A cheesecake parfait is a quick and easy dessert. I've made it extra special with cookie crumbs and frozen berries. Make it in a jar and it's a portable dessert for BBQs and picnics.
Cookie Cheesecake Parfait with Berries
I used frozen cookie dough to make the cookies, but you can use ones from the grocery store or make them from scratch.
For the cheesecake parfait filling, I mixed plain Greek yogurt with cream cheese to make it a little bit lighter.
Instead of sugar, I sweetened it with a little maple syrup. I'm thinkin' about your waistlines, people.
The layers of creamy cheesecake contrast beautifully with the sweet cookie crumbs and sharp frozen berries in these cheesecake parfaits.
You can make them in minutes and store them in the fridge until you're ready to grab a spoon and tuck into creamy crispy yumminess.
They're a great make-ahead dessert for a dinner party, and you won't be in the kitchen all day slaving away.
Easy Dessert for Dinner Parties
Although it benefits from an hour or so chilling time in the fridge, you could just tuck right in if you don't have time to wait.
Instead of making a typical cheesecake-style crust, I just crumbled in cookies.
You could use any cookies you have to hand, and it's a great way to use up stale biscuits (if such a thing exists - not in my house!).
Don't you just love an easy dessert?
A cheesecake parfait is a quick and simple, so it's perfect for dinner parties, with loads of delicious flavor!
I've made it extra special with cookie crumbs and frozen berries.
Make it in a jar and it's a portable dessert for BBQs and picnics.
I spent weeks in my kitchen last summer, merrily baking vegetable cake after cake (after cake after cake...) testing recipes for my upcoming cookbook.
As much as I loved the process, it was really rather intense.
I tested some vegetable cake recipes up to 10 times before I got them just right.
Then I tested them a few more times to make sure the recipe worked!
My book will be out in August, so stay tuned for more information coming soon!
So today I wanted to show you a dessert that you can put together in minutes.
Reasons to buy frozen fruit and veg:
- It helps to reduce food waste at a commercial level since it's frozen during harvest.
- It reduces waste at a retail level since it won't wither on the shelves.
- You can reduce food waste at home by only using what you need, when you need it.
- Fruit and veg are frozen at their peak of freshness so flavor is locked in.
- You can enjoy fruit and vegetables out of season.
- It's convenient
- Frozen onions, herbs, chilli and garlic make cooking much easier and less fiddly.
- Frozen fruit and vegetables are usually picked at their peak ripeness - when they’re the most nutritious.
- Fruit and vegetables retain much of their nutrient content when frozen
- Frozen produce is often less expensive than their fresh counterparts.
Get the cookie cheesecake parfait recipe
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Cookie Cheesecake Parfait with Berries
- 6 cookies You can use any cookies that you like, but I used double chocolate chip
For the cheesecake filling:
- 8 oz (250g) soft cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 cup (200g) plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoon maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 handfuls frozen mixed berries
- 1 sprig fresh mint
- Roughly break up the cookies so it is a mix of small chunks and cookie dust.
- In a stand mixer or with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
- Layer the crumbled cookies (save some for garnish), cheesecake mixture and berries, alternating, in glasses or jars. Top with the remaining cookie crumbles, berries and a sprig of mint. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and serve chilled.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.
These look amazing. How long will they keep in the fridge? Or how long in advance can they be made and not go all soggy!
Hi Emily. They will last a couple of hours max. If you need them longer, then you could prepare all the parts in advance and assemble them just before serving!
Ok thank you for replying. Glad I didn’t do them today for tomorrow then!
Made it tongiht for christmas tomz should be good 🙂
That looks great for summer. My children love this Berries much. Thanks for recipe
That's a delicious recipe .I love light and quick recipes with a healthy twist .
I can happily spend hours in the kitchen working on desserts… I just can’t be bothered at all. loved this 🙂
Oh my gosh, these are my idea of heaven! Definitely bookmarking for my next dinner party! xxxx
Wow these look incredible and i bet they taste amazing as well. Great that you can make ahead of time as well x
I love cheesecake and this cookie cheesecake parfait with berries look so tempting and divine! It makes me drooling just by seeing your pictures!
