These Cherry Chocolate Mousse Parfaits have layers of pie filling, cookies, and a creamy chocolate mousse cheesecake. Grab a spoon and get ready to dig in!
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My husband goes in spurts with his healthy eating. Most days he can say no to the desserts and treats that I pump out of our kitchen. I wish I had that kind of willpower.
A few months ago he decided that he was going to give up sugar and carbs for a while. Yes, right as I was in the middle of recipe testing for the cookbook, he stopped eating sweets. That limited my reliable taste testers by quite a bit. Thank goodness I have willing friends at church who are always ready to step up to the dessert eating challenge.
One night we stopped at the store to pick up a few ingredients I needed. Apparently the lack of sugar was finally starting to get to my hubby because while I was grabbing some cans of pie filling and cookies, he was looking over the chocolate baking bars.
He finally decided that he was going to buy one of the dark chocolate bars and just have a small taste. So, he grabbed the bar with the least amount of sugar. Ok, it was actually one without any sugar in it, so really just cocoa powder in solid form. Yup, the 100% cacao unsweetened baking bar went into the cart.
I tried to warn him! I tried to tell him that this was a bad idea. But does he listen to me? Sometimes yes, but not today.
As soon as we got in the car, he pulled the chocolate bar out of the bag and opened it. Again I tried to warn him this was not going to end well, but he went ahead and popped a chunk in his mouth. Like I said completely unsweetened baking bars do taste just like cocoa powder…my husband totally believes me now.
Before we even left the parking lot, he had to pull over to spit it out. Yes, I was hysterically laughing in the passenger seat. I couldn’t help myself. His face was priceless!
Now something my husband does really enjoy from time to time is a chocolate and cherry treat. He absolutely loved this no bake cherry swiss rolls cake, so as I was thinking through another pie filling dessert, I knew chocolate and cherry had to happen again.
The past few months I have been working with Lucky Leaf® as a brand ambassador creating fun desserts with their pie fillings. Can I tell you a secret? Their pie fillings are my absolute favorites, so I would buy them even if I did not work for them. #truestory
I love that every time I open a can of filling, it is going to be thick and rich and full of 100% fruit. Believe me, I usually eat a few spoonfuls as soon as each lid is off the can.
For these easy no bake cherry chocolate mousse parfaits, I layered a creamy no bake chocolate cheesecake with cookie crumbs and a thick layer of cherry pie filling!
This is the perfect summer dessert for parties and picnics because you can layer everything in mason jars and put a lid on the jars for traveling.
- 24 chocolate cream-filled cookies
- 1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup hazelnut spread
- 2 Tablespoons dark cocoa powder
- 1 - 12 ounce container Cool Whip, thawed
- 1 - 21 ounce can Lucky Leaf® cherry pie filling
- 8 mini chocolate cream-filled cookies, for garnish
- Place the cookies, cream included, in a food processor and pulse until they become crumbs. Divide the crumbs evenly into 3 bowls.
- Beat the cream cheese until creamy. Add the hazelnut spread and cocoa powder and beat again until smooth.
- Fold in 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip gently.
- Divide one bowl of cookie crumbs evenly into 8 - 8 ounce jelly jars. Spoon or pipe the chocolate cheesecake mixture evenly on top of the crumbs.
- Divide another bowl of cookie crumbs evenly over the cheesecake filling.
- Spoon the cherry pie filling evenly into the jars. Finish off the layers by sprinkling the last bowl of cookie crumbs on top of each jar.
- Swirl Cool Whip on top of each jar and top with a mini cookie. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 8 parfaits.
*If you are traveling with these parfaits, do not swirl the Cool Whip over the top of the jar because you will need room to put the lids on.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 523 Total Fat: 35g Saturated Fat: 18g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 29mg Sodium: 288mg Carbohydrates: 50g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 31g Protein: 6g
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