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Black Forest Cheesecake Parfaits

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke and Celine Chenoweth
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1 parfait)
In the Black Forest region of Germany, the signature dessert is layered with chocolate, cherries, and whipped cream. Here, cream cheese replaces whipped cream.


  • 4 cups frozen unsweetened cherries
  • 1/2 cup black cherry preserves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 6 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup chocolate wafer crumbs (about 15 cookies; such as Nabisco's Famous Chocolate Wafers)
  • Grated lemon rind (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 236
  • caloriesfromfat 26 %
  • fat 6.8 g
  • satfat 3.7 g
  • monofat 2 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 3.5 g
  • carbohydrate 42.6 g
  • fiber 1.6 g
  • cholesterol 16 mg
  • iron 0.9 mg
  • sodium 147 mg
  • calcium 30 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine cherries and preserves in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and cool completely.

  2. Combine sugar, juice, and cheese in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth (about 2 minutes). Cover and chill.

  3. Spoon 2 teaspoons crumbs into each of 8 (8-ounce) glasses; top each with 1 1/2 tablespoons cream cheese mixture and 3 tablespoons cherry mixture. Repeat layers once, ending with cherry mixture. Garnish with rind, if desired. Serve immediately.