Jovita @ Yummy Addiction
Love all the berries in this parfait! I can imagine how great it tastes!
I need to try more desserts like this, Specially since every time I go to the super market i fall for the unhealthy stuff. Its a weakness!
I love layering up berries with yogurt and something crunchy, I usually use granola, but crumbled cookies is such a great hack.
Steph @ Steph in Thyme
What beautiful gorgeous layers! Pass me one, please!
These parfait cus look absolutely delicious. So beautiful, refreshing and full of berry flavours. Mouthwatering photos. Just yum!
Looking at the pictures makes me drool over it and wanting to eat some! Glad you had the recipe and its so easy to prepare! Thanks for this!
These look heavenly! Prefect for summer weather. I love how pretty and colorful they are too. These I'm definitely adding to our summer entertaining menu.
Wow that looks amazing, thanks for sharing your recipe. It would be a great option for summer.
WOW, these look delicious and love to see that they are not as hard as they might look. Love to find recipes that are delicious but also easy to make.
These look amazing!! I really have to try these this weekend!
Oh these look SO good. I need a new freezer then I will be stocking up on frozen goodies! Kaz
These look amazing. I love make ahead desserts - it is the best way to feed guests and still be able to entertain them at the same time!
Absolutely! I hate slaving away in the kitchen while everyone has fun without me.
These look yummy! I have pinned it to try later 🙂
Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated
Now THIS is my kind of dessert! Light, fruity and made with chocolate. So perfect for summer.
Perfect garden party desserts! I love the idea of using cheesecake mixture instead of cream!
All tho this is a very easy recipe, it looks so elegant and would satisfy my dessert craving in a heartbeat.
Monica | Nourish & Fete
Gorgeous pictures, and I cannot even tell you how much I love the idea of packaging these up in little mason jars for a picnic dessert. It would be so delicious and feel extremely Pinterest-y without actually being much work - HA!
I love things that look special but are super-easy!
These are just gorgeous! My kids LOVE these Millie's cookies but they get eaten literally straight out of the oven.
This indeed does look delicious and easy to make. My question is, after placing them in the fridge will the cookie stay crispy?
They're crumbs so they absorb a little of the moisture. Still a bit crispy though!
I would pig out on these. I love cheesecake and berries, so this is a perfect combo!
Corinne & Kirsty
OMG OMG OMG! I am obsessed with parfait! I always use granola but you make it sound so boring while yours are... omg, they look amazing! I had never thought of cookies instead of granola but I am so gonna try this out! thanks a lot for sharing! you may have changed how i do breakfast for ever 😉 xx corinne
Ha! I'm happy to be of service! 🙂
Wow, this cheesecake parfait looks absolutely divine! Can't wait to try it!
This is heaven! and, I must say you have spectacular photography and presentation!
Those Mini Vienna ice creams are amazing, my kids love them as an after school treat.
WOW! They look so beautiful Kate! I 'made' these cookies for Jonny recently too and he LOVED them!
They're fab cookies! And so great that you don't have to make loads. Just what you want to eat!
This looks mouthwatering and delicious! Thanks for sharing!
Love how healthy this recipe is. Millie's cookies from Iceland Foods are wonderful, I baked a batch a couple of days ago.
They're so good. Perfect for a quick sugar-hit. I like that you can just bake one or two at a time.
Easy desserts are definitely where it is at for me, I can happily spend hours in the kitchen working on savoury stuff but desserts... I just can't be bothered with them, this sound super.
I love having a few easy dessert recipes up my sleeve. And ones that you can make ahead as well!
Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
These. OMG these. So perfect for my BBQ that I am hosting this weekend.
Oh yes! You can make them ahead of time and just bring them out to wow everyone! Easy peasy.
Wow..this looks so good. I am sure my girls are going to love this. I will surely try it soon.
DO come back and let me know how you like them. They're so quick and easy.