Individual Cheesecake Parfaits

6 Feb

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Here’s an easy recipe for a special valentine treat.  This is actually a very old recipe that my grandmother made often.  She always made it in 9 x 13 inch dish, and cut it into squares to serve.  For  a Valentine’s Day dessert, I put a little twist on it by dishing it up into footed glasses.  This is a no-bake cheesecake and it’s good any time of the year.

Ingredients:

1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk, partially frozen  (before beginning this recipe, place the evaporated milk in the freezer and allow it to freeze partially- approximately an hour beforehand)

1 small (3 oz.) pkg raspberry jello

1 cup boiling water

1 teaspoon vanilla

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese

1 cup sugar

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/2 stick margarine (4 Tbls.)

3 Tablespoons sugar

Directions:

Dissolve the jello into 1 cup boiling water, then add the teaspoon of vanilla. Allow to cool to room temperature.

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Meanwhile, mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and softened margarine in a ziplock bag.  Squish together in the bag until the butter is completely incorporated.IMG_4458_1 IMG_4459_1 IMG_4460_1

Sprinkle a layer of the crumb mixture into the bottom of each glass or individual serving dish. (Reserve a couple of Tablespoons of this mixture to sprinkle over the top of the individual cheesecakes)IMG_4462_1

Place the softened cream cheese and one cup of sugar into a mixing bowl.  Beat until smooth and creamy.IMG_4463_1 IMG_4464_1

Pour the partially frozen evaporated milk into a bowl, and beat with an electric mixer until frothy.IMG_4465_1 IMG_4466_1

When jello has cooled to room temperature, pour it into the cream cheese mixture and stir until well combined.IMG_4468_1

Next, add the whipped evaporated milk and mix until combined.IMG_4471_1

Pour the mixture over the graham cracker crumb layer and refrigerate until firm.IMG_4473_1

Sprinkle the top with graham cracker crumbs and a chocolate if desired.
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2 Responses to “Individual Cheesecake Parfaits”

  1. Bernice February 6, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    What a beautiful, elegant dessert! Well done!!!!

  2. Jim Grayson February 7, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    You get better and better, Deb. What a beautiful dessert!
    My love to you all!

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