), but the ones pictured above have crushed lemon cream filled cookies layered through the parfait with a tiny lemon crisp on top. Any lemon cookie will work as long as it is crisp enough to crumble. The number you need will depend on the size of the cookie. I use sugar free lemon pudding which was a little hard to find.  You can use regular instant pudding instead, especially if you are not concerned with “carb counts” as we are. Boost the flavor with some additional lemon juice or lemon flavoring. I made this two or three times before I realized it takes two 8 ounce containers of whipped topping. I could not figure out why the number of servings was always less than I expected! Duh!  Be sure to fold in an entire 8 ounce container of topping into the cheesecake. You probably won’t use all of the second container for layering and topping. 

To layer the cheesecake into the glasses, start with a layer of crumbs on the bottom. Use a plastic zipper quart sized bag to squeeze the cheesecake mixture into the glass without smearing. Pull down one corner of the bag, while pushing the the other side up to form a cone. Fold down the top of the bag to make it easier to load.

Zipper Bag folded
Scoop the cheesecake mixture in, folding up the top to fill the bag. Zip bag closed, while still keeping the cone shape.

Snip off a corner
Snip off the corner so the opening is about an inch in diameter. Squeeze gently into the parfait glass, while avoiding the upper sides of the glass to avoid smearing.


Lemon Cheesecake Parfait
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 package Lemon cookies
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon flavoring*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
  • 1 package sugar free lemon instant pudding
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 8 ounce cartons whipped topping, thawed
Instructions
  1. Crush the lemon cookies in a plastic zipper bag and set aside.
  2. Cream cream cheese, sugar and flavorings until smooth. Can substitute 1 packet lemon crystals or 1 tablespoon lemon juice for lemon flavoring, if desired.
  3. Add milk and pudding mix, beat until smooth and fluffy.
  4. Fold in one 8 ounce container of the whipped topping.
  5. To make parfait, sprinkle cookie crumbs into bottom of glass. Add a layer of cheesecake, a layer of whipped topping. Repeat. Garnish top layer of topping with whole cookie and a few crumbs.
Notes
Use any lemon cookie that is crisp enough to crumble, such as lemon filling cookies (such as Oreo), lemon wafers, lemon crisps. Number needed will depend on size of cookie, but generally 2-4 cookies per serving to crumble for layering, plus cookies for garnish.


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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars -- A Pinch of Joy
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars -- A Pinch of Joy

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars. With a long name like that, you should know what to expect. All those yum flavors are contained in one little square of not too sweet goodness! What you don’t expect is the chewiness, the subtle texture, the hint of peanut butter. Top that off with the melty chocolate chips —- mmmmm!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups oatmeal
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 9x13 inch pan with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Spray with cooking spray.
  3. Beat together butter and peanut butter until well mixed.
  4. Add sugars and beat well until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each one is well incorporated.
  6. Add flour, baking powder and salt and stir until mixed. Add oatmeal and mix well.
  7. Stir in chocolate chips.
  8. Pat dough into prepared baking pan.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes until golden. Do not overbake.
  10. Let cool in pan for 10-15 minutes, then lift from pan to cooling rack, using the aluminum foil for handles.
  11. Store in airtight container.

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Cream Cheese Frosting – lower sugar version

Cream Cheese Frosting (lower sugar version) -- A Pinch of Joy
Cream Cheese Frosting (lower sugar version) -- A Pinch of Joy

Cream Cheese Frosting (Lower sugar version) is a light, soft frosting. It spreads well, but is not suitable for decorating. It will hold things like chopped nuts or other embellishments — food or paper – but won’t hold shape. It’s not strong on flavor, has a very smooth texture, not sweet – it’s the perfect foil for a great cake! It enhances but doesn’t outshine unique flavors and textures, like Pumpkin Bars, Pineapple Spiced Carrot Cake or Hummingbird Cake. What other recipe gets top billing for being the perfect second banana to the star??

Make one batch to frost a 9×13 pan of cake or cakelike bars. To frost layer cakes, you will need to double the batch.   A touch of salt can enhance the flavor. You can also add up to a cup more powdered sugar, if you need (which will, of course, up the carb and calorie count).   If the day is very humid, or you will be transporting the cake, might be a nice option to know.

Cream Cheese Frosting - lower sugar version
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Beat cream cheese and butter at low speed until light and fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla and mix well.
  3. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Beat until well incorporated.
  4. Spread over cake, slice and serve


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