These parfaits piled high with fresh raspberries and liqueur-infused whipped cream make a light and elegant summer dessert. They take just 15 minutes to throw together, yet everyone will ooh and ahh and scrape their glass clean. It’s the jazzed-up whipped cream that makes the parfaits special: cream cheese adds extra body and tang (and also stabilizes the whipped cream so the dessert holds up longer) and a splash of liqueur elevates the flavor. This would be a fabulous easy dessert to make in large quantities for a summer party — and you could make your life even easier by assembling the parfaits in disposable plastic wine glasses. Feel free to swap the raspberries for other berries or experiment with different liqueurs.
- cream cheese : 4 oz (at room temperature)
- orange- or almond-flavored liqueur : 2 Tbsp (Note: It's okay to leave out the liqueur if you are avoiding alcohol.)
- sugar : 0.5 cup
- heavy cream : 0.5 cup
- fresh raspberries : 3 cup
- mint : 4 sprigs (small, for garnish)
Stages of cooking
Combine the cream cheese, liqueur, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or hand-held electric mixer.
Beat on medium-high speed until creamy and lump-free, about 2 minutes.
Add the heavy cream.
Start beating on low speed (so it doesn’t splash), then increase the speed to high and beat until the mixture is thickened to a pudding-like consistency, about 2 minutes.
Distribute half of the raspberries among the bottom of the glasses or dessert cups, then distribute two-thirds of the cream mixture so that it covers the berries in each portion. Distribute the remaining berries evenly among the glasses or dessert cups, gently placing them on the layer of cream. Spoon equal amounts of the remaining cream on top of each portion.
Refrigerate for at least one hour or up to 4 hours. Garnish each serving with a mint sprig and serve.