Black Forest Cheesecake Parfaits

Black Forest Cheesecake Parfaits Recipe
Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke and Celine Chenoweth
In the Black Forest region of Germany, the signature dessert is layered with chocolate, cherries, and whipped cream. Here, cream cheese replaces whipped cream.


8 servings (serving size: 1 parfait)

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Nutritional 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


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)


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.

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.

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.

August 2004
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